102 Entries For Masterworks Charman Art Prize

October 1, 2013

charman 2013 C logo FIN live textOctober will see the opening of the 6th annual Charman Prize at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, which has attracted 102 entries from local artists.

Established in 2008, the Charman Prize is an annual art prize competition for local artists based in Bermuda. The Sponsor and Patron of the Charman Prize, John Charman, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., a local businessman and art collector.

Mr Charman said, “As always, it brings me great joy to sponsor the 6th Annual Charman Prize. The artistic talent on our Island is outstanding. It is vital in a community to provide an outlet for all artists of all abilities to exhibit their artwork.”

The purpose of the Charman Prize is to exhibit artwork inspired by Bermuda and to honour and support artists in the creation of their artwork. Along with displaying the extraordinary range of artistic talent that exists within the community, the competition awards prizes to confer tangible recognition of excellence to the worthy recipients.

This year’s competition had 102 entries, which will be displayed in the Butterfield Family Gallery and offers Masterworks the opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that Bermuda’s contemporary artists contribute to the community. Since its inception, the Charman Prize has become a well-established highl”ght of the annual art calendar in Bermuda.

Mr Charman said, “Six years provides a substantial amount of time for our competition to flourish. Each year there are numerous improvements made. This year all of our artists have raised the collective standards of the competition. The artists should all take pride in their work. I believe this artwork has the potential to attract collectors from around the world, as it has done in the past.”

Artwork in the 2013 Charman Prize competition will be judged by a panel of experts on four criteria points falling under the theme “Art in Bermuda; Bermuda in Art.” This years three judges are Ron Rizzi, Senior lecturer at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Laszlo Cser, Art Restorer.

The four judging criteria points are: Design and composition – fine use of the principles and elements of design and composition; use of material – technical mastery and skill in a chosen medium; distinctive and convincing style – a highly developed quality of creativity and originality; and source of inspiration – a clear intent and vision.

The winner of the grand-prize, $10,000, will be awarded to the artist whose artwork embodies an outstanding example of the judging criteria and this year the winning piece will be available for purchase.

Another new twist will be the Masterworks Collection Prize. Members of the Collection Committee will choose and purchase a piece to be accessioned into the Bermudiana Collection. Four prizes of $2,500 will be awarded for artworks that are outstanding examples of each of the four criteria, and 12 honourable mention prizes of $100 will be awarded for notable artworks that embody strong elements of each of the four criteria.

Previous grand-prize winners include; Kathy Harriot in 2008, Graham Foster in 2009, Sabrina Alexandria Powell in 2010, Andrew Stevenson in 2011 and Molly Godet in 2012. Their works now form part of the permanent Masterwork’s Bermudiana Collection. All works on display in the competition will be for sale.

The Charman Prize will open on Friday, October 11th, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The awards ceremony, by invitation only, commences at 6:30pm. The exhibit will be held in the Butterfield Gallery and opens to the general public beginning October 12th 2013. The show will be displayed until January 1st.

The Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4:30pm. Admission is $5, free for members and children under 12. For more information please contact Masterworks Museum on 299-4000.

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