Utrecht Competition 2010:
2nd Honorable Mention—Sculpture
Untitled by Melinda Whitmore
Resin, fiberglass, iron, and copper; 48 x 24 x 20.
Whitmore's intention in sculpture and painting is to depict ordinary life as one writes history, whether banal or epic, without falsifying the subject. She portrays figures honestly, exposing the fragile nature of human emotion juxtaposed with enduring strength of character. This exploration of humanity, the vulnerability and psychology of the figure, are as interesting to the artist as are the features and anatomy of the human form. With simplicity of composition and a concentration on the figure, she pushes viewers to confront anatomy, forms of flesh, body language, and facial expression. Whitmore hopes to achieve results that are very silent and very grand, inspiring and sometimes disturbing the viewer to look not only at the figure portrayed, but also at themselves through her work.
Grand Prize—The Grand Prize winner receives a 6-week full scholarship to the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City, and up to $3,500 to cover travel expenses and accommodations.
Category Winners—The top three winners in each category (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture) will be awarded a Utrecht ArtSmart™ gift card. First place receives a $1,500 ArtSmart™ gift card, second place gets a $750 ArtSmart™ gift card, and third place wins a $500 ArtSmart™ gift card.
Honorable Mentions—The three honorable mentions in each category will receive Certificates of Merit from Utrecht and a subscription to American Artist.