City Announces Winners of Annual Art Prize

Now in its third year, Common Ground is a non-juried exhibit, providing an opportunity for local artists to display their artwork at the Community Gallery.

Date November 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Author Staff

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Art Markets & Galleries Community

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Max Lehman’s fired earthenware sculpture titled “Red Skelton”

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 “Common Ground: Art Prize and Exhibit.” Max Lehman’s fired earthenware sculpture titled “Red Skelton” was selected from among 80 entries to receive the honor of “Best in Show.” An image of the piece will be reproduced as a notecard. In addition to being offered for sale through the Arts Commission’s Community Gallery, the notecards are given to visiting dignitaries from the United States and abroad. Lehman will receive a $1,000 honorarium for use of the image. Scott Parker’s linoleum block print, “Rug Room,” received second place. Third place honors were given to Braldt Bralds for his oil on canvas entitled “Fantasie on Tree in C-pia.” Parker and Bralds will receive $500 and $250 respectively for the digital use of their images. An exhibit of all the entries will be on display through this Friday, November 8th at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact 505-955-6705.

Max Lehman attended college at Arizona State University, majoring in Media Arts while also studying Pre-Columbian Art History. His ceramic training is hands-on, with work experience at the F&R Pottery Studio and the Red Horse Clay Company. Locally, he is represented by POP Gallery, 142 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 102. The art of famed Mexican ceramicist Alfonso Castillo Orta has greatly influenced his work. “Red Skelton” is a tribute to Castillo Otra, as well as a nod to Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton, a beloved comedian from Lehman’s childhood. Skeletons are a recurring theme in Lehman’s work.  “I do not see skeletons as representations of death,” states Lehman. “To me, they are symbols of spirituality and confirmation of existence.” 

Now in its third year, Common Ground is a non-juried exhibit, providing an opportunity for local artists to display their artwork at the Community Gallery. A panel of judges consisting of members of the Arts Commission, artists, arts professionals and community members select each year’s winners. This year’s panel selected Lehman’s work for its outstanding artistic quality and ability to represent the arts in Santa Fe. The group was particularly drawn to its multi-cultural and –historical references. “Red Skelton” is the first three-dimensional ceramic work to be selected as “Best of Show.”

From a City of Santa Fe Arts Commission press release...

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