Art Speaks Juried Exhibition 2020

The Art Speaks Juried Exhibition is here! 

View the award-winning artwork and read the judge's comments here.

View the entire Art Speaks Exhibition here. If interested in a piece, please call about availability before purchasing.

Watch the video with judge Nicole Santiago about her experience judging Art Speaks 2020!! Click HERE

This statewide show brings the best of Virginia's contemporary artists to our small-town gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. We showcase two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists. The exhibition will be viewable online throughout 2021.  Stop by the Art Speaks Gallery to pick up a printed program.

You can download a low-res PDF of the program here.

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We are honored to announce this year's participating artists:

Pat Andrews Metal Goldvein
Hunter Banks Oil painting Wake
Jack Banks Monoprint Wake
Coakley Brown Oil painting Henrico
Bob Carlson Acrylic painting Toano
Jessica Clampet Oil painting Portsmouth
Mary Claire Coster Oil, and cold wax Ashland
Mary Dean Watermedia Midlothian
Eileen Doughty Mixed media Vienna
Carolyn Dudley Oil painting Gloucester
Phil Dunn Photography Cobbs Creek
Lou E. Johnson Acrylic painting West Point
Lyle Eesley Photography Hampton
Janet Lynn Eggen Watercolor Virginia Beach
Holland Etheridge Watercolor Hampton
Michele Fletcher Photography Rockbridge Baths
Sam Forrest Wood Mathews
Maggie Gilman Photography Kilmarnock
Bernadette Goudelock Photography Rchmond
M. Alexander Gray Engraving Alexandria
Shirley Gromen Ceramics Arlington
Johnny Hayes Acrylic painting Whitestone
Lee Hazelgrove Ceramics Richmond
Barbara Hennig-Loomis Drawing Cape Charles
Dixie  Hoggan Oil painting Richmond
Sarah Collins Honenberger Photography Tappahannock
Susan Jutras Assemblage Newport News
Gudrun Kiel-Bullock Felting Providence Forge
Martha Anne King Watercolor Hallieford
Karen Kingsley Acrylic painting Lancaster
Natalie Kohler Oil painting Charlottesville
Elizabeth Krome Ceramics Toano
Michael Kunzinger Photography Hartfield
Debbie LaFrance Oil painting Hartfield 
Joann Sybil Lawson Acrylic painting Williamsburg
Katherine Maloney Ceramics Cologne 
Linda  Marshall Oil painting Irvington
Charlotte McAdams Acrylic painting Richmond
Gayle Merrill Oil painting Moneta
Mark Miltz Drawing Virginia Beach
Hiromi Minemura Ceramics Alexandria
Devi  Moore Oil painting Chesapeake
Kathleen Noffsinger Oil and cold wax Hartfield
Penny A Parrish Photography, digital painting Fredericksburg
Jan Priddy Oil painting Powhatan
Howard Rodman Photography Virginia Beach
Susan Rosen Acrylic painting Staunton
Mary Lee Ruff Drawing Newport News
Dennis Rundlett Acrylic painting Port Haywood
Jorge Saenz Mixed media Virginia Beach
Susan  Sills  Acrylic painting Weems 
Sheila Simons Drawing Newport News
Jane Skafte Drawing Kents Store
Ray Stubblebine Photography Mathews
Brenda Sylvia Acrylic painting Reedville
Russell Turnage Ceramics Lanexa
Jenny Windsor Drawing Virginia Beach



 Juror and Judge, 2020 Art Speaks Juried Exhibition   

head shot photograph of Nicole M. Santiago

Nicole M. Santiago

Juror Statement

 One of my most challenging jobs as a professional artist is judging the merit of another artist's work. I take my role as a juror seriously and do my best to provide fair and unbiased responses to each artist's work.

 As you may know, judging the merit of an artwork can be a somewhat subjective endeavor; however, a well-seasoned juror can bring objectivity to the process through experience and practice. One develops the ability to recognize artistic merit through years of experience. I come to this exhibition as a seasoned art professional, who has cultivated a critical eye over decades of deep and ongoing efforts in curating, artmaking, and exhibiting. I've further developed my aesthetic keenness by teaching thousands of students how to paint and draw. These experiences form the basis of my artistic sensibilities, which help me bring objectivity into the judging process.

 To provide further insight into my assessment process, I often use some combination of the following simple aesthetic criteria when looking at works:

  • Composition / understanding of pictorial design & compositional harmony
  • Artistic Maturity / transcendence beyond technique & avoidance of clichés
  • Intellectual heft / balance of form and content
  • Creativity / inventiveness and original thought
  • Materials / sensitivity to material handling
  • Artistic Ambition / risk-taking

 It is important to understand that juried competitions can serve as a valuable component of artistic development; this is true even when one receives a rejection. As someone who has been in over 100 exhibitions, and applied to three times that many, I have received my fair number of rejections. I've learned over the years that a thick-skin is important, but perseverance is essential to a successful career in the arts.