We are extremely grateful to have the participation of five outstanding Art Award Panelists in the Manhattan Arts International HERStory 2017 exhibition. Shown above, in alphabetical order, they are: Carolyn Edlund; Karen Gutfreund; Jill Pankey; Nancy Reyner; and Bren Sibilsky. Read about them, their criteria for judging, and why they chose the artists they did to receive their Special Recognition Art Awards. Please visit their websites to learn more about them.
Carolyn Edlund is the founder of Artsy Shark, artsyshark.com, “Inspiring Artists To Build Better Businesses”, is a renowned art marketing expert and writer who presents workshops throughout the U.S. She promotes artists in all mediums on her website.
Her Statement Prior to Judging: “In the selection process, I will be searching for the spirit and vision of the artist as expressed by the story she tells through the art she creates. There is an intangible quality found when viewing certain collections of work that is more than just the sum of its parts. There is an emotional connection that compels the viewer to want more.”
~ Carolyn Edlund
Linda Whitney Won The Carolyn Edlund, Artsy Shark Featured Artist Award
Why Carolyn Edlund Chose Linda Whitney: “I find Linda Whitney’s portfolio compelling in a number of ways. She shows clear mastery as a printmaker, but her imagery transcends the medium by declaring visually that the subject matter she has chosen is a passion and obsession of hers. Each mezzotint she presents shows a reverence for the Native American culture and it’s expression through costume and dance. Her aptly named ‘Regalia’ series is a perfect example, showing every stunning detail of her subject. Her clearly focused body of work brings authority and credibility to her as a strong voice for these indigenous peoples.” ~ Carolyn Edlund
About the Award: Linda Whitney will receive a featured article on the popular Artsy Shark website and will be promoted throughout Carolyn Edlund’s large, global social media networks.
She is an artist karengutfreund.com and also a curator of feminist exhibitions in museums and other venues. She is a partner at GutfreundCornett: “Changing The World Through Art” gutfreundcornettart.com. She has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, and The Knoll Group, and is also an art consultant – renting artwork to corporations and individuals. She served as the National Exhibitions Director for the Women’s Caucus for Art and the No. California TFAP Representative (The Feminist Art Project).
Her Statement Prior to Judging: “I am initially drawn to art that is visually arresting, provocative and emotionally charged. I lean towards art that is focused on social issues, and of the human condition with the intention to challenge prescribed social norms. I look for works that evoke a response and inspire reflective thought and dialogue with the intention to “change the world through art”. The artist should demonstrate a unique voice and style and have perfected their craft.” ~ Karen Gutfreund
Kelsie Ward Won The Karen Gutfreund Featured Artist Award
Why Karen Gutfreund Chose Kelsie Ward: “In viewing Kelsie Ward’s work, I am immediately impressed by the simultaneous strength and fragility of the structures. Unnatural Synthesis is stimulating emotionally, intellectually and conceptually, combining expressed personal identity influenced by nature, the divine and science/mathematics. The installations, with the juxtaposition of massive forms with delicate vinyl triangular shapes, pull one in to study and reflect further on the implied meaning, encouraging self-reflection and greater awareness of spatial relationships. It brings to mind my recent trip to Iceland, surrounded by glaciers and towering rocks; the overwhelming feeling of isolation yet a sense of stillness in the majestic natural beauty. This tranquility is imparted in Ward’s work and portrays the human condition in the constructs of nature both artificial and real.” ~ Karen Gutfreund
About The Award: Kelsie Ward is featured on Karen Gutfreund’s blog. Read the article here.
Manhattan Arts International award-winning artist, jillpankey.com, and former Senior Lecturer at Texas State University, School of Art & Design. She has received several awards from Manhattan Arts International, including a top award in “HERStory 2015”.
Her Statement Prior to Judging: “I am looking for a unique or dynamic representation of the female form, in any style or medium, that reflects a positive vitality and spirit. The overall composition, addresses ‘real women’ in mind, body, and/or spirit and engages the viewer in a relatable way. Perhaps it’s HER story.” ~ Jill Pankey
Marie Hines Cowan Won The Jill Pankey Award in Painting
Why Jill Pankey Chose Marie Hines Cowan: “Marie Hines Cowan’s oil painting, ‘Erinyes’ resonated with me because of her playful female figurative forms, dancing with abandon and running amuck in her studio. After viewing her body of work, I was drawn to the notion of allowing the ‘muse’ she describes as her inspiration, to guide her colorful, skilled and confident compositions. Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ may have been inspired by the muse, but Cowan’s contemporary colorful series is a reminder that the artist is responsible to bring forth a message of enlightenment during good and bad times. There is a warmth in her color palette that draws the viewer into her canvas. Her work motivates us to wear that confidence that she portrays with each stroke.” ~ Jill Pankey
About the Award: Marie Hines Cowan will be promoted throughout Jill Pankey’s social media and featured on Jill Pankey’s new blog.
