2017 SELECTION JURISTS
Erin Bailey has been studying, creating and working in the arts for most of her life. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia, cum laude, with a double major in Jewelry-Metalwork and Art History. Erin’s education continued with studies at the Atlanta Art Therapy Institute, and the completion of a certificate program in Arts Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Erin also received training in public art and sculpture conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
After retiring from the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Erin is now the Director of Galleries and Visual Arts Programs at ART Station in Stone Mountain, GA.
Throughout her professional career, Erin continued to take studio courses and participate in workshops through Ringling School of Art, the University of Georgia’s Cortona Experience program in Italy, and at La Bonne Etoile in France.
Erin’s art concentrates primarily on figure studies and landscapes in pastels, charcoal, acrylic and watercolor. Erin’s artwork has been exhibited in invitational and juried exhibits throughout the state, and she has been a juror for numerous exhibits and arts festivals
Marcia Isaacson is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Research Programs in the College of Fine Arts and past Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida. She received both her BFA in Drawing and Painting and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia.
Professor Isaacson joined the School of Art and Art History faculty at the University of Florida in 1973. She taught drawing to all levels of undergraduates and graduate students.
Her creative work has been included in more than sixty exhibitions at museums, galleries, and universities across the country. She has received eleven national/regional juried, purchase, and merit awards. Her drawings are reproduced in twenty-two major exhibition catalogues and appear in textbooks, journals, and numerous articles and exhibition reviews.
Professor Isaacson’s drawings are included in more than twenty museums, university, corporate and private collections including: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee; Greenville County Art Museum, Greenville, SC; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham.
Professor Isaacson was awarded a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Artist Fellowship; two Artist Fellowship Grants, Florida Arts Council; National Endowment/Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Seven Artist Fellowship; MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and an Artist-in-Residence, University of Georgia, Summer Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy.
She was selected for the UF Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education; the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, and a UF Teaching Improvement Program Award. Professor Isaacson has won numerous university and Addy awards for her school and college promotional publications.
Professor Isaacson has served on the selection panels for the National Endowment for the Arts; NEA/SECCA Seven Grants; Illinois Arts Council; and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She has served as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.
Chris Sherry comes to painting from a long career both as a college professor and painting teacher. He has done figurative drawings for many years. His 2D work is executed in oils, acrylic, and mixed media; and 3D work is in metals: foundry work and welding.
Prior to his profession as a painter, Chris retired as a practing architect, and as a faculty member in the interior design program at Brenau University. Presently he teaches beginning painting and drawing at the Johns Creek Art Center and at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. He also continues to teach occasionally as an adjunct professor at Brenau University and Gwinnett Technical College.
Chris’s philosophy of art is it should be more than a picture. It should entice the viewer to participate, consider the possibilities. His figurative work, he calls figure scapes, are sections of the human form. Frequently the images appear at first to be landscapes which evolve into the figurative.
Chris received a bachelor’s degree from University of Miami, 1968, Math major, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1976, Science major; and a masters degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1978, Architecture. He has taken workshops with: Daniel Greene, 1994; Clayton Beck III, 2005; Marc Chatov, 2006, Chris DiDomizio, 2007 and 2009; Jim Carson, 2008; Bill Davidson, 2008; and Damon Carter, 2009. He has also attended classes and workshops at the following schools: New York Students Art League, New York, NY; D’Amici Art School, Florence, Italy; Spruill Art Center, Dunwoody, Ga; Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA; Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, Il; Ringling College of Art and Design, Little Switzerland, NC.
Chris is a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Southern Colors, and Kudzu Art Zone, presently interim chair of the managing council for Kudzu Art Zone; and member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects. He maintains his registration license as an architect in Georgia and Florida.
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Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. He joined Aflac in 1973 and worked in the sales area for 10 years. In 1983, he was named president of Aflac, chief operating officer in 1987, chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990 and chairman in 2001. Aflac is a Fortune 500 company that insures more than 50 million people worldwide. It is the leading provider of individual insurance policies offered at the worksite in the United States and is the largest life insurer in Japan in terms of individual policies in force. In Japan, the company insures 1 out of 4 Japanese households.
During Mr. Amos’ tenure as CEO revenues have grown from $2.7 billion to $21 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015. He also is responsible for launching the company's national advertising program featuring the popular Aflac Duck. Today, Aflac is a top national brand and was named by FORTUNE magazine in 2016 as one of America's Most Admired Companies for the 15th year. Aflac has also attained the distinction of being the only insurance company to appear for 18 consecutive years on FORTUNE's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Under his leadership, Aflac has been named to the Ethisphere Institute's annual list of The World's Most Ethical Companies for 10 consecutive years, the only insurance company to appear on this list every year since its inception in 2007.
