PIQUA — For the 24th year, the Piqua Arts Council will host their annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition. The exhibit, sponsored by Hartzell Propeller, Jackson Tube Service, Ameriprise Financial-Mullenbrock & Associates and Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance and Buckeye Insurance Group, kicks off with the Gala Awards Reception on from Sept. 8, from 6-9 p.m., with awards announced at 8 p.m.
The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, Sept. 9, during normal Apple Tree Gallery hours.
“We’re partnering with Apple Tree Gallery to host our exhibit again this year,” said Piqua Arts Council’s Executive Director Jordan Knepper. “We love the relationship we have with them and they always go out of their way to make us feel at home. Plus, the space allows us to hang over 200 pieces of artwork.”
This year’s exhibition will be judged by Jennifer Complo McNutt, the curator of contemporary at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, where she has managed the Eiteljorg contemporary art program over her 25 year tenure with the museum.
McNutt has presented nearly 50 exhibitions and contributed to numerous catalogs. She holds a bachelor of fine art in painting and drawing from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master of fine arts in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. McNutt regularly serves the arts community nationally and regionally as a selector, contributor, presenter, and advocate for contemporary art and artists.
She is currently leading collaboration, as well as contributing an essay, for the upcoming Eiteljorg publication exploring Native contemporary art from 1992 to the present. Current exhibition projects include exploring the art and personal life of Harry Fonseca through his work and numerous personal correspondences and an exhibition about Canines in Native American and Western culture opening in 2017.
Tickets for the Gala Awards Reception can be purchased through the Piqua Arts Council by phone at (937) 773-9630 or by emailing Jordan Knepper at Jordan@PiquaArtsCouncil.org. Tickets are $20 per person ($15 for PAC members) and include heavy appetizers and drinks.
Live entertainment will also be available and more than $4,000 in prize money will be awarded through the generosity of Da Vinci Best of Show sponsor Allisten Manor’s Flower Box; Picasso sponsors Piqua Pizza Supply Company, Beppo Uno and Harmony Systems & Services; Van Gogh sponsor Eagle Printing & Graphics; and Rembrandt sponsors Adam & Eve, Keith and Nancy Luce, Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Soaks-n-Suds, Dr. Jim and Cheryl Burkhardt, Heartland Federal Credit Union, and Mark Reedy and Spencer Peltier at Thrivent Financial.
“We have one of the highest prize pools in all of the Miami Valley Region,” said Knepper. “We’re only able to offer the money because of our amazing sponsors and the generosity of our special award sponsors: the Piqua Public Library, Carolyn Stevens, Jim and Cathy Oda and Gary and Shirley Anderson. Each of these individuals sponsors some award that has special criteria beyond the regular awards for each category.”
The categories are Drawing, Watercolor, Oil and Acrylics, Photography, Three-Dimensional Works, and Mixed Media. Each category will feature prize money for first, second and third place. Artists wishing to obtain an entry form can contact the Piqua Arts Council or register online at www.PiquaArtsCouncil.org. Artists will pay a $30 registration fee and can submit up to three works. As part of the entry fee, artists get one ticket to the Gala Awards Reception.