The 2014 Rally Judges were Robert “Bob” Garcia, recently retired after a 35 year career as a Visual Arts teacher for the Toledo Public Schools and Kevin Schroeder, Art Professor and the Art Program Coordinator for the Fine Art Department at Owens Community College.
The judges selected three award winners from the “Distinguished Artist” section of Rally For the Arts.
There are 28 eligible artists who were selected by a committee to be in the special jury section of the art festival. The eligible artists are judged on creativity, originality, technical skill, and the judges overall impression of their artwork.
The winners received a ribbon and monetary prize. First prize $500.00 went to painter Aaron Bivins; Second, $200.00 was awarded to silversmith/jeweler Molly Strader; Third, $100.00 went to pencil and watercolorist David Pett. The Main Art-ery committee looks for jurors who have prior experience in art jurying, a professional career as an artist and experience and understanding of a broad range of art mediums.
Mr Garcia holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University. Throughout his study of art and teaching career he has maintained a professional art career producing paintings, drawings, and sculpture that have been exhibited locally and nationally. Robert Garcia has numerous public art sculptures and murals installed in and around the Toledo area. His most recent completed commission was for a Toledo Zoo, Science Museum exhibit. He produced several sculptures of prehistoric flying reptiles on exhibit through 2014. He has received a number of awards and public commissions, including a current mural for the Birmingham, MI Branch Library. Other mural and sculpture commissions have included Heatherdown Branch Library, The Aurora Gonzalez Community Center, Toledo Zoological Gardens, and The University of Toledo Student Union, all in Toledo, OH.
Kevin Schroeder, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking. He is a tenured Professor at Owens Community College and has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Art at Bowling Green State University, Lourdes College, and the University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts and the University of Toledo Community and Technical College.
Mr Schroeder’s figurative drawings and prints have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Toledo area and nationally. His artwork is currently on exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts Main Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through September 28. Kevin Schroeder is a sought after academic juror, curator, and presenter in the Ohio area.