Art Show Past Highlights

2017 Art Show Awards Presented

Posted on April 18th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
2017 Art Show Awards Presented

Awards were presented at the Barber National Institute for one of the region’s largest exhibits of area artists.  More than 255 adult artists and more than 250 youth artists had their work on exhibit at the 10th Anniversary Art Show & Sale, which was held April 7-10, 2017 at the Main Campus in Erie, PA.

In addition to the pieces selected by a panel of judges, visitors to the show cast ballots for the People’s Choice Awards.  Rebecca Merry won the award for adult artist for her paper sculpture, Eagle.  Victoria Quirk, a junior at Villa Maria Academy, won in the youth category for "Obi," a colorful acrylic painting of a dog’s face.  All winners receive cash awards.

The community is invited to enjoy the show that features an eclectic variety of more than 500 pieces of artwork, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, fiber and photography.  Next year’s show will be held in April 2018.

Additional Photos

A panel of judges selected artwork for awards in the 2017 Art Show.  The presentation to adult artists included, pictured from left, Bridget Barber, director of External Affairs at the Barber National Institute; Debra Stevens, Honorable Mention winner for her watercolor,” Acceptance;” John Barber, president and chief executive officer of the Barber National Institute; Rebecca Merry, Honorable Mention winner for her paper sculpture, “Eagle;” Terry Pytlarz, Best of Show Photography Award for “Windows and Reflections;” Derick Fiedler, Honorable Mention Photography Award for “Blues on Bourbon Street;” David Ball, one of 14 artists in the Best of Show collaboration, “Mapscape;” Frank Fecko, supervisor of the Fine Arts Program; Carrie Kontis, vice president for Intellectual Disabilities Services; Dennis Garczynski, an artist in the collaboration; and Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, executive vice president.
Bridget Barber, director of External Affairs, and John Barber, president and chief executive officer, left, are joined by Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, right, executive vice president, in congratulating youth artist award winners, from left, Timmy Taylor, Honorable Mention Award for his charcoal and pastel drawing, “Buddy;” Camryn Catalde, Best of Show Photography Award for “Reflection in a Drop;” Cia Carr, Honorable Mention Photography Award for “If I Could See My Dream;” John S. Underhill, Honorable Mention Award for pen and ink drawing, “Slow Going;” and Emily M. Matczak, Best of Show Award for her watercolor, “October.” Also receiving an Honorable Mention Photography Award was Luke Weaver for “My Friend.”