Painting in the World: Reflections on Politics, Violence, and Reconciliation

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Congratulations to the place winners.

1st Place - Rafael Blanco
2nd Place - Karen Gutfreund
3rd Place - Julia Lambright

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Congratulations to the artists accepted into Painting in the World: Reflections on Politics, Violence, and Reconciliation

Janet Braun-Reinitz
Mark Bryce
Sarah Cecil
Monique Crine
José deVera
Karen Gutfreund
David Hewitt
Luma Jasim
Hector King
Julia Lambright
Mei Lin (Claire) Lee
Rafael Blanco
Melissa McCutcheon
Joseph Pearson
R.M. Thomas
Shaun Whiteside
Sarah Wilkins

Exhibition Dates: September 16, 2014 - November 22, 2014

Opening Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday, September 18, 2014

In September 2014, the Northern Arizona University Art Museum will produce a juried exhibition of paintings created around inter-woven themes of politics, violence and reconciliation. The NAU Art Museum believes that the global community faces a turning point today in which economic, environmental, and ethnic pressures threaten the integrity of whole societies.  The Arab Spring, wars arising from religious extremism and, conversely, the efforts of many nations to maintain stable, consensual societies are among the themes we hope to address in this exhibition. “Painting in the World: Politics, Violence and Reconciliation” will be adjudicated by Dr. George V. Speer, Director of the NAU Art Museum.


George V. Speer is the director of the Northern Arizona University Art Museum and Associate Professor of Art History. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Prior to his appointment at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Speer was Curator of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. His research interests focus on twentieth-century American art and culture and the political origins and consequences of representation.