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Alexander Rutsch, Self-Portrait

Bufflehead and Coots
Siobhan McBride, 2013 winner,
Bufflehead and Coots, 2012.
Gouache on paper on panel, 13” x 10”


2011 Award Winner:
Nina Rizzo

2009 Award Winner:
Tracy Miller

2007 Award Winner:
Liang Guo

2005 Award Winner:
Dorothy Robinson

2003 Award Winner:
Mitchell Marco

2001 Award Winner:
Frank Trankina

Alexander Rutsch Award
and Solo Exhibition for Painting

Pelham Art Center is proud to sponsor the competition and award to honor the memory and artistic achievement of Alexander Rutsch (1916 - 1997), 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 to support a bi-annual, open, juried competition in a range of mediums.

Visit to learn more about Alexander Rutsch.


Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce SIOBHAN McBRIDE as the winner of the 2013 Alexander Rutsch Award and Solo Exhibition for Painting.

The jury selected McBride from over 650 applicants from across the country. As the winner, she will receive a $5,000 cash prize and solo exhibition at Pelham Art Center, May 3 – June 29, 2013. McBride was one of nine finalists:

Siobhan McBride, Miami, FL
Christine Gray, Alexandria, VA
Susan Homer, Brooklyn, NY
Emily Noelle Lambert, Sunnyside, NY
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Washington, DC
Raul J. Mendez, Portland, OR
Ingrid Pimsner, Havertown, PA
Angie Zielinski, Tucson, AZ
Deborah Zlotsky, Delmar, NY

McBride is the seventh winner of the biannual Rutsch Award. She joins the company of previous winners Frank Trankina (2001), Mitchell Marco (2003), Dorothy Robinson (2005), Liang Guo (2007), Tracy Miller (2009), and Nina Rizzo (2011).

The call for entries for the 2015 Rutsch Award will begin in November 2014.