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, 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 catalog 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.