42nd Annual Juried Exhibit

Juried by Josie Lopez, Curator of 516 Arts

June 1 – June 30, 2018











(Hell, pen and ink by Kayla Shaggy, 2017 Annual Juried Exhibit Best in Show)

June 1–June 30, 2018

Friday, June 1 at 5-7pm


7/1/18 – Local Artwork Pick Up, 11am-4pm

7/13/18 – Shipped Artwork Return Shipped On/Or Before This Date


The Durango Arts Center is pleased to provide a professional juried exhibit for artists working in all media.  In its 42nd year, the Annual Juried Exhibit continues to be a national competition in order to broaden creative expression, both in and outside of our community, that accepts multi-media and installation work and provides an online platform for submissions.  The juror of this year’s exhibit, Josie Lopez, also provided free onsite portfolio reviews and critique to any artist regardless of their acceptance into the exhibit.

Best of Show: Untitled by Amy Williams

 2nd Place: Nesting Flight upon a thousand wishes by Luba Zygarewicz

3rd Place: Secret Moon Dream (Lunar Goddess) by Rhonda Urdang

42nd Annual Juried Exhibit Selected Artists:

Josie Lopez is currently the curator a 516 ARTS. She received her B.A. in History and M.A. in teaching from Brown University. She completed an M.A. in Art History at the University of New Mexico and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Jacob K. Javits fellow from 2009-2013. Her dissertation on Mexican lithographer Constantino Escalante considers 19th-century caricature and visual satire of Mexico, France and Spain. Her 2013 publication “Picasso and the Forgotten War” appears in Picasso and the Politics of Visual Representation: War and Peace in the Era of the Cold War and Since, edited by Jonathon Harris, Liverpool University Press. Josie was recently a guest curator at the Albuquerque Museum. She wrote The Carved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico and curated the accompanying exhibition. Her research interests include examining art as a discursive agent in the political arena, modern and contemporary Latin American art, 19th century France and Mexico, and the history of New Mexican art with a focus on printmaking. As the 2013-15 Eleanor Tufts Fellow at SMU she taught courses on modern Mexico and the prints of Francisco Goya. She has also taught courses on the history of printmaking and European art at the University of New Mexico.

While there is no getting away from the fact that “jurying” artwork is a decidedly subjective endeavor, it is mediated by experience. In my case experience based on a long and intense study of the history of art and more recently, several years of working as a curator. In my work, I am continually asking the question, “What makes a work of art compelling?” Close looking and the assessment of composition, technique, and use of materials are certainly important. There are also questions of how the work engages with particular ideas and process. Finally, I sought to explore how successful the works were at conveying a strong sense of identity either through developing implicit concepts or through expressing an explicit visual language.  I weighed each of these elements in my decision-making process.

Durango Art Center’s 42nd Juried Exhibition includes a wide range of media including ceramics, collage, photography, drawing, fiber arts, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. With nearly three hundred submissions, the diversity of work submitted by local and national artists provided for a difficult yet exciting challenge. Particular trends such as the intersection of materials, engagement with the idea of place, and works that contend with particular social issues emerged as the selection process progressed. The exhibition is decidedly contemporary and reflects an exciting moment in the arts filled with questioning and experimentation that will undoubtedly continue to expand conceptions of what art is.

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.

The 42nd Annual Juried Exhibit is made possible by the 2018 exhibits season sponsors: Friends of the Gallery, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell Engineering and Oxford Asset Management.