Maggie Meiners has been selected to receive the Ragdale Prize from her participation in the "From Nature" exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. The winner was selected by a committee of Ragdale Administrators who attended the opening reception to review the work. Meiners' subtle high-key composition, titled "Snow Abstract", got the committee's attention. Meiners will receive a two-week residency at Ragdale, where she will have the time and space to work on a project of her choosing. I look forward to the opportunity of reviewing the work she creates. Additional work by Meiners can be found on her web site: maggiemeiners.com. Take a moment to look through her work. There are some wonderful images.
A little background on Ragdale... from the Ragdale website:
At Ragdale we believe that time and space are not luxuries but necessary elements for creating important new work. Ragdale provides these necessities to artists in the form of two- to eight-week residencies. Add eleven other creative individuals to the mix, acres of idyllic prairie, a family-style dinner each night, and you have Ragdale.
Ragdale artists come from all over the country and around the world to create, write, experiment, research, plan, compose, rejuvenate, brainstorm, and work. Residents' uninterrupted time at Ragdale is their own. In this community of unique individuals, Ragdale also offers the possibilities of dialogue and connections with other artists.
Located at the historic summer home of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, Ragdale exists in a peaceful setting adjacent to over 50 acres of prairie. Residents reside in live/work spaces in the Ragdale House, Barnhouse and Friends' studios. Ragdale is located one mile from downtown Lake Forest, and just 30 miles (only one hour by train) from downtown Chicago.
Additional information on the Ragdale Residency Program can be found at: ragdale.org