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Juror's Statement

San Angelo artist and art educator Suzanne Horner served as juror for our current gallery show. After curating the exhibit, Suzanne sent the statement below. In it she shares the challenges and opportunities confronting an accomplished artist selecting fellow artists' works for exhibit.

Pictured here is the work Suzanne awarded best in show, Cold Front Sundown by Mary Owens. This work, and 48 other pieces in the exhibit, will be on display through July 9th at our gallery in the Wimberley Community Center.


by Suzanne Horner

Working with the Wimberley Valley Art League and its members for the gallery exhibit which opened on May 10th was such a great pleasure. Judging art based on my experiences as a fellow artist, juror, and art educator was rewarding and also a great learning process.


I consider assessing art in any form as learning and in this case, although we do not know each other personally, it is a privilege to judge work by a group of peers brought together their love art and expression. It was exciting to see a collection of work that encompassed a broad range of media, subjects, and execution.


As a juror, I was open to all forms of art submitted and centered my focus on pieces that exhibited strong composition, creative use of media, and skill with technique. Making choices for inclusion and exclusion is not an easy feat! Nor is it a definitive judgment of any one artist’s type of work. Acceptance into an art exhibit is a great honor, but remain open-minded that one person’s assessment does not define who you are as an artist or your direction on your artistic journey.


I applaud the League members for their strong sense of community and commitment to promoting and supporting the visual arts. Submissions for this gallery exhibit showed a wonderful range of personal expression, risk-taking, depth, and creative voice.


Congratulations to the award winners and those recognized for outstanding work.


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