volunteers who have given so generously of their time and support, and gratefullyacknowledge their role in our success.
The Gertrude Herbert’s Main Gallery played host to five major exhibitions during FY2009, featuring more than fifty contemporary artists working in a diverse range of styles and media. In September
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annual juried fine art competition, attracted entries from almost 300 artists representingevery corner of the nation. The event also served as the Institute’s contribution toAugusta’s inaugural Westobou Festival, held September 18 – 28, 2008. At theexhibition’s opening reception juror Amanda Cooper of The Art Center, St.Petersburg selected three particularly outstanding entries from a pool of almost1,000 works of art for receipt of cash merit awards, generously sponsored byMercedes-Benz of Augusta.In November and December the faculty of Augusta State University’s ArtDepartment mounted its third semi-annual exhibition at the Institute. These giftedartists shared an inspiring body of work in media rangingfrom paintings and prints to photography and sculpture. The New Year opened with an exhibition of abstract andfigurative paintings by noted Anglo-Irish artist JohnKingerlee. Part of a three-year national tour, the collectionrepresented the first important presentation of the artist’swork in the United States. Noted New York art criticDominique Nahas visited the Institute in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening tohost a gallery talk on Kingerlee and his oeuvre.Columbia, SC ceramicist Virginia Scotchie brought her work to Augusta in April.Combining simple organic shapes with colorful glazes and metallic finishes,Scotchie’s abstract sculptures break from the ordinary to become trulyextraordinary.
, a compelling and often ironic series of photographs by Wisconsin artist Tom Jones, brought the exhibition season to a closein June. A member of the state’s Ho-Chunk Indian tribe, Jones examines the use of Native American symbols in advertising and popular culture and the often-stereotypical, commercialized image of the American Indian that has resulted.Rotating student exhibitions held throughout the year complemented the Institute’seducational mission, allowing aspiring artists to see their classroom effortspresented in a gallery setting. In addition to hosting regular displays of artworkcreated in its own studio and outreach classes, the Institutepartnered with a number of other area schools, includingDavidson Fine Arts Magnet School, T.W. Josey High School,and Augusta State University, to exhibit works by theirtalented students. In February and March, the 30
annualAgnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition and Exhibitionshowcased award-winning artwork by over 70 area studentsin grades K-12 from through public, private, and home schools throughout theCSRA.In early 2009 the Gertrude Herbert began preparations for a new CommunityArtists’ Gallery on the third floor of Ware’s Folly, made possible through a generousgrant from the Creel-Harison Foundation. Completed in June, the space will serve asa dedicated exhibition area for the CSRA’s resident artists, and will allow theInstitute to better promote awareness of this gifted but often underrepresentedsector of the visual arts community. Beginning in September 2009, the Community