The decision of the juror on all entries is final. Exhibition selections will be made from digital images that must arrive with the entry form and fee at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery on or before January 12, 2022. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 21, 2022 via the website, along with an acceptance letter. Only juror selected works will be exhibited. Final judging will be on site. If for some unforeseen reason the juror must withdraw before judging is completed, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery reserves the right to select another juror of similar rank to complete the juror’s responsibilities. Artists will be duly notified in this event.
The juror for this event is Catherine Kirkland.
Ms. Kirkland knew from childhood that she wanted to be an artist, and to accomplish this, she pursued an art-focused education, including her studies as a Studio Art major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. There she studied illustration, painting in oil and acrylic, ceramic and metal sculpture, as well as theater set design and film language. After college, she continued acquiring skills through her profession and through independent study. As an art director and graphic designer she explored photography, digital media, as well as film/video art direction and production.
Following her formal education, Ms. Kirkland enjoyed a 35+ year career as an award-winning art director, illustrator, graphic designer in advertising and publishing. At Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Press Syndicate, she worked with internationally and nationally known creators. Some of the best known are: Abigail Van Buren/Jeanne Phillips (Dear Abby), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side), Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Scott Adams (Dilbert), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Betty Debnam (The Mini Page), Jim Davis (Garfield), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), and many more talented cartoonists and writers.
Just prior to retiring from her professional graphic arts career, she began painting again in earnest. Her style has evolved from representational landscapes and figural works to vivid abstracts with thousands of applied colorful dots. She creates her pointillist works on canvas or panel with brushes as well as with unconventional tools, such as spoons, forks, skewers, chopsticks and dowels.