First Place - "Embrace" by Albert Rhea
The theme for the Fall Art Show was "Ancestral Connections". The art was to reflect something of the artist's own ancestry, an ancient interpretation of how and where life originated, a connection to something from the past, or something more current that reminded the artist of their mom or someone from the past.
The show of 80 pieces of art entered by 51 artists was judged by Ron Sykes. He spent about one and a half hours deciding on the winners.
Judge Ron Sykes Biography
Ron Sykes received his B.S. in art education and his M.S. in art from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. He taught art in public school systems in Kansas and Omaha for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. Mr. Sykes has since taught art classes at Joslyn and Metro Community College, and was a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery for several years. His main focus has been to find ways to increase perceptual abilities in his students, by using the right hemisphere of the brain. These specific lessons help to increase drawing accuracy and creativity.