Trumbull resident wins painting prize at Silvermine competition

Trumbull resident Peter Van Zyl.
Trumbull resident Peter Van Zyl.

Silvermine Arts Center opened its annual Student Exhibition on June 5 with an awards ceremony in New Canaan.

Trumbull resident Peter Van Zyl won the first place prize in painting.

Fellow resident Ann Wu won honorable Mention for jewelry for her pendant on chain.

Silvermine’s annual exhibition, in its 26th year, includes students of all ages. 

Friends, family, and artists gathered on Sunday, June 5 for the opening reception and award ceremony for the 2016 Student Art Exhibition in the Silvermine Art Galleries.

Richard Lytle, Professor Emeritus at the Yale School of Art, served as the 2016 juror for the annual event, which includes new work by students who have completed at least one term of study at the Silvermine School of Art. A vibrant show with work from a variety of media, the student exhibition offers students, their families and the public a view of the fine art and creative energy that is generated by the student body.  

Judy Peknik of Stamford won Best in Show for her oil painting, “Back Stage.” Awards were presented in adult, youth, and junior categories and across a number of media from painting and drawing to ceramics, digital imaging, and metalwork.  

Richard Lytle’s work has been exhibited nationally and in Europe, and his paintings are in many public and corporate collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Mr. Lytle began teaching at Yale in 1960, was dean of the Silvermine College of Art from 1963 to 1965, and returned to the Yale faculty in 1966.  Mr. Lytle was acting dean of Yale’s School of Art in 1980-81 and in the spring terms of 1990 and 1994. He was appointed professor of art in 1981 and named the William Leffingwell Professor of Painting in 1999. He is currently professor emeritus.

The Silvermine Arts Center is grateful to Michele Marshall and Cynthia Mullins, Chairpersons for this year’s Silvermine School of Art Exhibition.
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