This year we are excited to have two preeminent U.S. painters as judges for the 93rd Annual Exhibition:
Sherrie McGraw studied and taught painting and drawing at the famous Art Students League of New York. Recent recognitions include an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a rare medal from the Butler Institute of American Art, recognizing her Lifetime Achievement in American Art. Her work has shown in major museum shows for years and she is recognized as a prominent artist of our time.
An accomplished writer, McGraw has authored The Language of Drawing and has made contributions to two comprehensive books on Nicolai Fechin’s drawings and paintings. McGraw continues to teach worldwide through The Artists Guild online.
Jim Wodark is an award winning plein air artist who was born and raised in Colorado. Throughout childhood, his parents, both artistic were incredibly encouraging of his creativity, but drew the line (so to speak) when he filled his 2nd grade teacher’s shoes with paint. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from University of Northern Colorado and attempted to fulfill his passion for art by taking an art class each semester. After several years of working real jobs, and trying to fit art around his schedule, it occurred to him that he either was or was not an artist.
Having dedicated himself to art for the last 24 years and counting, Jim continues to challenge himself creatively by approaching each painting as an opportunity to try something new. “My intention is to paint my masterpiece every time I paint a picture. This gives me never ending room to grow and experiment with my art.”
Jim is a member of several painting groups: Oil Painters of America, “Signature Member” of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an “Artist Member” of the prestigious California Art Club.