Submitted By McKinney Artists
The finalists and winners of “Unique by Nature,” a new juried art competition in North Texas, will be unveiled at an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 11 from 7-10pm at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Three works of art will win the purchase prize money and be added to the growing public art collection at MPAC. The public is invited to the reception and the exhibit will be open for further viewing from May 14-22, 2012. Exhibited art will available for sale by the artists.
Professional artists are discriminating about the shows that they enter. Seventy North Texas artists entered over 100 works of art in “Unique by Nature.” They were pleased by the quality of the work filling MPAC’s gallery, and considered it a privilege to enter a competition judged by Michael Mentler, a highly respected artist and teacher in Dallas. He is founder and director of the Society of Figurative Arts in Dallas.
Photographer Juan Carlos Cortes was the first artist to show an interest in entering the new competition. Explaining why it caught his attention, Cortes said, “This contest is going to give the McKinney Performing Arts Center a prestige, because the art work chosen has to earn the right to be there. It gives an artist the opportunity to place their hand print in McKinney.”
“Unique by Nature” brings together private contributors, a city landmark, and the volunteers of the Arts and Music Guild to create a legacy of art in McKinney. Dedicated to the growth of the arts in McKinney, the following represent civic leaders and businesses that pooled their financial resources to privately fund “Unique by Nature:” Linda and Don Day, Sandra and Hamilton Doak, Geralyn and Mark Kever, Sharla and George Bush, Mark and Sherry Tucker David, Terry Casey, Jan and Roger Harris, and Joe Bogdan and Andy Bogdan.