Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Studio Visit Magazine

Studio Visit
magazine is a new juried magazine produced by The Open Studios Press which publishes the well known New American Paintings periodical. Since this was their premier issue, it took longer than anticipated to be released, but it is finally in print and offers visual artists great exposure as it will be sent to curators and gallerists throughout the country as well as a growing subscriber base of collectors and art enthusiasts. Here is an excerpt from the foreword...
"...more than 1000 artists submitted work for our first edition of Studio Visit. Entries came from around the globe and in a variety of media. Our juror, Michael Lash, the former Director of Public Arts for the City of Chicago, spent the better part of a week selecting the featured artists. In the end, there were enough artists worthy of inclusion to warrant the simultaneous publication of two magazines instead of one "oversized" book. Thus, volumes one and two of Studio Visit represent the results of our first competition ever."

In addition to the current issue, I just found out that my work has been selected for the next issue in Fall, 2008 juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Grand Prize Winner!

Recently I found out that I was the winner of an online painting competition I entered! Here's the press release that was sent to me with more information:

Deborah Hamon of Novato, California, has just been named the Grand Prize winner for her acrylic painting, High Achiever, in an international painting competition. The painting, which features four pre-teen girls in a fascinating drama about achievement, recognition, and archetypes, was selected from a field of 1,100 entries. In addition to the $2,000US cash award, the painting will be presented in an online gallery along with the 13 other winners from the competition.

This award is yet another step in Hamon’s growth as a nationally recognized artist. She has held several solo and group exhibitions of her work throughout the US, and was recently featured in the juried magazine, New American Paintings. Hamon earned her BFA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and her MFA from the University of California at Davis. Public collections holding Hamon’s work include the Howard Tullman Collection, the Morgan Flagg Collection, the UC Davis Shields Library Permanent Collection, and Woodland Memorial Hospital.

The Good Earth online painting competition is an annual event sponsored by, an online webzine for artists. The theme of the competition is the beauty of the earth and everything in it. “The jurying committee and I were delighted to see how broadly and creatively Ms. Hamon and the other participants interpreted the competition theme,” said Jennifer King, the webzine's Editor-in-Chief. “We chose Ms. Hamon’s painting because we felt it speaks volumes about our contemporary world. It’s a powerful social commentary.” Starting on April 22, Earth Day, all 14 winners of the Good Earth competition will be exhibited on

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dana Schutz talk

I attended a great lecture by the artist Dana Schutz this evening at UC Davis (where I got my MFA). Her work is so imaginative and she seems really down to earth too. For information regarding the work of Dana Schutz check out the following links: