McKINNEY (April 17, 2015) — The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) has announced the winners of its annual Juried Art Show, which received more than 150 entries from artists throughout Texas. ‘Le Bleu Nuit’ by Winston Lee Mascarenhas received the top prize for the large scale artwork category and will be purchased and added to MPAC’s permanent and public collection. His work will join pieces from past Juried Art Show winners and pieces generously donated by Don and Linda Day. Mascarenhas’ piece was created specifically for the Juried Art Show.

Submissions were juried by a four-person panel, with prize winners selected by Mary Vernon, Professor of Art at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Mascarenhas beat out two other finalists in the large work category: ‘114 West’ by Randy Bacon and ‘The Replicator’ by Joe Sambataro. All three artists will receive a show at MPAC during the 2015-16 season.

An additional $3,000 in prize money was divided among six works of art chosen by the judge including one Young Artist Award chosen from among the juried artwork submitted by high school students. These artists include:

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        Accomplishment in Composition: Elena Nosyreva

        Accomplishment in Narrative: Dianne Smith

        Accomplishment in Space: J.B. Phipps

        Accomplishment in Space: Jo Clay

        Accomplishment in Observation: K.D. Hafley

        Accomplishment in Landscape: Cheryl Wolfe

        Young Artist Award for Accomplishment in Narrative: Ellie Erhart

The artwork will be on exhibit in the Gallery at MPAC for public viewing through April 25. The Juried Art Show is funded in part by the McKinney Arts Commission with support from Orisons Art & Framing.

MPAC is located at the Historic Collin County Courthouse in the heart of Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. Visit or call 972-547-2650 for additional details.


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