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Staff Artist Takes Juried Award

Monhegan Gull, by Martha Ebner

Artist Martha Ebner, who spends part of her week as the membership marketing assistant in the Museum of Art, recently added an award to her list of artist honors when she received an award for her work in the Northeast Juried Exhibition, an annual show coordinated by the Springfield Art League.

Ebner, who entered her piece Monhegan Gull in the juried show, was awarded the Country Artist Distributor Inc. Award. The winning piece is a woodcut she created last year. Ebner was among 17 award winners chosen from more than 80 exhibitors.

Through April 4, Ebner’s piece, Bumblebee in Blue-Grey, a monotype print, will be on display at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts Community Gallery as part of an exhibition of the Northeast Juried Exhibition award winners.

“Needless to say, I was surprised and delighted to win an award,” says Ebner of her most recent accolade.

Bumblebee in Blue-Grey
Martha Ebner

Ebner has won several awards since earning her bachelor of fine arts degree at Boston University in 1991. In 1998, she won first place in the professional category at the Oregon Art Annual Juried Exhibition. She won second place the previous year. In 1996, Ebner received a grant from the Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Ebner has been actively exhibiting her art since 1994 when she held her first solo show at The Other Hand Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon, where she lived until 1999. Most recently, she has displayed her works in the “Small World Exhibit” at New City Arts in Easthampton, and held a solo show, “Drink on the Wing,” at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library.

These days, Ebner most often creates art that reflects elements of nature. “If I take the time to listen to the hysterical laughter, the rumbling peacefulness or the delicate perseverance found in nature, I am always rewarded,” she writes in an artist statement. “My work is about the conversation of a moment, fleeting and ephemeral. A day spent making art leaves me as satiated as a swallow at twilight.”

The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts is located at the Quadrangle on the corner of State and Chestnut streets.

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