17th Annual Membership Awards Exhibition
Big Splash 2014

September 5 - September 29, 2014


101A W. Argonne
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Steve Teczar is an artist and the Eleanor Lawler Pillsbury Professor of Art at Maryville University of Saint Louis. His professional work includes drawings, paintings, mixed media pieces, installations and sculpture. His works have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. His last solo exhibit, Drawings and Diversions, was held in 2003 at the Bonsack Gallery of John Burroughs School in St. Louis. From 1972-79, Mr. Teczar taught art foundation design and drawing and interior design courses at the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In 1979, he moved to St. Louis to serve as chair of the Maryville Art Division, later known as the Faculty of Art & Design, a position he held for 20 years. His current teaching responsibilities include art and design foundation drawing, figure drawing and special studies in drawing. In addition, he is Director of the MOSAIC Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy. He also directs and teaches Drawing Studio in the Maryville Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program. Mr. Teczar received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service in Teaching in 2005, and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award.

Judge's Statement

It has been a privilege to be asked to judge this year’s Big Splash for the Saint Louis Watercolor Society. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the work, and went through it many times to be sure to weigh everything the artists brought to the work – from the styles and complexity to the planning and the execution with color choices. Instead of relying only on comparing one building with another, for example, I wanted to spread the awards through the entire exhibit. I looked very deliberately at the drawing techniques, which made watercolor historically important in drawing. I tried to feel the mood expressed in the work. You can sometimes almost smell the flowers, touch the trees, or see the thoughts of people in the paintings. The choice to experiment enlivened some of the semi-abstract work which brought to life the thinking behind the work. There were seventeen awards – and I was happy to choose each one. I could, as any judge would say, always use more, because as an artist it is a pleasure to celebrate the inspiration and execution of art

- Steve Teczar

 


 

Sunrise in Giverney
Judge’s Choice Award
$286 Winsor Newton Paint Set,
$50 Daler Rowney Gift Card &
$22 Watercolor Magazine Subscription
Janet Doll
Inquisitive

Kirkwood Station

Award of Excellence
$250 Cheap Joes Gift Certificate &
Apron, $60 Royal Brush Set &
$22 Watercolor Magazine Subscription

Charles Wallis
Kirkwood Station


Scouting for Prey II

Award of Achievement
$200 M Graham Paint Set &
$60 Royal Brush Set

Janine Helton
Scouting for Prey II


Rainy Day in London

Award of Recognition
$182 Artmart Paint & Brush Set
Mary Riney
Rainy Day in London


Waiting for Students

Award of Recognition
$100 Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate &
$75 Olive Garden Gift Basket

Marilynne Bradley
Waiting for Students


Autumn Harvest II

Award of Recognition
$169 Holbein 24 Watercolor Set
Terry Lay
Autumn Harvest II


Starting Over

Award of Recognition
$150 Richeson Gift Certificate
Elizabeth Concannon
Starting Over


Shadows in the Garden

Award of Recognition
$135 Artmart Pencil & Brush Set
Jean McMullen
Shadows in the Garden


Sunday Afternoon

Award of Recognition
$125 Richeson Gift Certificate
Margaret Schneider
Sunday Afternoon


I'll Wait Here

Award of Recognition
$120 Creative Catalyst 2 DVDs
Alicia Farris
I'll Wait Here


Exercise Series I, Warming Up

Award of Recognition
$120 Holbein 18 Watercolor Set
Junko Eccles
Exercise Series I, Warming Up


Feel the Music - 5

Award of Recognition
$120 Artmart Brush Set
Carol Lane
Feel the Music - 5


Danny DeVito

Award of Recognition
$100 Richeson Gift Certificate
Cynthia Akos
Danny DeVito


Orange Pop

Award of Recognition
$98 Armadillo Paper & Paint Set
Amy Fister Lottes
Orange Pop


Anticipating Fall

Honorable Mention I
Blick Art Materials Gift Bag
Anu Vedagiri
Anticipating Fall


Into the Woods

Honorable Mention II
Blick Art Materials Gift Bag
Shirley Nachtrieb
Into the Woods


Roots

Honorable Mention III
Blick Art Materials Gift Bag
Carolyn Sommer
Roots


Water's Edge

People's Choice Award I
$120 Holbein 18 Paint Set
Mary Ellen Maender
Water's Edge


The Grand Tetons

People's Choice Award II
$50 Miriam Krone Memorial Award
Kathy Dowd
The Grand Tetons


 

2013 Big Splash Winners