Contemporary Miniatures

Open Call

April 5, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Corkran Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-7pm

Award Announcements: Friday, April 5, 6pm

Gallery Talk, From the Judge, with Nar Steel: Saturday, April 6, 2pm

About the Exhibition

This unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century. A work of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws the viewer into an intimate, concentrated little world that is breathtaking in its execution. 

Every single detail is miniaturized –the scale of the subject matter, the brush or pencil strokes – so that only with high magnification can one behold the immaculate details of the artist’s technique which may include stippling, hatching, or pointillism. These techniques are a specialized means of producing a perfect balance of color and detail in a series of thinly applied layers of exquisite color intended to reflect light. The miniatures show a high standard of design and the artist’s mastery of the chosen media and palette. 

Works in this exhibition were limited a image size of 25 sq. inches.

Awards Judge

Nar Steel

Nar Steel is President of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS). For many years, she has served as the Society’s Chairperson for its International Exhibition and for MPSGS exhibits. She was facilitator for the World Exhibition of Miniature Artists held at the Smithsonian Institute in 2005. Nar is a member of many Art Societies as well as a judge. In the summer of 2013, she was the judge for the Rehoboth Art League’s first miniature show and also appeared on a television show as a lecturer.


Best in Show ($200): Best Buds, Beverly Fotheringham
sponsored by Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)

First Place ($150):  Silver Teapot, Jasmine Woodbury
sponsored by Toby & Marty Johnson

Second Place ($100): Point Lookout, Karin Snoots
sponsored by Connie Boland

Third Place ($75): Goucho, Elaine Hahn 
sponsored by Ed & Le Rowell

Honorable Mention ($50): Buddies, Katherine Santucci
sponsored by Jann Gilmore

Honorable Mention ($50): Playful, Douglas Aja
sponsored by Jann Gilmore

Image: Glenn Leung, Playing Chess, watercolor on paper.4″ x 6.25″
Winner, 2013 Rehoboth Art League Miniature Show

For Artists: Prospectus