Lay of the Land

Painting by Grant Kniffen
Painting William Neukomm
Painting by Barbara Martin Smith

Lay of the Land is an all-media exhibition of artwork exploring natural or urban landscapes and outdoor environments.

Juror's Statement

Many thanks to Kathryn Nahorski and everyone else at the St Louis Artists' Guild for inviting me to be the juror for the Lay of the Land exhibit. It’s been a privilege and an honor to participate in selecting the work for a show in such an established institution. I hope my contribution is worthy of the task entrusted to me.

Like any job worth doing, the work of selecting a show is both rewarding and difficult. I’ve tried to balance an attempt to objectively assess the work submitted, while at the same time honoring my own instincts for what makes a rich and balanced exhibition. I’d like to encourage the artists whose work was not represented not to be discouraged, but to keep in mind that the selection process is inevitably subjective and that in a different show and different time, their work could well have been chosen.

There was a broad and fascinating range of work to choose from and from a personal standpoint there were certain elements that I looked for as juror. To begin with, I was looking for some loyalty to the theme of the show; which is some reference to the landscape. Beyond that I was looking for evidence of exploration or discovery, whether in the realm of subject matter or technique, as well as some mastery of the chosen medium. I have to confess, though, that I can also be seduced by a beautiful image or mesmerized by a piece of work that I can’t quite understand and therefore I’ve included some work that may fall into one of those categories. It’s obvious that there’s a lot of talent and interesting work going on with St Louis Artists' Guild members and I suspect that I’ve only scratched the surface in reviewing the submissions for this particular show. I look forward to seeing the exhibition in September and hopefully meeting many of the artists from the guild then.

— Jack Brumbaugh

Awards and Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded by the juror.

First Place: $300

Pat Brokaw, "Never Summer." reduction relief print, oil-based ink on Japanese papers. 

Pat Brokaw
Never Summer, 2010

reduction relief print — oil based ink on Japanese paper
16" x 22"

Second Place: $200

Matthew Meers, "Southeast Iran." stoneware.

Matthew Meers
Southeast Iran, 2010

13 1/2" x 20"

Third Place: $100

Thomas Sepe, "Farmland Landscape, Italy." ink, acrylic, Prismacolor.

Thomas Sepe
Farmland Landscape, Italy, 2011

ink, acrylic, Prismacolor
12 1/2" x 10 3/4"

Honorable Mention: $50

David Coleman, "City Nocturne." digital, inkjet on paper.

David Coleman
City Nocturne, 2012

digital, inkjet on paper
16" x 20"

Honorable Mention: $50

Michael Frank, "Birds in Paradise IV." acrylic on canvas.

Michael Frank
Birds in Paradise IV, 2012

acrylic on canvas
36" x 24"

