F. Scott Fitzgerald Art Poster Contest 2022
WINNER: “The Covenant” Digital Collage by Liliane Blom
"Covenant" is about the intersectionality and interdependence of nature, humanity and technology. Our future depends on us honoring our roots, in preserving that from which we come. We might be the creators of the future, but unless we immerse ourselves in “the more than human world”, we will not survive. The sooner we start to honor the unwritten covenant that binds us all together from fungi to AI the sooner we will start to move towards harmony. We ignore and destroy the vast symbiotic system of which we are but a small part at our own peril.
Liliane Blom: A cultural nomad with many roots (French, Norwegian, German, and Costa Rican) Liliane Blom has lived her life at the intersection of cultures. She has made her home in Rockville, Maryland where she now lives and creates art. An award-winning photographer, classically trained painter, and innovative installation artist she describes her fusion of painting and photography as "digital painting." In the last decade, she has been transforming her images into interactive and immersive environmental installations. Her installations are multi-sensory experiences, that engage the viewer with sound/touch and light. Playful, they unapologetically appeal to our sense of wonder and invite the viewer into a contemplative space. Liliane Blom is very engaged in the arts community in the greater DMV and has served on a variety of boards. She is a founding member of ArtWatchDC a group of social-activist artists with whom she frequently participates in art actions.
2nd Place: “Unification” Digital Collageby Therese Capal
Therese Capal: Therese Capal is originally from the Washington DC area but has lived all over the United States and the world. She has been creating art since she was little but formalized her training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in printmaking and drawing, and UMBC with a degree in graphic design. She spent many years primarily working as a 3D artist/designer and has returned to printmaking and digital work in the past few years.
3rd Place: “Bewilderment” pencil drawing by Hsin Hsi Chen
Hsin-Hsi Chen is known for her exquisite, illusionary pencil drawings on unique complex constructed 3D forms of paper and wood. Chen’s initial mission was to use only these basic materials and see how far they would take her. Her recent work has evolved beyond 3D drawings to include a variety of scales, two/three-dimensional work, large-scale/full-room installation, and collaborations using 3D modeling/printing and interactive digital projection. Chen assembles new work that considers the space as a site where light, shadow, space, drawing, and discovery merge. Chen disorients viewers with actual and imaginary planes of drawing, light, shadow, illumination in illogical sequences of complex 3D structure, installation and interactive dimension - to present her interest and vision in riddled paths of existences, the unknown of the universe, surreal, geometric and architectural constructions. The untouchable and invisible time overlaps the unpredictable occurrences and growth in space as the light illuminates those mysterious elements and source of life. The shadow within reflects its subject as the soul to the human being.
Hsin-Hsi Chen: Hsin-Hsi Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and came to USA in 1994 to pursue graduate study in Fine Arts. Chen received her MFA from University of Maryland at College Park in USA, 1996 and BFA from Tunghai University in Taiwan, 1992. Chen was granted U.S. Permanent Residency based on “Extraordinary Ability in Art” in 2002, the grantee of 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Grant/Individual Artist Award and 2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She was selected in The Drawing Center Viewing Program in New York, 1995, 2006-2010; WPA Art Auction at Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Katzen Arts Center Museum, in Washington, DC and Artisphere in Virginia, etc, 1998-2022.
Lisa Sieg RECEIVED er BA in Latin and history from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1977) allowed for a brief teaching career in Virginia and the Middle East, and then provided a solid basis to learn German while living in Austria. A proponent of the liberal arts she has been an advocate for literacy and the arts, specifically music and drama, in her neighborhood schools. She considers her finest achievement to have raised three successful people. Both her father's naval career and her husband's Marriott career allowed her to travel and live throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East. Her love of photography has been enhanced by classes at Glen Echo Photoworks, Washington Art Works, and Montgomery College.
Currently residing in Maryland with her husband and their energetic corgi, Lisa's fascination with the daily nuances of the incredible nature in their community have given her a deep respect for the environment and a profound appreciation for the ordinary miracles that surround all of us. In this hectic world they are the much needed tonic for our souls
Patrick Sieg grew up in Olney, Maryland, near Washington, DC. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.S. in business and finance, enjoyed art history and minored in studio art. His study of art in college led to a lifelong interest in painting, art history, and artists and the creative process. After college Pat chose a career in business and finance. His long career with Marriott International afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively and live in many different cities in the US, Europe, the Middle and Far East. He always allocated time in his travels to absorb the local culture, attending art exhibitions and visiting museums, and this has influenced his art. After leaving Marriott, Pat decided to revisit his love of art and to focus on oil painting. He is continuing his studies and creative growth through classes at the National Gallery of Art, the Compass Atelier, the Art League of Alexandria and the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland. His work has won awards in numerous juried shows in the Mid-Atlantic area and is collected throughout the US and abroad. Pat is currently the President of the Rockville Art League. He is a Resident Artist at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland and is represented by the Cabell Gallery in Lexington, VA. Pat is supported in this pursuit by his family, all talented artists. His wife Lisa is an award winning photographer (please see her web site, lisasieg.com), colorist, art curator and home chef. Older son Robert is an Industrial Designer with a MFA from the California College of Art. Daughter Erica is an attorney and creative writer. Younger son Stephan was an Art History and Studio Art major at Dickinson College and is pursuing advanced degrees at SUNY Purchase.