Colrain artist Dallas Looman makes mark
COLRAIN — Artist Dallas Looman, 24, of Colrain will be among 15 young artists nationwide to be honored at a Capitol Hill reception on Sept. 10.
Also, one of his pastel paintings will be displayed in “In/finiteEarth,” an exhibition of artwork by emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16 to 25. That exhibit opens to the public in the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center from Oct. 1 to Jan. 5.
Looman’s untitled pastel won a $2,000 Award of Excellence when it was selected by a jury of regional art professionals for VSA, an international organization on arts and disability. Their prize also includes a trip to Washington, D.C. for two days of educational events and seminars. Their work will first be displayed at a private reception in the Rayburn House Office Building, hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Volkswagen Group of America.
This year’s artists were asked to address the theme “In/finite Earth” by creating work that represents innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, contemporary creativity and experiences of people with disabilities.
The award money “supports these artists at a critical time, when many are deciding whether to pursue the arts as a career,” said Kennedy Center spokeswoman Amanda Hunter. “This program validates and helps finance that life-defining choice.”
VSA is an affiliate of the Performing Arts Center. For 12 years, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up to recognize emerging artists with disabilities who demonstrate promise in the visual arts.