The 29th September Competition is an annual juried exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artists in all media and styles created within the past two years. 47 artworks selected from over 300 international submissions are included in the exhibition and featured in a full-color print catalog. This year, the 45 selected artists represent 2 countries, 18 states, and 40 cities.
Juror-designated awards are presented to artists selected from the exhibited works.
Cariappa Annaiah Julia Barbee
David Bartlett Sally Brogden
Troy Bunch Kyoosang Choi
Jerry Cook Briar Craig
Mariah Doren Julie Eisenberg- Pitman
Leslie Elliottsmith Sabre Esler
Brian Fickett Mark Gordon
Leslie Graff Lindsy Halleckson
Jian Hang Kenneth Hayden
Brian Huber Ron Koehler
Zeralda La Grange Sarah Leahy
Andrew Leventis Rafael Lopez-Ramos
Benjamin Madeska Rosemary Meza-Des Plas
Peter Milder PJ Mills
Kate Mitchell Paul Nettles
Lake Newton Lynx Nguyen
Shardi ONeal Aline Piacun
Mike Ramsey Sophia Ruppert
Karoline Schleh & John Seefeldt Dan Simoneau
Wendy Starn Sean Sweeney
Denise Tarantino Bethany Taylor
Ira Upin Cedric van Eenoo
A wide spectrum of artists made a variety of work for this show. The selections were done over a period of several weeks and in several rounds to whittle the 300 some odd works down to around 50.
How I choose the work was the easy part. Why is a different story. I work and observe from an intuitive position so the choice of work is reflected in this manner of thinking. To me, Artwork is a visual language. Some people can speak this language very well with paint, photography or any manner of medium. So I chose work as best I could that spoke to me from what was presented. Other criteria that formed a basis for judging were technical proficiency, a unique manner of expression, consistency of work across the photos presented and ideas, but not necessarily in that order. The majority of the digital photography of the work was good, with only a few works presented poorly.
I’d like first to thank the Alexandria Museum of Art for putting on this show and I’d like to thank all the artists for participating.
I congratulate the artists that were selected for moving me in some way. It was a challenge and pleasure to judge the work for this competition.
About the Juror:
AMoA proudly welcomes Francis Pavy as the juror for the 29th September Competition. Francis Pavy’s paintings, sculptures, constructions, and prints are inspired by his Cajun heritage and Southern storytelling traditions. He lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana. Pavy earned a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), where he studied under artist Elemore Morgan, Jr. He has exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe in solo, invitational, and group exhibitions. Pavy is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, the Parchman Stremmel Gallery in San Antonio, and the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta.