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Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century: CCC’s Third Annual Juried International Art Exhibition

From: Kristin Shauck
To: Media
Date: 02/04/09
Subject: CCC’s Third Annual Juried International Art Exhibition PR

Clatsop Community College
Contact: Kristin Shauck 503-338-2472 or Scott Reuter at 503-338-2478

Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century: CCC’s Third Annual Juried International Art Exhibition

The Clatsop Community College (CCC) Art Center Gallery is proud to announce that Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century—CCC’s third annual juried international art exhibition—will be on exhibit at the CCC Art Center Gallery February 19th – April 9th, 2009. The exhibit will open with a reception honoring the chosen artists Thursday, February 19th at 6:00 pm. The juror, Rick Bartow, will be present at the reception to give a gallery talk. Awards will also be announced, which include cash prizes, purchase awards, and a solo show for a selected artist for the upcoming exhibition season at the Art Center Gallery. A No-Host Post-Reception Party at the Wet Dog Café, which is located at 144 11th St, will follow the reception.

Now in its third consecutive year, the competition has garnered a tremendous response once again from artists from around the country and across the globe, as well as from local and regional artists. As juror, Bartow was faced with a very difficult task, and after much deliberation, 67 works of art were selected from over 370 submissions. The exhibit will represent artists from 14 states plus the District of Columbia, and international artists from Canada and Europe.

One of the Northwest’s most celebrated artists, this year’s Au Naturel juror Rick Bartow is an extremely accomplished figurative artist who works in a wide range of media. He is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, and has received many honors, including a solo exhibit at The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (New York, 2003), The Eiteljorg Museum's Fellowship for Native American Fine Art (Indianapolis, 2001), a year-long installation in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at The White House (1997-98) a Flintridge Foundation Fellowship (2001-02) and an interview on National Public Radio with Ketzel Levine (2003). In 2006, Bartow collaborated with Master Printmaker Seiichi Hiroshima at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, OR. A solo exhibition of Rick Bartow’s work was on exhibit at the CCC Art Center earlier in the year.

The jurying process is an enormously demanding undertaking, as Bartow explains: “Cross the T’s and dot the I’s: elimination must be done and must begin somewhere. There is always too much good work and too little wall space. All is “work” and I applaud this aspect, as “work” is often very difficult to achieve in the course of a day. To the chosen my congratulations, and to the rejected my apologies: I have been there more often than not, and at 62 I find it no easier than I did in the beginning. I have been extremely lucky---blessed if you will---and I would hope the same for all who attempted and go on attempting to succeed.”

Joseph A. Miller, artist and Associate Professor of art at Buffalo State College, New York, has been selected by three different jurors to show his artwork in the Au Naturel competition each year since its inception. To explain his continuing interest in the figure as the focus of his work, Miller says, “I have always been inclined to pursue art in a manner which emphasizes drawing and a concern for naturalism. I focus primarily on the human figure depicted in environments that create a context for psychologically charged, open-ended narratives. Many of these narratives explore ideas about power and vulnerability.”

Canadian artist Robert Creighton, second place winner of the 2008 Au Naturel, and also selected to exhibit in the 2009 show, says, “It is really quite exciting that the Au Naturel exhibition at Clatsop Community College continues to provide a venue for figurative art.” Creighton believes that the nude human figure is a timeless subject that is “as relevant in artwork today as it has ever been, perhaps more so.” His artwork is a reflection of “our hopes, fears, strengths and weaknesses” and seeks to portray his “observations of humanity’s vulnerabilities and greatness.”

As in the previous two Au Naturel exhibits, local artists have a very strong presence in the show. Janet Bland of Gearhart is a local artist who practices the discipline of figure drawing on a regular basis at the open studio sessions with life models offered on campus at the CCC Art Center. “For the artist, drawing and painting the human form is primary and a challenge,” she explains. “It requires the artist to be attentive, to feel the human connection, and to understand the nuance of expression and gesture. It is this connection which is so important – to be connected to others, and to be in wonder of humanity’s complexity, elegance, and energy.”

This event is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1653 Jerome Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with special Saturday hours for the duration of this exhibit from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. For more information contact: Kristin Shauck 503-338-2472 or Scott Reuter at 503-338-2478.

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

Images Attached:

Janet Bland, Recline, charcoal on paper, 17” x 24”, 2008

Joseph Miller, Girl in Rising Water, graphite, 38 ½” x 30 ½”, 2006


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