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Announcing the winners of the Case for Kids!

By Amelia Ann Titus, Creative Workshop Burne Gallery Intern

We know you’ve been waiting. We know you’ve been wanting. We know you’ve been wondering: the Case for Kids votes are finally in!

The Creative Workshop has been collecting votes from young visitors for their choice of artworks to be featured in a case at the school tour entrance of the gallery. The competition was stiff and the contestants were qualified, but more than 80 votes later we have our winners!

Can I get a drumroll please?

In first place, we have Frozen Zero (1996-97) by Concetta Mason. A veritable crowd pleaser, this work features host of singing, shifting colors which shine through its interior. Six-year-old Tessa Jewel Brown likened the work to a building with stairs, noting its solid, sturdy construction, and the reflections which seem housed inside the glowing glass. This work was especially popular with the kids, receiving almost a quarter of the total votes.

Next we have Foxes (1971) by Boehm of Malvern, England, in which a family of four slinks around a carved tree base and its surrounding foliage. The cozy animals perch on the rising land and hide under the ground hollows, turning their faces outward to the gazing viewer. Maggie L., a thirteen-year-old, spoke meaningfully when she pointed out that the foxes could “represent life, while the tree reminds [us] of limited resources for the animals.” Maggie highlights how artwork can convey powerful messages about awareness and impact.

And how could we forget Magnolia Grandiflora with Monarch Butterfly (1975) by Edward Marshall Boehm? This work was featured in an earlier blog post announcing the ballot collection. A short description of this winning work can be found here.

Though we can’t credit the specific creator of the next piece, Cup and Saucer (19th century), resonated with several voters. A delicate ceramic teacup settles on a low bowl, the gold lining around the dish’s rim glinting; an intricate image of a bamboo-lined house is painted in blue on its curves. Three-year-old Cailey Huang acknowledges the beauty of the object (pictured below) but enjoys it most for its utilitarian purpose; she suggested it would nicely hold her soup.

And our final object, Thomas Echalook’s Goose (created sometime between 1960 and the end of the 20th century), rounds up the cast of winners. In this work (pictured below), a grazing Canadian goose hangs his head to the side, plucking the ground for bugs and morsels. The bird is carved stone and speckled with hairline cracks which lend it an aged quality. Christopher Jackson, age 12, enjoyed this work the most because he says it shows a close replica of nature, noting the animal’s languid pose.

Like what you see here? All of the winning works will be available for viewing beginning December 8th and are well worth a trip over to the galleries during the Creative Workshop Open House on December 11, from 1-5 pm. They will be presiding over the tour entrance, so head over there to see them in person.

And, as always, the Creative Workshop would like to thank visitors for contributing both ballots and support for this new gallery feature. It is only with your engagement that such fun programs are possible!

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