The 49th Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition has opened!
Winners were selected by the 2015 juror
The 2015 judge was appointed Director of the Mobile Museum of Art, a position she assumed October 1, 2012. Since her arrival, Velders completed a two-year effort to upgrade and re-brand the Museum for its 50th Anniversary, reinstalled all collection galleries, and curated the Museum's recent exhibition, entitled The Art and Design of Mardi Gras, a collaboration with the Carnival and History Museums in Mobile.
Velders is an arts museum professional with 30 years' experience, having begun her professional career at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, and subsequently working for 20 years at Houston's prestigious Menil Collection. She was later recruited to serve as Director of the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, a position she occupied for nearly six years before returning to Houston to help open The Asia Society Texas Center, a $48 million cultural arts facility in Houston.
Velders holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's Degree in English and American literature, focused on the work of artist-poet William Blake. She has traveled extensively, both for her museum work and throughout her life as the daughter of a career military officer.
Top professional awards were given to Rachael Sherer, Darrell Warr, Tristin Gish, Jennifer Levins, Scott Crockett and Donna Pickens with Rachael Sherer garnering "Best in Show".
Also, there were student categories where Celeen Robertson won the top award with her ceramic piece.
For a comprehensive list of all winners along with an image of the work, please go to the Montgomery Art Guild's NEWS page.
Also, for additional photos and highlights, visit the MAG Facebook Page.