WHEELING - Attracting some of the finest artwork from the tri-state region for more than 30 years, Oglebay Institute's annual Crosscurrents Exhibition is now open to the public at OI's Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.
More than 220 pieces were entered this year from 85 artists; 92 pieces were selected for the multi-media exhibition, which can be viewed free of charge through June 20.
Each year artists who reside within an 80-mile radius of Wheeling submit hundreds of works and vie for a chance to exhibit in this show. Jurors choose the works for the exhibit and award cash prizes to winning artists.
Jacob Bucy won second place in Crosscurrents 2014 for his acrylic enamel piece “Under the Sea of Dreams.”
Winners for Crosscurrents 2014 are: Rebecca Kiger, first place for her photo "Stare Down with Death;" Jacob Bucy, second place for his acrylic enamel piece "Under the Sea of Dreams" and Seth Miller, third place for his photograph "Abandoned."
Those receiving honorable mention ribbons for this year's exhibition are: Rebecca Kiger, April Waltz, L.W. "Bill" Rettig, Jr. and Robert Morris.
This year's juror is Daniel Gerdeman, an artist and art teacher at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio.
In his juror's statement Gerdeman said, "I am very interested in the fusion of craft and meaning. I want to see work that is striving for mastery of a medium and conveys a strong idea or purpose. Many of the works I chose did both of those well or was technically strong or brilliant in execution of a big idea."
He added, "Many of the works that I chose suggest a strong sense of place. The places we live, worship, travel to, dream about and long for - -real and imagined places; physical, psychological and emotional places. These works left me longing for home, summer afternoons and travels yet to come."
United National Bank partnered with Oglebay Institute to present the 2013-2014 season of art exhibitions at the Stifel Center and is proud to take an active role in support of art in the Upper Ohio Valley.
A complete list of artists selected for Crosscurrents 2014 is as follows: Lynn Anderson, Phil Adkins, Siena Baldi, Jacob Bucy (second place winner), Giulio Cappelletti, Amanda Carney, Betsy Cox, Patricia Croft, Ernest D'Andrea, Gary Davenport, Jeri DeLong, Margaret Geroch, Rhonda S. Gilbert, Stephen Glykas, Patti Goldstein, Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Bill Hogan, John Hubbard, Robert L. Joseph, Sophia Kayafas, Carla Kutzlo, Ted Kutzlo, Rebecca Kiger (first place winner and honorable mention), Victoria Lavorini, Robert E. Martin, Calvin Matzke, Harry R. McClure, Clare McDonald, Sam Merryman, Seth Miller (third place winner), Marlene Moose, Robert Morris (honorable mention), Rosalyn Murzyn, Harriet K. Parsons, Bernie Peace, Bozena Plucinska, Suzanne Polinski, Bobbi Priebe, Carol Randolph, L.W. "Bill" Rettig Jr. (honorable mention), Christine Rhodes, Leland Riley, Janet Rodriguez, Juliann Breting Rohn, Cecy Rose, Bob Sako, Robert W. Schramm, Jenny Seibert, Janet Sheehan, Brenda B. Shepherd, Paula Siebieda, Gussie Smith, Len Smith, Sue Smith, Steve Strong, Nancy Tirone, Andrew Tindor, Robert Villamagna, Lacie Lee Wallace, April Waltz (honorable mention), Jim Watson and Pete Wildley.
Crosscurrents 2014 can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June 20. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events. Please call 304-242-7700 for more information. Many of the works on display can be purchased.
Located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling, Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center is conveniently located just off exit 2B of 1-70. Also a teaching facility, the Stifel welcomes students of all ages to its ongoing classes in art, crafts, dance, fitness and more.
Part of the Helen B. Gaither Exhibition Season, the Crosscurrents Exhibition was also made possible through the generous support of the members of the Institute as well as with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.