Karen Graffeo wins competition, featured in art exhibition in Alabama, March 23-May 9, 2014

New work by Karen Graffeo

New work by Karen Graffeo

University of Montevallo art professor Karen Graffeo wins $7,500 grand prize in 2014 Energen Art Competition

Karen Graffeo, a University of Montevallo Associate Professor of Art and Fulbright scholar who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, has been awarded the grand prize in Energen’s 15th annual art competition. Graffeo receives $7,500 for She Flew West, chosen over 192 entries in the juried competition.

In all, 251 artists competed for prizes. Proceeds from artists’ entry fees and an Energen contribution will go to Red Mountain Theatre Company. The free exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Energen Plaza, 605 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North in Birmingham.

Graffeo has previously exhibited her photographic work twice in the SACI Gallery: Let Us Now Praise the Rom and RE:re:fwd:forward.

Karen Graffeo: 3000 Dreams ExplainedHer works also will be featured in an exhibition titled 3000 Dreams Explained, to be held March 23 – May 9 at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia.

Included in the exhibition will be 20 large-scale, mixed media photographic drawings on paper, metal and silk, and photographs of the sky and water, all inspired by a crumbling, discarded book of the same title, found by the artist in a market. This book of dreams became a kind of journal and experiment in language and imagery for Graffeo during her 2013 Fulbright Fellowship in Romania. Several pieces are photographs of specific pages from the book, whose words inspired drawings – drawings which Graffeo intends to be personal hieroglyphics or visual shorthand of her own dreams and daily experiences.

The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Group rates are available, and Sundays are free.

For additional information, contact the Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA) at 256-383-0533 or at http://www.tvaa.net.

Karen Graffeo

Karen Graffeo

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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