Oxford Fine Arts welcomes its 38th year on May 20 through 22. The past two years were hosted as virtual galleries, but this year the show will be in person at the Oxford Community Center. Sarah Jesse, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, serves as the judge for the 2022 awards. This year is the first time cash prize awards have been judged formally at this annual event.
“We are honored that Sarah agreed to add another level of professional expertise to the show this year. Artists work extremely hard on their art and the awards add an element of measure to the show that the artists find meaningful. We respect Sarah’s knowledge and appreciate this new badge of merit,” says Liza Ledford, Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. “The show is competitive to enter, thanks to juror Stewart White, and these new awards enhance the recognition of the artistic talent in the show.”
The OCC Board of Trustees continues to prioritize the safety and comfort of the artists and audiences therefore, the show is limited in scale. After careful consideration, 35 artists were selected by juror Stewart White. The artists represent a fresh, cross section of mediums that adds a vitality to the weekend exhibition. There are many new faces.
The 2022 artists are: Robert Ausura; Norman Bell; Joel Boches; Carole Boggemann-Peirson; Cecilia Coder; Erin Daniels; Sharon Dennis; Donna Finley; Mary Ford; Rhonda Ford; Rae Hamilton; Carla Huber; Marianne Kost; Linda Luke; Maryellyn Lynott; Mary Ellen Mabe; Ingrid Matuszewski; Carol McClees; Laura McGowan; Karen Merkin; Marjorie Morani; Will Oakley; Betty Papson; Steve Rogers; Susan Schauer John; John Schisler; John Sharp; Sheryl Southwick; Sharon Stockley; Stephen Walker; Nancy West; Heidi Wetzel; Keith Whitelock; Louisa Zendt; and Barbara Zuehlke.
Judging these works of art will be tough, but Sarah has the credentials. Sarah began serving as the Academy Art Museum Director in June 2021. She comes from the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) where she has served as deputy director as well as interim director and CEO. Sarah brings 17 years of experience, including time at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Orange County Museum of Art. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Oberlin College; and a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago; along with attending the Museum Leadership Institute in 2017.
The opening gala preview party, on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m., offers exclusive opportunities to meet Sarah Jesse, the exhibiting artists, view and purchase from the full gallery and enjoy the awards.
The three-day show continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle winners are announced Sunday afternoon with passed bubbly! Lunch, and famous strawberry shortcake is available for purchase both Saturday and Sunday at the community center. For tickets and more information, visit www.oxfordcc.org, or call 410-226-5904.
The juried exhibit and sale have supported the Oxford Community Center, a non-profit 501(c)3, since the 1980s to fuel OCC’s mission to provide the region with a year-round schedule of free or reduced educational, cultural and recreational programs and events. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Oxford Community Center, Inc.