Manhattan Arts International multiple award-winning artist, nancyreyner.com, author of several art books, and instructor, she has appeared on television for HGTV’s “That’s Clever”, and worked as a technical consultant for Golden Paints. Her most recent book is ‘Create Perfect Paintings’, published by North Light Books.
“I am looking for a visually exciting contemporary painting that reveals an inventive use of mediums. Any style of 2D works that show a collaboration between artist and paint (i.e. through processes involving happy accidents or playful experimentation) where the medium has a strong dynamic voice. The art should engage the viewer with interesting design and/or spatial arrangements for prolonged viewing, and offer a uniquely personal story, situation or viewpoint.” ~ Nancy Reyner
Donna Gillispie Won The Nancy Reyner Featured Artist Award For Innovative Paint Application
Why Nancy Reyner Chose Donna Gillispie: “Viewing the selected artwork for HerStory 2017, I was impressed by Donna Gillispie’s eye catching and riveting painting “Lake View No. 1” in epic mural size (4’ x 12’). For my special award, my criteria was a painting with innovative paint application or playful experimentation. I found it in abundance in Donna’s work. Her painting, a satellite view of Table Rock Lake close to where the artist lives, is imaginatively abstracted, using color palettes that reflect its appearance through the four seasons. Donna visually demonstrates her passion and expertise with her use of mediums. Using an incredible range of materials Donna pulls them altogether in a cohesive and rich display. Materials include metal leaf, watercolor, acrylic paints, gold leaf flakes, wood panels, acrylic gels and mediums, glass beads, paper.” ~ Nancy Reyner
About The Award: Nancy Reyner wrote an article about Donna Gillispie’s artwork on her blog. You can read it here: Special Award Winner Donna Gillispie.
Manhattan Arts International award-winning sculptor and painter brenscultpure.com, she is also an instructor and and founder of Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art in Wisconsin. She has exhibited with the prestigious National Sculpture Society, New York, NY, and has collectors worldwide. She has won top awards in several Manhattan Arts International juried competitions including a top award in “HERStory 2015”.
Her Statement Prior to Judging: “I am looking for a dynamic and creative sculpture that evokes clarity and the HerStory theme. Overall design including structure, depth, contours, angles and use of space that takes the viewer on a visual journey and pulls them into the sculpture’s story. A solid idea with pleasing mass and proportions with a strong understanding of artistic foundations and fundamentals, equal to the emotional theme and executed to what I call the ‘wow’ factor.” ~ Bren Sibilsky
Kristina Kossi Won The Bren Sibilsky Award in Sculpture
Why Bren Sibilsky Chose Kristina Kossi: “Kristina Kossi’s sculpture “Magdalena”. There is nothing more brilliant or intoxicating than the rhythmic poetry of the human form as in Kristina’s sculpture. Subtle expression and strength, orchestrated by use of angles and lines, leading us through Kossi’s figure. There is tension along with relaxed places in the pose, like a marvelous drama or song. This is a sculpture of a confident woman. In her naked form she is neither insecure, weak, or shamed. But in fact she shows strength while conveying peace. In her natural form, she shows us she knows she is enough, she is co-creator of life. She is WOMAN!” ~ Bren Sibilsky
About the Award: Kristina Kossi will be promoted extensively by Bren Sibilsky on social media and featured in a press release that will be widely distributed.
Loren Batt Won The Bren Sibilsky Cross Over Award
Why Bren Sibilsky Chose Loren Batt: “Mastering many medias is one thing, but Loren’s ability to weave them all together in a masterly manner is why I selected her for a Cross Over Award. Much like the many continents she has traveled, her work is a window into her eclectic world. Her work has an editorial edge with a whimsical flair. It is inspiring, full of the wanderlust of her life experiences. She is proficient in painting, sculpting, drawing, sewing, assemblage, etc. She combines all of these various medias together to tell the tale of time and place in a magical way. Take time to travel into her mysterious world of art. It is worth the trip!” ~ Bren Sibilsky
About the Award: Bren Sibilsky was inspired to create this unannounced award after seeing Loren Batt’s artwork. The artist will be promoted extensively on social media and featured in a press release that will be widely distributed.