BAYarts announces winners of annual Juried Exhibition

Derek Brennan's "Blossom" took Best of Show in this year's Juried Exhibition at BAYarts.

The annual BAYarts Juried Exhibition is once again hung in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts this March. 

The judges this year were Cleveland artists John W. Carlson and Shari Wilkins.

Part of the BAYarts community for 10 years, John W. Carlson currently teaches Figure Drawing and The Basics and Beyond courses. Prior to judging, he revealed the diversity of the work was exciting. "As in most juried shows, it’s just plain difficult because there is so much good work and limited space in which to show it."

Carlson continued with a piece of advice: "The one thing that we see over and over again that will prevent a work from being included is ‘over framing’ Overly gaudy and ornate frames take away from the images meant to engage the viewer. Let the work do the talking."

BAYarts Artistic Director Karen Petkovic says the Juried Exhibition supports the BAYarts mission of inspiring and promoting artists. "The proceeds from the Juried Show allow BAYarts to continue to provide opportunities for us to encourage and support area artists with our programming."

A total of 316 pieces were submitted and 77 made it into the exhibition.

Petkovic also wants all artists to feel accomplished. "I am always so grateful for all of the artists who submit to the show. It takes a lot to sign on to this process so in my book all of the artists are winners whether or not their work appears in this exhibition."


Best of Show: "Blossom" by Derek Brennan

First Place: "Those on the Fringe" by Cynde Hujarski

Second Place: "Is that all there is?" by Wally Kaplan

Third Place: "Addison and C.C." by Larry Kasperek

Metro Lexus prize: "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Mike Jackson 

For your safety, in line with the directives of Governor DeWine, the CDC and County Board of Health; BAYarts will be closed at least until March 30; we will update you at as changes occur. BAYarts hopes to have open hours or closing reception for the Juried Exhibition, to be announced. Please direct questions to

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.

BAYarts is a cultural arts campus that features education, exhibition and events. 

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 03.17.2020