Winners of the 2022 Tikkanen Prize

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Paul & Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize! Saturday night’s reception was a great event celebrating some truly phenomenal creative talent from northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania artists.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and final-round entrants — we look forward to next year’s competition.

First Place Realism: Ewuresi Archer, “MADAM”

First Place Abstract: Susan Squires, “reflection”

Second Place Realism: Elisa Albrecht, “Spark”

Second Place Abstract: Phillip Buntin, “Narrow Bands Divide Us, Fall Away”

Honorable Mentions:

Judy Takacs, “Trust Women”

David A. Leas, “Untitled”

Alison Stinely, “Conglomerate V”

Leigh Brooklyn, “We Have Come to Save You”

Rebecca Kaler, “The Lake Series #2”

Mathew Kolodziej, “Vessel”

The Tikkanen Prize exhibit will be on display through October 31. Our gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., as well as before shows and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free.

Plein Aire show winners

Best in Show: “View from Harpersfield Bridge,” Robin Borer, oil painting Alla Prima
First Place Painting: “Hell’s Hollow,” Robin Borer, oil painting Alla Prima
Second Place Painting: “The Home Creek Bed,” Ralph Bacon, acrylic
First Place Graphics: “Skyscape #3,” Glenn Morisue, charcoal
Second Place Graphics: “Another Viewpoint (Conneaut Harbor),” Rosemary Bennet, pastel
Jurors’ Merit Awards: “Windswept Tree (Wright Memorial Property, Outer Banks, NC),” oil pastel; & “Into the Apple Tree,” Dominic Keim, acrylic
“Congrats to all! All beautiful entries! Decisions were based on best efforts in capturing a moment in time I was looking for the most effective spontaneous depiction of the great outdoors.” — Juror Mark Badzik

Winners of 2021 Women’s Show

Congratulations to the artists whose work placed in this year’s women’s exhibit. The juror for the show was Lisa Burroughs. Lisa is an artist, a fine art photographer, and a filmmaker. She has worked as Creative Photography Director of Newsweek and Lear’s Magazine in NY. She has served as an adjunct professor at John Carroll and Kent State. In her juror’s statement, Burroughs commented, “It was a pleasure to judge the Women’s Show at the Arts Center this year. The work was fresh and mature at the same time. Each artist demonstrated an aesthetic or a point of view that resonated with what it means to be a woman in 2021. Congratulations to each artist for what they accomplished whether they placed or not. The exhibition is worth a visit to see the work in person.”
The gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday from noon-8 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday from 9 a.m.- noon, and admission is free. You can also view the exhibit virtually here:
Best in Show: “Clock Maker’s Daughter” by Juniper Mainelis
Painting – First Place: “Spring on Main” by Julene Schwartz
Painting – Second Place: “Oh, Joan” by Judy Campbell
Painting – Third Place: “Cora with Hydrangeas” by Ann Dumont
Painting – Honorable Mention: “Quilters Relay History” by Jeanne King Maleckar
Photography – First Place: “Always Room for Advice” by Cheryl Brickman
Graphics – First Place: “I’m Turning 35” by Cheryl Brickman
Graphics – Second Place: “Treeline” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Graphics – Third Place: “Women Voting” by Joe Ann Blair
3D – First Place: “Guardian” by Rebecca Stowell
3D – Second Place: “Kali – Destruction & Transformation” by Anzietta DiPierro
3D – Third Place: “Safe and Sound” by Rebecca Stowell
3D – Honorable Mention: “Moonstone Ring” by Diane Montagino
Fiber – First Place: “Fly Away” by Mattie Dramis
Fiber- Second Place: “Water Lillies” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Mixed Media – First Place: “Circles” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Mixed Media – Second Place: “Pilated Woodpeckers” by Tracy Zakraysek