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Columbus artist awarded Best of Show


Thomas Nawrocki

Thomas Nawrocki



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Thomas Nawrocki, art professor emeritus at Mississippi University for Women, recently received the Best of Show Award at the fifth annual National Juried Exhibition at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, Virginia. The exhibit includes 94 works of art by 55 artists from 14 states. The exhibition will be open through Aug. 26. 


Nawrocki's award winning work, "Zig Zag Zig 77," is a 30-by-42-inch mixed media print incorporating an irregular silhouette combining linear and curvilinear shapes. It is one in a continuing series of mixed-medium impressions produced in editions of three each. Images are conceived as bas-relief sculptural studio-based collages. Each zinc-framed artwork includes hinged elements and makes extensive use of diagonals, sharp edges and bold color. 


"I place great emphasis on edge and the interrelationship of form and color in maintaining a harmony of visual balance," the artist said. 


Nawrocki is an emeritus professor of printmaking and fiber arts-weaving at MUW. He was selected the 2006 Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and is a former director of the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition. His work has appeared in more than 500 state, regional, national and international art competitions.



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