James Soe Nyun takes first place at the Athenaeum’s 20th annual Juried Exhibition on display until Sept. 3

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James Soe Nyun took first place at the Athenaeum’s 20th annual Juried Exhibition for his pigment photographs of landscapes in Yellowstone National Park and Shoshone Falls in Idaho. The three-part series is on display in the north corner of the Athenaeum’s main gallery.

The awards were announced at an opening reception on Aug. 5 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla.

Soe Nyun holds a B.A. in music from the U of C, Riverside and an M.A. in music (with emphasis in composition) from UCSD. His work is in private and corporate collections, including the Yosemite Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

Second place went to Colin Tuis Nesbit for his hand-drawn stone lithograph “Here is where we meet.” The black and white lithograph depicts a man sitting on a bench with hands clasped together. The lithograph is on view in the Athenaeum’s rotunda. Nesbit received a B.F.A. in lithography from Illinois State University, and a M.F.A. in printmaking and drawing from Brigham Young University.

Third place went to Joshua Jon Miller for his mixed-media sculpture, standing on the floor of the Athenaeum’s main gallery. An amalgam of objects, including a steel frame, porcelain bust, and cactus all balance atop two wooden stools. Miller received a B.F.A. from the U of C, Los Angeles.

A monetary prize and a yearlong family membership to the Athenaeum were awarded to each these artists. Honorable mentions were made for five other participating artists, listed here in alphabetical order according to last name: Ela Boyd; Mark Bryce; Bijan Dowlatshahi; Michelle Montjoy; and Cecilia Stanford.

Open only to artists who live, work, or have exhibited in San Diego, the Athenaeum’s Annual Juried Exhibition provides a platform for local artists to receive excellent exposure and to draw inspiration from talented peers. Acceptable submissions this year included 2-D and 3-D media, with the exception of functional or craft art. All submissions were completed within the past five years.

Each year, a prominent arts administrator from a local gallery or institution is selected by the Athenaeum’s executive director Erika Torri, to serve as a juror. This year’s jurors were Kathryn Kanjo, head of curatorial at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Joseph Bellows, owner of Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla.

A total of 1,000 artworks by 200 artists were submitted for consideration. Jurors Kathryn Kanjo and Joseph Bellows selected 36 artworks by 23 artists for display in this year’s exhibition. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 3.

The library is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays and to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org. There is no cost to view the exhibition.

LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Irene Abraham

Do Do That Voodoo

2010

Acrylic, crayon on mylar, collage

36 x 42″

Terry Andrews

Oui

2008

Mixed media

2 x 2″

Unido (2 pieces)

2008

Mixed media

Each 18 x 18″

Ela Boyd

Light Waves (Honorable Mention)

2011

Photo collage

54 x 40″

Neil Brooks

Nine Figures

2010

Oil on canvas

46 x 54″

Mark Bryce

Uncle Sam (Honorable Mention)

2011

Oil on panel

20 x 24″

Philip Custer

Identity Theft

2011

Acrylic on board

48 x 72 x 2-3/4″

Bijan Dowlashahi

Grey Forest, Deep in the Canvas (Honorable Mention)

2007

Mixed media

48 x 48″

Patrick Gilbert

Paint Grade

2011

Birch plywood sculpture

7 x 3 x 2′

Amy Hyde

Pink-Thorpe

2011

Acrylic on canvas

62 x 44″

RT Lonsdale

Bancroft

2011

Photographic Composition

16 x 24″

Grim

2011

Photographic Composition

16 x 24″

Herman

2011

Photographic Composition

16 x 24″

Pat MacGillis

Migrations I

2008

Mixed media

24 x 24″

Migrations III

2008

Mixed media

24 x 24″

Morgan Manduley

A Fire Burned Deep in His Soul Bringing Pain and Suffering to All

2010

Gouache and ink on paper

14 x 20″

Brad Maxey

3 Palms

2007

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 36″

Lawn

2010

Acrylic on canvas

46 x 35″

Joshua Jon Miller

La Nina (3rd Place)

2011

Mixed media

72 x 24 x 36″

Cato at the Gate of Purgatory

2009

Gouache and ink on paper

96 x 74″

Michelle Montjoy

Mula Bandha (Honorable Mention)

2011

Mixed media

24 x 38 x 38″

Jenna Morrow

A Turning Around

2011

Mixed media

29 x 29 x 50″

Colin Tuis Nesbit

Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover Thy noble heart forever, ever more

2010

Graphite on paper

24 x 24″

Here is where we meet (2nd Place)

2008

Stone lithograph

3-3/4 x 3-3/4″

It was the dirty edge of winter

2007

Stone lithograph

22 x 30″

Annie Omens

Ancient History

2010

Digital photo

24 x 36″

Islands Lost and Found

2010

Digital photo

38 x 14-1/2″

Andrew Printer

Emoticon

2011

Pigmented inkjet print

20 x 24″

Heidi Rufeh

Towards Light

2011

Encaustic

16 x 32″

Ancient Well

2011

Encaustic

16 x 32″

Aren Skalman

Penguin Encounter

2010

Mixed media

48 x 37″

James SOE NYUN

Yellowstone Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Par  (1st Place)

2008

Pigment print

16 x 20″

Ranger Station, Yellowstone National Park

2008

Pigment print

16 x 20″

Viewpoint, Shoshone Falls, Idaho

2008

Pigment print

16 x 20″

Cecilia Stanford

Goat Boy

2010

Mixed media

11 x 14″

Serious Hunk (Honorable Mention)

2010

Mixed media

22 x 28″

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