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Visual Arts Festival 2017

May 18 - August 12, 2017

The Visual Arts Festival juried small works exhibition has been a tradition at BMoA since 1989. For the 17th biennial festival, the Museum hosted an open call to all artists living in California. This year’s theme was Looking Up.

Looking up indicates both futuristic and upward thinking - the literal and the internal. All of the pieces included in this exhibition address one of these directions - and some of them both. Each artist has engaged this theme in a unique and vibrant way - whether directly or symbolically. In light of the state of perpetual distractions we live in, what I appreciate most about this work is the thorough dedication to the unseen and the beckoning and to do just that - to look up. May we all be ever looking up, paying close attention to what is larger than ourselves and to what lies ahead.”
–Emma Saperstein, 2017 Juror


Visual Arts Festival 2017 Winners

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BEST IN SHOW

Susan Reep
In Sun Salutations for the New Normal: My Fifteen Minutes
Digital photo collage

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SECOND PLACE

Prapat Sirinavarat
The Bee No.1
Acrylic on plywood

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THIRD PLACE

Marjorie Dow
Tapped Out in a Yellow Dress
Acrylic on canvas

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HONORABLE MENTION

Carey Reimer
Drought
Beeswax, glass, netted fabric, California poppy petals, and tissue paper on plywood