Seven current and retired art faculty exhibited works at the 40th Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart.
The exhibition features 157 works of art by 203 artists. This all-media competition is open to artists from northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The exhibition is underwritten by the Elkhart County Conventions & Visitors Bureau.
Randy Horst, professor of art (2009-present), won the Best Mixed Media Award for his mixed media piece titled “Ruth the Moabite.”
The juror’s statement read: “Horst’s sensitive use of materials along with skillful rendering earned his work ‘Ruth the Moabite’ the Award in Mixed Media. The drawn portraits (of Ruth) and the accompanying iconography create a triptych of spiritual significance.”
Horst was also the featured speaker at the Noontime Talk on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Midwest Museum of American Art.
“The Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibit is a artistic gem,” said Horst. “Few regional exhibits can match the quality of entrants and the level of financial support from the community. It’s a great honor just to be in the exhibit with so many of my outstanding peers.”
Marvin Bartel (faculty 1970-2002), won the Connie Fulmer Purchase Award for his stoneware piece titled “Hamper III.”
John Blosser (faculty 1999-2011), won the Craig Gibson Purchase Award for his watercolor painting titled “Weeping Cherry-Spring.”
Abner Hershberger (faculty 1962-99), won the Cornerstone CPA Group Purchase Award for his mixed media piece titled “Intersection with White Field.”
John Mishler (faculty 1985-present), won the Gordon Hughes & Jennifer Abrell Purchase Award for his aluminum & paint sculpture titled “North Sail.”
Judy Wenig (faculty 1973-2009) and Merrill Krabill (faculty 2001-present) also presented work in this exhibition.
Dick Lehman, a 1976 Goshen College graduate, received the David Regan Purchase Award for his wood-fired stoneware piece titled “Kintsugi-Repaired Jar,” and the Rob & Nanci Wirt Purchase Award for his wood-fired stoneware piece titled “Lidded Jar.”