Hamilton, Ohio – Art placed. Lights set. Judges finished judging.
All the 51st Hamilton Current Exhibition at the Fitton Center needs now is an audience.
The Gallery Opening Celebration for the 51st Hamilton Current runs 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Director of Exhibitions Cathy Mayhugh announces the winners of the juried competition – and $1,000 in total prize money – at 6:30 p.m.
The Fitton Center wraps up its Show Stoppers series immediately following the Gallery opening as the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra presents CCJO Goes to the Movies at 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton Current is an all-media competition open to adult artists residing within 60 miles of Hamilton. Artistic content is unlimited and if the artwork fit in the Fitton Center elevator, it was eligible to be judged. Exhibiting artists have diverse backgrounds and experience - self-taught, current students and seasoned professionals.
The resulting show represents an exciting array of creative perspectives.
The 103 artists who applied for the show submitted 261 entries, creating a challenge for jurors Andrew Au and Mallory Feltz. They selected 123 works by 90 artists for display. Both said the strength of the submitted work made selecting the pieces for inclusion difficult. And choosing award winners from among talent became even more of a challenge.
Exhibiting artists include: Ginny Baughman, Yoshitha Bhargav, Seth Birch, Tommy Blackwood, Judith Bloch, Jessie Boone, Melissa Brewer-Hinners, BonitaBrockert, GregBuening, JillianCampagna , Susan Carlson, Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Allyson Coffren, Chrissy Collopy, Katlin Combs, Candace Cook, Jack Cornett, Paul Cross, Sarah Daniels, Kathy DeAngelo, Alan deCourcy, Lee Baker DeVore, Julie Due, Ken Duerksen, Libby Earle, Eric England, David Estep, Lori Kay Farr, Jessica Fogle, Toni Forgue, Kaya Friday, Leslie Getz, Linda Gillings, Barbara Grener, Bill Grimes, Diana Halligan, Julie Hamel, Mark Hanavan, Ashley Hines, Emily Hoebbel, Dale Huffman, Deb Jones, Leah Hughes, Alice Kahn, Michael Kearns, James Klosterman, Kent Krugh, Kate Kuvalanka, Mary Ann Lane, Michele Lea, Terri LeSaint-Keller, Rick Lingo, Paul Loehle, Michelle Martin McDulin, Jennifer L. Miller, Sabrina Mills, Susan Mordigal, ChengLun Na, Kelsey Nolin, Jean O'Connell, Marcia Perry, Mary Ann Peterson, Kirsten Puska, Sam Ribbler, Elizabeth Riley, Kate Rowekamp, Ray Runtz, Kate Santucci, Tari Sasser, KM Schon, Marianne Schulz, Brandon Shank, Audra Shields, Neil Simak, Billy Simms, Samuel Smiley, Jeff Smith, Matt Steffen, Ken Streiff, Nancy Thomson, Tarah Trueblood, Maria Valente-Hupp, Jean Vance, NancyWadleigh, TeresaWiegele, JohnWiehe, JamesWillen, RoscoeWilson, CynthiaBornhorst Winslow and Ariel Woodward.
The 51st Hamilton Current Exhibition runs through July 7. Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
The galleries also are open when there are events in the building, including during the final performance of the 2022-2023 season, Prohibition Murder, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.
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