East End Arts: National Art Competition Winners / Exhibit, Aug 3 – Sept 18



East End Arts Presents

7th Annual National Art Competition & Exhibit


‘Best in Show’ Winner Announced

Theme: INK 


Exhibition Dates: August 3 – September 18, 2018


East End Arts is thrilled to announce the winner of INK, their seventh annual national juried art competition and exhibit. Guest juror Sara De Luca, Owner and Director, ILLE ARTS, Amagansett, selected the work for this competition and showcase.

  • Of Earth: Violet II, an alcohol ink painting by Joseph Santarpia of Farmingville was chosen Best in Show. He will receive a seven-day stay in East End Arts’ artist Carriage House residence near Hamptons’ museums and galleries, plus $1,000.
  • Additional awards were granted to three outstanding works, including:
    • First Place, to Hello hand drawn micron ink on paper by Kristen Moger of Gap, Pennsylvania;
    • Second Place, to Siccus Planta 5 soft ground zinc etching, dipped in encaustic and beeswax by Dawn Daisley of Oak Beach, New York;
    • And Third Place, to Lone Cedar monotype by Bob Mueller of Southold, New York.

 For more information about INK, visit: eastendarts.org/gallery/national-show-2018.html.

Artist Statement from ‘Best in Show’ winner Joseph Santarpia of Farmingville: “I render both representational and abstract imagery in my paintings and collages. In my representational paintings, I process personal experiences or those that others have shared with me. The collages are comprised of appropriated historical photographs or original paintings of which the subject matter is taken out of its original context and rearranged to create fantastical imagery with implied narratives.

My abstract paintings are made on the floor by applying mixtures of ink and medium to paper by means of pouring and brushing. There is a balance at play in my process between my control of the material and its control over itself. I give my mark to the page, allowing the nature of the ink to take its effect. As each layer of ink dries I react by selectively adding more medium to the paper until the composition has ripened.

East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood comments: “Our national show attracted hundreds of entries from coast to coast.  Sara De Luca, our juror, has an excellent eye and chose a broad spectrum of ink media, from monoprints to India ink to newly popular alcohol ink abstracts. Best-in -Show award winner Joseph Santarpia, will be featured in one of Sara’s upcoming exhibits at the beautiful Ille Arts Gallery in Amagansett.”

East End Arts Executive Director Pat Snyder comments: “We are pleased to be providing artists, both local and national, the opportunity to exhibit in a nationally recognized show with judges of formidable stature. Our Annual National Juried Art Shows have been an exciting addition to the significant art scene on Eastern Long Island.”

The work selected for INK will be on display from August 3 through September, 2018, at the East End Arts Gallery, located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. INK will open with a reception on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is invited to view the exhibition and meet the artists at this free event; refreshments will be served.

INK is sponsored by Hamptons Art Hub.

Programs of the East End Arts Gallery are made possible with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Suffolk County, and the Town of Riverhead.


East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.




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