Competition winner

Juror Alejo Benedetti with the Best of Show and Purchase winner, Composition of Two Rocks by Gary Cawood of Little Rock.

The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado has announced the winners of the recent Juried Art Competition, which hung in the Price and Merkle Galleries from June 29-July 29.

The Juried Art Competition, sponsored by Smackover State Bank, is SAAC’s annual competition juried by nationally and internationally recognized art professionals and is open to all artists across the nation age 18 and up who work in two- dimensional and three-dimensional fine arts media, including photography and computer generated work.

This year’s juror for the competition was Alejo Benedetti, curatorial assistant at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Benedetti is a Texas native who earned his bachelor of arts in Art History and a bachelor of fine arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and his master’s degree in Art History from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While completing his degree at TCU, he worked as a curatorial intern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

An awards reception was held on July 23 where Benedetti presented the following awards:

Best of Show and Purchase Award -- Composition with Two Rocks, Gary Cawood, Little Rock.

Digital pigment Photograph -- First place, Retiro para Gladiadores (Retired Gladiators), Miguel Machado, Austin, Texas, oil on canvas; Second place, The Flood (From the Perform la Femme Series), Angilee Wilkerson and Jana C Perez, Denton, Texas, Pigment Print; third Place, Goody-Goody and Reticulation, Tim McCourt, Starkville, Mississippi, acrylic and glue on museum board; Honorable Mention and Peoples Choice, Under the Bridge, 2012, Julie Isom, Conway, Arkansas, assemblage of found objects, ephemera and detritus in wooden frames.

For the first time in the history of the Juried Art Competition at SAAC, the Best of Show and Purchase Award entries were the same piece, Composition with Two Rocks by Gary Cawood. This piece will now be added to the permanent collection of the South Arkansas Arts Center.

Juror Alejo Benedetti with the Best of Show and Purchase winner, Composition of Two Rocks by Gary Cawood of Little Rock.

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