CCC Fine Arts Instructor Chosen by Critic Lance Esplund for Bowery Gallery Competition


(Shelby, NC)  – Cleveland Community College Discipline Coordinator, Fine Arts, Sally Jacobs, was recently chosen by art critic, Lance Esplund, for the 2012 Bowery Gallery National Competition in New York City, New York.  Jacobs painting entitled “RagDoll” was chosen for inclusion in the competition which was juried by Esplund. 

“The piece ‘RagDoll’ was done a year after giving birth to my son, George. The painting is a self portrait, attempting to capture my psychological state as I began experiencing the new demands of motherhood. It marked, for me, the beginning of a new self as well as a new way of seeing. My work took a shift in a new direction around this time,” says Jacobs.

This year’s juror, Lance Esplund, is the U.S. art critic for the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He has been an art critic and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and senior art critic for CityArts Magazine. A contributor to numerous publications, he was chief art critic for The New York Sun from 2004 to 2008, and served on the editorial board and as New York correspondent for Modern Painters. Jacobs says, “Having my work accepted into this juried show was a real honor. I have been reading Lance Esplund’s reviews for quite some time and have always regarded him as one of the best critics for painters. He has a beautiful sense of color and structure and seems to feel and understand more of the emotional side to painting. It is a real affirmation as a painter to have him recognize my work as I value his high visual aesthetic.”

Every year the Bowery Gallery hosts a juried show open to all applicants working in two-dimensional media. The juried exhibition will run through August 18, 2012.

Picture included:  Lance Esplund and Sally Jacobs at the opening reception of the juried exhibition on August 2, 2012.

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