Thursday, June 4, 2009
The Quincy Biennial...
A couple of weeks ago, I received a notification from the Quincy Art Center, that three of my pieces had been included into their Biennial Quad-State Juried Exhibition. The Quincy Art Center is a wonderful space is southern Illinois, about a six hour drive from Chicago. I'm aware of this because, a few years back, I was included in another of their Biennials. When I delivered my work at that time, I found a beautiful and very professional environment, tucked away from any major metropolis. So when I received the prospectus for this year's Biennial, I began my research.
Whenever I consider entering a competition, I try to learn as much as possible about the Juror. In this case, the Juror of the Quincy Biennial was Jim Schmidt, the owner and CEO of Schmidt Contemporary Art in St. Louis. As I reviewed the gallery's website, it was clear that the Juror favored meditative and minimalist works. I knew that I wanted to enter some of my recent pieces.
The image above is one of the accepted works titled "Meditation II" from 2007. The two other pieces—Blue Stone and Quiet Wisdom - Warmth—can be seen on my website at gniech.com. The opening reception for the Quincy 2009 Biennial Quad-State Exhibition will be held this Friday, June 5th from 7-9pm. The Quincy Art Center is located at 1515 Jersey Street in Quincy, Illinois. I hope you have an opportunity to see this exhibition.
Image: Gniech, Meditation II, acrylic on canvas, 2007, 48x36"