Professional Artist Libby Caldwell, First Judge in International Sedona Art Prize Competition
Sedona, AZ: The Sedona Art Prize, formerly the Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition, kicks off this month with the Sedona Arts Center as partner, and accomplished painter Libby Caldwell serving as the August 2016 judge. She will select the first twelve out of an eventual 144 finalist paintings that compete for a Grand Prize of $5000.
Libby Caldwell began painting portraits professionally in 1976. Today she is known for her unique style and mastery of genre paintings, focusing on narrative and allegorical subjects. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in England, Spain, Texas, and most recently in both Sedona and Phoenix, Arizona.
Libby received her first formal art training during high school under an instructor from the Slade School of Art in England. During her college years, she sought additional training in Spain at a small academy, studying oil painting in the tradition of the Old Masters and Spanish Impressionists.
Libby’s fascination with portraiture and its many varied aspects has taken her from formal portraiture to her current interest in capturing the moments of everyday life. She has exhibited and sold independent work in watercolor, oil, pastels, mixed media, ceramics, and mosaic.
Libby previously served as a City Commissioner on the Sedona Art and Culture Commission (commissioner for art in education). She created an arts immersion program which took part of the humanities curriculum at the high school and used the arts as a learning vehicle to transport the students to “another time or place.” The program continued in the Sedona school district from 2001 through 2015.
She also created and has been teaching a journaling workshop since 2007. The workshop is about engaging all the senses in recording the moments of life. This workshop is currently offered as part of the Sedona Art Retreats at the Sedona Arts Center and is also offered privately.
An unlikely painting subject, a woman on her cell phone in the blazing sun, entitled “Private Call,” won Honorable Mention in the 78th Midsummer Show at the Butler Institute of American Art and was a finalist in The Artist Magazine Annual Competition 2015.
Libby won “Best of Show” at the 2015 Speakeasy Salon as part of the 11th annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Her work was subsequently profiled in Fine Art Connoisseur, June 2016. Invited to the 2016 "12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival," she will be participating as a figurative artist.
To learn more about Libby Caldwell's art, visit www.LibbyCaldwell.com.
Artists interested in entering the Sedona Art Prize competition may register or find more information at: www.SedonaArtPrize.com.