Arkansas artist wins Delta Grand Award

As one of the most anticipated Arkansas Arts Center exhibitions of the year, the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the Delta region by showcasing innovative and provocative contemporary work. The exhibition presents a dynamic vision of the Delta region through the eyes of artists living and working in Arkansas and its border states.

“Every year, the Delta Exhibition gives Arkansas Arts Center patrons the opportunity to experience some of the Delta region’s most talented contemporary artists,” said Todd Herman, executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Through a blind jury process, guest juror Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, selected 73 works by 57 artists to be featured out of 1,120 entries from 497 artists.

“As a native of the Mississippi Delta myself,” Bradley wrote in her juror statement, “I was struck, when examining the art made by those raised or working in states so deeply connected to the land, by the tension pulling artists between the natural and the latest technology, between simple quietness and frenetic energy, between romantic images of decay and hard-edged fascination with all things shiny and bright, between surface splendor and deep penetrations into the essence of objects and people.”

From the selected works, Bradley named a Grand Award winner, two Delta Award winners and five Honorable Mentions. The Grand Award – a $2,500 prize – went to Dawn Holder of Clarksville, Ark., for her work titled Grass Variation (Mown Path). The Delta Awards – two $750 prizes – went to Paula Kovarik of Memphis, Tenn., for her work titled Chaos Ensues and Carlyle Wolfe of Oxford, Miss., for her work titled Fall.

The honorable mentions went to Tommy Wallace of Conway, Ark., for his work titled Leslie Cafe, Frank Hamrick of Ruston, La., for his work titled Harder than writing a good haiku, Jason McCann of Little Rock, Ark., for his work titled The American Student: Marshayla and the Drawing Class, Tim Tyler of Bella Vista, Ark., for his work titled Trike, and Daniel Cassity of Hot Springs, Ark., for his work titled The Wonderweapon.

The Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center, awarded a a $250 prize to LaDawna Whiteside of Fayetteville, Ark., for her work titled Body: Flesh and Bone

The 59th Annual Delta Exhibition is sponsored by Isabel and John Ed Anthony, Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller, Ginanne Graves Long, Dianne and Bobby Tucker, AAC Contemporaries and Edafio Technology Partners. The Grand Award is supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund. The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).