April 2017

April 2017

Jackie’s Renderings: A message from the Executive Director

I was so optimistic at the turn of the year and although I remain so, I encourage all who read this to support your legislation keeping the National Endowment for the Arts. I respectfully paraphrase an article here from an opinion in the Boston Globe from Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “This year we face the most serious threat to the National Endowment for the Arts in decades. This as we begin the centennial of the president who gave birth to the idea of federal support for the arts, our native son John F. Kennedy. Public funding of the arts assures that our great art, our national legacy, belongs to all citizens of our country. The public dollar purchases an ownership stake for everyone, regardless of their station in life....President Johnson said, “It is in the neighborhoods of each community that a nation’s art is born. In countless American towns there live thousands of obscure and unknown talents. The arts and the humanities belong to the people, for it is after all, the people who create them.”

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 “Embrace”; Grace Zhou; Teen 13-18, Art Education Award; Works on Paper; Volunteer;

NAP Welcomed Back with Open Arms at AMITA

Coordinator Sue Kett is an avid believer that the creation of art and the healing environment go hand and hand. A belief that has only grown stronger over the course of her time coordinating the NAP exhibit as she continues to see the profound effect the annual show has on the employees. A fact that became even more apparent with the tremendous response to this year’s call for entries after AMITA Health (previously Adventist Midwest Health) had to take time off between exhibitions due to a major merger.

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“Rutgers New Jersey Medical School COO Walter Douglas Jr. posed with intermediate award winners at their February 16th awards reception.”

Rutgers University encourages the “A” in S.T.E.A.M.

Over 140 attendees to the 6th Annual Rutgers University National Arts Program® Awards Ceremony were treated to a new gathering space. Coordinator Noreen Gomez, who works tirelessly to make the show an annual success, decided it was time to change up the presentation of awards. For the first time the ceremony took place in one of their impressive lecture halls. This certainly elevated the experience for both the participants and their guests.

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"Self Portrait”; Willow Quillen; Intermediate, First Place; Works on Paper; Relative;

Artistic Talent Abounds in Delaware

The State of Delaware held their 6th Annual National Arts Program® Exhibit this year which include over 220 artworks beautifully hung in the Art Center/Gallery at Delaware State University’s Campus.

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‘Charging Bull’ sculptor says ‘Fearless Girl’ distorts his art. He’s fighting back.

New Website Lets You Fax Art to Congress to Save the NEA

Air pollution makes surprisingly good art supplies

DuPont gives hotel art to 3 area museums, United Way

Macie Hawthorne
Macie Hawthorne – Winner of "Best of the Best" for 2016

Macie Hawthorne was raised in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, where the power of community was instilled in her growing up.  So naturally when her mother brought home a flyer to enter the National Arts Program® exhibit in Cape May County, Macie saw this as another way to be involved in her community.

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Cape May County

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"Juanita" by Alex Hernandez
Artist: Macie Hawthorne

"Intemporal"

Man Child by Linda Martin

Second Place
“Man Child”
Linda Martin
Hartford, Connecticut

157 Votes

It Starts with a Fist by Lisa Domenic

Third Place
“It Starts with a Fist”
Lisa Domenic
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

146 Votes

 

Untitled by Helene Hughes

Fourth Place
 “Untitled”
Helene Hughes
Bibb County School District, Georgia

 

Strength in Numbers by Manasseh Johnson

Fifth Place
“Strength in Numbers”
Manasseh Johnson
VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority, Texas

 

Quarter-Life Crisis by Julie Fischer

Sixth Place
“Quarter-Life Crisis”
Julie Fischer
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Minnesota

 

Forest Floor by Carmen Mansfield

Seventh Place
“Forest Floor”
Carmen Mansfield
Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Nevada