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A master of drawing in silverpoint, as well as the creator of a luminous body of work using egg tempera and gold leaf, Fred Wessel finds inspiration in the Renaissance, rediscovering and reapplying important, but forgotten, visual stimuli that he uses along with contemporary content and image making ideas. Currently Professor Emeritus of Printmaking at the Hartford Art School, at the University of Hartford, examples of Wessel's work are in the permanent collections of many institutions, notably The Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, The Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Library of Congress, D.C., The University of Tianjin Fine Arts College, People's Republic of China, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is currently represented by Arden Gallery in Boston, MA, the S.R. Brennen Galleries (Palm Desert, CA, Scottsdale, AZ and Sante Fe, NM), and the ACA Galleries in New York, NY. For more information about our juror, please visit his website, www.fredwessel.com and visit him on Facebook at Fred Wessel Studio.
Fred Wessel, Libra, tempera with gold, platinum
and silver leaf
Fred Wessel, Strange Fruit, tempera with oil glazes
Fred Wessel, Aquarius, tempera with gold leaf
Fred Wessel, Aquarius, Silverpoint and ink wash
Fred Wessel, pictured above, will be the juror for The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists 2014 competition.
First Prize: $1000
Juror's Choice Awards: 10 awards, $200 each
In addition, any artist whose portfolio ranks among the top 50, as determined by the juror, may be selected for a spot as an Exhibiting Artist with future The Artist for Artists Project invitational shows. 37 artists selected by the juror in the 2014 Williams Prize competition were included in the Artist for Artists Project 2014 Winners' Catalog, due out in hardcover and softcover in December 2014. Preview The 2014 Winners' Catalog.
Fred Wessel, Giuliana, Silverpoint with Gold and Platinum leaf, 14"x12"
Fred Wessel, Self-portrait (Carnivale), Silverpoint, 9"x7"
Fred Wessel, Molleye Near A Window,
Pencil on paper, 25"x19"