In 2015, Mr. Amos was named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the 100 Best Performing CEOs in the World. In 2010, he was named as one of America's Best CEOs in the insurance category by Institutional Investor magazine, the fifth time he has appeared on the prestigious list. He has also been recognized on Chief Executive Magazine’s Wealth Creation Index as one of the top-50 CEOs since the index’s inception in 2008.
In 2013, Mr. Amos was proud to accept the Salute to Greatness Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta joining a distinguished list of past recipients that include former United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, entertainer Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew J. Young, U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, athlete Ervin "Magic" Johnson and singers Bono and Stevie Wonder. Mr. Amos has also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award.
A past member of the board of trustees of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Mr. Amos also serves on the board of the House of Mercy of Columbus and previously served as a member of the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is the former chairman of the board of the Japan America Society of Georgia and former chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in risk management.
Clyde Aspevig's personal and artistic horizons have unfolded expansively since his childhood on a Montana farm near the Canadian border. That period of geographical and cultural isolation was in retrospect a blessing for the artist he recalls. "Because I grew up in a vacuum in Montana, I wasn't taught the cliches."
He sees such naivete as allowing him to be more open to everything around him, which is especially evident in his latest works. His peripatetic field easel now ranges across the wild mountains and prairies of Montana, Death Valley, Adirondacks, rocky North Atlantic coast, Scandinavian fjords and the well-tended hillside estates of Tuscany. Growing up, he witnessed the alternatingly painful and joyful cycles of agricultural life. He was unusually fortunate to be encouraged by his family in the pursuits of art and appreciation of music. Clyde learned early on to work hard and persevere against obstacles natural and manmade. Rather than scoffing at or demeaning Clyde's interests, Clyde's father, the practical but open-minded farmer, bought his twelve-year-old son's first painting.
He considers his paintings as old friends and visual souvenirs of places experienced in his life. The viewer, too, shares in Clyde's magical evocations of the landscapes that touched him.
While his early efforts attracted awards and critical praise from the regional or "Western" sector of the art community, Clyde's work has since emerged to be highly sought after by world class collectors. In a culture notorious for nourishing illustration of stereotypical, iconic subject matter, Clyde fearlessly departed whenever he felt the call, and resisted early attempts by Western art dealers to label him and restrict him to the saleable panoramic scenics.
His paintings of the West are not theatrical sets intended to reinforce regional mythology, but rather evocations of places that he perceives as already disappearing during his own lifetime, subjects worthy of both artistic and societal preservation.
The paintings reflect Clyde's intense days of absorbing his natural surroundings, days which shaped a philosophy: "I see nature as being so much more powerful than we realize." He sees the true value of preserving the last islands of wilderness, agreeing with the late writer Wallace Stegner that just the fact of knowing it is out there is important to the human spirit.
To Clyde Aspevig, painting expresses human emotion better than any other medium. The divine nature of light reveals to the receptive eye the timeless interaction of land forms and sky, water, flora, soil and rock. If he has any "mission" beyond the canvas in his creative endeavors, it is simply a wish to call attention to the timeless, intrinsic worth of our natural environment.
The image resolves from a deliberative yet intuitive process of the artist, seeing. Nature, undistorted by the filters of acculturation.
West Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia, and came of age on Hilton Head Island, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in 1979.
Fraser served for 9 years as a Board Commissioner of the South
Carolina Art’s Commission; he is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of the prestigious PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) and a signature member of the California Art Club. Fraser has been honored with 8 solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, the Southeast, and California. His most recent exhibition titled A Native Son: Paintings of West Fraser was at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah GA, in 2012. In January 2017 Fraser will have his 3rd one man show at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C. There will be a smaller traveling exhibit featured in the fall at the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
West Fraser has been published extensively, including features in Art and Antiques, Plein Air Magazine, The Robb Report, Southern Accents, American Artist, Nautical Quarterly, Southwest Art, Art and Antiques, Charleston Magazine, and Garden & Gun, to name a few. In 2000, he represented South Carolina in the bicentennial celebration calendar published by the White House Historic Association. In 2001, the University of South Carolina Press published the monograph Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition to Southeastern museums. His second book, Painting the Southern
Coast: The Art of West Fraser, was released by the University of South Carolina Press in July 2016. This book represents over 40 years of West’s paintings of the Southeastern seaboard starting around Georgetown, S.C. and ending in St. Augustine, Fla.
His paintings are in 9 museum collections and the White House Historic Society as well as numerous significant private and corporate collections nationwide. West Fraser is represented by Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, S.C. where he lives with his wife Helena Fox.
‘Wild by Nature’ Garden & Gun Magazine, July 2016 http://gardenandgun.com/article/wild-nature ‘Native Son’ Charleston Magazine, May 2016 http://charlestonmag.com/features/native_son www.helenafoxfineart.com www.westfraserstudio.com