2023 Robin Nance Metz Art Competition

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The 2022 Robin Nance Metz Art Competition opening and gallery reception was held on Thursday, January 19, 2023 in the Shelby County Arts Center’s EBSCO Fine Art Gallery.

The SCAC was excited to host this annual juried gallery exhibit. For the 2023 exhibit, the SCAC decided to rename the Adult Juried Art Exhibit to honor the artistic legacy of Shelby County artist, Robin Nance Metz, who passed away from cancer in 2022. Robin was a light to all around her and we hope this exhibit celebrates her artistic spirit and the inspiration that remains.

This year’s exhibit was judged by Artist Randy Gachet. Of more than 80 artists who entered the competition, less than 50 were accepted to the show. Gachet certainly had his work cut out for him when he decided which pieces to accept into the show based on digital entries alone. After the accepted pieces arrived in the gallery, Gachet then came to the gallery and did the final round of judging in person. After spending several hours contemplating his choices, he made his selections, and prizes were awarded the opening night of the exhibit. Check out the gallery at the bottom of the page for the winning selections and honorable mentions.

Each fall this exhibit submission opens up to all Alabama Artists ages 18 and up.

Be sure to stop by the gallery and see this work while it’s on display! The work will remain on display until March 9, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 10am-5pm (Wednesdays 11am-5pm).

Winning Artists:

Best in Show: Ted Metz-Consequences of Extraction

Best in Fiber Arts: Dorothy West-Mountain Falls

Best in Photography: Jerry Roethig-The Way is Narrow

Best in Drawing: Ashley Bond-Lucid

Best in Painting: Banks Compton-Dragons are Real

Best in Sculpture: Tracie Noles-Ross-American Avatar

Best in Fine Art Crafts: Matthew Barton-Vessel 1

Best in Digital Art: Ben Rigsby-Broken Spirit

Best in Printmaking: Nicholas Tisdale-di-chot-o-my:Up/Down II

Executive Director’s Choice: Jamison Harper-Dusk

Staff Choice: Laura Walker-Forgiveness

Honorable Mentions:

Fiber Arts: Duffy Morrison-Tranquility

Photography: Lee Hedgepeth-Windblown

Drawing: Kara Theart-Dunes

Painting: Misty Bennett-Pickle, Polka-Dot, Peel

Sculpture: Eriel Gibson-Giraffe: From the Factory

Fine Art Crafts: Deborah Ballog-Tequila Sunrise

Digital Art: Lee Hedgepeth-The Color of the Past

Printmaking: Valerie Flynn-Touch

Participating Artists:

Brenda Alburl – Anna Grace Askelson – Deborah Ballog – Matthew Barton – Terry Beckham – Misty Bennett – Dez Biddle – Donnalee Blankenship – Ashley Bond  – Michelle Branson – Richard Brown – Kimberley A Brown – Banks Compton – LeighAnn Edmonds – Janice James Eubank – Valerie Flynn – Katie Geiger – Eriel Gibson – Mikayla Hammock – Jamison Harper – Lee Hedgepeth – David Higgins – Karen Ingram – Mara Jambor – Wes Ladner – Michelle McGraw – Ted Metz – Duffy Morrison – Fran Nagy – Tracie Noles-Ross – Butch Oglesby – Melanie Poole – Bob Quarles – Phoebe Reed – Rhianna Richey – Gary Ricketts – Ben Rigsby – Jerry Roethig – Mary Scott – Beverly J Stewart – Sarah Tanner – JK Terrell – Kara Theart – Danielle Tickell – Nicholas Tisdale – Laura Walker – Bruce Watford – Dorothy West – Jane Wood – William A Yarbrough

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