27th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition Opens Friday, May 31

More than 100 artists submitted nearly 300 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ 27th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition.  This year’s juror, Frank Verpoorten, has narrowed the list to just 51 pieces and they will be presented to the public during an opening reception on Friday, May 31 from 5-7:30PM.  Winners will be announced during the reception and prizes will be awarded, including $750 for Best in Show, a $250 Golden Paints gift certificate for 2nd Place, $100 cash prize for 3rd Place, and a Jurors Choice award.  The exhibition includes oil & acrylic paintings, mixed media pieces, photographs and sculptures.  Artwork from Alliance Youth Programs will be on display in the Member Gallery.

About the Juror

Frank Verpoorten-Dec2012This year’s juror is Frank Verpoorten, Director & Chief Curator at The Baker Museum Artis—Naples.  Mr. Verpoorten has more than 15 years of experience at cultural institutions and museums in Brussels, Belgium and New York City.  Originally from Brussels, he moved to New York City in 2002, where he served in curatorial roles at the Museum of Modern Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Dahesh Museum of Art and, most recently, as Cultural Attaché for the Representation of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) to the U.S.

“Judging an exhibition such as this is at the core of my interests as a curator. However, selecting work for the final exhibition proved quite difficult as one needs to see the pieces first-hand to be truly exposed to what they offer. Colors, textures, and movement are more fully experienced when a work is viewed in person. Southwest Florida has a vast array of talent to offer and I’m looking forward to seeing the finalists’ work on display.”

Mr. Verpoorten will host a Gallery Walk and Talk on Saturday, June 1 from 10-11AM.  It’s free, and open to the public.

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