Friday, December 04, 2009

myartspace / Aqua Art Miami Beach 2009 shows off winning artists at Aqua Art Miami

The Aqua Art Miami Fair launched with great success on Thursday, December 3rd. was there in force, with the backing of its large and talented community of artists showing off the winners of the most recent competition. You can click on the myartspace gallery below to see some images from the opening day.

The Winners On Display

Works from Kristi Mallakoff, Justin Beckman and Mandy Greer were all prominently on display at the exhibit. In addition, a streaming channel of the 50 finalists were created and are projected on a large wall at the booth. The exhibition is eye-catching and hundreds of art appreciators, collectors and gallerists have stopped by and marveled at the quality work of the myartspace community. To view the channel with the winners/finalists work, click HERE.

The Top 3 Winners

Kristi Malakoff is a Canadian visual artist who has returned to Canada after time spent living abroad, most recently in Berlin, Germany and previously in Reykjavik, Iceland and London, England where she attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has been selected to do a residency at Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, Russia in the spring of 2010. Malakoff is a 2005 BFA graduate of the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Canada where she was the recipient of many awards and scholarships, among them the Alvin Balkind Memorial Scholarship, the Helen Pitt Award and the Governor General's silver medal for the top Emily Carr Institute graduating student of 2005. Since graduating, she has participated in artist residency programs at the Banff Centre, the Stride Gallery, Calgary, and SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland. She has exhibited in an exhaustive schedule in both group and solo shows throughout Canada and in England, the US, Germany and Mexico.

Justin Beckman received a BFA from Art Center College of design in 1998 and an MFA in sculpture from Central Washington University in 2008. Since December 2001, Beckman has been living and working in the unincorporated town of Thorp, Washington, and is a founding member of PUNCH Gallery in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. Beckman has exhibited work both locally and nationally including Art Share in Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; G.A.S.P. in Boston, MA; Tacoma Art Museum's 8th Northwest Biennial and most recently at the Sguardi Sonori traveling festival of media and time based art in Italy, and Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.

Mandy Greer is a sculptor & mixed-media installation artist with an MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington (99'), where she held a Jacob K. Javitz National Graduate Fellowship. Mandy received a BFA in ceramics and a BA in English from the University of Georgia (96') and went Phi Beta Kappa. In Washington, she has shown her work at The Bellevue Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Kirkland Arts Center; and in Seattle at The Henry Gallery, 4Culture Gallery, Soil Gallery, Consolidated Works and Priceless Works Gallery. She has also shown at the Tampa Museum of Art, Fl and Bucheon Gallery in SF. Her work is included in the books The Best of New Ceramic Art (1997), Fashion is Art (2003), as well as Soil Gallery, 10 Years (2005). Mandy's work is featured in the video.

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