Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region. Past award winners, many of whom have gone on to establish national reputations, have included Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Honoré Sharrer, Hans Christensen, Bill Stewart, and Kathy Calderwood.
Rochester-Finger Lakes artists are eligible for nine cash awards, among them the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award, selected by the juror; the Alice Koret Award, presented by museum docents; and the Harris Popular Vote Award, selected by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition. The first eight will be announced at the members’ opening party; the popular vote award will be announced on July 3, 2019.
- Ronan Christopher Louis Award
Given in memory of Ronan Christopher Louis (2010–2013) by his family
Awarded to: Cory Card | Sweepings 17: Dust Conglomerate | Sweepings 12: Belly Button Lint II
- Elmer Louis Award
Given in memory of Mr. Louis by his daughter, Carol Louis Yunker
Awarded to: Colleen Buzzard | Hard Merge from Left, 2019
- Ida Abrams Louis Award
Given in memory of Mrs. Louis by her daughter, Carol Louis Yunker
Awarded to: Ani Hoover | Rubber Garden, 2017
- Gertrude Herdle Moore/Isabel Herdle Award
Given by The Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery
Awarded to: John Elliott | Collus Major
- Louis D’Amanda Memorial Award
Given by the family in memory of the Edler Louis D’Amanda
Awarded to: Andy Buck | Boot, 2017 | Alfred, 2018
- Alice E. Koret/Docent Award
Given in memory of Alice E. Koret by Dr. Sidney Koret, friends and family, and selected by a docent of the Memorial Art Gallery
Awarded to: Kathy Armstrong | Fresh Squeezed OJ, 2019
- Memorial Art Gallery Award
Award of Excellence
Awarded to: Holland Houdek | Elevated Triple Mitosis (Artificial Cell Replacement), 2015 | Cardiovascular Complex (Heart and Vein Implant), 2017 | Spoked Shoulder Anthroplasty (Complex Shoulder Anthroplasty), 2018
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- Harris Popular Vote Award
Given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris
Awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes from visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition.
Awarded to: Trish Coonrod | Still Life with Yellow Gourds and Pumpkin, 2017 | Announced on July 3, 2019.
About the Juror
Marilyn Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. She has curated a number of exhibitions including the nationally traveling Michael Sherrill Retrospective (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 2018); Made in WNC (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2015), and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2014). Zapf is a trustee of the American Crafts Council, a program advisor for the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College, and has published articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Forum and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds an MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism, and de/industrialization.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Rubens Family Foundation and the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, with additional support from the John D. Greene Endowment for Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.