National Arts Program®: Delaware State Employee Exhibition and Contest III Winners Recognized

National Arts Program®: Delaware State Employee Exhibition and Contest III Winners Recognized

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Twenty-one talented state employees and their family members were recognized on March 8, 2014 for their works of art as the results of the National Arts Program®: Delaware State Employee Exhibition and Contest III. More than 300 people attended the Opening Reception at Delaware State University. Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff presided at the Awards Ceremony.

In his remarks, Secretary Bullock commended the state employees and families members who contributed to the exhibition and recognized the high level of artistic achievement. He noted how this kind of exhibition reinforces the value of the arts and reflects the Governor’s commitment to a rich cultural environment contributing to our quality of life in Delaware.

Mr. Weagraff commented, “This exhibit allows us to see a side of our colleagues that we don’t often have an opportunity to witness in the workplace. It really heightens our awareness of how much of a role the arts play in so many lives.” In addition, he thanked Delaware State University for this important partnership.

Twenty-one awards were announced in five categories – Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under), culminating in one Best in Show. Sixteen cash prizes totaling $2,400 were awarded by the National Arts Program®.

Two hundred sixty-three employees of Delaware state agencies and their immediate family members submitted artwork for the 2014 exhibition and contest. The participating artists came from across the state and represented 78 state agencies. And 63 were returning participants.

Judges for the contest were Lorraine Polling, Retired Art Educator and Artist; Marc Clery, Professional Photographer; and Paul Shertz, Wildlife Artist. At their discretion, the judges awarded five Honorable Mention ribbons.

The Delaware Division of the Arts is proud to be the local sponsor of The National Arts Program®, an organization established in 1982 to identify, showcase, and reward the visual artistic talent in America. The National Arts Program® currently sponsors 82 annual programs, encompassing more than 450 cities and counties within 38 states.

The exhibition will be on view in the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University through March 17. Hours for viewing are:

Monday – Friday, March 10-14 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Click here to see a full list of winners and all 263 pieces of artwork.