2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Online Merit Awards

Under normal circumstances, we would celebrate our wonderful artist community in person. We worked hard to pivot in this COVID era, as there is still so much to celebrate and we are glad you’re with us and showing support of the arts!

Rather than judging art in person this year, our judges looked at the artists’ online presence, specifically the quality of their websites and their use of social media. We realize that not all artists have an online presence, but during the time of COVID, websites and social media have become primary channels for connection.

    Judges considered:

  • Does the artist have a nice website or Etsy store? Does the artist have other social media platforms, like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? Does the artist appear to engage with their audience online?
  • Do the images of their art seem to capture their works well
  • Is it easy to shop online and purchase their work? Is their contact information easy to find?

All of our judges received a list of approximately 40 randomly selected artists to review from our list of 2020 artists. They reviewed their websites and online presence and selected their top 5 to pass on to the final judge to choose from, and the final judge used the same criteria for their selection as well. A top 4 were selected from the list of finalists, for a total of 5 winners this year, with the inclusion of this year’s Visitor’s Choice Award! We wanted to allow our audience to engage this year with us and help us pick our 5th artist. Thank you all for your votes! Our winners will have their choice of a complimentary 2020 exclusive M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival t-shirt, or one-year family membership at MAG.

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Congratulations to: (in order shown above)

We also have our Visitor’s Choice Merit Award winner, who our Clothesline Online visitors have been voting for throughout the week. We’ve tallied the votes, and our winner is:

Congratulations to all! Hope to see you next year ~ In Real Life!