Six artists received Special Recognition Art Awards from Manhattan Arts International in the HERStory 2017 exhibition. On this page you can view their chosen winning work of art and why they won their awards. The artists are: Denisa Prochazka, Lis Zadravec, Kari Bienert, Rosanne Wolfe, Karen Hackenberg, and Ann Cheeks.
Additional Special Recognition Awards
For HERStory 2017, after the finalists were selected, I invited 5 art leaders to give Special Recognition Awards. Visit this page to learn about these awards.
Denisa Prochazka – Winner of The Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Award
“Denisa Prochazka won the Featured Artist Special Recognition Award for her overall body of work including this sculpture titled ‘Warrior’s Heart Wish’, an exquisite display of inner strength and serenity. Prochazka’s figurative sculpture inspires the highest aspirations in humanity. All of her entries and her entire portfolio reflect a superior technical prowess, fearless approach to creating large-scale works, and unique creative vision. Her sculptures evoke power, confidence, elequent form and attention to detail. Her special commissions and awards prove how greatly admired her contributions are to art and the advancement of the women’s story.” ~ Renée Phillips
Lis Zadravec – Winner of The Manhattan Arts International First Place Cash Award
“Lis Zadravec’s outstanding artistic skills in colored pencil are executed with superb composition, patience and expression. Her treatment of facial features and hands, textures in the glove and butterfly wings, and the landscape in the distance incorporate many challenges for any artist to master, in any medium. This inspirational and beautifully composed work of art exudes an element of fantasy to balance an impeccably drawn subject. The subject portrayed as a modern day woman in a state of metamorphosis opens the door to the viewer’s personal interpretation.” ~ Renée Phillips
Kari Bienert – Winner of The Manhattan Arts International Second Place Cash Award
“Kari Bienert is a leading contemporary Color Field artist who pursues color relationships with fervor and mastery. Her color palette is innovative and complex, as she mixes more than 25 different oil paints to create every color in her painting. She excels in the use of color configurations and the art of transforming geometric forms. We discover an endless potentiality of chromatic and tonal scales, visual planes and volume within her two-dimensional framework. Viewing her dynamic and exuberant works of art is an hypnotic and exciting kinetic experience.” ~ Renée Phillips Read more about her.
Rosanne Wolfe – Winner of The Manhattan Arts International Third Place Cash Award
“This award-winning watercolor painting by Roseanne Wolfe is a supreme example of the artist’s proficiency and superb composition. Her treatment of shadows and colors, implementing both larger shapes and minute details, deliver a dynamic and unique perspective. Wolfe reminds us of how we can view the most often observed objects in our daily routine in new ways — in their familiar realistic form as well as their abstracted elements. After viewing her art we may never see the world in the same manner again.” ~ Renée Phillips
Karen Hackenberg – Winner of The Healing Power of ART Featured Artist Award
“Karen Hackenberg was a clear choice for The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Featured Artist Award. Her art serves as a catalyst to raise our awareness about important issues involving our environment, which she accomplishes with incredible and impeccable painting precision. The juxtaposition of nature subjects and playful imagery lures the viewer into exploring a surreal world that communicates powerful messages. She deserves international recognition for taking a stand with confidence and conviction about how we treat the world we inhabit.” ~ Renée Phillips
Ann Cheeks – Winner of The Renée Phillips Artist Coaching & Mentorship Award
“Ann Cheeks reminds us of the vital importance of slowing down — to experience the peaceful splendor we often ignore in the natural world. The artist guides us on a light-filled and enlightened path of promise and hope. The overall vista, tall trees, warmth of the sun, and soft and cool earth beneath our feet engage all of our senses. I chose Ann Cheeks to win my coaching award in order to provide career strategies that will help her attain her highest career potential that matches her artistic talent. My desire is for her to share her healing art with wider audiences.” ~ Renée Phillips