Figure50 is an online exhibition providing access to outstanding visual artists across the country in a simple, dynamic format. One artist is selected from every state in the US to be displayed in our interactive map for a period of one year.
With the myriad of online art resources that are either bogged down with endless mediocre art or biased toward certain trends and select cities, the fresh simplicity and unparalleled excellence of our exhibition is quickly gaining acclaim from a wide spectrum of art enthusiasts.
In our view, the United States is still one of the leading nations in contemporary art practice and we intend to discover and showcase the most exciting artists from border to border. The highly competitive nature of our project ensures an excellent standard, while still allowing a diverse population to compete on a local level.
We accept any form of drawing, painting, or sculpture that depicts some aspect of the human figure, whether direct or implied, from hyper-realism to highly abstract. The ongoing vision for this exhibition is to celebrate a variety of approaches from exceptional artists across the country.
Please visit our BLOG for updates on shows and other events our current artists are involved in, as well as outstanding submissions from across the country. Stop by our FAQ page for more complete information.
Maureen Bloomfield- Juror
Maureen Bloomfield is currently the Editor-in-Chief at The Artist's Magazine. She is the former commentary editor for Dialogue and contributing editor to Sculpture. Maureen has won four grants from the Ohio Arts Council for her art criticism; her articles and reviews have appeared in Artforum, ARTnews, Dialogue, New Art Examiner, and many local publications. She has served as a juror of awards for The Pastel Society of America, The National Watercolor Society, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Figure50 is operated by Cincinnati artists, James Oberschlake and Kim Rae Taylor.
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After gaining some attention as a book illustrator in the late nineties, James Oberschlake received his BFA from Shawnee State University in 2006, and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 2011. James launched Figure50 in October of 2013 with considerable input from colleagues across the country. In his own work, he relies heavily on a free association approach, continually re-examining anatomical possibilities.
Kim Rae Taylor received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and her BFA from the University of Texas. Additional studies include the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, the Mefafora Center for Art Therapy Studies in Barcelona, Spain, and residencies in Taipei, Beijing, and SW Ireland. Taylor's own art focuses on gender and figuration, of both abstract and anatomical forms. She has been instrumental in the development of Figure50 and serves in the initial jury process.