Our second Art competition “Artist's Choice” started in July 2021 and concluded on August 05, 2021. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, Taiwan, Moldova, Croatia, Philippines, New Zealand, Iran, France, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Hong Kong, Austria, Italy and Mexico . The Artist's Choice theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, graphite, scratchboard, collage, digital, clay). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 123 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
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Education: 1972 – 1976 – BA. Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland, in Painting, Sculpture, Design, History of European Art and Culture, History of Art & Culture, Design. 1976-1978 - MFA in Painting and Sculpture. Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland – Painting, Sculpture. 1979-1980 – Ecole de Louvre, Paris, France: International Program for Visitors. Subject: Medieval and Early Renaissance Art. Fellowship: 1986 - Kosciuszko Foundation – New York City, USA. Works in permanent collections: 1. National Museum of Gdansk, Poland. 2. Kazimir Pulaski Museum, Warka near Warsaw, Poland. 3. Harvard University Collections, Cambridge, MA 4. Williamsburg Museum and Art Historical Center Yuko Nii Collection, NYC. 5. 35 paintings of Basha Maryanska can be found in permanent exhibition at Leopolis Hotel min Krakow, Poland. She lives and creates in Beacon, NY. She shows her Art, she promotes international and national artists and she teaches painting, composition and figure drawing from there. She cooperates with many artists and clients nationally and internationally. . Selected biography publications: upon request. “Gallery & Studio” - NYC Art magazine many reviews in local and international publications. Catalogs, publications in the US and Poland. Grant: 1986 - Kosciuszko Foundation. -3- Awards and distinctions: 2020 – Several awards received from International Internet Galleries. December 2021- Barcelona, Spain. Biennale of the International Photography. March 2018 - Golden Owl Statuette in Vienna, Austria for international achievements in Art and Art promotion internationally. Finalist in National Biennale 2015, Hilton Head, NC. Winner in EWAAC International Show 2015, London, UK. Work awarded and in permanent collection in London.
Caney grew up as a son of a songwriter and a priest, and, as such, was raised in a household that encouraged creative pursuits and open theological thinking. This led to his introduction to painting at the age of 10, a skill and passion that Caney carried on through his whole life and into his college education at Sewanee. As a result, paint has become his best means of expressing attempts to understand theology and mythology, and to share his personal perspective on the world around him. These days there is a feeling that the world is going to end, and it’s just a matter of when. Accompanied by a decline in religious beliefs we find ourselves left with a massive space where hope and peace could be. To better understand the place of the divine in the contemporary, each of these pieces tackles a different ancient story or belief, reciting the old messages in modern scenes as visual allegories. These allegories guide the viewer to a desired question or idea. There will be a lot of different answers to those questions, and I would hope that no one feels too confident in their responses. Through this exploration, one can begin to look for the tools of the divine, the pieces that build deities and their narratives, which can be seen in the commonalities that emerge. In them, we find a visual language of the divine. Striking creatures, vast natural spaces, and powerful human emotions all inspire awe and give us the feeling of being in the presence of the divine. Simultaneously we discern which human characteristics we wish to emulate, and it paints a portrait of morality.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Bob Moskowitz moved with his family to the Bronx where he lived through kindergarten until they moved to Philadelphia, where he lived for 22 years. He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Westchester University and later a four year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There he won a Franklin Watkins Grant and a Scheidt European Scholarship. In 1977 he moved to St.Louis, Missouri to attend graduate school at Washington University where he met his wife, artist Margie Moskowitz. He earned an M.F.A. in Painting in 1979 and taught in St. Louis and Illinois until moving to California to teach at Ventura College where he is the art department chair. Bob currently divides his time between Southern California and Maine. Bob has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and has done over 200 commissioned portraits. His work has always been figurative and has changed stylistically over the years. If there is power in the mundane, I attempt to record moments of human significance in the commonplace. The work suggests aspects of the human condition in context with the subject’s culture which can be revealed through observation and a peeling back of the layers. Although the subjects mask their emotions and feelings, close observation begins to reveal the specifics of content and meaning. The viewer is a participant in the un-masking of the innermost and universal motivations of people who would be otherwise be un-observed and ignored.