The Winners

The banner image above features art by some of the award-winning artists in “New Beginnings”  2016-2017 juried exhibition. First column, left: Jill Pankey and Diane Husson. Second column: Joe Boddy. Third column: Cheryl Maeder and R. Geoffrey Blackburn. Right column: Gail Postal.

61 Artists in “New Beginnings” Exhibition
December 27, 2016 – February 27, 2017

A Wide Variety of Artists, Styles, & Mediums
Thanks to the outstanding artists from around the world who submitted their entries to “New Beginnings” this online exhibition of 61 artists presents an extraordinary variety of interpretations of this theme that will appeal to all art enthusiasts.

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R. Geoffrey Blackburn – First Place Special Recognition Cash Award
Denisa Prochazka – Second Place Special Recognition
Cash Award
Jill Pankey – Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award Mason Mansung Kang – Featured Artist Award
Sue Miller – Artist Showcase Award
and Coaching Award
Francene Levinson – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Online Gallery Award

 View the Top Award-Winners



View the Award of Excellence Winners



Award of Merit Winners in "New Beginnings" art exhibitionView the Award of Merit Winners


About the Curator

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International

Renée Phillips, founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, served as the curator for “New Beginnings”. “I was delighted to receive an array of creative expressions on the “New Beginnings” theme — from nature inspired and figurative, life-affirming images to innovative art made with new materials and mediums, to art that reflected the artists’ personal transformative experiences. This exhibition will keep you engaged for hours at a time and you’ll want to revisit often.”

About My Curatorial Process
We received so many excellent entries making this competition a challenging experience. As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved more than 100 hours of viewing the several hundred image entries and visits to the artists’ websites. After assigning scores for each of their image entries I selected those artists with the highest average scores and who also demonstrate cohesive individual styles, superior creative and technical skills, and how well their image entries and statements reflect the theme.

Unfortunately, several very good works of art and qualified artists did not make it into the exhibition due to the artists’ failure to comply with the theme or complete the entry process properly or provide jpegs according to the requirements on the entry form. Some artists were disqualified because they don’t have their own websites, one of the conditions specified on the entry form.
~ Renée Phillips