DULUTH — The 2020 oil painting Once Upon a Childhood by Duluth artist Kelly Shamberger won the Fashion Week San Diego Award in an international competition. Not only will it be exhibited in New York, but it will also serve as the inspiration for an original couture outfit, waiting for it to be sent to the moon.
“I still can’t believe it,” Schamberger said. “People spend their lives getting recognized at this competition.” The competition is under the auspices of the Art Renewal Center in New Jersey. The organization is described by Schamberger as “the leading (and) promoter of contemporary realist artists”.
The 16th International ARC Salon Competition will undergo a complex selection of thousands of entries. There are dozens of award categories with varying numbers of prizes and winners. Schamberger’s work was his one of 10 of her works honored at San Diego Fashion Week. San Diego commissions a designer (who the artist is yet to know) to create a costume inspired by this painting. The outfit will be modeled alongside artwork at his July exhibition at Sotheby’s in New York City.
Schamberger’s painting will also be one of 221 winning entries in a series of time capsules heading into space later this year. The contest website describes it as follows: “Art images are laser-etched onto nickel microfiche and/or digitized onto terabyte memory cards and placed in Time His capsules on the Griffin lunar lander launched by SpaceX and placed permanently on the Moon. increase.”
“It’s expensive to enter. We paid $275,” Schamberger said. “Literally the only reason I joined this year was like, ‘By the way, whoever wins an award or an honorable mention is going to go to the moon in this time capsule.'”
The artist said it was a coincidence that her seaport city would be represented on the moon with an image of the sea. He spoke of a wooden model painting made by William Lager.
Schaumberger is fascinated by space, but has never actually painted a spacecraft or celestial body. “I mostly paint from her life,” she said.
Schamberger travels to New York to see Sotheby’s exhibits, but has yet to receive an invitation to follow her art to the moon.
“I fully volunteer to be the first artist to be launched into space to paint or paint a picture of the Earth,” she said.
Conveniently, the paint is already in the tube.