Feb. 8, 2007

Soldier's 'Field Artillery' imagery scores in Army Arts & Crafts

By Tim Hipps
U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs

Sgt. 1st Class Anne Burnley, standing beside her water-based painting,"Firing," holds a certificate of recognition issued by the United States Army MWR for winning entries in the 2006 Arts and Crafts Contest. Burnley's paintings placed first and second in the mixed media and water-based categories. Her painting "Field Artillery" was published in the December/January 2007 issue of the MWR "Feedback" Magazine and on the U.S. Army website.  Her pen and ink drawinig " Moment" received an honorable mention. (Photo by Charles A. Harris)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Soldier combined her military experience and passion for art to win several awards in the 2006 Army Arts and Crafts Contest.

Sgt. 1st Class Anne Burnley photographed troops at the Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center on Fort Pickett, Va. She later enhanced the digital photos with paint, computer technology and her fascination with texture and geometric asymmetry to create award-winning images.

Burnley took first place in the mixed media two-dimensional category for accomplished artists with "Field Artillery." Her water-base painting, "Firing," earned second-place honors, and her drawing, "Moment," received an honorable mention.

"I work to capture fleeting moments and the essence of an experience when I paint and draw," said Burnley, who is working on a master's of interdisciplinary studies in art at Virginia Commonwealth University. "I love to use paint, prismacolor pencils and the emulsion-transfer process to convey my ideas.

"The images that I create represent visual artifacts of condensed, synthesized, transformed and crystallized fragments of authentic personal experiences," continued Burnley, who said she feels fortunate to incorporate images of Soldiers into her artwork. "This privilege is exciting, fascinating, rewarding and challenging. I give viewers telltale glimpses of moments that I experience as an artist, an observer and a Soldier."

The Army Arts and Crafts Contest is an annual, juried competition of two- and three-dimensional artwork with separate categories for novice and accomplished artists and craftspeople. Their work is entered in categories for ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, oil-base painting, water-base painting, wood, and mixed media, both two- and three-dimensional.

The accomplished division is for competitors who have gained skills and knowledge through formal courses leading to credit in college or art schools. Those whose skills have not been acquired in formal education leading to college credit or a degree can compete in the novice division.

There were 385 entries from military installations around the world, including 253 in the novice division and 132 from accomplished artists. First-place winners received $300, runners-up $200, and third-place finishers $100. All participants received certificates of excellence.

Several stalwarts from the 2005 contest returned. Multi-talented Myrna Hawkins of Fort Hood, Texas, was a repeat winner of the accomplished metal and jewelry category with "Leaf Pin/Turquoise." Deida Bourne of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, moved from the novice to accomplished division and won the ceramics category with "Lily Pond With Carp." Maj. Leon Pennington of Fort Rucker, Ala., was a repeat winner in novice mixed media-3D with "Beauty."

Donna Kirk, Laura Peery and Jean Walsh judged the contest, sponsored by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command in Alexandria, Va. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montclair University and a master's from Virginia Tech. A senior architect at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, she has participated in the design and detailing of more than 100 art exhibitions.

Peery, who has a Master's of Fine Arts in ceramics from George Washington University, is an independent studio artist in Chevy Chase, Md. Her work includes a sculptural piece in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Walsh, a freelance artist based in Burke, Va., formerly served as an arts and crafts director in Panama, and Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern, Germany. She studied at Mt. San Antonio College and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Agnes Scott College.

The submission deadline for the 2007 Army Arts and Crafts Contest is May 25. Authorized MWR patrons, with the exception of employees of the Army Arts and Crafts program, are eligible to enter. All submissions must be the entrant's original work and must be completed within 24 months of the beginning of the contest year.

For more details, write to USAFMWRC Attn: FMWR-CR (Arts & Crafts), 4700 King Street - 4th floor, Alexandria, VA, 22302-4418 or send an e-mail to art@cfsc.army.mil.

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