Figurative Annual works must be delivered Jan. 23

A new exhibiting opportunity for artists ages 17 & over — The Figurative Annual, featuring the human figure as subject matter — is being offered at the Rome Art And Community Center.

Artists may submit works with qualifying subject matter in any fine art medium such as painting, sculpture, drawing/graphics, photography, etc. Works must be submitted for entry in person at the Rome Art And Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., on Monday, Jan. 23, between 10 a.m. and noon or 5 and 7 p.m. A $5 per entry fee applies, no limit on the number of entries.

All work must be original, completed within the last three years. Works may have been previously exhibited, as this is the first year for this exhibition. As this is a juried exhibition, accepted artists will be notified after the judging takes place on Jan. 25. Exhibition dates are Feb. 2 through March 9. An opening reception and award ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

For the first year of this exhibition, the Best of Show winner will be awarded a cash prize of $50. Best, first, second, third, and honorable mentions will win ribbons.

The 2012 judge for this new exhibition will be award winning artist and instructor Jane Grace Taylor. She holds a masters in fine arts (illustration) from Syracuse University and continues to pursue a career as an artist. She teaches workshops and classes at the Rome Art and Community Center and the Kirkland Art Center, and for local art associations. She was recently honored by the Rome Arts Hall of Fame. She is recording secretary of the Central New York Watercolor Society and President of the Rome Art Association. She is also long time member of the Sumi-e Society of America, the Utica Art Association, and Artists of Mohawk Valley.

Taylor is active in Martial Arts and has a black belt in American Karate, Aikido, and has begun training in Iaido. The meditative quality and focused movements of these arts have greatly influenced her work, as seen in the rapid brush of Asian style calligraphy and painting. She was awarded "Best in Show" in the international juried online exhibit of the Sumi-e Society of America. June 4, 2011, and also won the "Scotty Thornton award". She has exhibited in Lorton Virginia, Long Island, NY , Old Forge, and the Remington Gallery juried exhibition. The curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has accepted her work in a juried Sumi-e’ exhibit in New Jersey. She has recently completed the illustrations for The Legend of Beardslee Manor by A. (Peter) Polus and A Moment of Zen, a collection of her art and poetry .

Her murals include three figures on the Sports hall of fame, the painting known as "Paul Revere"(Peter Gansevoort- the Commandant of Fort Stanwix, 5,000 square feet/60 feet high), The Dr King Memorial Park on South Street, Utica, NY; Strough JH auditorium-8 panels 17 feet high; Mother Cabrini at St John’s Church; Angels and the altar at St Joseph’s Church ,Lee Center.

Other Exhibits include, the Rome Art and Community Center, SUNY IT, The Central New York Watercolor Society Shows, the Old Forge Library gallery , Mohawk Valley Artists.

Check www.romeart.org and click on the Visual Arts link for entry forms.