16 win awards for 83rd Butler Midyear

Award winners for the 83rd National Midyear Exhibition will be honored Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

“It’s a really nice exhibition with something for everyone,” said Butler Executive Director Louis A. Zona. “There’s a nice range of media, including some terrific etchings and photographs.”

Jurors Sherry Giryotas and Phillip Shore, both artists based out of Dallas, selected 78 works by 64 artists representing 14 states out of 652 submissions from 260 artists.

“(They) chose a really well-rounded exhibition of really stellar pieces,” Zona said. “The people who have walked through can’t get over the overall quality of the work.”

The awards committee chose 16 artists for special recognition from the selected works.

Susan Weintraub of Brooklyn, N.Y., won Best in Show for her watercolor and gouache work “McDonald Avenue.”

Harold Zabady of Camp Hill, Pa., won first place honors for his oil painting “Corner Bar,” Marc Winnat of Nashua, N.H., received second place for his acrylic painting “Rain Delay” and third place went to David Dorsey of Pittsford, N.Y., for “Taffy #2.”

Robert Nicoll of North Canton received the Phil Desind Award, named for the longtime director of Capricorn Galleries in Maryland, which specialized in contemporary American painting. The Allied Artists of America Award went to Ray Wollschleger of Delaware, Ohio, for “Sir Dewey,” a pastel work on paper.

Ten artists received honorable mention recognition: Karen Brussat Butler, Norwalk, Conn.; Edward Duff, Birmingham, Mich.; Patty Flauto, Rocky River; Victor J. Gomez, Miami, Fla; Russell Z. Harris, Chicago; John E. James, Virginia Beach, Va.; Nils P. Johnson Jr., Canfield: Harvey P. Niven, Cleveland; Joseph Ryznar, Lower Burrell, Pa.; and Carol Stevens, Medina.

Zona said, “For artists who are getting started, that recognition is a powerful boost,” but he doesn’t believe that is the primary incentive for participants.

“To have your work hanging in the same building where Edward Hopper is hanging, where John Singer Sargent is hanging, where Winslow Homer’s ‘Snap the Whip’ is down the hall, association with those masterworks is more meaningful than second or third place.”

Normally, the awards reception is held on opening day of the exhibition. Since this year’s show opened on Memorial Day weekend, the artist reception and awards presentation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The work will be on display through July 28.