Friday, December 12, 2008

Finalists of myartspace / Bridge Art Fair Miami competition

Finalists of myartspace / Bridge Art Fair Miami competition

Myartspace, along with Bridge Art Fair sponsored a competition juried by a world class panel from Bridge Art Fair, SF MOMA, San Jose Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of Art. The registration and submission period ran from September 1 through November 15, 2008. Fifty finalists were selected along with three top winners.

The three winners were Jonathan Brilliant, Beatrix Reinhardt and Douglas Ljungkvist. The four-person jury panel consisted of Elisabeth Sussman, senior Curator of the Whitney Museum, Janet Bishop, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, JoAnne Northrop, senior curator of the San Jose Museum of Art, and Michael Workman, Founder of the Bridge Art Fair.
Catherine McCormack-Skiba, the founder of myartspace and CEO, noted, "We continue to marvel at the quality of work that the community puts up for consideration, and the challenge the jury confronts with such breadth and depth of material. Our goal continues to be to provide great opportunities for artists to have their work recognized by leading curators and the art public. We continue to see a global audience of artists and art appreciators in our community."
Michael Workman, Founder and Director of the Bridge Art Fair, said, "We have always believed the art industry will thrive with new entries, new models and new venues. brings to the table a dramatically new and contemporary way to address the art market. We welcome such innovation from the Internet in the Bridge Art Fair."
This will be a short series of entries acknowledging the fifty finalists. I shall post five at a time:

Julie Davidow was born in Miami and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami from 1996-1999 on scholarship. Her work has been exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; The Tampa Museum of Art; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., and numerous local and national galleries.
Davidow's work is included in the permanent collection of the Miami Art Museum, the Girl’s Club Collection in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and many private collections nationwide. She is recipient of a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, Dade Community Foundation’s Leo and Raye Chestler Contemporary Visual Arts Award, and was a four year juried artist-in-residence at the ArtCenter / South Florida on Miami Beach. In addition, Julie is the coauthor of the book MIAMI Contemporary Artists.

Nicola Evans --

Maureen Keaveny --
Born St. Louis, MO; 1980. Living and working in Providence, RI. Photographer, installation and new media artist Maureen Keaveny utilizes outdated machines, electronics, photography, and a variety of found and recycled materials to construct large-scale, impermanent landscapes. She constructs reproductions of a nature-based reality that explores the disintegrating layers of what is natural through the formation of cultural objects and imagery.

Keaveny has won honors for her work at the St. Louis Artists' Guild in Missouri and has received the Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Fund from Columbia College Chicago. She has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York City, St. Louis, Providence, and in the Museum at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA.

Joyce Siegel
Joyce Siegel is a working artist with a studio in Long Island City. She recently had a solo show at the Shag Gallery in Chelsea, NY. She also has work at the Pierogi gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While living in London, Joyce became fascinated with paintings, sculpture and especially drawings. She scoured the galleries and museums in London and New York.

Joyce is primarily a self taught artist and much of what she has learned has come from her interaction and observation of great art. She developed her techniques by taking several art classes at the The New York Studio School, The School of Visual Arts and Anderson Ranch. She has also worked with Jerry Salz, Suzanne Joelson, and more recently with Shazia Sikander and Joan Snyder. Joyce was invited and resided at the artist colony Yaddo, the summer of 2006.

Joyce primarily works with water based products on paper. She is very intrigued by the surface and edges of paper. Joyce has always been fascinated by the creative process; one mark leading to the next mark, as well as one drawing developing into the next drawing. Besides producing her own work, Joyce has also worked with children from The Dalton School, P.S. 6 and the 92nd Street Y Nursery School creating large scale grid drawings. The drawings incorporate sentences, letters, marks and words generated by the children. The entire student body is involved in the drawings which have raised significant funds for these institutions.

Joyce Siegel was born in New York City where she currently resides. She received a B.S. in Economics in 1982 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked on Wall Street for 10 years.

Megan Bisbee-Durlam --
Megan Bisbee-Durlam was born in Minneapolis in 1983 and grew up in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Alfred University in 2005. She has exhibited at such venues as Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York City, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, Tampa Museum of Art, Bleu Acier Gallery and Covivant Gallery in Tampa, FL, and Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT, and was a finalist for the 2005, "Albright Knox: Western New York and Beyond."

Megan's work was published in the Northeastern edition #56 of New American Paintings and will be included in the upcoming publication RiseUp: Vol. III. Reviews and announcements of shows she participated in have appeared in such publications as Art in America, Buffalo News, The Gay City News, The Tampa Tribune, and Tampa Creative Loafing. Megan was invited to give an in-class presentation of her work as a visiting artist at the University of South Florida. She has studied art abroad while living in Paris and Florence. Megan currently lives and works in Anan-cho, Japan, learning Japanese and indulging in Japan's truly unique visual landscape.

About myartspace:
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Membership on myartspace is free and artists can upload an unlimited amount of work including images, music and video. Myartspace is created and run by CatMacArt Corporation. CatMacArt Corporation is located in Palo Alto, California. CatMacArt Corporation also is the company behind The New York Art Exchange (, the premier online marketplace for contemporary art.

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Brian Sherwin
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