Canton artist commended in New York

Jun 25, 2012
Photo by: Donated image Canton resident Joseph Russ recently won the Mark Freeman Memorial Award for Best Painting for "Enigmatic Dream," above. The award was presented by The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic earlier this month.

The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic (NSPC&A) has announced Joseph Russ as the 2012 recipient of the "Mark Freeman Memorial Award for Best Painting" at the 58th Grand National Exhibition. The Canton artist was selected to receive the award for his painting "Enigmatic Dream." His work was selected from 120 paintings in the show, and there were more than 100 entries nationwide.The award was presented on June 1.

Russ has an MFA from the State University of New York and is a native of New York City. NSPC&A, a nonprofit, has been in operation since the early 1950s. The Society gives artists who prefer an opaque-based medium a chance to exhibit in shows other than ones that only accept transparent watercolors. Each year, the organization hosts a Grand National Juried Exhibition, a show that highlights major and emerging professional artists in acrylic and casein paintings. Entries are accepted from all 50 states and are judged by a selection committee consisting of professional artists in the Society. With more than 1000 members nationwide, the NSPC&A is headquartered at the Salmagundi Club Galleries, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City.