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57th Own an Original - Labyrinth

Exhibition Dates: November 4 – December 31, 2022

The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board is proud to present the 57th Own an Original juried fine art exhibition. The competition is open to all artists residing in Colorado working in any medium except photography. This year’s exhibition theme is “Labyrinth” and will be juried by Molly Casey from the art consulting firm, NINE dot ARTS.   

In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate, confusing structure designed and built by Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. It was intended to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was part man and part bull. Daedalus had so cunningly crafted the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.  

In modern day English, the definition of a labyrinth is anything confusingly intricate or complex and difficult to navigate. It has become synonymous with the word maze - a network of paths and passages that is hard to find one’s way through. However, a maze refers to a complex branching puzzle with choices of path and direction, while the classical labyrinth was unicursal: having only a single path to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unmistakable route to the center and back and presents no navigational challenge.  

Labyrinths are frequently seen as an ancient symbol of wholeness where circle and spiral combine into a meandering but purposeful journey. For some, the Labyrinth represents a journey or path to our own center and back again out into the world. Often, walking a labyrinth can serve as a metaphor for life’s journey or as a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego and into our spirit within. With this concept in mind, labyrinths have long been used in meditation and ritual and are increasingly found in hospitals and hospices for therapeutic use. Depending on one’s perception of the term, a labyrinth can either be confusing and restricting or directional and liberating. We look forward to the various artistic interpretations of this complex theme. 

  • Best of Show: Niri Cath, The Park, $1,000 award
  • 1st Place: Randall Steinke, Keyhole, $500 award
  • 2nd Place: Stacey Roberts, Hidden Place, $250 award
  • 3rd Place: John Long, Imaginary Time, $100 award
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Lamb, Enlightenment
  • Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Morisette, Lean In

Participating Artists:

Stephen Austin, Diane Bauerle, Matthew Bollinger, Jay Benedict Brown, Teresa Castaneda, Niri Cath, Cayce Gates, Stephanie Genser, Mitchell Gomez, Lorraine Herrera Bonilla, Tara Kelley-Cruz, Emily Lamb, John Long, Tim McKay, Jake Meyer, Elizabeth Morisette, Michael Morris, Linda O'Neill, Frederick Pichon, Stacey Roberts, Jacqueline Shuler, Randall Steinke, Barbara Veatch, Gail Watson, Sean Yarbrough.

153 – total entries
65 – total artists
35 – total entries selected for exhibit
25 – total artists selected for exhibit

2022 Juror: Molley Casey (See her website)

 

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As NINE dot ARTS Chief Curator, Molly Casey leads, mentors, and supervises interdisciplinary creative teams through the research, curation, acquisition, and installation of a range of national art experiences. Her leadership and consulting expertise includes working directly with private and public sector clients on everything from curated corporate art collections to robust community art plans. Molly’s innovative approach to art consulting includes building a global community of artists and supporting education, advocacy, and career-building opportunities. 

She and co-founder Martha Weidmann formed NINE dot ARTS in 2009 with the vision of building a forward-thinking art consulting company that both curates incredible art experiences and advocates for art and artists. Since then, the firm has completed over 900 projects in real estate development across 35 states and five countries, generating more than $40 million in revenue for the creative economy. Currently, their artist app, Dotfolio, features over 10,000 artists from around the world.

Exhibit Events

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 3, 2022

5:30 - 7 pm

Come and celebrate the opening of this exhibit and the juror's selections. No RSVP necessary.

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