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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

View Winners Here from Naperville Art League's Public Art Competition on Exhibit Now through May 24, 2024

Updated: May 11

BEST OF SHOW: "Gris-Gris", acrylic; by Dale E. Mills; Not for sale. Scroll down to see more winning pieces...

The show's theme -- "Perfect Imperfection" -- can be viewed at Naperville Art League & Gallery, 508 N. Center Street, Naperville. Geoff Bevington served as judge reviewing 91 pieces in a variety of mediums. View even more winning art by clicking here or visit the gallery to see in person. Hours are Tuesdays - Fridays 10 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.

Dale's Artist Statement:

“Perfect Imperfection” is an example of an oxymoron. Perfection is a powerful and totally human desire. It doesn’t exist anywhere in the universe. Or could it be that everything is perfect exactly the way it is. In any case I strive for perfection, as I have with this painting. It is a struggle and an impossibility to try to attain perfection, but there is an old saying “Reach for the stars. You may not get one, but you won’t end up with a handful of dirt either.”

STUDENT CATAGORY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Acrylic; "You Just Plant the Seed"; by Anna Michniewicz

Anna's Artist Statement:

My subject matter is innocent but through color I hope to portray a more guilty reality. What I want to do with the theme “Perfect Imperfection” is illustrate imperfections hiding behind acts considered pure and perfect. The contrast between clean hands and what they create.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE "Shelby by the Fire" Acrylic, by Mary Keating

Mary's Artist Statement:

There is no light without darkness.

I believe that the personal struggles we each face, the light, and the darkness we experience in our lives, will shape the lens through which we view and interpret our surroundings. Using acrylics, I try to capture a moment through the unique and imperfect lens of the subject. The interplay of light and darkness becomes a metaphor for the complexities of perspective. With each brushstroke, I eagerly anticipate the small touches of light that magically expose a new depth and clarity.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, "The Garden" Ink & Colored Pencil; by Jennifer Hauser

Jennifer's Artist Statement:

The bunnies worked and toiled and were proud of their beautiful garden with the perfect carrots. The worms came along and couldn’t agree more. They thought the garden was perfect too, but for an entirely different reason. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 12 HONORABLE MENTIONS. Here are two...See full list of artist names below.

HONORABLE MENTION "Pink Whispers of Magnolias" Acrylic by Gedra Simkus

Gedra's Artist Statement:

The painting of abstract magnolias captures the perfect imperfection of nature. The delicate and asymmetrical petals of the magnolias are beautifully depicted, showcasing the unique and imperfect beauty of the flowers. I captured the essence of the magnolias, embracing their imperfections and celebrating their natural, organic form. The asymmetrical composition and varied brushstrokes also emphasized the imperfect nature of the flowers, capturing their organic and unique beauty. This painting reminds us that true beauty lies in the imperfect and irregular, adding depth and character to the work. 

HONORABLE MENTION "Perfect Shot Squared" Acrylic, Patricia Melekus

Patricia's Artist Statement

Two slingshots, two chances, two buddies.

Sometimes the second slingshot is clearer than the first one.

Sometimes the second chance is more perfect than the first one.

Sometimes two buddies are more perfect than one.

The imperfect hole makes a perfect pair of holes to deflate the imperfect world and show what “perfect” is behind the obvious imperfect present.


Laura Davis "Sugar"

Alex Gutierrez (Student Category) "Sunlit"

Nancy Mego "Acquired Imperfections"

Lori Miller "Hot Springs"

Jillian Jasper "Crow Girl Rising"

Cynthia Boudreau "Purrfectly Impurrfect"

Adam Maslowski "It's an Imperfect World"

Joan Mills "Seeking"




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