On Saturday night, Christa Maiwald received the top honor at the opening of the Guild Hall Members Show for her piece “Latin Songbirds (Morales, Correa, Chavez).” Deborah Cullen, the director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio in New York, served as the judge for the event, which is open to all artist members of Guild Hall and is now in its 73rd year.
This year, more than 300 artists participated. The show was organized by Michelle Klein, the museum’s assistant curator, registrar, and associate for education. Christina Mossaides Strassfield, the director and chief curator of the Guild Hall museum, supervised the installation.
Dr. Cullen said in a release that Ms. Maiwald’s piece was “compelling in its concept. It spoke to me above all the others. It is very, very unique and has an original voice. I’d like to see an entire show of this artist’s work.”
Other winners Saturday included Philippe Cheng for best abstract painting, Pat Moran for best representational painting, Mary Ellen Bartley for best photograph, Lawrence Wolfson for best work on paper, Jeff Muhs for best sculpture, Janet Culbertson for best mixed media, Darlene Charneco for the Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape Award, and Athena Savalas for best new artist.
Receiving honorable mentions were Laura Benjamin, John Philip Capello, Jack Dowd, Lawrence Ellenberg, David Gamble, Gerry Giliberti, Barbara Groot, Grant Haffner, Anna Plesset, Robert Schwarz, Michael Slifka, and Gil Turpin.
The show is on view through June 11. On June 4 at 1 p.m. there will be a panel discussion among the winners, moderated by Ms. Klein. J.L.