Juror, Zsuzsanna Nagy
Zsuzsanna Nagy is a Hungarian American artist currently residing in State College, PA. She received her MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions across the US. Zsuzsanna currently teaches photography at PSU. She is the gallery manager and curator of PSU’s Woskob Family Gallery in downtown State College.
In her photo practice, she uses the camera to render the observable into an impressionistic and subjective reality. Her work explores notions of familiarity, belonging, and transience.
IG: @zzaphotoaday | zzphoto.myportfolio.com/work
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Melissa Forkner Lesher
Juror’s Comments: Observing Grey Matter is a meditative experience. It invites the viewer to slow down, it exudes tranquility. Beautiful use of repetition and rhythm. Spreading out from a central point, it’s meticulously constructed. It calls me to get up close and observe the subtle details as well as to step back and take it in, in its quiet wholeness. At times I read the piece as delicate cellular membranes, as a living organism.
Waterfall, Joanne Landis
Juror’s Comments: The woman character depicted in the piece is just as confident as the artist’s brushstrokes. The painting tells a narrative in an emotionally resonant way. This evocative painting employs a striking color palette. The lone female figure radiates strength. In this world created by Joanne, women rule.
Twisted Sister, Linda Hale
Juror’s Comments: Linda’s sculpture is an expression of unmediated emotion. The relatively small physical form can hardly contain the raw energy, its voids and solids defy rules. The passionate piece emanates struggle, tension, and distress.
The Energy of Owl, Melinda Curley
Juror’s Comments: I was captivated by the energy of this exuberant painting. The piece is fluid, organic, and dynamic, as well as contemplative. It invites the viewer to enter an abundant, almost hypnotic world. Rich in texture, Melinda’s painting alludes to water, nature, and minerals.
Grid Piece, Joe Beddal
Juror’s Comments: The piece layers various textures and materials. I’m intrigued by the interplay of the different planes–the screen, the painted surface, and the non-physical layer of shadows created by the grid pattern. I commend Joe’s piece for its 3-D quality.
Untitled, Stacie Bird
Juror’s Comments: I am drawn to this photograph for its simplicity and subtlety. I applaud its wide tonal range. Behind the texture and layer of backlit raindrops, I notice the horizon. Stacie’s black and white photograph is mesmerizing, serene, and quiet.
Melissa Forkner Lesher