🏆✨ Late-breaking news! I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have won the Best in Show award at @thebmoa Bakersfield Museum of Art's biennial art festival and exhibition of miniatures! 🎉🎨 It is an immense honor to have my work featured in such a great cultural institution, and to receive this award is truly a dream come true.
Although I couldn't be there in person for the opening and missed the opportunity to meet the exhibition juror, a visual artist and curator @jedediahskyecaesar Jedediah Caesar, due to my commitments in installing "Where Earth Becomes Aether" at @wonzimer , the excitement and gratitude within me are indescribable.
This year's exhibition concept, captured in the title "Saturation," adds an extra layer of depth and meaning to the showcased works by 34 local and regional artists. The exhibition is on view until September 9th, 2023.
I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has supported me on this artistic journey. Your unwavering encouragement and belief in my work have been instrumental in this achievement.
May 26, 2023
Visual Arts Festival Saturation
Presented by Amy & Zane Smith, and Kathy & Steve Hair
May 25, 2023 – September 9, 2023
Saturation, one of the characteristics of color, refers to the intensity of color. Artists often use it to draw attention to focal points within a composition. Saturation also refers to repetitive, recognizable images encountered in everyday life. Artists in the Pop Art movement like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein created art that portrayed aspects of the human experiences within a media-saturated age—consumer products and pop-culture icons—and the unnoticed moments of the American Dream. The inundation of recognizable figures in artwork is a reflection of how iconography saturates the human experience. Visual artists use the concept of saturation through repetition and color choice to create their commentaries.
Art reflects society, whether subtly or directly. Saturation and how it affects the viewer is the theme of the 2023 Visual Arts Festival.
This juried small works exhibition has been a BMoA tradition since 1989. This year marks the 20th biennially held festival. Any artist age 18 or older living in California is invited to participate.
Vojislav Radovanović, Glorious Day, 8,5" x 8,5", mixed media on wood, 2023
Juror Statement “The use of materials here had a subtlety that had me returning to it for reexamination multiple times. The spare elements in the work ultimately come together to form a balanced composition that wholly convinces while retaining its mystery.”
2023 Festival Juror
Jedediah Caesar is an artist, educator and curator. Since 2014 he has been a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History, and the Director of the Todd Madigan Gallery at CSUBakersfield. In that role he has curated solo exhibitions by numerous artists, including John Ziquiang Wu, Patricia Fernandez, and Miljohn Ruperto. His exhibitions at the Todd Madigan Gallery have been reviewed by Frieze magazine and Artforum, and are regularly written about in the Bakersfield Californian. From 2014- 2018 he was a co-curator of Rogers, a space for experimental art and curatorial practices in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to his curatorial work Caesar is a practicing artist who has had numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA; Oakland Museum of California Art, Oakland, CA; and Locust Project, Miami, FL. His work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whiney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Writings about his work have appeared in publications including Art in America, Mousse Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Recently, he was the recipient of a 2020 COLA Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles.
Find out more here: https://www.bmoa.org/visual-arts-festival