CCRI adjunct instructor Susan Fossatis has been awarded first place in the Drawings/Prints/Pastels category in the 2017 Newport Annual Members’ Juried exhibition for her pastel titled “Firebird, Finding the Fire Within,” inspired by the Festival Ballet performance of “Firebird.” Juror Sarah Kennel, a Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, said, “Often pastels are light and sweet. Here the artist transforms pastel into a strong, dramatic gestural medium. The black background and lines create energy and tension.”
The Members’ Juried Exhibition will run through May 21 at the Newport Art Museum. An artist talk featuring Fossatis and other winners will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, during Art After Dark at the museum.