By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
With 268 entries and 72 works of art selected for the show, Baker Arts Center representatives are proud of the center’s current exhibit and encourage the community to stop by and enjoy the artistic creations of those accepted into the 13th National Juried Art Exhibition.
Art Director Diane Marsh said this year’s juror, Larry Bradshaw, Professor of Art University of Nebraska in Omaha, was selected as Juror of the show after a rather extensive process. She said the center tries to pick from a variety of judges each year – in an effort to represent all regions of the country.
“We try to change the area of the country the juror is from,” Marsh said. “We have had jurors from all over, we have had one from California, Montana, Chicago and Texas.”
Marsh was proud to announce four Liberal artists had been selected for the show. This, she said, illustrates Liberal’s talents as the Juror is unaware of an artist’s location when deciding whether or not to accept his or her work.
“There was an artist from Ulysses, Garden City, Hays and Girard,” she said. “There were 18 states represented at the actual show. We had a couple of Oklahoma artists, we had one from Texhoma. California and New Jersey are probably the farthest points east and west represented.”
Bradshaw took his job as Juror of the show extremely seriously. In a statement from Baker Arts Center, he expressed his love for art of all kinds.
“When I think about the human spirit as it grasps the creative process, I become somewhat awestruck at the artistic results,” he said. “For this reason, I am convinced that all art is good art at some level. Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Therefore, let us think of creative expression as quite important for maturing of the whole person.”
He believed, he said, all those selected for the exhibit were very talented and was grateful for his experience as a juror.
“The artists selected for this exhibition are all winners because they were chosen to be exhibited,” he said. “I give a heartfelt thank you to the Baker Art Center family and the supporting sponsors who are to be congratulated for their for their invaluable contributions to this wonderful show. I hope the viewers will all gain insight and be touched in some way.”
Baker Arts Center will have all exhibits selected for the 13th National Juried Art Show on display until June 4. The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.