5th Annual Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition – February 2020

Welcome to Fusion Art’s 5th Annual Artist’s Choice International Online Juried Art Exhibition for the month of February 2020.

For this open (no theme) competition, both 2D and 3D artists were encouraged to share their best art and photography in any subject matter and any media. All artists, over the age of 18, regardless of location or experience, were encouraged to submit their best work.

We once again received a diverse collection of quality artwork from artists all around the world, including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Philippines, South Korea, France and South Africa. Overall the gallery judged 441 entries for the exhibition, which will be featured on the website for the month of February.

In this exhibition Fusion Art presents awards in three categories: Traditional Art, Photography & Digital Art, and 3-Dimensional Art. The Artist’s Choice Best in Show winners are Brian Allen for his oil and spray paint, “Beauty in the Dark”, Sheri Emerson for her digital art print, “Gaia” and Mary F. Vivo for her mixed media, “Greyhound Bus Station 1957”. Brian, Sheri and Mary are Fusion Art’s Featured Artists for the month of February 2020 and, as the Best in Show winners, all three artists are invited to participate in Fusion Art’s 5th Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2021.

Other award winners include Second Place winners, Kathy Paulus for her pastel, “The Patriot”, Gareth Jones for his digital photo manipulation, “Fire Pearl” and Michele Bourdeau for her bonded bronze, “Woman with Scarf”.

Third Place awards were given to Jonathan Eiten for his oil on canvas, “Sweet Inventions”, Jeremiah Gilbert for his photograph, “St Dunstan-in-the-East, London” and Jiyoung Kim for her pandex, silk and cotton thread, “Unveil”.

Fourth Place awards were given to Cher Pruys for her acrylic, “Catching Snowflakes”, Shelley Benjamin for her digital photograph, “Asiana” and Dustin Davis for his welded steel and found objects, “Ripped”.

Fifth Place awards were given to Colleen Devlin Bang for her acrylic, “Wonder Wheel”, August Naude for his digital art on canvas, “Struggling” and Jim Harman for his bronze, “Old Santa Fe”.

Please visit the Monthly Winners Page to learn more about each of these award winning artists and/or to contact them directly about their work.

In addition, this month, fourteen honorable mention awards are given as special recognition due to the exceptional quality of the art received for this competition.

Honorable Mention awards in the Traditional Art category were given to Rachel Zelinka for her mixed media, “Are you in a Vast Field of Possibility?”; Laurie Elizabeth McKinley for her oil on canvas, “Serenity”; Amy Rattner for her watercolor, “Moonlit Raven”; Richard William Barnett for his oil on panel, “Screamy Sunday”; Melissa May for her acrylic on canvas, “Boreal Queen” and Lisa Freeman-Wood for her watercolor, “Sunny Rose”.

Honorable Mention awards in the Photography & Digital category were given to John Diephouse for his photograph, “Polar Express”; Doug Early for his photograph, “Reflections”; Barbara Mierau-Klein for her digitally enhanced photograph, “Black Profile”; Gary Borgstedt for his digital photograph, “New Beginning”; Jeb Gaither for his digital art, “Vortex 1483” and Kelly Kowieski for her photograph & digital, “Red Tree”.

Honorable Mention awards in the 3-Dimensional category were given to Minh Ta for his driftwood, “Soulmates” and Lynne Hanson for her mixed media, “Drab”.

The remaining finalists in the exhibition all exemplify uniquely creative talents and we’re honored to showcase their artwork on the Fusion Art website.

Fusion Art strives to create interesting and enjoyable art exhibitions with a variety of artistic styles and media represented. The art that is selected is based on the theme of the exhibition and the gallery’s objective is to include, in every Fusion Art exhibition, a broad representation of quality, style, media, creativity, originality and artistic composition. Art tells a story and we strive to select artwork, particularly for awards, that make the viewers think and wonder what story the artist is trying to tell.

As always, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the competition participants. While not all the artwork that was submitted was selected for inclusion in the exhibition this in not necessarily a reflection on any one artist’s talent and/or skill.  It takes courage for artists to offer up one’s art up for critique by others and all the artists should be applauded for their efforts. We appreciate all of you sharing your extraordinary talent with us.

For anyone interested in purchasing any of the artwork in this exhibition, please contact the artists directly. You will find the artist’s website and/or email information below their work.

Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the Traditional, Photography & Digital and 3-Dimensional videos for the exhibition.

Thank you for visiting our website and enjoy the exhibition!

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