Women in the Arts 

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

Art Competition 2017

Women in the Arts exhibition "Celebrating the Genius of Women" 

Winners' collection on display March 9-April 23, 2017.

The awards reception is Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM.

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


February 11, 2017

Re: Women in the Arts 2017 “Celebrating the Genius of Women” Art Competition

The following artists were selected to be in this year’s annual art competition and recognition events at the Orlando Public Library. The exhibition opens March 9 through April 23, 2017. The Meet the Artist gallery walk and awards reception is March 25 at 2:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public.


Finalists | Local Artists 

A collection of work from the following artists was selected.


Denisse Berlingeri

Orange County, Florida

Acrylic on canvas

Mel Kistner

Seminole County, Florida

Acrylic on canvas

Mila Belle

Orange County, Florida

Ceramic sculptures

Shosh Cohen

Seminole County, Florida

Sculptures on granite

Vicki Jones

Orange County, Florida


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 decision is final.

Honorable Mention | Local Artists

This year the selecting team awarded three honorable mentions. These artists are invited to exhibit their winning art at the library. Congratulations!

Francine Levy

Seminole County, Florida

"Hagens Cove"


Michelle Irizarry

Orange County, Florida

“Drowning In Thoughts”

Oil on canvas

Patricia Lentine

Orange County, Florida

“Ava Rose”


Wendy Swanson

Orange County, Florida



Recognition | U.S. & International Artists

The following artists will be recognized at the online gallery during March and April, and at the awards reception on March 25.

United States 

Jan Golden

Houston, Texas

Lidia Simeonova

Shelby Township, Michigan


Irina Goryunova


Julija Proskurina


Kaliya Kalacheva

Katerina Tsitsela


Guest Artist at Women in the Arts Awards on March 25 at the Orlando Public Library:

Irina Goryunova, Russia

“I was in America on June 12, the day of the nightclub shooting in Orlando and I made a painting dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. I called it 28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W, the geographical coordinates of the Pulse nightclub.”

Title: 28°31'10.5"N 81°22'36.5"W

Oil on canvas

On view starting March 25

Irina Goryunova is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. 

Awards 2017

Local Finalists

Cash award: 1st. place, $450, 2nd. place $350, 3rd. place $300, 4th. place, $200, 5th. place $100. Honorable mention: $50.00 each. Total cash award this year: $1,600.00.

Patron's Choice Award Certificate. Library patrons are invited to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibition on­-site or online at facebook.com/oclslib. The winning artist will receive a Patron's Choice Award certificate.

Online exhibition of selected art at the OCLS social media site during the months of March and April 2017.

Public recognition at the Women in the Arts Awards reception on March 25.

Publicity on printed and/or online media outlets.

Baterbys Art Gallery representation for six months to the top three competition winners.

U.S. and International Artists

Award Certificate from Women in the Arts to winners.

Online exhibition of selected art at the OCLS social media site during the months of March and April 2017.

Public recognition at the Women in the Arts Awards reception on March 25.

Publicity on printed and/or online media outlets.

No cash awards.


The Awards Jury is formed by Women in the Arts board and advisory board members, past competition winners' representatives, and a guest jury. This jury awards the art competition finalists.

Finalist Jury
This Jury selects the art competition finalists.

Maria Guerrero, Founder & Executive Director, Women in the Arts

Sandra de Nijs, Advisory Board, Women in the Arts

Susan Torregrosa, Board of Directors, Women in the Arts

Guest Jury
Amy Galpin
Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Azela Santana
Vice Chair, Public Art Advisory Board, UCF's College of Arts and Humanities

Cynthia Cardona
Executive Director, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Katherine Navarro
Associate Curator of Education, Mennello Museum of American Art


Women in the Arts Inc.

Maria Guerrero, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Founder & Executive Director


Orlando Public Library

Mike Donohue | Community Outreach and Administrative Coordinator

Orange County Library System | Community Relations

101 E. Central Blvd. | Orlando, Florida 32801

phone: 407.835.7483 | fax: 407.835.7643

donohue.mike@ocls.info  |  www.ocls.info

Partners and Sponsors

Orlando Public Library, Studio T Photography, Baterbys Art Gallery

Radosveta Zhelyaskova, Women in the Arts Ambassador, Eastern Europe.