Watercolor portait of fencer wins 2013 Art At The Arnold Contest
A watercolor portrait of a fencer won first place in the Fourth Annual Art at the Arnold competition at the Arnold Sports Festival. Artists portrayed athletes and sports action the first weekend in March at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The first place winner was Fran Mangino of Westerville, OH. Other winners were: 2nd place, Mark Bradford, Worthington, OH working in oil; and 3rd place, John Catania of Delaware, OH who did a duck tape composition. Honorable mentions went to Susanne Betz Gallagher and Don Slobodien, both of Columbus, Ohio.
The executive director of the National Art Museum of Sport, Elizabeth Varner, served as the competition juror. The museum is the country’s premier sport art museum and is currently located in Indianapolis.
Pizzuti Companies of Columbus, Ohio, sponsored the event and Joel Pizzuti presented the awards.
The three-day competition consisted of a half day of figure drawing and painting of athlete models including a kilted bag piper from the Scottish Highland Games. In the afternoon the artists sketched and gathered reference material throughout the Arnold Sports Festival. The second day artists did studio work using material gathered the day before. The final day artists selected one piece to submit for judging.
“Watch for information and deadlines for next year’s competition as space will again be limited,” said event director, Kevin Buckland.
2012 Art At The Arnold Winners
FIRST PLACE: Fran Mangino, watercolor
SECOND PLACE: Mark Bradford, oil
THIRD PLACE: John Cantania, duck tape compostion
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