University of Montevallo art professor Karen Graffeo wins $7,500 grand prize in 2014 Energen Art Competition
Karen Graffeo, a University of Montevallo Associate Professor of Art and Fulbright scholar who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, has been awarded the grand prize in Energen’s 15th annual art competition. Graffeo receives $7,500 for She Flew West, chosen over 192 entries in the juried competition.
In all, 251 artists competed for prizes. Proceeds from artists’ entry fees and an Energen contribution will go to Red Mountain Theatre Company. The free exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Energen Plaza, 605 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North in Birmingham.
Included in the exhibition will be 20 large-scale, mixed media photographic drawings on paper, metal and silk, and photographs of the sky and water, all inspired by a crumbling, discarded book of the same title, found by the artist in a market. This book of dreams became a kind of journal and experiment in language and imagery for Graffeo during her 2013 Fulbright Fellowship in Romania. Several pieces are photographs of specific pages from the book, whose words inspired drawings – drawings which Graffeo intends to be personal hieroglyphics or visual shorthand of her own dreams and daily experiences.
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Group rates are available, and Sundays are free.
For additional information, contact the Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA) at 256-383-0533 or at http://www.tvaa.net.