News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Arts

October 7, 2011

Paris artist earns second in international art contest

PARIS, ILL. — Every year Southwest Art magazine conducts an international competition in an effort to showcase young and emerging artists. The show is known as “21 Under 31.”

In this year’s competition, Kari Rajkumar, 22, of Paris, was chosen to receive second place for her graphite portrait entitled “Scott.” The selected works (and the artists) are featured in the September issue each year.

Rajkumar works in graphite and pastel. She is entirely self-taught in graphite, and has received only 15 hours of instruction in pastel.

Her winning piece, “Scott,” is a portrait of an engineer who, in his spare time, travels to many re-enactments across the Midwest. In late spring each year he sets up his own teepee and gear at Crestwood School in Paris to give the students a firsthand look at the life of an 1840s Longhunter. In autumn, he takes part in an encampment at the Edgar County Fairgrounds as part of the Honeybee Festival.

“I met him there, dressed in buckskin trousers and homespun linen shirt, with his prized Indian bead necklace slung around his neck,” Rajkumar said. “When I inquired about the necklace, he identified each bead and pointed out its unique pigmentation despite his color blindness. That’s why I chose graphite for this project.”

“I’ve always had a love of early American history, and I look for opportunities to render portraits of re-enactors whenever I can.

“With all my portraits, I am inspired by the people themselves — their lives, interests, personalities, and all the things that make them unique. For other projects, music is a constant source of inspiration for me — instrumentals and film scores especially.”

Rajkumar is the youngest member of the board of directors for the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris. She has been a guest art teacher for Mayo Middle School and occasionally offers private lessons in her home. She accepts portrait commissions in pencil and pastel, with the ultimate goal of working in oils as well.

The majority of Rajkumar’s works, including her winning portrait and several never-before-seen pieces, will be on display at the Crawfordsville Public Library, 205 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, Ind., from Oct. 28 to Nov. 30. Hours for the library are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Rajkumar also will be teaching portrait drawing classes this fall in two locations. At the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Beginner Portrait classes are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. CDT Thursdays; and, at the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Beginner/Intermediate Portrait classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT Tuesdays.

For more information on either of these classes, or to register, contact the Paris Art Center at (217) 466-8130, or the Gaslight Art Colony at (217) 808-2115.

More examples of Rajkumar’s work can be found at www.karirajkumar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Arts
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack New Pictures of Ship That Sank in 1888 U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Swimmer Michael Phelps Attempts Comeback Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US Air Force: $4.2B Saved From Grounding A-10s
NDN Video
BASE Jumpers Set World Record Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity