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2005 2d winner
"Transparencies"
Amanda Foust
First Prize, Category: 2 Dimensional
Ink on mylar

Artist Statement -

This work is about how the media focuses on a particular conflict to the exclusion of all others.... But there are always people fighting, people dying. The details become fuzzy, and few things stay in long-term memory. Someone reading the paper cannot remember who was massacred last month; someone reading my piece cannot remember what he or she read two lines ago. The facts are distorted, hazy, and half-remembered. Instead of peace in our lifetime, I think the most we can hope for is a lull, a moment of calm.





2005 3d winner
"Techniques"
Brian Sykes
First Prize, Category: 3 Dimensional
Bronze aluminum

Artist Statement -

The current multicultural world we live in is more like a bowl of chili than the ideal melting pot. Whether in my home of North Carolina, in the American South, in Southeast Asia, or in the Middle East, if individuals choose to stop working towards a discourse among dissimilar cultures, an understanding among them will never be reached. 'Techniques' is a piece of fused sculpture that ... hopefully will remind viewers that memories are delicate, dangerous, and vitally important to constructing a common dialogue among a broad range of communities.