Artist Annelies Heijnen of Mt. Vernon will have a ceramic sculpture in the competition called “Cityscape 2.” She said the Biennial will feature a wide range of artists, not only from Southern Illinois but from places like St. Louis and Louisville, Ky.
“I think it's a wonderful forum because it exposes a lot of different artists,” Heijnen said.
Three expert judges will evaluate the artwork for this competition. They include Jeff Hughes, a history of art professor at Webster University; Arny Nadler, a professor of art at Washington University; and Terry Suhre, director of Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri.
Each judge comes to the table with a vast knowledge of contemporary art, as well as a familiarity with this region, Freeman said. Organizers recruit new judges for each year's competition.
“It brings fresh eyes to the curatorial process,” Freeman said. “(The judges) have an understanding of how an art object relates back to everyday concerns.”
The exhibition preview and awards presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Mitchell Museum Beal Grand Corridor at Cedarhurst. All participating artists and their families are invited to the preview. The exhibit opens to the general public starting Aug. 4.
For more information, contact Cedarhurst at 242-1236.