Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition 2018

The gallery sign outside the art exhibition

Congratulations to our award winning artists!

Jim Wilson – Photography, “Saving Food for Tomorrow.” On display at Miners Foundry.
Jeff Adams – Three Dimensional, “Trout in the Branches.”
Lee Ann Brook – Two Dimensional, “Canyon Solitaire.” On display at Lee Ann Brook Fine Art.
Tapestry Project – Best of Show, “Blue Cradle and Don’t Mine Our Water.” On display at Luccesi Tasting Room.
Danny Harkins – Juror Award, “Stone Mask.” On display at Center for the Arts.
Kimberlee Ellen Brown – Juror Award, “Mountain Twilight.” On display at Avanguardia.
John Burnett – Juror Award, “Edward’s Crossing.” On display at Miners Foundry.


We invited artists far and wide to submit their environment-themed artwork for possible inclusion at the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA during the 16th annual film festival January 11-15, 2018. Selected artists will have their work displayed at gallery spaces in Nevada City and Grass Valley during the film festival and in most cases, for much of January. For a list of selected artists and their locations, please click here.

Our Art Jury selects from submissions in the following categories:

  • 2-Dimensional: All paintings, collages, mixed media, and panels with 1.5 inches or less of depth variation
  • 3-Dimensional: All sculpture and pieces with depth variations greater than 1.5 inches
  • Photography: All photography, including digital and film, color, black and white
  • Students

Judges will award prizes to the the top submission in each category.  The award-winning student submission will have the opportunity to be on display at the 2018 STEAM Expo!

Submissions Are Now Closed for 2018

Important Dates:
December 1      Jury Notifications Sent
January 11         Last day to install art work
January 11         Artists Opening Reception & Award Ceremony/Film Festival opens
January 14        Earliest possible removal date for art work

In Partnership With:

Logo for Nevada County Arts Council

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition returns for its seventh year in partnership with Nevada County Arts.

Judges for Art Exhibition

Elizabeth Carmel 

Elizabeth Carmel will be one of our judges for the art exhibition

Elizabeth Carmel is a professional fine art photographer, specializing in expressive landscapes and waterscapes. She captures the subtle details of the natural world and transfer them to large prints with stunning clarity and color. Her award-winning images are in numerous galleries and private collections throughout the United States. Her prints have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., at the California Museum of Photography and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Carmel published a book of her photography titled Brilliant Waters, Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra with a foreword by Robert Redford. She was also one of 12 photographers in the world selected as a Hasselblad Master. She recently founded the Vista Channel, which produces video presentations that turn televisions into art displays. She is a lifelong outdoors person and is an experienced world traveler, whitewater kayaker, backcountry skier, backpacker, scuba diver, competitive tennis player and drone pilot.
Alice A. Carter
Alice A. Carter is the co-founder of San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program, former Co-Director of Education at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and currently President of the Board of Trustees at the Norman Rockwell Museum. She earned her BFA at the University of the Arts and her Masters degree at Stanford University. Academic honors include San Jose State’s Outstanding Professor award, a Fulbright Fellowship in Cairo Egypt, the New York Society of Illustrator’s Distinguished Educator in the Arts award, and the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities.

Carter’s illustration clients have included LucasFilm Ltd., Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, and ABC Television. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the country, including the New York Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration, The Norman Rockwell Museum, the Art Institute of Houston, and the New Britain Museum.

In addition to her educational and artistic pursuits, Carter is a writer whose publications include, The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of Illustration; The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love; The Essential Thomas Eakins; and Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in The Gilded Age. In conjunction with her publications, Ms. Carter has curated exhibitions at the Woodmere Art Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration.

Since 2014, Carter has served as President of the Board of Trustees at the Norman Rockwell Museum. She is a member of the Hall of Fame Committee at the New York Society of Illustrators and is active on the Advisory Board of Spectrum Fantastic Art and the CSU Entertainment Advisory Council.

Courtney Granner

Courtney Granner is the co-founder of San Jose State University’s award-wining Animation/Illustration program and former Co-Director of Education at the Walt Disney Family Museum. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, post-undergraduate study at The Art Institute of Boston, and a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University. Academic honors include San Jose State University’s School of Humanities and the Arts Teaching Innovation Award and a Fulbright Fellowship at Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt.

In tandem with his teaching assignment, Granner has maintained an active professional career, first as a video game designer, then as an editorial art director, and more recently as a noted illustrator whose list of clients have included the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Business Week, United Airlines, American Airlines, IBM, Kiplinger’s, Reader’s Digest, and the New Yorker. His illustrations have garnered recognition from the Communications Arts Art Annual, the Print Regional Design Annual, the New York Society of Illustrators, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and the San Francisco Society of Illustrators.

Granner’s artwork has been represented in shows around the country, including exhibitions at the New York Society’s Museum of American Illustration, The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts, the Delaware Museum of Art, and Brigham Young University.

For the past two years Granner has served as a member of the CSU’s Entertainment Alliance Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of industry executives, creatives, and trendsetters who work to connect 180 departments in 23 Cal State University campuses with unique educational opportunities in the entertainment industry.

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