ArtsEast Biennial 2014 opened with a well-attended and festive reception on August 1 at the Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande.
ArtsEast Interim Executive Director Mika Morton and Art Center Executive Director Annie Eskelin presented “Honored Artist” awards to Kathy Benson (La Grande), Jaime Gustavson (La Grande), Tammy Kinney (Ontario), and Debbie McIntosh (Pendleton).
“Honored Artists” were selected by this year’s Juror, Douglas Russell (Oregon State University Art Faculty). In addition to the $250 cash award, award recipients are invited for a group show at the Art Center in the Summer of 2015.
Other artists selected for the show include: Steve Antell, Wendy Bull, Antonia Carriere, Jack Coelho, Tom Dimond, Darcy Dolge, Mona Dinger, James Dumble, Karen Erickson, Michael Gove, Denise Gravener, Janet Hume-Schwarz, Hillery Lay, Austin McDonald, Zaq Mendenhall, Kendrick Moholt, Linda Peterson, Connie Robbins, Cindy Sitz, and Stephen Wadner.
This year, we received 109 entries from 38 artists from across the region, but only 35 entries from 24 artists were selected. In selecting works for the Biennial Show, Douglas Russell was looking for work that “sparked a response in me, regardless of style, through things like originality, imagination, emotional depth, design, and technical achievement.”
Special thanks to the Wildhorse Foundation for their support of the ArtsEast Biennial 2014 show. We would also like to recognize local support from J. Hume CPA, Northwind Associates, and Dr. and Mrs. Matt Cooper.
The show will run through September 27 at the Art Center at the Old Library. The Art Center at the Old Library is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. For additional information, call ArtsEast 541-962-3629 or the Art Center at the Old Library 541-624-2800.