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Published: 19 December 2015
Last Updated: 25 December 2015

Dave Bown Projects is pleased to announce the results of the 11th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum; and Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis from submissions that were received from artists from approximately 40 countries. This competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists. Unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists totaling $10,000 USD has been awarded. Alex Trimino received $5,000 USD (Grand Prize). Elizabeth Emery, Jessica Harvey, Silas Inoue, Gulsah Mursaloglu, and Zac Skinner each received $1,000 USD (Award of Excellence).

Wayne Adams
Amy Archambault
David Blackmore
Heather Brammeier
Ashlynn Browning
Eric Corriel
Brett Eberhardt
Elizabeth Emery
Lisa Gronseth

Kyle Hackett
Beatrice Haines
Jessica Harvey
Gina Herrera
Matt Horick
Silas Inoue
Daniel Johnson
Jan Karpisek
Richard Keen III

James Long
Gulsah Mursaloglu
Christian Nicolay
Steve Ruiz
Zac Skinner
Jeremy Steglitz
Alex Trimino

“The submissions for the 11th Semiannual Competition were strong, and many entrants had work that was immediately arresting. I saw a nice array of mediums, with some truly unique materials that were tremendously evocative. The artists who most stood out to me were those fearlessly combining media. Jessica Harvey’s use of emergency blankets in her installation, for instance, and Alex Trimino’s mix of neon lights and craft materials. It was a pleasure to see this work, and to support an initiative that provides unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists.”
— Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

“My favorite work among the submissions is the sculpture, Sun Reflector by Zac Skinner. I love Sun Reflector because it embodies intelligence, ingenuity, absurdity, and a tough spirit. There is something poignant about our ongoing attempts to control universal elements, despite the futility of the exercise. Sun Reflector acknowledges this dynamic yet demonstrates the vitality of creative energy.”
— Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum

“With its heterogeneous materiality and playfulness of form and scale, Alex Trimino refreshes the contemporary practice of creating “unmonumental” sculptures from everyday things. Recalling Mike Kelley’s fiber experiments and Dan Flavin’s neon installations, her totemic sculpture brings the organic and inorganic together to create a visually wondrous theater in space. It was an honor to participate in selecting her among the recipients of an unrestricted monetary award to further their promising lines of artistic inquiry.”
— Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Jessica Harvey
Making Meaning Out of Mountains, 2015
Archival pigment prints, sculpture (emergency blankets, tape, and cardboard)
Dimensions variable
© 2015 Jessica Harvey

Alex Trimino
Luminous, 2014
Neon lights, plexiglass tubes, knittings, crochet, fibers, and found objects
120 x 96 x 144 inches (304.8 x 234.8 x 365.8 cm)
© 2015 Alex Trimino

Zac Skinner
Sun Reflector, 2015
Found Objects, bamboo, acrylic paint, aluminum foil, drive belts, nylon rope, and mixed media
approx. 84 x 144 x 180 inches (213.4 x 365.8 x 457.2 cm)
© 2015 Zac Skinner

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