ArtSpectations 2015-2016 - Award Winners



 

About the Judge - JOHN SMOLKO, CPSA, CPX

John spent 35 years teaching secondary school art education to talented young artists in Ohio and retired in 2008.  He is presently enjoying his life as a fulltime artist and continues to be recognized for his unique colored pencil style.  John has exhibited his art throughout the United States and has work in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Arts in Hinckley, Ohio, and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio in Columbus.

A Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Member, John has been juried into eleven CPSA International Exhibitions.  Recently he has received the District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement at the 22nd Annual CPSA International Exhibition in Ormond Beach, Florida.  In his home state of Ohio at the “2013 Colored Pencil Exhibition,” sponsored by the CPSA District Chapter #119, John’s work took First Place honors. His art continues to be recognized in regional, national, and international exhibitions and he strives to share his enthusiasm for mark making everywhere he travels.

Mr. Smolko is presently associated with Group Ten Gallery in Kent, Ohio.  This is an art co-operative that is made up of practicing artists who run the everyday operations of this unique corporation.  Exhibitions are scheduled for every five to six weeks and the gallery is proving to be an important, integral part of the Kent community.  For more information visit grouptengallery.com. If you would like to see a more detailed list of John’s exhibitions and awards, and more of John’s work, go to smolkoart.com and scrutinize his website.

(Judge's comments are available on the image enlargements)
 

SIGNATURE CATEGORY

 

BEST OF SHOW
Holly Siniscal, CPSA
"Garden Window"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Suzanne Vigil, CPSA 
"Perplexed"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Tanja Gant, CPSA, CPX
"Eight Years Later"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Linda Lucas Hardy, CPSA, CPX
"The Sun Stealing the Sky"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Michael Menius, CPSA
"Untitled (Teapot Boiling)"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Erwin P. Lewandowski, CPSA
"Cascading Water XIII"

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NON-SIGNATURE CATEGORY

BEST OF SHOW
Jesse Lane
"Resolve"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Rhonda Anderson
"Lotus Dance"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Tracy Frein
"Remember Me"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Andrew Purdy
"Bone Yard"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Noriko DeWitt
"A Mountain Stream Near Guanella Pass"

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HONORABLE MENTION
Lynn Bywaters
"Foregone Conclusion"

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