Au Naturel Exhibit: People’s Choice Award

Voters selected Jessica McCoy's painting, Tent, for the People's Choice Award from this year's Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century exhibit.

Throughout the duration of the exhibit, from February 17 to April 14, all visitors to the gallery and show were invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award. After the close of the exhibit, all votes were tallied, and it has been determined that Jessica McCoy’s painting entitled Tent was chosen for the award.

Tent is an impressive large-scale watercolor painting measuring 42” x 87”. Ms. McCoy describes the concept of “tent” in her painting “as either claustrophobic or as a shield against the outdoors. It is unclear whether the figure is better off inside the translucent, fragile space, or outside in the ambiguously populated forest. I would be thrilled if the viewer experienced confusion over whether this work is soft or threatening.”

This is actually the second consecutive year that Ms. McCoy has participated in the Au Naturel exhibit, and her work received recognition last year as well. The late Laura Russo, who served as the juror for the 2010 competition, selected Ms. McCoy’s oil painting entitled Bathroom II for first place. Ms. McCoy is compelled to enter the competition because of its unique focus. “Au Naturel takes a classic, often formal genre and introduces us to artists who are approaching the study of the figure in ways that are innovative and modern,” she explains. 

Ms. McCoy studied art at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she received her MA and MFA. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently on display in both the National watercolor Society Show and the California Watercolor Association National Exhibition. Her work is also included in the collections of the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem and the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in 2003-2004 and an artist residency at the Ox-Bow in 2009. Ms. McCoy is currently under contract with LA METRO to design murals for the new Vermont and Exposition station in downtown Los Angeles. Additional information about the artist and her work can be found at

For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Image of person in tent.

Tent by Jessica McCoy was selected to receive the People’s Choice Award during this year’s Au Naturel exhibit at CCC’s Art Center Gallery. Submitted photo.

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