Carnegie Art Showcase Opens July 12

The Carnegie Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in the Ferrari Gallery. The Carnegie Art Showcase is an all media exhibition that was open to entries from artists, age 18 and over, residing in all areas of Central and Northern California.  A panel of professional artists, educators and curators selected 90 works from among the 244 entries for inclusion in the exhibition, an annual event. $2,800 in cash awards will be presented. the exhibition will be on view in the Carnegie’s beautiful Ferrari Gallery through August 31st.

The exhibition includes pieces by 49 artists from throughout the region, including Altaville, Ceres, Clovis, Coarsegold, Cressey, Fairfax, Fresno, Hughson, La Grange, Mariposa, Merced, Modesto, Oakdale, Ripon, Tracy, and Turlock. Works include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, digital art and mixed media compositions. The Best of Show award will be given to Modesto artist Bill Harris for his watercolor The Laundromat. A complete list of award winners is below.

A reception for the artists will take place on Thursday, July 12, from 5-7 p.m.  Awards will be presented in at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Admission to the gallery during regular hours is $5 general; free for Carnegie members and children 12 and under. The first Friday of each month is a free admission day for all.


Best of Show:
William Harris, The Laundromat, watercolor
Award of Excellence:
Leslee Adams, Abandoned, photograph
Hudson Berdino, Reading, oil on canvas
Award of Merit:
Vicky Boese, Ruth, ceramic
Jack Morris, Model Stand, oil on panel
Donna Wayman-Maurer, Spirit of America (Amelia Earhart), oil on canvas
Virginia White, Grange Feeds, Modesto, watercolor
Linda Abbott, No Trespassing, oil on panel
Honorable Mention:
Margarita Anderson, Just North of Fort Bragg, acrylic on panel
William Conrad, Dammit Cinderella, Where Are Our Drinks?, watercolor
David Dolan, A Dream of Cranes, mixed media (woven paper, found images)
Barbara Gill,Pedernal Campsite, watercolor
Nathaniel Oliveira, What is Sakura?, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas


Louisa Benhissen was born and raised in London, U.K. Compelled by the urge to travel from an early age and after experiences in three continents, she moved to the U.S. at the age of 19. After completing a Foundation in Art diploma at the London Art Institute, she earned her BFA and MFA in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA. She is Professor of Art at Merced College where she heads the 2-D art and art history courses. In additional to numerous group shows in Southern California, she recently had solo exhibitions at the CSU Stanislaus Art Space on Main in 2017 and at the Merced College Art Gallery in 2016. Her work uses the tradition of representational realism to make a statement about society and generational changes.

Penny Otwell is a self-taught painter who works mostly en plein air in the Yosmeite region. Her works combine observation of nature, some abstraction and a focus on design, rhythm, movement, value, and imaginative color. She currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Ansel Adams gallery in Yosemite Village, had a solo exhibition at the Kings Art Center in Hanford, and was recently featured in a two-person show at the Carnegie Arts Center. Hew work has been selected for many group and juried exhibitions, and she has led numerous workshops and lecture/demonstrations. Penny was artist in residence at the Manzanar National Historic Site in 2011 and at the Obed National Recreation Area, Tennessee, in 2013. Penny lives and works in Mariposa. View her work at

Brian Taylor received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. Brian is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes and handmade books. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His work has been published in American Photographer, Photo Asia, Exploring Color Photography, Artworks, Photographic Possibilities, and Seizing the Light: A History of Photography. Brian was Professor of Photography at California State University, San Jose, for over 35 years, and served as the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. He is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious photography galleries. For more information about Brian, visit:


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