11 February 2017

Women in the Arts announce competition finalists and honorees

2017 “Celebrating the Genius of Women” Art Competition
The following artists were selected to be in this year’s annual art competition and recognition events at the Orlando Public Library. The exhibition opens March 9 through April 23, 2017. The Meet the Artist gallery walk and awards reception is March 25 at 2:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public.


Finalists | Local Artists

A collection of work was selected from the following artists:

Denisse Berlingeri
Orange County, Florida
Acrylic on canvas

Mel Kistner
Seminole County, Florida
Acrylic on canvas

Mila Belle
Orange County, Florida
Ceramic sculptures

Shosh Cohen
Seminole County, Florida
Sculptures on granite

Vicki Jones
Orange County, Florida

These artists were selected finalists and are eligible for cash awards after the final voting by members of Women in the Arts jury team at the finalist art exhibition. The jury decision is final.

Honorable Mention | Local Artists

This year the selecting team awarded four Honorable Mention awards. These artists are invited to exhibit their winning art at the library.

Francine Levy
Seminole County, Florida
"Hagens Cove"

Michelle Irizarry
Orange County, Florida
“Drowning In Thoughts”
Oil on canvas

Patricia Lentine
Orange County, Florida
“Ava Rose”

Wendy Swanson
Orange County, Florida

Recognition | U.S. and International Artists

The following artists will be recognized at the online gallery during March and April, and at the awards reception on March 25.

United States

Jan Golden

Houston, Texas

Lidia Simeonova
Shelby Township, Michigan


Irina Goryunova


Julija Proskurina


Kaliya Kalacheva


Katerina Tsitsela


Guest Artist at Women in the Arts Awards on March 25 at the Orlando Public Library:

Irina Goryunova, Russia

“I was in America on June 12, the day of the nightclub shooting in Orlando and I made a painting dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. I called it 28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W, the geographical coordinates of the Pulse nightclub.”

Title: 28°31'10.5"N 81°22'36.5"W
Oil on canvas
On view starting March 25

Irina Goryunova is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. More details to follow in coming weeks.


Local Finalists

Cash award: 1st. place, $450, 2nd. place $350, 3rd. place $300, 4th. place, $200, 5th. place $100. Honorable mention: $50.00 each. Total cash award this year: $1,600.00.

Patron's Choice Award Certificate. Library patrons are invited to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibition on­-site or online at facebook.com/oclslib. The winning artist will receive a Patron's Choice Award certificate.

Online exhibition of selected art at the OCLS social media site during the months of March and April 2016.

Public recognition at the Women in the Arts Awards reception on March 25.
Publicity on printed and/or online media outlets.
Baterbys Art Gallery representation for six months to the top three competition winners.

U.S. and International Artists

Award Certificate from Women in the Arts to winners.
Online exhibition of selected art at the OCLS social media site during the months of March and

April 2016.
Public recognition at the Women in the Arts Awards reception on March 25.
Publicity on printed and/or online media outlets.
No cash awards.


The Awards Jury is formed by Women in the Arts board and advisory board members, past competition winners' representatives, and a guest jury. This jury awards the art competition finalists.

Finalist Jury

This Jury selects the art competition finalists.

Maria Guerrero

Founder & Executive Director, Women in the Arts

Sandra de Nijs

Advisory Board, Women in the Arts

Susan Torregrosa

Board of Directors, Women in the Arts

Guest Jury

Amy Galpin

Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Azela Santana

Vice Chair, Public Art Advisory Board

UCF's College of Arts and Humanities

Cynthia Cardona

Executive Director, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Katherine Navarro

Associate Curator of Education, Mennello Museum of American Art


Women in the Arts Inc.
Maria Guerrero, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Founder & Executive Director

Orlando Public Library
Mike Donohue | Community Outreach and Administrative Coordinator
Orange County Library System | Community Relations
101 E. Central Blvd. | Orlando, Florida 32801
phone: 407.835.7483 | fax: 407.835.7643

donohue.mike@ocls.info  |  www.ocls.info

Partners and sponsors

Orlando Public Library, Studio T Photography, Baterbys Art Gallery.
Radosveta Zhelyaskova, Women in the Arts Ambassador, Eastern Europe.

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www.womenintheartsinc.org ~ 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Suite 50-635, Orlando,  FL 32819

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