The streets of Mizner Park will once again be filled with a tremendous selection of art from across the country as the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents its 32nd Annual Museum Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, February 3rd & 4th, 2018 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is complimentary and free parking is available in the garages at Mizner Park. One-of-a-kind art will be available for purchase including painting, sculptures, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, crafts, and art glass. For additional information bocamuseum.org/artfestival.
“More than 200 artists from around the United States will be in this year’s festival. Our goal is to select the highest caliber of art and present it in the spectacular outdoor setting of Mizner Park,” says Irvin Lippman, Executive Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art.
In order to achieve that high caliber, the Museum carefully selects artists from throughout the United States (and a few international destinations as well) via a critical jurying process. During the Festival, participants’ work is again judged by two local, nationally-acclaimed artists – Carol Prusa and Brenda Zappitell – who decide which of the exhibitors will receive a portion of the $12,000 prize money. The judging will take place during Art Festival hours on Saturday, February 3, 2018 and nine Merit awards of $1,000 and one Best-In-Show award of $3,000 will be bestowed. Last year’s winners were:
- Greg Pitts (mixed media) – Weston, Florida
- Maria Cano (jewelry) – Lake Worth, Florida
- Andres Arango (craft/fiber art) – Miami, Florida
- Elaine Laurent (mixed media) – Sarasota, Florida
- Kirk Mullenax (painting) – Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Bruce Reinfeld (photography) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Richard Hilgendorff (photography) – Brewster, Massachusetts
- Jana Epstein (photography) – Atlanta, Georgia
- Jennifer Ardolino (painting) – Homosassa, Florida
- Kenyatta Ray (mixed media) – Heverlee, Belgium
Admission to the Boca Raton Museum of Art is free during the art festival courtesy of PNC Bank. Donations will be accepted at the Museum’s admission desk in support of their Educational and Youth programs. On view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art during the festival will be Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter, and Contemporary Photography Forum.
This juried art festival is presented by the Museum in partnership with the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Palm Beach County Tourism and Development Council, and General Growth Partners.
About the Judges
Boca Raton artist Carol Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation and South Florida Cultural Consortium. Selected for the 2015 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational, New York City, her work was purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Additional museum collections include the Perez Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, Hunter Museum of American Art, Arkansas Art Center, Telfair Art Museum, Polk Museum of Art and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Prusa participated in a four-month funded Artist in Industry Residency in ceramics at the Kohler Company and most recently she explored glass through a residency at Berengo Furnace, Murano, Italy.
Delray Beach artist Brenda Zappitell has exhibited work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her abstract expressionist work in included in public collections at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, the University of North Texas Business Leadership Building in Denton, Texas, the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, the Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida, and the DoubleLine Capitol in Los Angeles, California. Zappitell exhibited her work at the Museum Art Festival in 2001 and 2002, and has recently participated in a residency with Monotype Series in Bloomington, Illinois.