Meet the finalists for the Art Association's 2016 Artist of the Year

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tonight, the Art Association will announce its 2016 Artist of the Year. The 2015 Artist of the Year, Katy Ann Fox, was given opportunity to work with Jackson Hole Still Works to create the art for the very first label of their new Highwater Vodka. The original painting for the bottle hung in the Art Association until it was raffled off at the 2015 Art Heist event. This year, the Art Association again partnered with Jackson Hole Still Works, so the 2016 Artist of the Year will create the label for the Highwater Vodka bottle. The theme for this annual Art Competition is, “WYOMING.” Here are the eight finalists: *Haley Badenhop* *[image: Inline image 1]* *I've moved a lot in my 20's. My moving started with the fashion design internships I had to do every other three months for three years straight, and just happened to continue after that for a few years. Newport Beach, Vail, Aspen, Santa Rosa, Cincinnati, and India were a few areas I experienced, but currently, Jackson Hole's been home for almost 3 years. * *I had my first watercolor show in December of 2014 at the Rose in Jackson Hole. Called “First to Third,” the collection showed the disparity between first world and third world countries, along with providing information about particular companies I showcased that are doing work in those places, thus giving the viewer a chance to see if he or she resonated with one of the global issues. Prints from this show can be found on my Etsy site here, as this website only contains my limited edition series of paintings.* *Emily Boespflug* *[image: Inline image 6]* *A native of Ranchester, Wyoming, Emily now lives in Jackson where she teaches art and coordinates the youth and outreach programs for the Art Association. Since childhood, Emily has always been moved by the natural world, from studies in science to studies on canvas. A serious car accident following her first year of college interrupted her focus in science and inspired a greater interest in art therapy and painting. Upon receiving her BFA from the University of Wyoming, she continued to share her passion and knowledge of the healing arts with senior citizens and chronically mentally ill through an internship in the School of Nursing. * *Emily’s artistic explorations continued down to Florida where she worked at Wallaby Ranch hang gliding school and began painting murals in homes for three years. Throughout this time, she spent several months traveling to the best flying sites and painting and drawing en plein air. While living among Wyoming’s most dramatic and diverse landscapes, Emily continues to work in oil, watercolor and pastel, illustrating aspects of these incredible views. * *Jason Borbay* *[image: Inline image 5]* *Two years ago, a collector flew Borbay to Wyoming for a Jackson Hole-inspired * *commission. The experience was so transformative — he relocated to Teton Valley. A* *self-represented artist, Borbay’s work is collected globally, and has been featured by an* *impressive breadth of revered news outlets. Time Out New York Magazine named him* *their Most Creative New Yorker. He defaced Andy Warhol’s Marilyn and Major League* *Baseball hung it up in their Fan Cave. * *He knew Forbes’ Hip Hop Cash Kings list before Forbes did, and was recruited by the same outlet to write about art business. His collages incorporating New York Post headlines became a New York Post headline.He’s painting the Guggenheim each year for 20 years, and intends to show the series in the Guggenheim itself. His work graced the cover of Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s best-selling business book from Simon and; Schuster, “Michael Jackson, Inc.” Celebrated by everyone from BBC World to the Wall Street Journal Japan, Borbay is thrilled for his Western solo debut at The Art Association of Jackson Hole.* *Sue Cedarholm* *[image: Inline image 3]* *Growing up in Colorado I spent most of my summers in Estes Park and hiking and backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration - Marketing I moved to Jackson, Wyoming to ski. I have been living there ever since.* *I have always dabbled in art, I started out as an Art Major at CSU, ceramics at that time. while raising my two daughters I started painting. I began with watercolors, switched to acrylic and have finally found my medium - silk. My inspiration comes from all of the time I spend outdoors observing and photographing nature and wildlife. My day job is assistant to wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen. I have been lucky to travel the world with Tom. When I return home from a photo trip I am always excited to start painting scarves. Enjoy my work, enjoy wearing the scarves and stay tuned for what is next.* *Amy Dowell* *[image: Inline image 8]* *Amy Dowell, first stuck her roots into the art world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2004. Initially, art was just an outlet for expression and nothing more than a hobby, which would later change. As her interest in art began to grow, her desire to explore the possibilities in the art world also grew. Amy participated in many local art events in the community of Jackson Hole, until she began her college studies at the University of Wyoming. * *At the University of Wyoming, she declared her focus in painting, and began her life pursuit of creating art. During college she was involved in many group exhibitions, as well as solo exhibitions through out Wyoming. She would go on to graduate from the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts, and with even greater ambition to work solely as a professional artist. * *She now owns and operates 'The Painted Lady: A Private Tattoo Studio and Gallery' in the heart of downtown Jackson, Wyoming. Amy's artwork has also been viewed in the Jackson Hole establishments: The White Buffalo Club, The Pink Garter Theater, The Rose, Lines Gallery, Teton Artlab, The Center for the Arts, Driggs City Gallery, Turpin Gallery, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Pearl Street Bagels, as well as in her private studio, and the homes of numerous private collectors. * *Walter Gerald* *[image: Inline image 7]* *My career in design started off by being thrust head-first into the New York City ad world. My time in the city was eye-opening and I got a unique perspective of what big agency life was all about. Big money, big accounts and big egos dominated this scene and I quickly realized that as a creative, I didn't have very much control over the message I was sending. When I returned home to finish college, I knew I wanted something different. * *Being outside and making art have both had a tremendous impact on my life from a very early age. After I graduated with my degree in advertising from the University of South Carolina, I knew I still wanted to be a visual communicator, but I didn't want to give up my life outdoors in pursuit of a career. * *Eventually, my family found Jackson, WY which has proved to be the prefect place to live a creative and active life. My work is inspired by the outdoors and adventure and those types of clients are the ones I truly love to work with.* *Liz Park* *[image: Inline image 4]* Liz moved out to the Tetons after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. Armed with a B.F.A in Painting, she took up residence at a guest ranch outside of Jackson Hole, WY where she was a wrangler and all around ranch hand for several years. She has since found a home in Victor, Idaho on the 'other' side of the Tetons, where her primary focus is living the mountain life and translating that life into unique images. Events: Liz has been invited to participate in the Plein Air Festival hosted by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole for the past 4 years, and will be there again in 2016. *Anika Youcha* *[image: Inline image 2]* *Raised in Minnesota, Anika Youcha has spent the past fifteen years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has a deep love for the environment, solitude, mountains, large cities, color, and people. She hopes her paintings share movement and evoke some sort of emotion from viewers; be it love or hate, curiosity or confusion. Primarily self-taught. Red-green color blind vision.* At the announcement party tonight, the First Place winner will be revealed and they will receive the distinction of being named the 2016 Art Association of Jackson Hole’s Artist of the Year. The winning artwork will be purchased and reproduced on Jackson Hole Still Works Highwater Vodka bottle label for one year. The winner will also receive a $2,000 Grand Prize, a 6-bottle case of Highwater Vodka with his or her art on the new label, and an invitation to the Highwater Vodka Release Party in September. The winning artwork will be donated to the Art Association to be raffled off during the summer in support of the Art Association’s visual arts programming with the winner of the raffle to be announced at the September Release Party. The Announcement Party is at 6 p.m. Hosted by Jackson Hole Still Works, 3940 S. Eagle View Drive. More details are available here . #buckrail #news #whatshappening