41st Annual Juried Exhibit

Juried by Benjamin Hickey, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Masur Museum of Art

June 23 – July 29, 2017













June 23–July 29, 2017

Friday, June 23 at 5-7pm

(See You Later, oil on panel by Allison Leigh Smith, 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit Best in Show)

The Durango Arts Center is pleased to provide a professional juried exhibit for artists working in all media.  In its 41st year, the Annual Juried Exhibit was expanded to a national competition to broaden creative expression, both in and outside of our community; accepted multi-media and installation work; and provided a new online platform for submissions.  The juror of this year’s exhibit, Benjamin Hickey, also provided free onsite portfolio reviews and critique to any artist regardless of their acceptance into the exhibit.


Best in Show: Kayla ShaggyHell

Hell_Kayla Shaggy copy
2nd Place: Heather Kelley
Tabula Rasa
3rd Place: Barbara Dixon Drewa
The Next Chapter

Honorable Mentions:

Mary Lou MurrayDurango Dusk
Clifford TresnerEnd Goals
Allison Leigh SmithWrented: A Tribute to Charley
Deborah SussexKenosha Pass. Mile. 78/9,969ft
Rosemary JuskevichBlue Silo


Cheryl Berglund
Sam Bridgham
Dustin Cook
Julie Crews
Robert Cross
Michael Darmody
Rebecca Dash
Philip DeHudy
Barbara Drewa
Margy Dudley
Tina Farrow
Caryl Goode
Abigail Heuss
Madeline Jacknin
Rosemary Juskevich
Heather Kelley
Dorothy Kerns
Rebecca Koeppen
Sarah Kriehn
Jen Manganello
Margaret Mayer
Carol Meckling
Jane Mercer
Marge Meyer-Nugent
Paula Miller
Mary Lou Murray
Kathy Myrick
MaryAnne Nelson
Audrey Peck
Marten Pinnecoose
Tom Richard
Richard Robertson
Mary Rodman
Danny Rodman
Kayla Shaggy
Thomas Siggia
Allison Leigh Smith
Jed Smith
Deborah Sussex
Clifford Tresner
Dean Wyatt
Nancy Young
Robert Zahner


DAC is pleased to welcome Benjamin Hickey, the curator of exhibitions and collections for the Masur Museum of Art (Monroe, LA) as this year’s juror.  Hickey is also currently serving as Trustee At-Large of the Association of American Art Curators.  He earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to his tenure at the Masur, he held positions with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Canisius College, the Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County, and the California Museum of Photography. Hickey has organized 17 exhibitions and coordinated another 9 at the Masur. He has worked with many artists including Keliy Anderson-Staley, Harold Cohen, Shayne Dark, Hasan Elahi, Greely Myatt, Alberto Rey, George Rodrigue, Marni Shindelman & Nate Larson, Kate Shannon, Vitus Shell, James Surls, and Douglas Weathersby. Hickey’s publications include “Beneath the Surface,” in Life Streams: Alberto Rey’s Cuban and American Work, from SUNY Press and “Improvisations in Time,” in Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art, Masur Museum Press.  Hickey also sits on the Community Advisory Board of KEDM, an NPR affiliate. His most recent exhibition, Shared Earth: The Ancient Mounds Project, was a collaboration with the photographer Jenny Ellerbe and staff at Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAC is grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community.  The premier sponsor of the 41st Annual Juried Exhibit is Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel LLP.

The 41st Annual Juried Exhibit is made possible by the 2017 exhibits season sponsors: Friends of the Gallery, Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell Engineering and Oxford Asset Management.

Barbara Conrad Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Entry to Durango Arts Center galleries is always free.  The galleries are closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.


Newness, Challenge and Love at DAC and All Around Us

Peter Hay
Durango Herald, June 23, 2017