- Erin Anderson, Bethlehem, PA
- Nicole Banowetz, Denver, CO
- John Bonath, Denver, CO
- Sandra Ceas, Littleton, CO
- Gerry Chapleski, Broomfield, CO
- Jennifer Davey, Fort Collins, CO
- Myra Eastman, Santa Cruz, CA
- Monica Farrar, San Jose, CA
- Mark Franz, Athens, OH
- Nelson Guda, Austin, TX
- Aaron Higgins, Tulsa, OK
- Jennifer Ivanovic, Fort Collins, CO
- Anna Kaye, Lakewood, CO
- Hye Young Kim, Winston Salem, NC
- Aaron Lish, Bend, OR
- Patrick Luber, Grand Forks, ND
- Tim Main, Denver, CO
- Robert Martinez, Riverton, WY
- Noelle Mason, Tampa, FL
- Steven McCarthy, Falcon Heights, MN
- Jessye McDowell, Auburn, AL
- Christopher Nelson, Superior, CO
- Holly Parker, Colorado Springs, CO
- Kayo Peeler, Johnstown, CO
- Daniel Romano, Colorado Springs, CO
- Amy Sacksteder, Ypsilanti, MI
- Natalie Sakurai, Sacramento, CA
- Gary Setzer, Tucson, AZ
- Stephen Shugart, Denver, CO
- RJ Sturgess, Gloversville, NY
- Peter Tucker, Fredonia, NY
- Aric Verrastro, Bloomington, IN
- Eldon Ward, Fort Collins, CO
- Marion Wasserman, Santa Fe, NM
- Margi Weir, Detroit, MI
- Lauren Yandell, Houston, TX
The title for this year’s National Juried Show, “Incite Insight,” was a call to action for artists all around the country. “The call was issued with the idea that artists often challenge us to see the world in new ways, providing insights into our times and our lives. Without limiting the content to a specific theme, Lincoln Center was seeking work that would provoke, inspire, or arouse a deeper understanding or vision of the world,” Gallery Coordinator Jeanne Shoaff explains. Over 250 artists took up this challenge in a big way, sending over 850 images to be considered for “Incite Insight,” the National Juried Show.
Each year the Lincoln Center invites a special Guest Juror to select the artworks for its National Juried Show. Ivar Zeile, the owner/director of Plus Gallery—one of the top-ranked contemporary art galleries in Denver, is the Guest Juror for this year’s exhibition. The competition was juried blind, meaning that while the juror could see the artwork, he didn’t know who created the work or where the artist lives. He had the daunting task of viewing more than 800 images and selecting less than fifty for inclusion in the show. “This is easily the most competitive call for entries that we’ve hosted at the Lincoln Center,” says Gallery Coordinator Jeanne Shoaff. The thirty-sox artists juried into the exhibit hail from eighteen states, and include fourteen Colorado artists.
The resulting exhibit is an exciting show that includes an extremely wide range of media, including portrait painting, digital photography, drawing, video, sculpture, interactive art and digital media, fiber arts, poured paint, vinyl sign material, a multi-sensory installation, and more. Guest Juror Ivar Zeile has selected works that touch on many of the regional and global issues of our times such as gun control, gender roles, racism, the environment, women’s rights, and emotional isolation, and to name a few. But central to the exhibition is the notion that art has the power to address and even transform these issues in ways that provoke thought, encourage conversation, and perhaps incite action.
As an artist himself, Mr. Zeile brings a wide open view of the role of the contemporary artist. His involvement with innovative projects (such as “Denver Digerati,” for which he curates digital animation and motion-based art, and the Invisible Museum, a conceptual center for the exchange of creative ideas) places Zeile at the threshold of what’s possible in creative expression. Mr. Zeile served as a member of the Denver Mayor's Commission for Cultural Affairs from 2006 through 2011 and in the last decade has served as a board member for a variety of art-related groups including PlatteForum, the Denver Art Museum's DAM Contemporaries, RedLine, and the Invisible Museum. Prior to opening Plus Gallery, Zeile has worked independently in film and video alongside a variety of diverse design platforms including graphic, furniture, trade-show, and interpretive museum design.
Exhibition Designer Jack Curfman has the task of corralling the forty artworks and six videos into a cohesive and compelling design that features each work to its greatest advantage. For more than thirty-five years, Mr. Curfman has designed exhibitions at the Lincoln Center as well as other regional museums and galleries including the Denver Art Museum, the Arvada Center, CSU’s Curfman Gallery and Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, and the Global Village Museum to name a few.
The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation will be held on Friday, November 20, 5–7 p.m., and is open to the public. Mr. Curfman will be recognized at 5:45 p.m. for over thirty-five years of service designing exhibitions at the Lincoln Center. At 6:00 p.m., Mr. Zeile will present over $2,000 in cash awards for artworks selected by the Guest Juror. The exhibition runs through January 3, 2015.