36th Annual Bi-State Art Competition - Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, March 14 - April 12, 2009

The 36th annual Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, Mississippi opened on March 14, and ran through April 12, 2009 with an opening reception from 6-8 PM on March 21. This is a highly regarded juried show open to residents of Alabama and Mississippi. This year's juror was Randy Gachet, a visual art instructor at the Fine Art School of Alabama.

I entered two pieces, "Nine Panes of Thought" and "Cooperation", both of which were accepted! I won the top merit award with Nine Panes of Thought, which was the highest award that I was eligible to win. The other two higher awards, 1st and best of show, were both purchase awards, and I did not agree to sell my pieces for the purchase award amount in the event that I won, because the prize was a fraction of the price of either of these drawings. Therefore, under the museum guidelines, I was not eligible for either of the purchase awards. Unfortunately, I did not know this at the time I entered, otherwise I would have entered something of a more appropriate price. That was a bummer, and apparently I was not the only person who did not know this. Consequently, several of the higher priced pieces did not get judged for best of show or first place. If I enter next year, I will know! Even so, it is a cool show, and I was glad to be a part of it.

Me and Joseph standing in front of my drawing "Cooperation"

People near the snack area

Awards presentation