Women in the Arts Awards
The annual Celebrating the Genius of Women art exhibition features local finalists as well as national and international artists who have entered work in the Women in the Arts Inc. competition. Join us in the main lobby to meet the artists and participate in an interactive gallery walk followed by an awards ceremony. Find out which pieces win the Patron's Choice Award and Women in the Arts awards.
Patron's Choice Award
You are also invited to decide the winner of this year's Women in the Arts Patron's Choice Award by voting either in person or online from March 9-19. Patrons who submit their vote in person, and have a library card in good standing, are automatically entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Friends of the Library Gift Shop. Online voting can be completed on the Orange County Library System's Facebook page.
Donne Bitner graduated with honors from Penn State University with a degree in Art and has been a full-time studio artist for the last 30 years. She is currently an instructor at Crealde School of Art in Watercolor and Intro to Drawing and Painting.
Early exposure to the lush colors in her parents' California gardens underlies Marianna Ross' love of Nature's strength and beauty now found in the Florida landscape.
The annual Women in the Arts competition is supported by these generous sponsors.
The following artists were selected to be in this year’s annual art competition and recognition events at the Orlando Public Library.
Honorable Mention | Local Artists
Veronica Garcia Bernal
Recognition | U.S. and International Artists
Gabriel Hogue, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Angie Kilcullen, Kensington, Maryland
Jeanee James, Merritt Island, Florida
Penny Cran Murphy, Ponte Vedra, Florida
Desislava Staykova-Learn, Germany
Heikedine Günther, Switzerland
Gudrun Teich, Germany
Petra Jovanovska, Czech Republic