The Carnegie Arts Center will present Lines and Colors: Celebrating Degas from November 7, 2012 until February 3, 2013. Featuring more than 40 works, this juried exhibition includes drawings, paintings, textiles, photographs and mixed media works by 28 regional artists from local communities such as Turlock and Modesto and beyond. The title of the exhibit is derived from the emphasis Edgar Degas placed on formal qualities of art, particularly line and color. In the call for entries, artists were asked to submit works that spoke to them of lines and colors and the legacy of Degas. The exhibit will run concurrently with Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist now on view at the Carnegie and offer visitors the unique perspective of artists from the community and region on Degas, the artist and the man.
A grand prize winner was selected. "It is an elegant photograph titled Abandoned Dreams by Rob G. Bearden," according to Rebecca Phillips Abbott, Director and Curator of the Carnegie Arts Center. "There is a sensibility present in the photograph that reflects Degas' explorations of modern life and human isolation. The subject of the photograph is an abandoned chair. Lines are prominent in its composition. Its colors resemble those of many of Degas' early works. Yet, in the end, it is a work that is entirely Bearden's own." While the original call for entries provided for a single Grand Prize winner, the judges believed there were other works too accomplished to go unrecognized. As a result, there are also three Honorable Mentions: Aida Fry for The Palm Warbler, Ivan Sohrakoff for Dapper Dan, and Bill Conrad for L.
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GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Rob G. Bearden, Abandoned Dreams, photograph, 2012