Exhibiting Artists

Randy Allen (Chesterfield, MO) *
Michael Anderson (Belleville, IL) *
Justin Bailey (Maryland Heights, MO)
Laura Bailey (St. Louis, MO) *
Marylou Barrow (St. Louis, MO) *
Nancy Berndt (Webster Groves, MO) *
Patricia Brokaw (Bonne Terre, MO) *
Elizabeth Cavanagh Cohen (University City, MO) *
David Coleman (St. Charles, MO)
Elizabeth Concannon (St. Louis, MO) *
Jeanne Conway (St. Louis, MO) *
Debbie Corson (Kirkwood, MO)
Jerry Cox (Hillsboro, MO) *
Cathie Crawford (Peoria, IL)
Kathy Czopek (Bridgeton, MO) *
John Dean (St. Paul, MO)
Clifford Eise (Hazelwood, MO) *
Naxin Fan (Fenton, MO)
Steven Finnegan (St. Louis, MO) *
Michael Frank (St. Louis, MO) *
Joseph Fuja (St. Charles, IL)
Carlene Fullerton (St. Louis, MO) *
Marcia Gay (Defiance, MO) *
Leah Givens (St. Louis, MO) *
Karen Glines (Des Peres, MO) *
Matthew Goldsmith (St. Louis, MO) *
Sara Graham
Julie Hemchand
Hilary Hitchcock (St. Louis, MO) *
Christine Ilewski (Alton, IL) *
Walter Iverson (St. Louis, MO) *
Jan Kappes (Matoon, IL)
Gary Karasek (Swansea, IL) *
Alexandra Kassing (Summerville, SC)
Grant Kniffen (O’Fallon, MO) *
Laura Krause (Mount Prospect, IL)
Deanna Krueger (Chicago, IL)
Adam Long (St. Charles, MO) *
Kimber Mallett (St. Louis, MO) *
Gary McMichael (St. Louis, MO)
Matthew Meers (Fayetteville, AR)
Michael Meinhold (St. Louis, MO) *
Dawson Morgan (Chesterfield, MO) *
Mary Mosblech (St. Louis, MO) *
Benjamin Mudd (St. Louis, MO) *
William Neukomm (Brentwood, MO) *
Margaret Nicholson (St. Louis, MO)
Johanna Prinz (Crestwood, MO) *
Benji Rowan (St. Louis, MO)
Annie Scheumbauer (St. Louis, MO) *
Thomas Sepe (St. Louis, MO) *
Terri Shay (Richmond Heights, MO)
Brian Smith (Webster Groves, MO)
Barbara Martin Smith (Webster Groves, MO)
Joanne Stremsterfer (St. Louis, MO) *
Samuel Surgener (St. Charles, MO)
Mark Travers (St. Louis, MO)
Joyce Trotter (St. Louis, MO) *
Leslie Uljee (Hazelwood, MO) *
Gene Ursprung (Alton, IL) *
Ron Vivod (Collinsville, IL)
Dave Walker (Jackson, MO)
Carol Weber (Downers’ Grove, IL)
Margi Weir (Detroit, MI)
Peggy Williamson (St. Louis, MO)
Mark Witzling (Maryland Heights, MO) *
Jeff Zarinelli (St. Louis, MO)
Fotios Zemenides (Chicago, IL)
Barbara Zucker (St. Louis, MO) *


* member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild


Exhibition Juror: Jack Brumbaugh

Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1955, Jack spent most of his childhood overseas until 1968, when he moved to Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where he obtained a Baccalaureate Degree in Printmaking in 1976. Starting in 1978, he spent several years as an apprentice, and then assistant printmaker at Atlantic Editions (Richmond, VA) where he learned lithography in the tradition of a studio atelier. Then, in 1982, he moved to the Washington DC area, where he was a master lithographer, collaborating with other artists to produce hand-pulled lithographs. In 1986, he moved to rural Maryland, where he continued to pursue his own vision as an artist in printmaking, drawing, and painting. He now lives in Fairhaven, Maryland, with his wife and family, in a house and studio overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The local landscape is evident in his oil pastel drawings and paintings.

Brumbaugh’s work is in several private and public collections, including those of the US Department of State (Washington, DC), the Washington Post (Washington, DC), Randolph Macon College (Ashland, VA), University of Virginia Hospital (Charlottesville, VA) and Duke Power Company (Charlotte, NC). He is affiliated with Rendezvous Gallery (Leesburg, VA), Metro Art Works (Louisville, KY), Creations Gallery (Newark, DE) and Coconut Grove Gallery (Miami, FL).
Brumbaugh’s current work is mostly created with oil pastels and, occasionally, oil paint and colored pencils, on canvas. His choice of materials allows for the flexibility of painting with the tactile nature of drawing. For the past several years, Brumbaugh has concentrated on water imagery, exploring the texture of the waters surface and the color variations created by reflected light.
To learn more about Jack Brumbaugh, please visit his website at


Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, August 24, 2012 - Sunday, October 21, 2012
Free and Open to the Public
Jack Brumbaugh
Submissions Due: 
July 17, 2012