Years ago, I attending Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum and loved it. I WISH we did something like this at one of our art museums here in Chicago. Since we currently do not, I inquired about being in the 2012 show up in Milwaukee. They looked over my work, loved it and asked me to participate. I was among 4 designers participating in the show–and we all attended a lottery day to get assigned our painting/sculpture/art work. I was assigned “Girl in Straw Hat” which is a French Impressionist painting by Pierre Bonnard. The goal with the floral art piece we were designing was to make something that gave the essence of the original painting without being too literal.
We had almost 2 months to prepare for the show which included coming up with a design, flowers, and mission statement. At the end of March, we did the installation and then it stayed on display for 4 days. The first day of the show, Joanna and I walked around and picked our favorites hoping to see them win awards later that evening. We were surprised that only one of them got recognition as an Honorable Mention. Not what we were expecting. Unfortunately, our piece also was not recognized either even though we thought it was awesome. We both found it weird that they never really told us who the judges were, how many there were, what their backgrounds/qualifications were or anything. I’ve been in numerous competitions before and you usually get to meet the judges, so that was weird.
All in all, I am glad that I met this creative challenge, and I have a gallery full of images from the show–both with my design as well as some of our favorites by other designers. Check them out!