A week ago this evening Billy was preparing for the opening of his new show in Vincennes at The Open Gallery. What he didn’t know was that he also was awarded the first prize for a painting at the annual Northwest Territory Art Guild Members’ Show. Billy received the award for his ‘story painting’ of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Coliseum in downtown Evansville. He depicts the Neo-classical style building, which is still in active use and celebrating its centennial year, on an evening when one of the many special events is taking place (wrestling? roller derby? a concert?) at the venerable structure, which is thronged with people.
This is Billy’s second first place prize this year, the other being from the Art Noir exhibit at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana for his mixed-media piece “A Man of the New World Order: 1-20-2017,” which is part of his current show at The Open Gallery.