At first glance, Messersmith might be an odd choice as a juror for this show. While the exhibit was open to all mediums, most of the 49 works in the show (and I assume most of the 305 submissions) were paintings. These days Messersmith is primarily a sculptor (with his own bronze foundry no less). While talking people through the show, though, it became clear that he's an expert in all fields of art. He's served as juror for dozens of art fairs and exhibitions and worked himself in most mediums. His thoughtfulness about and appreciation for the artwork made it clear why he's such a frequent choice.
|Dareau's "Everything Has to Go"|
|Hull's "Elevation No. 7, Altitude Series"|
|Venditti "Woman in Bath"|
Viewing the show with Messersmith was a real treat. While I would have enjoyed the show on its own, hearing the juror talk about what struck him in the works was educational and interesting. Kudos to the Alliance for hosting a great show and selecting such a dynamic and generous juror.
The 30th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition runs through June 30. Make sure to stop by the Alliance and check it out if you're in the area.