Posts Tagged ‘art contests’

Maura McGurk Wins People’s Choice Award at City Hall Exhibition

October 29, 2015

The Federal Way City Council awarded painter Maura McGurk the People’s Choice Award at their council meeting Tuesday night, in recognition of her mixed media painting, Mia, Siena, Stripes. The work is part of the Arts Alive exhibition currently on view at City Hall. McGurk said that her inspiration for the painting came from two […]

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365 Days of Art: December 17 – Man Buys Raffle Ticket; Wins a Picasso!

December 18, 2014

December 17, 2013 A 25-year old man wins a Picasso after buying a $140 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano, who works for his family’s fire sprinkler business, says he’s considering loaning the piece to a museum so that it can be enjoyed by the public. He sounds like a nice, down-to-earth guy, saying that entering the […]

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The Abe Lincoln Debacle: Ethics Commission Rules It Was, In Fact, a “Debacle”

October 24, 2012

By popular demand, I’ll close out the saga of the Abe Lincoln paintings which were refused exhibition by the Slater Museum, against its own contest rules. The Ethics Commission of the City of Norwich convened hearings to hear testimony against defendant Vivian Zoe, Director of the Slater Museum, and sponsor of the contest to replace […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Situation: Karma Edition. The End?

June 4, 2011

Remember how the Abraham Lincoln portraits had to be made to a certain size, in order to fit the existing, heirloom frame which had housed the original portrait? Well, the wrong measurements were provided in the Call for Artists, so all of the portraits–including the winning submission–turned out not to fit the frame. (Read all […]

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Maura McGurk Interviewed by The Norwich Bulletin

May 6, 2011

Maura McGurk and other artists discuss their views of the judging of the Lincoln portrait contest sponsored by the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT. The Slater has defended itself against charges by the artists and others that it acted in an unethical manner by changing the contest rules, and notifying the participating artists of the […]

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Maura McGurk Blog Featured in The New London Day

May 6, 2011

Maura McGurk’s blog regarding the Lincoln portrait contest sponsored by the Slater Museum is quoted extensively in The New London Day. The Day reveals the backlash among the contest entrants, the artistic community, and citizens of Norwich, CT regarding so-called “unethical” practices in the portrait judging. Lincoln artists cry foul, by Claire Bessette, The Day […]

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More Unethical News from Slater Museum

April 26, 2011

Well, I always wanted the press to write about my artwork, but I didn’t think it would happen this way: The Day of New London, CT wrote an article about the Lincoln portrait contest.  Although the reporter didn’t interview me personally, she quoted from my earlier blog post. And I learned something new about the […]

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Museum Reneges on Promise to Exhibit All Lincoln Portraits–What Would Honest Abe Say?

April 21, 2011

This Abraham Lincoln portrait, painted by Norwich, CT local son John Denison Crocker, was ripped from its frame in City Hall in 1994. The Slater Museum and the City of Norwich sponsored a contest with a purchase prize for the best copy of the original portrait. Although I’m normally an abstract painter, I thought it […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper: Silly Headlines

April 12, 2011

The project that’s currently keeping me out of trouble is that I’m copying an Abe Lincoln portrait, hoping to win a contest to replace one that was stolen. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it…the idea of encouraging an artist to copy another work so closely that it can take its place, even […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper: A Tale of Two Lincolns

April 11, 2011

                                        The town of Norwich, CT is sponsoring a contest: the idea is to copy the painting on the left, which was stolen from City Hall in 1994 and never seen again. Norwich cares very much […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper: Art Heists and Civic Pride

April 10, 2011

In 1994, City Hall in Norwich, Connecticut was the scene of an art heist. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, painted by John Denison Crocker, which had hung there for almost 130 years, was cut out of its frame and stolen, never to be publicly seen since. The City of Norwich still has a special feeling […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper

February 12, 2011

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday today, I wanted to share my newest project. I’m entering a contest to replace a stolen portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and you can find out more about it here: Stay tuned as I report about my ongoing adventures!

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