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Kelly Eddington won Best of Show with her  watercolor painting “Painting You Into Existence.”

The Quincy Art Center is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase. Of the winners, two Monroe City residents took top awards. Kelly Eddington, won Best of Show, with her watercolor painting called “Painting You Into Existence.” Eddington shares this award-winning artwork is her painting her biggest supporter, Jeff, into existence. To accomplish this, she had to paint Jeff twice to create the right angles. Eddington shared, “Actually, nearly everything about this painting was hard, slow, and difficult to mix, but I’m so happy I took on this challenge.” Also winning was Benda Benson, who was the recipient of the Third Place Award in the art competition with her art piece called “Cool Jazz.” The award-winning artwork is a multi-media collage.

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Brenda Benson won Third Place with her multi-media collage “Cool Jazz.”

Submission for this Artist Showcase was open to artists 18 years of age and older living within a 50-mile radius of Quincy. A total of 105 works of art were selected from those submitted for the Artist Showcase. A professional from outside the eligible region with expertise in the visual arts was selected to choose the work for exhibition and awards. The staff and board of the Art Center are never involved in the selection process. The juror for the 2020 Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase is Stacey Robinson. Robinson is an artist

and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fayetteville State University and a Masters of Fine Art from the University at Buffalo.

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in Adams County and the surrounding areas, The Art Center has made the difficult decision to close the Art Center building for three weeks. The 2020 Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase Award Winners were announced online at quincyartcenter.org on Friday, November 20. The Art Center is working diligently to make the entire Artist Showcase available online soon. The Art Center plans to re-open its gallery space to the public as soon as it is safe to do so. They will announce that date on the website and social media as soon as they are able.