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VSA Exhibition: In/finite Earth

In/finite Earth is the 12th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America's annual Emerging Young Artists Program. This longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities to receive national recognition at the start of their careers.

In/finite Earth asked Emerging Young Artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. In/finite Earth is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.

The 15 recipients were awarded a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen.

The exhibition debuted at the Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center in fall 2013.

This year's selected artists are:

Chris Willcox

Grand Prize Award
Age 25 of New York, NY

  • In/finite Earth
    Straight Line Variations III
    Oil on canvas
    20" x 27"
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    Substantia Nigra
    Oil on canvas
    54" x 40"

Sarah Langsam

First Prize Award
Age 22 of Newark, DE

  • In/finite Earth
    DR-0.5
    Wood, bark, glue
    60" x 24"
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    Rings on Rings on Rings
    Wood, epoxy resin, fiberglass
    45" x 45"

Kriston Poulson Gibbs

Second Prize Award
Age 21 of Philadelphia, PA

  • In/finite Earth
    Hypnagogic
    Oil on canvas
    50" x 36"
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    The Last One
    Oil on canvas
    36" x 38"

Kristi Beisecker

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Wellesley, MA

  • In/finite Earth
    Flowers
    Kirlian (electricity) photography on photo paper
    30" x 20"
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    Bluebells
    Kirlian (electricity) photography on photo paper
    30" x 20"

Westley Cedeno

Award of Excellence
Age 25 of Pembroke Pines, FL

  • In/finite Earth
    Live the Moment and Never Look Back
    Stoneware, glaze
    15" x 13" x 12"

Mary Datta

Award of Excellence
Age 18 of Charlotte, NC

  • In/finite Earth
    Gossamer Boulders
    Clay, glaze
    7.5" x 10" x 12"

Haylee Fucini-Lenkey

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Denville, NJ

  • In/finite Earth
    La dame du lac
    Color photograph
    20" x 24"
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    La dame solitaire de l'été
    Color photograph
    20" x 24"

Emilie Gossiaux

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of New York, NY

  • In/finite Earth
    Bird Sitting
    Ceramic, plaster, with paint and hardware
    12" x 14" x 14"

Madalyne Marie Hymas

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Twin Falls, ID

  • In/finite Earth
    THE DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE
    Installation
    9' x 7' x 3'
  • In/finite Earth

AJ Kiel

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Denver, CO

  • In/finite Earth
    Mix-Up
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    12" x 12"

Dallas Looman

Award of Excellence
Age 24 of Colrain, MA

  • In/finite Earth
    Untitled
    Pastel on paper
    30" x 22"

LaAndrea Mitchell

Award of Excellence
Age 19 of Memphis, TN

  • In/finite Earth
    Containing Crohn's
    Ceramic
    6' x 3' 4"

Kristi Neilson

Award of Excellence
Age 21 of Rochester, NY

  • In/finite Earth
    Night trail
    Digital photography
    11" x 17"

David Ross

Award of Excellence
Age 25 of Bethesda, MD

  • In/finite Earth
    Garden of Steven
    Archival ink jet print
    15" x 60"

Karla Torres

Award of Excellence
Age 22 of Savannah, GA

  • In/finite Earth
    In La'Kesh
    Screenprint on cotton muslin
    42" x 34"