Winners of the Northwest Fine Arts Competition

Winners of the Northwest Fine Arts Competition
By ana-maria

Women Rising, mixed media | Sarah Banks

The 2018 PNA Northwest Fine Arts Competition invited local artists working in 2D media to share their work with our community. Jurors selected the works of 23 artists, which will be shown in the Phinney Center Gallery from March 7- April 6.

The selected artists are:

Susan Aurand

Sarah Banks

Beth Betker

John Bolivar

Kathy  Collins

Leslee Currie

Frank Duckstein

Yukio Iraha

Wendy James

Maggie Jiang

Kyle Krauskopf

Jayashree Krishnan


Jurors’ Choice Award

The Jurors Choice Award went to Sarah Banks. About her work, Sarah stated,

“2017 witnessed the largest migration of people since the end of World War II–people displaced by climate change, war, brutal dictatorship.  The submitted images include a portrait of the Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate and Pope Francis’ people on the move–my bearing witness to the men, women and children who have been forced from home. My intent in making these prints and collage was to engender sympathy in the viewer and to remind us all that we could be the people on the move in need of asylum.”

You can see more of her work at the show and on her website.


Opening Reception  

Please join us on Friday, March 9, 7-9 pm to congratulate the winners.  Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and vote for your favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award.  [Facebook Event]


About the Jurors

Aaliyah Gupta

Aaliyah Gupta makes art and works towards social change, and is happiest when she can do both of these concurrently. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Copenhagen, New York, Portland, Tieton and Seattle. Her recent shows include Storefronts Project in Seattle, Intersections at Redline in Denver, Ley Lines at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Crave at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle, West Coast Biennial at Turtle Bay in Redding and from here to there, a solo show at Core Gallery, Seattle. Born in Kolkata, India, Gupta lives in Seattle with her husband, twins and two cats.

Zanetka Gawronski

My family and I immigrated to the United States from Slovakia when I was very young; this dramatic change influenced my perception of the world and led me to pursue a life dedicated to the arts. I have been painting, sculpting and printmaking from more than thirty years and received my formal training from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. My involvement in the arts has spanned a broad spectrum: theatrical set designs, children’s museum exhibit designs, book cover illustrations, public murals, fabrication team for Nickelodeon Network, Blues Clues, T.V. Land and The Big Help Mobile, as well as, both gallery and museum exhibitions. When I’m not in my studio, I can be found in the classroom as a Fine Arts instructor, in both private lessons and at the college level.

John Smither

My concerns lie more with the capturing of a feeling of time and place rather than an accurate physical rendering. I take fairly simple subjects and inject them with a visual rhythm and emotional interpretation. Season, place, time of day, and visceral experience all come into play. I intentionally give hooks of the recognizable which allow the viewer to be drawn in and participate with their own feelings and experiences of the subject. Most of my recent work involves plant forms which are interspersed with abstracted animal forms in the negative space. The intent is not to hide critters, but to allow the viewer to get the feeling that the fauna is there even if it isn’t seen. This is how I think we experience nature in most circumstances – a constant play between what you see is around you and what you think is around you.


About the Phinney Center Gallery

The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists, with rotating shows throughout the year. The Gallery is located upstairs in the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Open hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 am-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-2 pm

The Phinney Center Gallery and arts program is funded in part by 4Culture.