2019 Kalos Visual Art Prize Winners: Jennifer Cronin + Margie Criner - Ruminate Magazine

2019 Kalos Visual Art Prize Winners: Jennifer Cronin + Margie Criner

December 10, 2018

Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Kalos Visual Art Prize. The winning piece was selected by our final juror, Betty Spackman.


FIRST PLACE: "Seen and Unseen" by Jennifer Cronin

Sometimes starkly real, and other times other-worldly, Jennifer Cronin’s style of captivating realism pulls the viewer into the world of her artwork. From exploring inner psychology to highlighting income inequality, Cronin is constantly exploring what it means to be alive in these times. Recently, Cronin was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to support the development of her current series, which contemplates the disappearing landscapes of our changing planet. Cronin studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning her BFA in painting in 2009.  She lives and works in Chicago, and is represented by Elephant Room Gallery. (image credit: Adam Biba)

Juror Betty Spackman writes: "A sensitive and skillful response to environmental issues related to place.  The images in their deliberate act of disappearing into the ground of the canvas echo the threatening demise of the land and community they reference. The work has maintained integrity as painting while also addressing a relevant and timely global problem in focused local detail. They draw attention to danger in what are subtle, compassionate laments and in so doing are effective and provocative."

SECOND PLACE: "If I Were a King" by Margie Criner

Margie Criner is an American artist born in Detroit, Michigan in1968. Her sculptural work invites the viewer to examine form from a distance, then, thru a lens portal, shift to see a hidden miniature interior. Criner’s work explores universal experiences like waiting, commuting, traveling, and dreaming. She received a Bachelor of Science in Textile Design from Michigan State University in 1991 and has exhibited throughout the US.  Her work is part of many private collections worldwide. Margie Criner currently works and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Juror Betty Spackman writes: "This work is a clever blend of formal design and raucous imagination. The pieces both seduce and disturb with the combination of interior and exterior worlds that suggest perhaps futuristic survival units, protective pods that hold the narratives of self and society. They are skull and brain, mind and memory, society and individual, viewed through peep show openings that ask the viewer to enter the miniature stage sets as though simultaneously reliving the past and seeing into the future."


"The Lilies How they Grow" by Emily McIlroy

Emily McIlroy uses the practice of drawing and painting, and her own particular practice of abstraction, as a means of connecting inner and outer landscapes. Her large-scale works on paper explore forces and life forms of the natural world as metaphors for human experiences of love, loss, grief, and wonder. McIlroy received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 2005 and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2011. She lives and works in the back of Honolulu’s Pālolo Valley, and teaches nearby at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the Honolulu Museum of Art School, and the Hawai'i State Art Museum. She is the author of One Half Living for Two: Cross- Cultural Paradigms of Twinship and Twin Loss.

"EBB" by Hanna Vogel

Hanna Vogel is an artist living in Philadelphia, PA. She received a BFA from the California College of the Arts and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In her art, she uses craft-based materials and techniques in non-traditional ways to make sculptures and installations. She has shown her work nationally and internationally and has presented and published papers internationally. She has received fellowships/grants from Yaddo, the California College of the Arts, I-Park, and Sculpture Space among others. 





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Susan Hart
Andrew Hendrixson
Phil Irish
Elizabeth Jordan
Leon Kortenkamp
Kim Rice
Anne Rynearson
Jean Sbarra Jones
Angelica Shaw

Thank you to all of you who entered the visual art prize!  

Ruminate Magazine hosts an annual contest for short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. You can read more about our writing contests and art contest here.

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