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Area Artists Exhibit winners announced by TMA


July 10, 2009: Twenty entries in the 91st annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition received prizes during an awards program Friday evening at the Toledo Museum of Art.


Organized annually by the Museum and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, the exhibition opened to the public immediately following the ceremonies. The exhibit, supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, will remain on view through Aug. 23 in the Canaday Gallery. Admission is free.

Best of Show winner, "Bee Harmony,"
a mixed media piece by Kim Monnier
of Bowling Green


As in past years, the competition for awards was stiff.  Two hundred thirty five artists from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan submitted 617 works of art for consideration. From these, 119 entries by 96 artists were accepted for the exhibition, which is widely recognized as the most important juried show in the region. Twenty artists were chosen to receive awards and cash prizes totaling $7,750.


This year’s jurors were Ruth Bercaw, an artist based in Cleveland, and Jéssica Flores, an associate curator of contemporary art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Kim Monnier of Bowling Green won the $1,000 Best of Show award for her mixed-media work, “Bee Harmony.” First place awards of $500 each went to Timothy Gaewsky of Toledo for “Fully Loaded,” a single channel digital video, and Matthew Chambers of Toledo for his mixed media entry, “12 American Daydreams.”


A complete list of the winners:





Best of Show

Kim Monnier

of  Bowling Green

“Bee Harmony”

Mixed Media

First Award

Timothy Gaewsky of Toledo

“Fully Loaded”

Single Channel Digital Video

First Award

Matthew Chambers of Toledo

“12 American Daydreams”

Mixed Media

Second Award

Joel O’Dorisio

of  Bowling Green

“Pine Wedge”


Second Award

Courtney Bache of Maumee


Sterling Silver, Matches

Second Award

Nicole Bergman of Genoa

“928 Main Street”

Acetone Transfer on Industrial Paper Towels

Third Award

Kim McCann Fultz

of  Findlay

“Bushwick (Brooklyn) Soundscape

Graphite and Dry Pigment on Paper

Third Award

Ani Avanian

of  Boston, Mass.

“Bottom of the Lijiang River”

Mixed Media on Paper

Third Award

Calvin Babich of Toledo

“Pagan Babies”

Soapstone and Limestone

Third Award

Matthew Chambers

of Toledo

“Cupcake (In Memory of Charles Bukowski)”

Mixed Media

Israel Abramofksy Award of the Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim


Krista Jackson of Elmore


“Chain Gang”



 (Dye/Wax Resist)

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award

Carol Imes-Luscombe

of Toledo

“Caloosahatchee Storm”

Acrylic, Canvas, Etched Paper

Toledo Area Glass Guild’s Dominick Labino Award

Nadine Saylor

of  Bowling Green

“10,000 Breaths”

Blown Glass Installation

Rose M. Reder Memorial Award

Chris Rom and Geoff Buddie

of  Swanton  



Milk Paint on Wood, Nylon and Metal Fittings

Toledo Friends

of  Photography Award   


Karine Avanian of Toledo




Digital Print

Athena Art Society Award

Mania Dajnak of Perrysburg

“Unraveling Her Square #1”

Conte Crayon, Intaglio

Roulet Medal

Brian Heller of Perrysburg

“Kiawah River #17”

4 Screen Silk Screen Print

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Purchase Award for City of Toledo’s Art in Public Buildings

Carol Imes-Luscombe

of Toledo

“Caloosahatchee Storm”

Acrylic, Canvas, Etched Paper

Collingwood Arts Center-Jim Reynoldson Award

Madison Hartley of Huron

“Living 1988-2060”

Oil, Gold Leaf, Panel

Toledo Federation of Art Societies Purchase Award

Rick Finn of Cincinnati

“No Chance for a Sweet, Sweet Life”

Reduction Woodcut

Lourdes College Art Department Award

Daniel Hernandez of Toledo

“Mobile Battle Station”

Mixed Media

The mission of the Toledo Museum of Art is based upon the belief in the power of art to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought, and provide enjoyment. Through our collection and programs, we strive to integrate art into the lives of people.


The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and investments.  The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainable grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


Admission to the Museum is free.  The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;  Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–6 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays.  Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.


The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted.  For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit www.toledomuseum.org






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