Nicole Hardiman, executive director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, speaking to a full house, Photo: Cyndie Jacks of Studio 120

The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 2017 marked the fifth year for the competition, and it’s recently announced the winners. Do you know these artists?

Over $7,000 in awards was up for grabs during the 2017 Illinois River Salon, all of which was recently doled out to several deserving creatives. The jury process for inclusion in the 2017 collection was conducted by the founding members of Heart of America Artists Association Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV. Jeff Legg, a well-known regional artist who is recognized as a Master Signature member by the Oil Painters of America (OPA), was this year’s judge of awards. Selected works for the show are on view through November 29 at Fayetteville Underground.

Heart of America Artists Association founders Todd Williams and John Lasater IV, Photo: Cyndie Jacks of Studio 120
Julie Gowing Hayes, president of HOAAA, with Nicole Hardiman, Photo: Cyndie Jacks of Studio 120
Best of Show winner Lawrence McElroy with his pencil drawing “Prairie Grove Sunrise,” Photo: Cyndie Jacks of Studio 120

Lawrence McElroy won Best of Show, which came with a $2,500 award. First Place was awarded to Larry DeGraff, while Jason Sacran earned Second Place. Four Honorable Mentions were also given out, to Donna Jackson, Willis Miller, Thia Schuler, and Nancy Harkins. Other award winners via the salon’s sponsors included Kathryn Fisher, Julie Gowing Hayes, Bob Snider, Pat Meyer, Duane Hada, Virginia Grass Simmons, Margie Moss, and Charles Peer.

To learn more, visit here.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here