Four paintings from a collection of artwork by Dr. James Gwynne, professor of visual arts at County College of Morris (CCM), have been chosen for the annual juried Westmoreland Art Nationals. The paintings will be included in two exhibitions as part of the annual Arts and Heritage Festival in Western Pennsylvania.
“It's always gratifying to have my work chosen by a prominent juror, especially when selected from a large number of entries,” said Gwynne, of East Stroudsburg, PA. “It is even nicer that all four of my entries were selected which enables the viewers to see a series of paintings dealing with the same subject matter.”
Gwynne’s entries consist of a series of paintings of telephone poles, titled “After the Storm,” “Evening Fog with Telephone Pole,” “Evening Pole Silhouettes” and “Telephone Pole at Sunset.”
Since 1978, the Westmoreland Art Nationals has showcased national and international artists as part of the Arts and Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg, PA. This year’s festival takes place July 3-6.
“I always look forward to this annual exhibition because of the nice gallery venues and huge crowds in attendance,” said Gwynne. “I have had good luck there in the past not only getting into the shows but winning a couple of awards.”
Gwynne, whose work has been included in the last several Westmoreland Art Nationals, previously has won the Painting Award for his “Sky Dance III,” Best in Show for his painting “Asleep on Blue Drape” and Second Prize award for his painting "Vermont Landscape with Telephone Pole."
Gwynne joined the CCM faculty in 1972. He also has taught at The College of Wooster and Centenary College.
“It’s always felt natural to me to teach and I enjoy being around young people,” said Gwynne of his many years of teaching.
He earned his B.A. from The College of Wooster, his M.A. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from New York University. His work has been exhibited in more than 300 shows and is represented in many private, corporate and public collections, including the New Jersey State Museum and Pennsylvania State Museum.
To view his work, go to www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/j/jgwynne/
.Photo: County College of Morris Professor James Gwynne will have his painting “Evening Pole Silhouettes,” along with three others, on display at the 2014 Westmoreland Art Nationals this summer.