Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the first Nassau County “Women of the World” Art and Photography Exhibition to promote local female artists and to support the growing arts and film industry in the County. The Exhibition, which kicked-off Women’s History Month in Nassau County, attracted over 300 attendees to view pieces from 53 local award winning artists. The winning artists were Victoria Selbach in the fine arts category and Asia Lee for photography. (PHOTO OF WINNING ARTWORK ATTACHED) The event was held on February 26th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building.
“I was proud to host the first Nassau County Art and Photography Exhibition featuring some of the most talented artists in the Country,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The Exhibition was an unbelievably huge success with standing room only demonstrating the huge potential for our local artists. The credit for the remarkable success, however, belongs to Jill Rader Levine who worked tirelessly with my staff to achieve this feat. I am committed to making the Exhibition an annual event as a way to promote our local artists and spur further growth in our local film and art industry.”
"As curator of "Women Of The World" it was an amazing artventure for me to set out on a quest to locate and invite fifty outstanding women artists from every corner of Long Island to showcase their individual style,” Curator Jill Rader Levine (Member: Society of Professional Journalists, Long Island Press Club, National League of American Pen Women - MA Master of Visual Arts.) “The results of their creativity in expressing the theme of the feminine mystique in the medium of their choice are brilliant - fifty unique images that will leave a memorable impression on all who attended this event."
The event included a panel of distinguished judges who evaluated each piece based upon focusing on the criteria of the "Wow" factor, expression of the theme, creativity and expertise in their chosen medium. There were three awards in each of the two divisions - a total of six. Prizes were awarded in each category for Fine Art and Photography.
Judges included notables in the arts such as: Professor Marc Kopman of Hutton House Lecture Series, Professor Thomas Germano of Farmingdale State College, Artist Tom Sammon, Newsday photo Editor Ken Sawchuk, Dr. Regina Gil, Director of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Fatimah White, of the African American Museum of Art, Maggie Martinez Malito of the Long Island Arts Council and Craig Diamond, Development Director, of the Holocaust Museum of Nassau County, who is a practiced photographer.
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