An oil painting created by Larissa Barnat, of Burbank, has been selected as Best in Show for the 2019 Juried Community Art Exhibition at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.

Patricia Moore, of Park Forest, earned second place for her acrylic and mixed pastel on canvas. Ken Nelson, of Calumet Park, was awarded third place for his powder-coated steel sculpture.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Bud Dyke, of Oak Forest, for his digital photograph, and to Jim Pavlatos, of Palos Park, for his acrylic painting.

“This is one of my favorite exhibitions every year,” said Tommy Hensel, managing director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. “The high quality of artwork from our community members always amazes me, and this year we had particularly excellent submissions. The winners represent several different media – a testament to the diversity of talent in our artistic community. I hope everyone will stop by over the summer to view the exhibition.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 1. The art gallery is located inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Building F.

Juror of the exhibition was Álvaro Amat, an artist, designer and architect with more than 25 years of experience in creative direction, installation, architectural and interior design, branding, lighting, video, sound and multimedia experiences in cultural and educational spaces. After 20 years of working in Mexico and Spain, he became the design director at the Field Museum in Chicago, where he has created more than 80 temporary exhibitions and 10 permanent exhibitions. His work has been shown in galleries in Chicago and in Mexico City.