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In the Studio: Process of a Painting with Karen Ann Myers by New American Paintings

Karen Ann Myers’ (NAP #100) series of scantily clad, young females rest on their beds, but seem unrested and uneasy.  They look to the viewer in a confrontational and semi-seductive manner, as if being photographed or watched voyeuristically—thus positioning the viewer in an awkward role as the voyeur getting a glimpse into or playing an active role in the intimate space of these young women.

1. Karen Ann Myers Geo Stripe Day 20
Karen Ann Myers, “Geo Stripe” (36″ x 24″, oil on panel), 2012.

Her subjects have been described as “troubled figures” and “virginal lovelies,” though honestly, to me, they quite poignantly and sharply depict young adults.  Isn’t that what your later teenage and twenty-something years are?  Awkward, sexual, daring, shameful, richly emotional, and totally complex… and Myers captures all of this quite accurately, beautifully, and seamlessly.  There is a quietness in her compositions, despite the loudness of the geographic textiles, wooden floors, and colored walls.  And it is a pleasure to explore them all. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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NAP #100 Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

In about two weeks the South issue of New American Paintings, our 100th, will be hitting newsstands around the country and arriving in the mailboxes of our subscribers. It is a special issue for us, as Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher, mentions in his Editor’s Note. He describes the first issue and how it came to be, as well as the great accomplishments to date.

The juror for #100 was Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. He sums up the issue well by stating that, “These artists…have much to say, in a variety of voices and from differing vantage points that reflect the multiplicity of approaches and pluralistic nature of contemporary art. They represent a cross-section of what the South has to offer, and I congratulate them all.”

A full list of participating artists, as well as a few more pictures of the issue, is after the jump!

To pre-order the issue for the newsstand rate of $20, please call 617-778-5265 x0. Better yet, subscribe today!

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South Competition Entries II by New American Paintings

Check out some of the latest entries to the Southern Competition, juried by Dan Cameron, Founder & Organizer, Prospect New Orleans. The deadline to apply is December 31, so keep the entries coming! We’ll be updating the blog with highlights throughout the competition. Apply online! For more information about this and other competitions, visit the competitions page on our website.

NOTE: The following are random selections, and in no way reflect, or influence, final selections made by the juror.


Dana Hargrove, Facade #7 | Acrylic on Panel, 30 x 30 inches



Belinda Haikes, Install View of The Duke, Vannevar, Charlie and Peter | Acrylic on Canvas



Regina Jestrow, W | Gouache, 180 x 255 inches


Karen Ann Myers, Untitled (Checkered Floor) | Oil on Canvas, 72 x 48 inches




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