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September 2, 2011

Swope announces People’s Choice award winner

TERRE HAUTE — Though the 67th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition has closed at the Swope Art Museum, one more well-anticipated award remains to be bestowed.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the artist who created the most popular work of art as chosen by visitor ballots.

Two artists quickly emerged as front-runners in the competition, however when all votes were tallied it was David Cunningham’s still life oil painting “Upon Meditation on the Infinite” that finally pulled ahead and won the prize.

The $250 award was made possible by the Alliance of the Swope Art Museum, which also sponsored two juror selected awards for the exhibition.

For this exhibition a juror selects the work to be included as well as identifies those worthy of special recognition with awards.

Cunningham lives in Indianapolis and is assistant professor of art at Franklin College in Franklin.

His other painting in the exhibition, “In the Heart of Darkness We Find the Truth,” earlier received the Award of Excellence in Honor of Eleanor Turner Wasmuth.

The People’s Choice Award was established in 2010 as a way to give visitors a chance to voice their opinions in a meaningful way.

Nearly 240 visitors cast ballots for their favorite work of art over the run of the exhibition from July 9 through Aug. 27 at the museum.

The exhibition featured a diverse 65 works of art by 41 artists from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

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