During the opening reception of Beloit College’s 56th Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition on June 15, DeKalb artist Jay Paul Bell was presented with the Jurors’ Award for his Midwestern landscape paintings.
As recipient of the competition’s top award, Bell will have a solo exhibition of his paintings in the South Gallery of Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art during the Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition in 2014.
The annual Beloit & Vicinity competition is open to all artists residing in Wisconsin and neighboring states.
Jurors for the 56th competition were Carrie Brietbach, curator of art at the Rockford Art Museum and Michael Flanagan, director of Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. From all entries submitted, 34 works created by 28 artists were selected for the exhibition.
The 2013 Beloit & Vicinity runs through July 21. The Wright Museum is located on the Beloit College campus at the corner of Prospect and Bushnell streets and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Bell and his paintings are featured in the current “Your Resource for Living” quarterly magazine, a publication of Resource Bank.
He is represented by American Art Resources in Houston, Texas; Broden Fine Art in Madison, Wis.; and James Krom Gallery in Rochester, Minn. Locally, examples of his paintings can be viewed at Redeemed Office Furniture at 1600 E. Lincoln Highway.