16th Annual Juried Exhibition Opens at Freeport Art Museum Nov. 16

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The 16th annual Regional Juried Exhibition (RJE16) opens at the Freeport Art Museum on Saturday, November 16, from 5 to 8 pm. Featuring a wide range of styles, media, and concepts in contemporary art, this much-anticipated annual exhibition showcases the latest achievements from artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

This highly selective show received an incredible 200 submissions from 53 artists this year. Special guest juror Victor Armendariz of Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago selected 45 pieces for inclusion into this year’s exhibition. Out of these works, Armendariz has chosen 5 artists to receive recognition for their excellent artistic contributions including: First Place awarded to Linda Vietmeyer (Orangeville, IL) for Boy Sleeping on Red Pillow, Second Place awarded to Cindy Vondran (Rockton, IL) for Birth of Thalassa, Third Place awarded to Christine B. Miller (Whitewater, WI) for Extra, Extra: Good Vs. Evil…Snake-Skin Shed For Victory Shoe Garden!, Honorable Mention awarded to Priyaa Treu (DeKalb, IL) for Intimate and Honorable Mention awarded to Joseph Ovalle (Collinsville, IL) for Blood x Birth.

Please join us in celebrating our regional artists at the free public opening reception on November 16th from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on display in the museum’s main galleries until Saturday, February 15. Several of the exhibiting artists also have items for sale in the museum store for the duration of the exhibition.

About this year’s Juror:

This year’s juror is Victor Armendariz of Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago, Illinois. Launched in 2017, Gallery Victor Armendariz displays compelling contemporary art in a variety of media by an international family of established and emerging artists. Having worked for the venerable Chicago dealer, Ann Nathan, until her retirement in 2016, Victor brings over 20 years of experience creating relationships with artists, collectors and institutions and builds on a reputation for promoting thought-provoking figurative artwork, museum quality works of realism, and studio furniture of exacting detail.

Exhibiting Artists:

Jean Apgar – Rockford, IL; Victoria Bein – Edgerton, WI; Carol Bingham – Sycamore, IL; Sara Slee Brown – Iowa City, IA; Kayla Burger – Watertown, WI; Penny Cash – Rockford, IL; James Davis – Fairfield, IA; Ed Derwent – Chicago, IL; Doug DeWitt – Mundelein, IL; Chelle Diederich – De Pere, WI; Mark Dierker – Rushville, IL; Creswell D’Sylva – Poplar Grove, IL ; Jeanne Garrett – Arlington, IL; Angie Huffman – Marion, IA; Ingrid Hyde – Rockford, IL; Haley Inyart – Bellecille, IL; Kurt Kamholz – Crystal Lake, IL; Laurie LeBreton – Chicago, IL; Boruch Lev – Skokie, IL; Paula Marsh – Rockford, IL; Mays Mayhew – Aurora, IL; Christine B. Miller – Whitewater, WI; George J. Miller – Whitewater, WI; Nanette Mosher – Freeport, IL; Scott Mossman – Chicago, IL; Raul Ortiz – Chicago, IL; Joseph Ovalle – Collinsville IL; Jack Pachuta – Cedarburg, WI; Paul Pinzarrone – Machesney Park, IL; C. Maura Poshka Scanlon – Burlington WI; Susan Rice – Mequon, WI; Janus Rose – Rockford, IL; Pamela Shaver – Rockford, IL; Geoffrey Symanek – Freeport, IL; Daniel Tajlili – Freeport, IL; Priyaa Treu – DeKalb, IL; Sam Tucibat – Baileyville, IL; Ryan Tuck – Brookfield, WI; Karen Vierneisel – Chicago, IL; Linda Vietmeyer – Orangeville, IL; Cindy Vondran – Rockton, IL; Katherine Weber – Woodstock, IL; Sheila Welch – Freeport, IL; Sally Wille – Glencoe, IL; Amy Wolfe – Normal, IL

This exhibition is supported by Furst McNess Company and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Images attached: RJE16 postcard; Icelandic Sheep by Phyllis Bergagna; No. 722 by Kurt Kreissl; Winter Night by Doina Iacob; Red and Black (Finding Center) by Michelle Louis; Portrait of Lynden Bute by Carol Bingham

About the Freeport Art Museum

Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.

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