The winners of the 2018 Joseph Fiore Painting Prize are MECA students Elijah Dion ’19, Audrey Robidoux ’19, and alum Emma Whitaker ’17. Each will be awarded $1,000.

The Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize is an instrument of encouragement and support for artists during their early creative years of development. Painters must be an art/fine arts undergraduate or recent graduate (1 year) from a Maine institution, or if attending New England institutions, must demonstrate a Maine connection. This year’s juror was Susan Danley.

The winners will each have a piece on view to accompany a comprehensive Fiore exhibition at The Gallery at Rolling Acres, at the Joseph A Fiore Art Center in Jefferson. The exhibition opens June 30th.

Joseph A. Fiore (1925–2008) was an influential painter and teacher. His experience as a student and later teacher (1946–1954) at the historic Black Mountain College, a progressive experimental college based on arts in North Carolina, was a time of influence, experimentation, and creative growth. Joseph Fiore’s diverse educational experience at Black Mountain was a major influence on his painting career.

Painting by Elijah Dion ’19

Painting by Emma Whitaker ’17 (cropped in header)