Entries for CPSA's online competition, ArtSpectations, closed on August 31, 2015 with more than 280 entries in the Signature and Non-Signature categories. Our judge for ArtSpectations 2015-2016 was John Smolko, CPSA, CPX (OH).
In addition to the Best of Show awards there were five Honorable Mentions in each category. You can view the entire group of award winners and the judge's comments on each at our CPSA website.
All entries submitted in the competition can be viewed on ArtSpectations until April 30th, 2016.
ABOUT THE JUDGE
John is a Colored Pencil Society of America signature and 10-year merit award member, who has been juried into eleven CPSA International Exhibitions and four Explore This! online exhibitions. In 2014 he received the District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement at the 22nd Annual CPSA International Exhibition in Ormond Beach, Florida. John has exhibited his art throughout the United States and has work in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Arts in Hinckley, Ohio, andthe State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio in Columbus. He is presently associated with Group Ten Gallery in Kent, Ohio (To see a detailed list of John's exhibitions and examples of his artwork, visit his website.
BEST OF SHOW - SIGNATURE CATEGORY
Best of Show went to Holly Siniscal, CPSA (NV) for her piece "Garden Window". The judge had this to say about her entry:
"Holly, you are a master at portraits and you really excelled in this one. The colors and composition are dynamic and I just love how the flowers frame the beautiful face of the young girl. This work of art takes my breath away."
|Best of Show - Signature Category|
Holly Siniscal, CPSA (NV)
24 x 20" 100% colored pencil
Best of Show went to Jesse Lane (TX) for his entry "Resolve". The judge had this to say about Jesse's work:
"This is a real 'Master Work' for Jesse. I just can’t take my eyes off the portrait and I love the impact and drama of the “stare!” What a dynamic work of art. Bravo Mr. Lane!"