Exhibition: 2 November – 27 November 2015
*Images from the reception and of all selected artworks are included below.
Prize Winners. All the entry fees were used to fund the prizes.
First. 500.00. A.J. Nafzigger, AZ.
Second. $350.00. Brittney Denham, WY.
Third. $200.00. Dave Boogart, UT.
Organizer’s Prize. $200.00. Mary Farrell, WA.
Ryan Akerley (UT), David Avery (CA), Judith Baumann (AZ), David Boogart (UT), David Bradway (UT), Brittney Denham (WY), Anya Dikareva (OR), Mary Farrell (WA), Barbara Foster (CA), Kirsten Furlong (ID), Tyler Hawks (UT), Beth Huhtala (MT), Gesine Janzen (MT), Tressa Jones (MT), David K. Klarén (WY), Mary Ann Kokoska (CO), Michelle Larsen (UT), Anthony Lazorko (NM), Kelly McGovern (OR), A.J. Nafziger (AZ), Michael A. Silva (UT), Kathleen Stevenson (UT), Rhonda Thomas-Urdang (AZ), Lucia Volker (OR).
In jurying PaperWest, I was very impressed with the quality of the works submitted both in form and content. I found myself drawn to selecting small groupings of work, presumably by the same artist, as opposed to choosing a broader set of pieces for the exhibition. For me, the dialogue that began to take place between the works in each smaller group expanded into a conversation between other groupings. When I look at the exhibition as a whole, I see the artists expressing compelling questions and viewpoints within the lens of the western landscape. The human element is often implied rather than overtly stated, but there is no doubt the importance of place is paramount to the human condition for these artists. I hope the resulting exhibition is a selection of works on paper that is visually poetic and aesthetically coherent for the audience, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to have viewed so many new and exciting pieces through this process.
Juror: Shelby Shadwell.
Shelby Shadwell received his BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2006. Shelby actively exhibits across the nation and was recently featured in the International Drawing Annual 5 and 6 publications through the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he also had a solo show in February 2013. He was invited to participate in two small group exhibitions, “Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing” at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, Illinois, in fall of 2013 and “SHADES: Contemporary Drawing” at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in the spring of 2014. Shelby was the recipient of the First Place Award for his work in the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches. Shelby is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wyoming. http://www.shelbyshadwell.com/