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Two Archway Gallery Artists Selected as Finalists for the Hunting Art Prize

Archway Gallery announced that two artists from its gallery roster have been chosen as finalists for the coveted Hunting Art Prize. As a testament to their achievement, Archway Gallery holds the special distinction of having one of the highest proportions of Hunting Art Prize finalists per capita in the entire state, if not the highest.

Kay Sarver and Sherry Tseng Hill were both selected as 2011 finalists; Trudy Askew was a finalist in the 2010 contest.

The Hunting Art Prize, established in 1981 and sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC, is a prestigious annual art competition for Texas artists with a $50,000 award, historically the most generous of annual prizes in North American for drawing and painting. The award has helped build the reputations, raise the profiles and support the careers of the distinguished artists receiving the coveted prize.

To enter, artists must submit a single two-dimensional painting or drawing; finalists and winners are determined through a two-tiered jury process. The work of all finalists is exhibited and available for purchase at the Hunting Art Prize gala on April 30 in Houston.

This is Sarver’s second nomination as a Hunting Art Prize finalist. She and Askew are both longtime members of Archway Gallery, the 30+ member artists’ cooperative, while Hill, who joined in 2010, is a relative newcomer.

Though the three Hunting Art Prize finalists of Archway Gallery are known for their 2-D work, the gallery features a diverse array of 2-D and 3-D art in various mediums. Both 2011 finalists will attend a gala at the Friedkin Corporate Campus in Houston on April 30 where the winner of the $50,000 cash prize will be announced that evening.

For more information on the contest, visit

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know that I have left my position as Associate Curator of the Goss-Michael Foundation. I will be starting my new position as Director of Marc Straus Gallery, NYC in June.

I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having the opportunity to work with you and make friends.


James Cope

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