Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cesar Chavez Art Contest - Update!

Thanks to everyone for your participation in the Cesar Chavez Art Contest. The awards ceremony is Thursday, March 5th, from 5-7pm at the Central Library. All entries will be displayed, and refreshments will be served. See you there!

The winners have not yet been announced, but while you're waiting, get to know our judges.

Linda Aragon
Linda Aragon is the World Languages Librarian at Fresno County Public Library. She majored in English Literature and minored in Art history at Humboldt State University. Art has been a life long passion with Linda and she spends her time dabbling in watercolor and other medium.

Will Cooper
Will Cooper is the Teen Librarian for the Cedar-Clinton Branch. He has always had a passion for art since first he first encountered the works of Winslow Homer which adorned his elementary school hallway. Matisse, Brueghel, Dali are among his favorites. Art gives one a voice and an opportunity to express themselves in a unique language we might not be literate in, but can certainly feel; a dialect we should all encourage youth to pursue fluency in.

Sara Gibbs
Sara Gibbs is coordinating the first annual César Chávez Youth Art Contest. Sara brings a background, passion and energy for encouraging children and teens to explore diverse avenues of self-expression. She worked in the Youth Services Division for the Fresno County Public Library previously, and now currently serves as the Fowler Branch Librarian.

Brian Guenther
Brian Guenther is a Reference Librarian with the Fresno County Public Library. He studied studio art at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in 2003. Brian has shown his work in galleries in Detroit and East Lansing, MI, and continues to paint in his spare time.

Aileen R. Imperatrice
Since 1999, Aileen R. Imperatrice has presented herself as a full-time working artist with painted images to express her artistic view. Her work has shown in galleries around the world and sold to collectors. After moving into her current studios, Aileen's work took a decidedly more personal turn and has allowed the public to become familiar with her life experiences. Aileen's art is symbolic and unapologetic. Her most recent works have been in series reflecting on memories, transitions and inspirations. Aileen's work has been featured on magazine, newspaper and program covers, been selected to represent events and showcased on TV and in film. Aileen is the owner of Ashtree Studios, Board President of the Rogue Festival and a prominent member of many arts organizations. Aileen has judged art competitions for local and national organizations. For more information go to: or call (559) 268-3693.

Chris Janzen
Chris Janzen, Faculty Member in Studio Art, Fresno Pacific University. More info @

Art Mendoza
Art has always been interested in all facets of art and design including Architectural Design, Art Appreciation, and the study of Marketing and Advertising design, which include a myriad of art courses. A frequent attendee of ArtHop Fresno, he is a natural in the creative field and has organized public Art shows in private galleries, public libraries and other exhibits. He is currently a Monumental Arts Subcommittee Member at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno.

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