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Alexander Rutsch, Self-Portrait

I have a funny feeling
Lindy Chambers, 2015 winner,
I have a funny feeling, 2015.
48” x 48” oil on board


2013 Award Winner:
Siobhan McBride
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2011 Award Winner:
Nina Rizzo
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2009 Award Winner:
Tracy Miller
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2007 Award Winner:
Liang Guo
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2005 Award Winner:
Dorothy Robinson

2003 Award Winner:
Mitchell Marco

2001 Award Winner:
Frank Trankina


2015 Alexander Rutsch Award and Solo Exhibition for Painting

Pelham Art Center is thrilled to announce Lindy Chambers as the winner of the 2015 Alexander Rutsch Award and Solo Exhibition for Painting. The jury selected Chambers from over 456 applicants from across the country. As the winner, she will receive a $5,000 cash prize and solo exhibition at Pelham Art Center, May 1 - June 13, 2015, with an opening reception and free hands-on all age workshop on Friday, May 1 from 6:30-8:00PM. This biennial juried painting award and exhibition is Pelham Art Center's only solo exhibition - all others are group shows.

Lindy Chambers was one of five finalists in a field of exceptionally strong candidates. The finalists were:

Noa Charuvi (New York, NY),
Brett Eberhardt (Providence RI),
Susan Klein (Charleston SC),
Sarah McKenzie (Boulder CO)

Chambers' resides in Bellville, TX. Her work is contemporary and multi-dimensional combining abstracted Texas landscapes with pop culture icons like Hello Kitty and backgrounds that transition from pixilation to camouflage. She currently has a solo show on view at D.M. Allison Gallery in Houston and was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize.

About her work, Chambers writes:

"My work is inspired by things that I travel by daily. The small towns and countryside where I reside offer interesting landscapes, animals, and buildings all with a unique aesthetic. Well maintained lots and acreage yield to a plethora of trash and abandoned vehicles. I see intrigue and mystery in the poor stray dogs, and in the goats that are both a pet and a food supply."

This exhibition is part of ARTSEE 2015, a Festival of New Work in Westchester taking place. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester's 50th anniversary


About the Rutsch Award

Alexander Rutsch (1916 - 1997) was an artist who actively supported Pelham Art Center for more than 25 years. After his death, friends and supporters of Alexander Rutsch and his family established a generous and significant fund. The fund supports a biennial open, juried competition in painting. A $5,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at Pelham Art Center are awarded to the winner. This program continues Rutsch's belief that art transcends all of our humanity. Rutsch saw art as "the stone in the water sending ripples throughout the universe." His extraordinary work, rich in the celebration of life and our shared human experiences, is included in many public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.