Nic Noblique, a Texas sculptor who turns salvaged steel into graceful, imaginative forms, has been named the winner of the third annual Art on Henderson competition.
His sculpture, "Even Your Emotions Have an Echo," was chosen among sevenfinalists in the contest to enhance the Henderson Avenue area with worthy public art andsupport Texas artists. The artist, who is based in Clyde, Texas, receives a $3,500 prize.
“The Judges had to choose among many terrific pieces, and it wasn’t easy,” said Jeff Levine, publisher of moderndallas.net, who chairs the project. “We’re very gratified to be able to add such wonderful art to the city.”
Second place, and a $2,500 award, went to “When Love Comes To Town,” by Steve van Gelder of Dallas, and the third-place winner, with a $1,500 prize, was “Memory Quilt Bench,” by Faith Schexnayder of Austin.
All seven finalists have been installed along Henderson Avenue between Central Expressway and Ross Avenue and will remain for the next two years. The competition, which is open to artists who live anywhere in Texas, drew nearly three dozen entries. The jurors were local artist and gallery owner Edith Baker, art consultant Gail Sachson, architect and artist Steve Bourne, and art critic Todd Camplin.
The other finalists, who received a $650 stipend to install their work, are:
• George Toblowsky (Dallas), “Discovery”
• Leslie Begert (Austin), “Birdwoman I”
• Juan Gonzales (Dallas), “Flux”
• Laura Abrams (Dallas), “Big D Dreidel”
A special Sponsor’s Choice Award was won by Scott Shubin of Irving for his sculpture “Spectra 214.”
Andres Properties and Phoenix Property Co. are founding underwriters of Art onHenderson. The 2012 competition is also sponsored by UDR, Wood Properties, and Tommy Terrific Car Wash.