The Pocono Arts Council is pleased to announce the spring exhibition “The Earth Speaks VI: A Juried Exhibition on the Environmental Crisis,” launching online April 25, 2020. The Earth Speaks is an artist’s means of capturing their concern regarding the climate crisis and how it is affects our planet, as well as an opportunity to offer possible solutions.
Thirty-six artists submitted 62 pieces to be juried. 44 works were selected to be included in the show from artists residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Awards were granted in the following categories to those encapsulating the environmental crisis theme:
Juror’s Choice Award: “Anthropocene Vessels,” Stephen J. Washington, East Stroudsburg, PA (Photo attached)
Kay & Girard Lichty Climate Crisis Award: “Piping Plover,” Maryann Riker, Phillipsburg, NJ
Otto Grever Printmaking Award: “Rush Hour,” Cora McKenzie, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
PoconoArts Student Award: “Momento Vitae-Ecological Grief Jewelry,” Cora McKenzie, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
3-D Award: “Invitation to (Dr) (Th)ink,” Joni Oye-Benintende, Stroudsburg, PA
2-D Award: “Natura,” Sarah Jane Stoll, Woodstock, CT
Photography Award: “Biloxi, Two Years After Katrina,” Glenn Koehler Jr., Bethlehem, PA
Origins Student Award: “Kill Coffins, Go Green,” Danielle Kunkel, Henryville, PA; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Juror for the show was Santa Bannon:
Santa Bannon is the founder of the Pennsylvania Museum of Art & Design, a new museum coming to Easton, and director of Santa Bannon Fine Art. She has operated her award winning art gallery for the past seven years and has been an international art dealer, curator, advisor and consultant since 2010 specializing in bringing the world’s art to Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s art to the world. She regularly attends the premier art fairs worldwide such as Art Basel, Paris Photo, et al. She has mentored over twenty interns from fifteen universities in the tri-state, hailing from five countries. She has adjudicated art competitions, hosted major fundraisers, and taught workshops to artists on the business of art. In 2017 Bannon established Due Santi Publishing, a not-for-profit art book publisher.
She has studied art history in Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United States; holds a certification in interior design from Northampton Community College; and a BA in psychology/global studies (South Africa/Namibia) from Rutgers University.
An online artists’ reception is planned for Saturday, April 25, from 1-3pm, where awards will be presented and artists recognized. The online exhibition will be hosted virtually at https://www.poconoarts.org. If conditions permit, the show will also be hung in the Dunning Gallery at Northampton Community College-Monroe Campus over the summer.
Founded in 1975, the Pocono Arts Council is the oldest and most established local arts service organization serving Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties in the Pocono region of northeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the council is to build the community artistically and culturally by providing leadership, service and education. It is an umbrella organization for artists and arts organization in all disciplines, as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area. For membership or sponsorship information, visit www.poconoarts.org.