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Juror's Statement:

"The Morgan’s National Juried Exhibition celebrates artists who use paper as an artistic material. From nearly 600 entries this year, we selected 61 works that employ paper in traditional and innovative ways, ranging from prints, drawings, photographs, and artist’s books to sculptures and conceptual works. The submissions that excited us most were those that exhibited technical mastery that facilitates the content of the work, or an approach to paper’s potential that subverted our expectations. We were also struck by the emphasis in many of these works on the organicism of paper and its relationship to the natural world, our ailing environment, and our attempts to map and record what is happening around us. It is not coincidental that our Best in Show, a duo of works by Saul Melman, embodies all of these qualities, using paper, ink, and water to surprising, formally compelling ends, subtly relating the simple gesture of allowing ice to melt into and warp sheets of paper and alluding to the monumental impacts of climate change. Paper has been fundamental to modern civilization, and it also appears instrumental to capturing—and perhaps arresting—its slow decline."


Karl Anderson

Project Coordinator,

SPACES Gallery


Andrea Gyorody

Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

Award Winners:
National Juried Exhibition 2019

Best in show:

Saul Melman

Anthropocene Series_03, Anthropocene Series_05

Ice, Carbon and Abaca



First Runner Up:

Janet Marsano

In The Lake of Very Bad Dreams

Pen and Ink with polychrome pencils


Three Morgan Conservatory Awards for Excellence:


Iris Grimm

a comparative overview of rivers

Hand bound partitioned case, accordion books, linocut prints



Thomas Norulak

Driftwood Beach 9

Hand printed zinc plate photo transfer etching



Anne S. Rogers

Clothed System

Handmade paper made from secondhand linen tablecloths sewn into clothes and worn continuously by Anne for 64 days in Spring 2018, wood.


Viewer’s Choice Award:

Lauren Webster

No Evil

Bristol paper, graphite powder


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