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Check out this year’s best McLean County amateur art

Lizzie Lindenbaum of El Paso won best of show at the 93rd annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition and Exhibition awards ceremony on Saturday.

The winning work, Grand Canyon Sunrise, is an oil on canvas panel. Lindenbaum, who lives in the Chicago area, was not preset at the McLean County Arts Center to receive the award. “I’m shocked and overjoyed, considering what this painting meant to me,” she wrote on Facebook.

Check out this year's best McLean County amateur art

Olivia Sidem of Normal Community High School won the Ashley C. Ritter Most Promising Art Award, an award given in honor of the life of Ashley C. Ritter by her family and friends. Sidem’s winning piece, Daydream, is a colored pencil painting.

Check out this year's best McLean County amateur art

Aaron Yount, a Bloomington area painter who specializes in depicting wildlife and their habitats, was the juror for the art show. “I was really impressed with the quality of the works that came in this year, and it was a challenge to get it narrowed down to this year’s show,” he said.

The exhibit was expected to be on view at the McLean County Arts Center through April 10, but the venue closed its doors due to coronavirus concerns on March 14. Here are some of the 101 works selected for the exhibit, including some other winners.

For more evidence of the breadth and quality of work the area’s non-professional artists are capable of, check out last year’s exhibition:

3/29: Article updated to reflect the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Sergio Barreto

Written by Sergio Barreto

Sergio's American life began as an exchange student in Lincoln, IL. After more than 20 years living up North, writing for outlets such as The Chicago Reader, organizing & promoting cultural events and what-not, he had it with the big city and moved back to Central Illinois. He currently edits financial newsletters, in addition to designing and maintaining websites like this one.

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