Brian O'Neill earns honors in Blossoms Exhibition

We are proud to announce that Ani Artist Brian O'Neill has earned honors in the celebrated Blossoms, the Art of Flowers II Exhibition sponsored by The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation. His work, Casting Call (Pastel on Paper, 16×20 inches),  will be among approximately 75 of this year's finest floral works for an extended Museum tour to run through 2013.

Flowers were a favorite theme of artist Susan Kathleen Black (1948–2000). The mission of the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation is art education. The concept of an international, juried art competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize creative achievement in current art with a floral theme, was a natural outgrowth of this fortuitous combination. To encourage participation, the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation opened the competition to all artists, promoted it worldwide, and offered generous awards. To ensure quality selections, it assembled not one, but two juries of top-notch experts. To share the resulting exhibition with audiences nationwide, and to document Blossom ~ Art of Flowers, a museum tour was organized and this catalogue was published.

Flowers have been portrayed in art for centuries. Perhaps the best-known examples are the works by 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still life painters. The theme of flowers has also served as inspiration for numerous early modern artists such as van Gogh and Picasso and for 20th-century American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Janet Fish. Blossom II is a juried exhibition containing approximately 75 works by a variety of contemporary artists who interpret the theme of flowers in numerous styles, techniques and mediums. The Naples Museum of Art is proud to host the opening of this unique traveling exhibition.