2018 Kalos Visual Art Prize

2018 Kalos Visual Art Prize

by Ruminate Magazine January 08, 2018

We're thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of Ruminate's 2018 Kalos Visual Art Prize selected by final juror Steve Prince. The winning artwork will appear in Issue No. 46, which releases mid-March. 

First Place: Eloisa Guanlao, Noli Me Tangere

Eloisa Guanlao writes: "Noli Me Tangere is the tangled story of colonialism, immigration and survival in the form of a life-sized, cast paper jeepney and an accompanying documentary film. Motivated by my search for original comic books that my father illustrated during my childhood in the Philippines, Noli Me Tangere is my journey into the colonial and immigration history of the Philippines. It traces my own family’s experience within the larger story of Filipino immigration." Learn more. 

Eloisa Guanlao is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, California State University in Long Beach, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and LACHSA for her art and art history training.


Second Place: Janet McKenzie, Hope, Chrysalis Opening, Our Children

Janet McKenzie writes: "I honor the feminine spirit through diverse, sacred and secular paintings of women. I celebrate each one of us—the iconic individual—living out the abstractness of our lifetimes within the sanctuary of the human body. I give a visual voice to those in community striving together, or alone, often against great odds, women in transition searching and fighting for racial, religious and gender acceptance and equality." Learn more. 

Vermont artist Janet McKenzie pays homage to the feminine figure through sacred and secular imagery. Her work is collected and exhibited around the world. Janet McKenzie’s painting, “Jesus of the People”, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s competition for a new image of Jesus at the Millennium by judge, Sister Wendy Beckett, art historian and BBC television host. 

 

Honorable Mention: Joseph Di Bella, Tree Parables

Joseph Di Bella writes: "Transience and the fleeting interludes of being are at the core of my work and I often use natural phenomena such as clouds, plants and animals as well as materials and processes to serve as metaphors of our lives. These pieces are parts of series that allude to the themes vanitas and redemption." Learn more. 

Joseph Di Bella is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia (U.S.A.) where he taught from 1977 until 2016. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, his work has been included in solo, group, invitational and competitive local, regional, national and international exhibitions.

 

Finalists: 

Sara Catapano
Christina Cobb
Lydia Dildilian
Erin Elizabeth
Penghuan Guo
Sharon Hart
Ryota Matsumoto
Stephanie Serpick
Denise Wellbrock
Ashley Votaw




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