Exhibition at the Saint Louis Artist Guild

Clearly Human


Two original oil paintings by Eric Wieringa selected to appear at the summer juried exhibition  “It’s Not the Heat it’s the humidity.” This collection is a stunning  mixture of traditional and three-dimensional imagery open and free to the public. On Friday, June 7, 2013 – Sunday, August 4, 2013 you are invited to get out of the heat and enjoy the work on display. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the Saint Louis Artist Guild

Juror’s Statement

It was an honor to be asked to serve as juror for the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s summer exhibition It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity. Before this opportunity, I had not been familiar with this wonderful institution and it was a treat to see the incredibly high caliber of work submitted for review.

As with any competitive and therefore subjective exhibition, I know there will be some people who will explore the selected artworks and think or perhaps even say aloud to a friend, “this juror has no idea what she is doing.” Or, and I hope this is the case, you are saying, “I see why she picked the works that she did”. I say this as I reminder, that I am only one person and this is the show I chose, which is not the exhibition anyone else would have selected. As a juror, you are putting yourself out there – one person’s selection from a diverse group of submissions. However, the experience of juror is not nearly as intense as it for artists who are being judged by a stranger – so thank you all for sharing your work with me.

In regard to the work I did chose, I tried to pick the pieces that I found the most conceptually challenging as well as technically proficient. With such a wide range of media to select from, I also wanted to be inclusive in terms of material. To me, the works I did settle on engaged me on multiple levels of consciousness that I hope the visitors to this exhibition will also experience. Lastly, many of the chosen pieces displayed an additional element that I can only say had a tinge of the uncanny, something underlying that simply intrigued me. I hope it intrigues you as well.

I want to thank the Guild for inviting me to serve as juror to this exceptional exhibition.

Paula Katz
Director and Curator, Herron Galleries
Indiana University


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