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See the best of the best at
our Annual Juried Exhibit (AJE)

August 30 to October 13, 2024

It’s one of our most prestigious events of the year, not just because it is a juried show, but because it features the work of our extraordinary CAG members. The Annual Juried Exhibit (AJE) attracts collectors from throughout the Midwest interested in acquiring unique work. This show displays the work of our esteemed CAG members in a broad spectrum of media including: sculpture, metal, photography, pottery, glass, textiles, wood, mixed media, painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc.) and so much more.

Digital submissions are open from July 15th - July 31st.

Winners of AJE 2023


It Comes with Age, Colored Pencil by Landon Naffin


Low Tide, Watercolor 
by Tom Kubala

Are you Talk’n to me?
Mono Print
by Jack Pachuta

Pike Place MarketOil
by Mary Ulm Mayhew


Prairie Girl 2
Wood and Metal
by Dan Grunst

Honoring Florence
Fiber Art
by Gina Studelska


To Dream a Dream
by Patrick Doughman

Carpenter Ants
by Joan Hollnagel

Lily Stalk
by Bruce Hustad


Nature Design
Digital Photograph
by Fred Thorne

Say Yes to the Dress
Floral Living Art Sculpture
by Brenda Greuel

AJE Awards



 The winner will receive $200

2-D Awards

3 Blue Ribbon(s) and $100

3 Red Ribbon(s) and $50

1 Honorable Mention and $25

3-D Awards

1 Blue Ribbon and $100

1 Red Ribbon and $50

1 Honorable Mention and $25

Meet the jurors for AJE 2023!


Colette Odya Smith

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A lifelong Wisconsin native, Ms. Smith is a painter of contemporary landscapes that often blur the distinctions between realism and abstraction. Art has always been her love and nature’s mysteries and hidden meanings continue to be her muse. Even puddles and cracked sidewalks caught her eye as a girl growing up in Milwaukee in a large working-class family.


She earned her degree in Fine Art, Humanities, and Education at Macalester College in St. Paul, then taught public school art and raised two children. A pastel class at MIAD set her on her career path for nearly 30 years now. Ms. Smith is known for works that often use a close focus on water, rocks, and foliage, playing with reflections and shadows. While her imagery remains grounded in the natural world, she alters or emphasizes at will, reveling in the brilliant color and textural richness of soft pastels as they converse with her watercolor underpainting.


Her paintings have been featured in several books and art publications and exhibited widely in the United States, France, Germany, and China.  They have received over 70 regional, national, and international awards. Ms. Smith has written articles and juried for the Pastel Journal and The Artists Magazine. She has judged the prestigious international exhibitions of the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Additionally, she teaches workshops, offers critiques and demonstrations. She has been honored as a Maître Pastelliste by the Societe des Pastellistes de France, Master Pastelist and Advisory Board Member by the Pastel Society of America, Eminent Pastelist and Masters’ Circle member by the International Association of Pastel Societies, and Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of New Mexico.  Her work hangs in public, corporate and private collections, including the Ming Gallery Museum of Pastel in Suzhou, China.


She offers her work in the spirit of service.

David R. Becker

Mr. David R. Becker, TWSA Artist, Illustrator, and Art Instructor has spent his artistic life and career since 1983 in the city of Chicago. He studied at The American Academy of Art in Chicago. A large majority of his subject matter comes from his life in the city that he loves so much.


After studying at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, David went into illustrating for a major advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, and later for Foote Cone and Belding. He also started teaching around the country right out of school, but always found time for his favorite ambition, creating fine art paintings. 


David is the author of Watercolor Composition Made Easy and How to Sketch with Watercolor. He has two different articles published in International Artist Magazine and in Watercolor Magic. David’s accomplishments include reaching signature status to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and winning numerous awards for his work from watercolor societies around the country.


David works in many mediums, including watercolor, oils, and acrylics, he is mostly recognized for his watercolor scenes of Chicago. You can find David’s artwork hanging in many homes and businesses throughout Chicago. Starbucks commissioned David’s favorite painting - to do a scene for their Macy’s Starbucks store that was to include a scene looking out of that store’s window, onto Wabash, which included the “L” platform. The painting used to hang in the Northeast corner of the Macy’s Starbucks store on Randolph and Wabash.

David is now focusing on his newly formed business BeckerArt LLC.

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