Our jury panel of artists and art experts select artists who have demonstrated work fitting to participate in the Professional Artist category for the Plein Air painting and quick draw competition.
Jill Stefani Wagner, PSA-MP
Jill Stefani Wagner’s primary painting focus, no matter what her subject matter or medium, is “catching the light.” Her oil, watercolor and pastel paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and are included in various corporate and private collections.
Five of Jill’s paintings have been accepted into the prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibits and she was honored with several awards in the Pastel Society of America Exhibitions in New York City. The Pastel Journal Magazine has awarded her five Honorable Mentions in their Pastel 100 Shows.
Ms. Wagner has mounted solo exhibitions at The University of Michigan, The University of Michigan Health System, The River Gallery and Pfizer Corporate Headquarters.
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (June 2012) highlighted Jill’s artwork and career in an article titled “Today’s Masters, Artists Making their Mark.” In August 2012, Pastel Journal included her pastel paintings in an article on art inspired by travel. The best selling French magazine, Practique des Arts, highlighted her “skyscapes” in their August 2012 edition.
In Michigan, her work is represented by the Ann Arbor Art Center, Tvedten Fine Art in Harbor Springs, J Petter Galleries in Saugatuk and Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor. She has been designated a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Michigan Water Color Society and Great Lakes Pastel Society.
Jill Stefani Wagner was born in Port Huron, Michigan. She received a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan School of Art and was the owner and creative director of a successful graphic design firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.
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Steve offers art advisory services to collectors, institutions, and artists on acquisition, sales, building collections, marketability and related matters. He has presented the “Where’s It Hanging: Keys to Selling More Art” in over 45 business and educational locations around the country in the past three years.
Steve’s obsession with art started in high school and carried on through his schooling and working life. He was active in the arts community in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC and New Orleans.
Prior to moving to Michigan in 2008, Steve’s career focused on acquiring, executing and managing contracts from a variety federal government agencies. He has extensive experience in complex projects including base operations, heavy construction, specialty electrical construction and software development. Early in his career
he was Director of Public Works for two municipalities.
Steve is a certified score mentor and previously served as the SCORE
District Director for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. He specializes in business development and strategic marketing for small and mid-size firms. Steve was named the SBA Michigan Small Business Counselor of the year in 2015.
Steve is the past President of the Rotary Club of Dexter.
A signature member of LPAPA, AIS and ASMA, Greg LaRock has won numerous awards for his painting excellence including Artist Choice at Sonoma Plein Air, the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational and Florida’s Forgotten Coast Invitational, first place at Door County Plein Air Invitational, the grand prize at Easton, Maryland and Best of Show at Los Gatos Plein Air Competition.
He was also awarded the Callaway Gardens Plein Air Purchase Prize in Georgia. Greg has been juried into four Oil Painters of America national shows, an 11 year exhibitor at the Festival of Arts in Laguna and invited 11 times to LPAPA’s annual Plein Air Invitational.
He has also been profiled in Plein Air Magazine with an article on “Ideas for Better Paintings”, featured in Southwest Art’s“Artist to Watch”column and included in a Jack Riches on Fine Art Series book“Plein Air New Mexico.” A sought-after instructor for workshops, he resides with his wife in Orange, California.