65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition Award Winners

Award Winners

Stephanie McMahon, Sweet and SourOn July 25, eight cash awards totaling more than $5,000 were presented to artists at the members’ opening of the 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.

Seven of the awards were chosen by this year’s juror—Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The eighth, the Alice E. Koret award, was selected by Memorial Art Gallery docents.

The final award, the Harris Popular Vote Award, was announced August 10. Given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris, this $500 award is presented to the artist whose work receives the most votes from visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition.

Juror’s awards

Memorial Art Gallery Award (Award of Excellence) ($1,500): Stephanie McMahon of Alfred Station, Sweet and Sour (oil on canvas) pictured above

Gertrude Herdle Moore/Isabel Herdle Award, given by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery ($500): Jeff Suszczynski of Rochester, one clear minute #8 (hand-cut collage)

Louis D’Amanda Memorial Award, given by family of Louis D’Amanda in memory of his grandfather ($500): Cary Joseph of Ithaca, Shadow Vase (wood-fired stoneware)

Elmer Louis Award, given in memory of Mr. Louis by his family ($600): Ben Altman of Danby, Auschwitz 11–Birkenau Death Camp, Oświęcim, Poland (archival injet print)

Ronan Christopher Louis Award, given in memory of Ronan Christopher Louis (2010–2013) by his family ($500): Lanna Pejovic of Honeoye Falls, The Listener II (oil on canvas)

Oxford Gallery Award ($500): Christine Sullivan of Elmira, Finger Lakes Geomorphology (oil on linen)

Rochester Contemporary Art Center Award ($500): Alejandro Gutiérrez of Buffalo, The First Kiss (mixed media on cotton T-shirt)

Docent award

Alice E. Koret/Docent Award, given in memory of Alice E. Koret by Dr. Sidney Koret, friends and family ($1,000): Trish Coonrod of Ithaca, Still Life with Starfruit, Blue Vase, and Teapot (oil on canvas)

Popular vote award

Harris Popular Vote Award, given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris ($500): Trish Coonrod of Ithaca, Still Life with Starfruit, Blue Vase, and Teapot (oil on canvas)