56th Annual Beloit and Vicinity Art Competition at the Wright Museum of Art

Online Staff Report

BELOIT, Wis. — The Wright Museum of Art hosts the Beloit and Vicinity Art Competition for the 56th straight year. The opening reception for the show will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 15.

The call for artists spread from Rockford to Chicago and up to Milwaukee — more than 120 artists responded, and 32 of them were selected to have their work exhibited at the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College.

The jurors for the exhibit are Carrie Brietbach, curator at the Rockford Art Museum, and Michael Flanangan, director of the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

Of almost 300 entries from 120 artists, Brietbach and Flanagan selected 32 works they felt best represented the artists of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. They also awarded three prizes — the Juror’s Award, first and second place.

Other than notoriety, the artist receiving the Juror’s Award will have a solo exhibition at the Wright Museum during next year’s Beloit and Vicinity exhibition.

Visitors to the June 15 opening reception will have the opportunity to select the “People’s Choice” Award; all votes will be tallied, and this, as well as the other awards, will be announced promptly at 5:30 p.m., June 15.

The juror’s award from last year went to Betsy Benes-Peckenpaugh of Milwaukee. Benes-Peckenpaugh will be showing a selection of her recent paintings in the South gallery of the Wright Museum during this year’s Beloit and Vicinity.

The Wright Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

Posted June 12, 2013

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