Christine Gray of Richmond, Va., is the winner of the 11th annual Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William (Miami ’36) and Dorothy Yeck Award.
|“Ever and Ever Eyes,” 2009, oil on birch panel, 48|
Winners of the competition, sponsored by Miami’s Hiestand Gallery, School of Fine Arts, were announced Jan. 22. Gray was selected for her work, "Ever and Ever Eyes."
Gray received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007. She is an assistant professor in the School of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Okay Mountain in Austin, Texas (2007, 2010), Alfred University (2009), University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (2009), and Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C. (2008, 2009). This February her work can be seen in a solo exhibition at Rare Gallery in New York.
Mario Romano of Liverpool, N.Y., received the second place award of $1,500 for “She Has a Decision to Make.” Romano spent the past year living and working at the Vermont Studio Center, the largest artist and writer residency program in the United States.
Katherine Sullivan of Holland, Mich., won third place and $1,000 for “Mother Courage in Iraq, II.” She is associate professor of painting at Hope College and currently on sabbatical in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Works by the winners and other finalists will be exhibited through Feb. 12 at Hiestand Galleries.
The 2010 Young Painters Competition was judged by Raphaela Platow, director and chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.