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Showcase exhibit opens at Carnegie
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The Carnegie Arts Center Showcase exhibit features the works of Richard Gomez – Agency. - photo by Image Contributed

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 84 works that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence. The show opened Wednesday and will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery until Sept. 5.


Works in all media were submitted by artists from across the Central Valley and other locations in California. The final group selected for exhibition includes works by 55 artists representing 24 different communities.


“It would be difficult to find a more varied group of works together than in our galleries during the Art Showcase,” said CAC Director Lisa McDermott. “It is always a great experience to see this wide range of creative expression. With no theme or size constraints, artists are excited to share the very best of what they are making.” 


Media include paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in pastel, charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, and ink; three-dimensional works in glass, ceramic, bronze, wood, wire, and mosaic; relief and serigraph prints; photographs and digital art; fiber arts, collage and mixed media works.


A panel of three talented jurors selected 13 works to receive awards, with a total of $2,350 in prize money. The Best of Show prize went to painter Richard Gomez of Atwater for his spray paint on panel painting titled Agency. Other awards went to:

Awards of Excellence

Dixie Salazar, History Lesson — Irony 101, Painted collage on canvas

Sue Siefkin, Afternoon in Château-Landon, fabric collage


Awards of Merit

Jennifer Fosgate, Whistling Walking Stick, mixed media on canvas

Chelsea Gilmore, Dilapidated Dollhouse, wood, paint & gravel

Mark Knize, Remembering the Jetsons III, walnut wood & paint

Ruben Sanchez, The Red Sun, acrylic on wood


Honorable Mentions

Sean Alcala, Green Shorebreak, kiln-formed glass

Anna Barber, Calla Lilies, digital photo art

Timothy Brown, Jr., Too Much & Not Enough, mixed media on panel

Susan Conner, Elements, photograph

Gayle Knize, Three Dolls: 1909, 1939, 1959, acrylic on panels

Monique Wales, View from the Top, multi-color reduction linocut print


Mayor’s Award

Michael Souza, Friends, pencil on paper



The CAC plans a public reception to honor the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13.  A pre-reception gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. will feature several of the award-winning artists in the show.

The CAC is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 general and $5 for students and seniors. Carnegie members and children 12 years and under get free admission.