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Virginia artist captures top prize at ArtFields

on Tuesday, 10 May 2022. Posted in Local News

Above right, Confetti floats through the air during the awards presentation at the 10th annual ArtFields competition. Above right, a statue artist wowed bystanders with his shiny outfit. Below an artist draws a portrait from a model and a young artist had

Noah Scalin of Richmond, Va. took home the $50,000 grand prize from the 10th annual ArtFields competition held April 22-30 in Lake City. Scalin won for his entry, titled “of America: September 4, 1957.” MyLoanh Dinh of Charlotte, N.C., won the second-place award of $25,000 for a work titled “Thanks. No Thanks.” Besides the first- and second-place prizes, two people’s choice and five merit prizes were given. The people’s choice awards were for $12,000 each and the merit awards were for $2,000 each. Melvin Toledo of Tucker, Ga., won People’s Choice 2-D for “A Moment of Peace,” and Jonathan Imafidor of Atlanta, Ga., won People’s Choice 3-D for “I Lay Out a Bait.” The merit award winners Hanna Banciella for “Let Me Go,” and Overstreet Ducasse for “Don’t Shoot Your Shot.” The week-long annual event regularly draws thousands of visitors and artists from across the Southeast. Artworks were featured in three galleries — Crossroads, Jones-Carter, and the Trax Visual Art Center, as well as other businesses and venues throughout town. A team of visual arts professionals reviewed and rated each piece, anonymously and individually. The top-rated artworks were then invited to be a part of the 2022 exhibition. It was announced at the event’s ribbon cutting that more than 400 pieces of art were included in this year’s competition. A jury panel seleced the Grand Prize, Second Place and Merit awards while those attending voted and determined the People’s Choice Award.

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