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More than 150 art patrons attended the opening of the 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the San Antonio Art League & Museum (SAALM) on March 27. This diverse group of artistic expressions was derived from over 400 entries from artists all over Texas.

The juror, Leah Hardy, MFA, had a challenging task of selecting 66 pieces from the entries and designated 18 of those with awards totaling more than $12,000 presented at the opening.

“It is my hope that the viewer will appreciate the plethora of diverse artistic voices manifested in encaustics, assembled, fabricated or cast sculpture, collage, photographs, cut paper, watercolor, oil paint, and many other media,” Hardy commented.

"California Dreaming" by Robin Gara

Here are the 18 prize winners of this year's exhibition:

  1. Onderdonk Purchase Award, $3,000: Marc Eisenberg, "Merry-Tunes-Go-Round"

  2. Richard Conn Memorial Mixed Media Award, $1,500: Robin Gara, "California Dreaming"

  3. Beth Eidelberg Memorial Watermedia Award, $1,000: Joanna Burch, "Where the Magic Brushes Go"

  4. Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Traylor Award, $1,000: Rita Kirkman, "Cousins"

  5. Betty Rihn Keller Memorial Award, $800: Dub Weathersby, "Chaos Theory in the Garden"

  6. Frank & Cecilia Keller Memorial Award: $700: Judi Simon, "Hail Damage"

  7. Ann Griffith Ash Award, $500: Norma Jean Moore, "Late Frost"

  8. Andre & Virginia Bally 3-D Art Award, $500: Danville Chadbourne, "The Persistent Ideals of Misrepresentation"

  9. Ronald C. Keller Watercolor Award, $500: Nancy Gerfers, "Living in Harmony"

  10. Herweck's Art Supply Award, $400: Victoria Ermler, "Boredom"

  11. Barbara C. Kyse Award, $350: Guadulupe Hernandez, "Rebeldia De Juventud (Blue)"

  12. Daniel S. Cantu Oil Painting Award, $250: Andrea Jacobson, "Battles to Come"

  13. Fred Plank Sculpture Award, $250: Roberta Masciarelli, "Twenty Thousand and Something More"

  14. Francis Huang Artistic Excellance Award, $250: Jelisa Peterson, "Fraternal Twin Sisters"

  15. Richard Arrendondo Pastel Media Award, $250: Nancy Bandy, "Summer Storm Clearing"

  16. Dona LeCrone Walston Watermedia Award, $250: Margie Hildreth, "Texas Hill Country"

  17. Prudencia Art Gallery, $250: Susan Best, "Arrival"

  18. La Fonda on Main Award, $250: Tatiana Nikolova-Houston, "Cathedral of Hands"

A catalog of the exhibition is available online for viewing or purchase here.

SAALM is located at 130 King William Street and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is free, and the exhibition runs through June 3.

"Merry-Tunes-Go-Round" by Marc Eisenberg

SAALM President, Dona LeCrone Walston, added, “San Antonio Art League and Museum’s 92nd Juried Exhibition includes artists from all over the state. The art is selected by an objective experienced judge from out of state.

The exhibit is celebrated by a great catalog featuring images of all the art in the exhibit. For the first time, the complete catalog is available online. However, a catalog cannot compete with seeing the art in person; it’s a high quality, creative exhibit well worth experiencing in person.”

The coveted Julian Onderdonk Purchase Award of $3,000 was awarded to Marc Eisenberg for his found object sculpture “Merry-Tunes-Go-Round.”

Peter is a photographer and an officer of the San Antonio Art League and Museum

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