Awards Announced at Au Naturel Exhibit Opening

The opening reception of CCC's sixth annual international juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, was held Thursday, February 23rd. 

This year, over 700 images were submitted by nearly 200 artists from 35 states plus international submissions from Japan, India, Denmark, Italy, and Canada. The 2012 exhibit represents 48 artists from 18 states as well as international artists from Canada and Denmark.

Approximately 200 people were in attendance at the opening reception, including nine of the exhibiting artists. This year’s juror Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, was present to give a gallery talk.  Hors d'œuvres were provided by the Bridgewater Bistro and flowers were provided by Erickson Floral Company.   During the opening reception, awards were announced, which included cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award and two-person show award, and three workshop awards. The awards for this competition are fully supported by the fees paid by all participating artists.  A Post-Reception Party was held immediately following the opening at the Tap Room of the Fort George. This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery through March 29th.  All visitors to the exhibit are invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

Ms. Laing-Malcolmson awarded first place to Annie Heisey for her oil painting entitled The Doubting of St. Thomas. Gabriel Lipper of Ashland, OR was awarded second place for his nine foot tall oil painting called Persephone. For third place, Ms. Laing-Malcolmson selected Sig and Friends, a gouache painting on paper by Betsy Kendall of Berkeley, CA. Roger McCoy of Grand Junction, CO was awarded honorable mention for his oil painting Hell and Love 2.  In addition to first place, Annie Heisey’s oil painting The Doubting of St. Thomas was also selected for this year’s purchase award by the art department faculty, which will become part of the College’s growing Permanent Collection. All of the artists selected to participate in the 2012 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for a solo show award, and from among all the submissions, Doug Anderson of Hillsboro, OR was selected by the art faculty for his proposal to exhibit his installation Asphodel, an experimental mixed-media exhibit inspired by Greek mythology and the afterlife.  He will also be leading a workshop in conjunction with his solo exhibit in which both students and the wider community will be invited to participate.  This year, for the first time in the history of the competition, the faculty also elected to offer a two-person show award.  The recipients of this award are Don Copper of Chicago, IL, and Kerry Conboy of Monterey, CA.  Both artists will be leading workshops that are connected to their own unique approaches to artmaking.

To view images of the award winning artwork as well as those of the entire exhibit and those of prior exhibits, please visit Au Naturel.

Visitors also have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from the previous five Au Naturel exhibitions, which are currently on display in the Dora Badollet Library, primarily in the Desdemona Room. For library hours, call: 503-338-2462.

In addition, for the second consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel.  This multi-venue exhibit will run concurrently with the Au Naturel, and there was a special gallery walk held on Saturday, March 3rd.  The participating venues are RiverSea Gallery, Light Box Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, Lunar Boy Gallery, KALA at HIPFiSH, Studio 11, and Salon Vervé.

The Au Naturel exhibit is free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Fort George Brewery, the Bridgewater Bistro, and Erikson Floral.

The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note that special Spring Break hours from March 26th through March 29th are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472.

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


Attached Images:
1. Artists gather for the pre-opening reception to visit with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, this year's juror for the Au Naturel competition. 

People gather in small groups to discuss artwork. Others view work displayed at the 2012 Au Naturel exhibit.


2. Included in this year’s exhibit are three life size figurative lithographs on Japanese paper entitled Elderly Women by Karen Kallstein of Stamford, CT.

Image of art in the Au Naturel exhibit. Three dimensional images of 3 women appearning to be in conversation hang from the gallery ceiling.


3. Bonnie:  This year’s juror Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, gives a gallery talk and announces the awards. 


Juror Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson at the microphone announcing her selections for the Au Naturel awards.


4. Artists at Reception:  Nine of the forty-eight artists included in the 2012 exhibition attended the opening reception. 
(From left to right): Reed Clarke, Don Copper, Randee Ayres, Thomas Kitts, Jan Madill, Annie Heisey, Kelly Williams, and Scott Duff. (Nik Adams not shown)


Eight award winners in attendance are photographed as a group

5. Annie Heisey 1st Place:  Annie Heisey's painting entitled The Doubting of St. Thomas was selected for both First Place and this year's Purchase Award.


Annie Heisey is pictured with her award-winning entry, The Doubting of St Thomas, an image of the nude St Thomas examining the wound in his side.

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