NEWS - January, 2014

YWCA Announces 2014 Milestones Honorees

Posted January 19, 2014

At a morning press conference, Lisa McDuffie, YWCA President and CEO, announced the 2014 Honorees for the YWCA Milestones: A Tribute to Women annual award. Leslie Adams was chosen to receive the prominent award in the category of Arts. This marks the 19th year that the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has recognized extraordinary women in the community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and contributed to the empowerment of women. “The members of the YWCA and I are honored to recognize these outstanding women with this prestigious award,” said McDuffie. “We invite the community to join us for this awards luncheon and help us pay tribute to this year’s Milestones Honorees.” The YWCA 19th Annual Milestones: A Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon will be held at the SeaGate Convention Center, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

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Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery’s “Outwin Boochever Portrait Exhibition” To Close

Posted January 18, 2014

Explore the third installation of the “Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition” closing February 23rd! Forty-eight extraordinary figurative artist’s works, including Sensazione: A Self Portrait by Ohio artist Leslie Adams, were selected by a panel of jurors to be on display. More than 3,000 entries were received to be judged in the nation’s most prestigious portrait competition. Submissions included a variety of media ranging from traditional oil paintings and drawings, to contemporary works created from rice, glitter, thread and video. An 80-page publication illustrating each of the 48 finalists’ works is available in the museum store.  It includes an essay by Mary Sheriff; the W.R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Of Adams’ work in the exhibition, Sherriff writes, “…two artists take on the past quite directly. In Sensazione: A Self-Portrait, Leslie Adams positions herself between the past and the present, drawing on the longstanding convention of showing oneself at the easel surrounded by symbolic objects…Adams raises self-portraiture to allegory and manifesto, claiming a relation between art and science as intellectual, image-making activities that engage senses, brains, and hands.” In the Culture Spectator, K. Mitchell Snow discusses Sensazione as a “particularly compelling example of this union of technical virtuosity and contemporary reality. The artist’s profile is stunningly lit, illuminated by a medical light box behind her which holds image scans of a human brain.  Partially obscured in the shadows on the table before her is a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.  If he would have been mystified by the technology it represents, he certainly would have understood the message conveyed by the cross-sections of the human brain that illuminate the room.” Tour the exhibition, listen to interviews, and get inside information with the OBPC mobile app!  Available for iOS and Android.  Download the app at The exhibition will be on display through February 23, 2014. 

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