The first place winner of Streetlight’s art contest is Robert Schultz of Salem, Va. Schultz’s work, Specimens of the Plague Year, documents a year in the pandemic with his thoughts, quotes from scholars, poets, and current news events, all illustrated with scanned images of plants and flowers from his wife’s garden. Images are selected from some thirty-seven illustrations in Schultz’s elegant photo journal, Specimens of the Plague Year.
A sampling of Schultz’s nature images will be featured in Streetlight January 7-24th. His work will be exhibited at Chroma Gallery, Charlottesville, during February,
Robert Schultz has authored seven books in three genres and is an exhibiting artist. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, Cornell University’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, and several photography awards. He has spoken by invitation at the National Gallery of Art, Oxford University, and the U.S. Library of Congress. His collaboration with the photographer Binh Danh has produced two art exhibitions and two books, Ancestral Altars and War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials. Schultz’s recent work includes a poetry collection, Into the New World; and the solo exhibition Memorial Leaves (Athenaeum Museum, Alexandria, Virginia). His artwork is held by the Library of Congress, museums, college and university collections, and private collectors in the U.S. and abroad.
Honorable mention goes to Lynn Coleman of Woodland Hills, California for her series of small paintings, Fuego. These semi abstract oils were inspired by “the awe striking power and beauty” of California brush fires in 2018.
Coleman has been in over 300 local, national and international exhibitions. She is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery, the Laguna Museum, the Orange County Museum of art and the Los Angeles County Art Museum. She currently maintains a studio in the San Fernando Valley. Coleman was the only female contributor to Thrasher Comics. Her art has been featured in mainstream publications, such as Esquire, Beach Culture, the New York Times, and Surfer’s Journal.
A blog on Coleman’s paintings is scheduled for February 7th.
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