Women in the Arts 

 Celebrating the Genius of Women              Orlando, Florida             A 501(c)3 non-profit organizatio

Art Competition 2015

Winners announced

Visit "Celebrating the Genius of Women"  winners collection through April 25, 2015.

Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801 | 407.835.7323 


Finalists | Local Artists


Allison Miller

Emerging Artist, Level I

Avian portrait photography

Helaine Schneider

Master Artist, Level III

Clay sculpture

JJ Dennis

Emerging Artist, Level I

Urban photography

Laura Lewis Bates

Master Artist, Level III

Oil painting

Phyllis A. Taylor

Professional Artist, Level II

Charcoal, pastel, color pencil portraits

These artists were selected finalists and are eligible for cash awards after the final voting by members of Women in the Arts jury team at the finalist art exhibition. The jury team invited is composed by about thirty fellow artists, previous competition winners and members of Women in the Arts programs. 

Finalist cash awards: 1st. place, $450, 2nd. place $350, 3rd. place $300, 4th. place, 200, 5th. place $100. Honorable mentions: each artist $50. Total cash awards $1,500.

Library patrons are invited to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibition on­-site or online and may enter a raffle to win a gift card. The winning artist will receive a Patron's Choice Award certificate.

Honorable Mention

This year the selecting team awarded two honorable mentions. These artists are invited to exhibit their winning art (or a representation in the case of installations) at the library.


Mary Liarte

Professional Artist, Level II

"Beauty" acrylic painting

Nathalie Chikhi

Professional Artist, Level II


"Hue" and "Intrinsic"

Competition selecting team: Sandra de Nijs, Susan Torregrosa, Sara Brown, Maria Guerrero

The Jury decision is final.

Winners | Non-local Artists


Adriana Hernandez

Emerging Artist, Level I

Surrealist painting

Bradford, PA

Katty Smith
Professional Artist, Level II
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Samila Sosic
Emerging Artist, Level I
Oil on canvas
Bradford, PA

Silvia Cabrera Williams
Master Artist, Level III
Experimental abstract art
Waynesville, NC

These artists are invited to exhibit a curated art piece (digital image) at the Library's online gallery. 

Awards for Non-Local Artists

Award certificate from Women in the Arts to winners.

Public recognition at the awards ceremony on March 28.

Publicity on printed and/or online media outlets.

No cash awards.