- 1st Place – “Paused Chaos” photograph by Rebecca Carpenter of Frederick, MD
- 2nd Place –“My Grandmother’s Dresses” fiber art by Lorie McCown of Fredericksburg, VA
- 3rd Place – “Transmigration” archival pigment print by Robert Hunter of Colonial Beach, VA
- “Up and Out” photograph by Millie Abel of Williamsburg, VA
- “Reflections on the Human Condition” recycled porcelain/copper wire/beads by Elizabeth Shumate of Newport News, VA
- “Passage of Remembrance” photograph by Dawn Whitmore of Spotsylvania, VA
The theme of Passages connotes numerous interpretive possibilities. What can Passages mean? It can suggest moving through or from one state or place to another. This could be physically spatial, as through a slot canyon, or temporally, as in the ‘rite of passage’ from youth to adulthood. Or it could be an existential passage such as from grief to restoration. And there are so many other interpretive possibilities. I began the review of the submissions for this exhibit with some of those interpretive possibilities in mind, but as I studied the images I had to open myself to the discovery of what artists have as instruction for me with additional insights on this theme. So, the concept of passage that the artist conveys is a critical component in my selection. But concept cannot be isolated. It must be made evident in the form and technical elements that the artist exercises. In my opinion this is a particularly substantive exhibit with a diversity of theses on Passages and a consistency in quality.