In order to focus on the conversation happening within the exhibit between all the works of art, we consciously decided to wait until the end of the exhibit to announce winners. Those of you who have already visited, thank you. There are still two days left to view the exhibit if you want to see the winners in person. 

Jeff Lassahn is the first place winner with his Color Me Drone Warfare coloring book

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From the artist's statement:
"Color Me Drone Warfare! is a satirical coloring book, with over-the-top patriotic imagery using digital illustration. On a store shelf and online, its intense cover will be a bizarre and distinct contrast to soothing coloring subjects. Some may get the satire, others may be temporarily fooled, and through that it will certainly find its way into unexpected places. This is the latest of several pieces on war that is deliberately playful or provocative in its format, in an effort to reach audiences who may be unfamiliar or distant from the issues, or distant from art in a fine art context."

Gary Schirmer's Lunar Rover won second place. 

From the artist's statement:
"I’ve been a working artist for forty years, and to a significant degree my work has always had at least one foot in political consciousness.  My most recent work involves juxtaposed images of a sometimes seemingly disparate nature in a non-rectangular format, which allude to oblique connections between a conception of nature and a cultural or political construct. On a personal level these works come together via my perception of a politically reactionary postmodern dysfunctionalism. As what seems of late to be an unprecedented American political climate taking hold, through a simulacrum populist outcry courtesy of a “politically correct” and seemingly servile corporate media, any tongue-in-cheek artistic response possible has become compulsory, and last refuge."

In third place is Yuanqing Zhao's Translation. 

From the artist's statement:
"Translation is an attempt to reconstruct and re-imagine, from a contemporary perspective, a tradition. This thesis research is important in analyzing Eastern rituals and perspectives in a Western academic environment. A ritual is an experience that is highly structured and follows a very specific set of rules. The rules vary to each ritual but the purpose of the rules is to create a sense of tradition and divine experience. In short, rituals are experiences that are created through an intricate and strict structure, in a sense; chaos from order.

Translation focuses on the interactions in/with water of tea leaves, ink, paper, poetry. Taking Wallace Steven’s Tea at the Palaz Hoon (1921) and cutting out all the words, I have mixed those individual words with paper, analogous to the interaction between tea and water. Consciousness vanishes and notion being in the world is achieved for myself and observers. Tranquility and serenity are brought upon the observers in their ergodic interpretations of my work (Espen J. Aarseth 1956 -– ). When I am making tea in a cup, tea leaves float on the top in the beginning but slowly and very gradually, individual tea leaves sink to the bottom of the cup. The concept of movement, in general along with relevant experiences are behind Translation."