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Merris captures first prize in 2013 Central Bank Art Competition

  • Keisha Oliver receives her honorable mention from Central Bank Deputy Governor Michael Lightbourne at Thursday night’s opening.

Published: Oct 12, 2013

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Jeffrey Merris captured the top honor at this year’s Central Bank Art Competition with “Dis We Tea Party”, a customized cabinet filled with ceramic cups.

Keisha Oliver received an honorable mention for her piece, “The Outcast”, a digital print on reclaimed wood.

The winners were announced at a special opening at the bank’s gallery on Thursday, October 10.

The theme for the 2013 Senior Competition was “The Independents”, in keeping with the mood of the 40th Anniversary of The Bahamas, said Central Bank Art Gallery Curator Heino Schmid.

Participating artists were invited to celebrate their own independent thoughts and visual practices. Artists were encouraged to embrace the opportunity of the theme as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence for the country.

“By bringing these evolving personal, political and cultural landscapes to the forefront for greater discussion, The Central Bank of the Bahamas’ Art Gallery seeks to continue its mission to add to the expanding dialogue of art in the country,” said Schmid.

The winning entry becomes part of the Permanent Collection of The Central Bank of The Bahamas. The winner also receives a $7,500 cash prize and an invitation for a solo exhibition at the bank in 2014.

This year's judges were artist and curator Antonius Roberts, Baha Mar Communication Strategist Royann Dean and filmmaker Kareem Mortimer.

Jeffrey Merris’s mother, Maggy Merris Cadeau, accepted the award on his behalf. Jeffrey is studying at Temple University in the U.S.


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