International Guild of Realism
International Guild of Realism 15th Annual Juried Exhibition

At the Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC  |  October 2nd - October 31st, 2020

The International Guild of Realism had a wonderful two days of art events celebrating the opening of our 15th Annual Exhibition at the beautiful Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. We enjoyed several events with over 20 IGOR artists and guests in attendance. We are thankful that the exhibition went forward during this difficult time with the coronavirus. You should all be very proud of your artwork as it was once again an amazing show. Congratulations to all who received award ribbons (See below), however ALL of you should know that being juried into the show is an honor in itself. We applaud you!

Many thanks to our hosts at the beautiful Principle Gallery for all of their hard work and excellent displaying of the amazing number of paintings at this year's show. Congrats to the Principle Gallery! The quality of the IGOR show was amazing and without a doubt, another astounding IGOR Annual Exhibition. The Principle Gallery is one of the best realism galleries in the US and they did an outstanding job promoting this amazing exhibition. The paintings were hung beautifully and the lighting on every painting was perfect. Our host gallery was equally as thrilled with the quality of the show and they were grateful that so many IGOR artists attended the opening events.


Rendezvous in Charleston

Two Days of Art Events for IGOR Attendees
On Thursday evening, October 1st, we had an amazing, gourmet dinner reception in the historic district at Bistro A Vin in their open air courtyard. We had a few talks from Frank Conrad Russen, Principle Gallery Director, and from Donald Clapper, founding IGOR Charter Member.

We enjoyed a fascinating history tour of Charleston by professional tour guide, Jill Paris of Eclectic Tours of Charleston on Friday afternoon.

Our wonderful two days culminated with the opening reception at the Principle Gallery. The party was very well attended with many patrons of the arts and everyone dressed beautifully for the gala. This special evening was a perfect way to end our festivities. Many thanks to all for another IGOR success!


About the Gallery

The Principle Gallery Charleston is one of the highest rated galleries in the country. It's one of largest galleries in Charleston with a beautiful museum style exhibition space and they represent some of the best realists working today. The gallery has been featured in numerous national art magazines. Principle Gallery Charleston finds joy in sharing museum-quality works from established American and International artists within the realm of Contemporary and Classical Realism.

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See the Show Online

View the entire 15th Annual IGOR Exhibition:



We are excited to announce a new IGOR video on our YouTube channel with images and video clips of our 15th Annual Show and news of 2021 IGOR Exhibitions. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to the Award Winners!

The judges were so impressed that it took days to make the final decisions. This year, IGOR gave out 13 prestigious awards.

Best of Show - "Double Freedom" by Anna Wypych
Best Figurative - "After the Fall" by Leslie Thiel
Robert Kirkpatrick Best Still Life - "Space Time" by John Rowe
Best Drawing - "The Last Day of May" by Jeff George
Best Trompe l'Oeil - "Fish Tale" by Camille Engel
American Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice - "Rum Runner" by Blair Atherholt
Best Landscape - "I Have Enough" by Dianna Wallace Soisson
Best Wildlife - "Ice Bear" by Linda Besse
Director's Choice - "Just Keep On Walking" by Megan Elizabeth Read
Pioneer of Realism - "Double Freedom" by Anna Wypych
Best Floral - "Peonies, Iris, and Sage" by Liane Whittum
Artist's Choice - "Time Passing By" by Kun Wang
Creative Achievement - "Yin and Yang" by Sandra Kuck
"Double Freedom" by Anna Wypych

As customary during our annual juried exhibitions, we ask the gallery to appoint a guest judge(s) to award the ribbons for each category to the Guild Members for their outstanding artwork. All award winners receive their custom designed ribbons by mail after the conclusion of the exhibition.


Selected Artists

The jury for this year’s exhibition was handled in two levels with IGOR Charter Members handling the first level, and then the owner and gallery director of the Principle Gallery completed the selection. Once again we received an amazing array of superb entries and our jurors were quite impressed with the quality and creativity of the work entered. Thank you, IGOR artists, for submitting such wonderful artwork.

The jurors, after reviewing the images over a few week period, made the difficult final selection. Deciding upon a limited number of paintings from an impressive array of entries wasn’t an easy task, and the jurors could not resist adding many more pieces to this exhibition than originally planned. Well over 40% of the entered artists made it through so please realize that you always have a good chance at being selected for a future IGOR event because of our small, juried only membership. We had artists from many countries enter this exhibition including Canada, Norway, USA, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Philippines, Mexico, Greece, Australia, France, Thailand, UK, Spain, Hong Kong and India. Plus we have a huge diversity of media in the exhibition including Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil, Soft Pastel, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Pastel, Ink, Tempera, Scratchboard, and Gouache.

Congratulations to this year's selected artists! The artwork submitted was exceptional (well over 475 entries). The exhibition will include 111 works by 107 IGOR members. Here is the final list:

Lee Alban
Jorge Alberto
Cher Anderson
George Angelini
Denise Antaya
Blair Atherholt
Colleen Devlin Bang
Holly Bedrosian
Gulay Berryman
Linda Besse
Matthew Bird
Kelly Birkenruth
Hebe Brooks
Teresa Brutcher
Wendy Carney
Ed Copley
Ron Craig
Jan Dale
Brian Darcy
Diane Davich
Sandra Desrosiers
Paco Martin Dominguez
Wendy Donahoe
Kimberly Dow
Carmen Drake
Stuart Dunkel
Nick Eisele
Elizabeth Elgin
Camille Engel
Shannon "Shan" Fannin
Cynthia Feustel
Cynthie Fisher
Elizabeth Floyd
Nanci France-Vaz
Dirk Freder
Tracy Frein
Jeff George
Irene Georgopoulou
Kathleen S. Giles
Richard Ginnett
George A. Gonzalez
Allan Gorman
Barbara Hack
Richard Hall
Robin Harris
Linda Harrison-Parsons
K. Henderson
Oriana Ingber
Pat Jackman
Ryan Jacque
Ann Justin
Claudia Kaak
Barbara Kacicek
Aki Kano
Erika Kauffman
Betsy Kellum
Reenie Kennedy
Lynn Kibbe
Brenda Kidera
Katie Koenig
Sandra E. Kuck
Barney Levitt
Erwin P. Lewandowski
Patsy Lindamood
Tammy Liu-Haller
Christine Porter Lofaro
Nick Long
Russ Mackensen
Pamela Mangelsdorf
Barbara J. Mason
Anne McGrory
Tatianna McWethy
Cindy Valek Mottl
Dick Mueller
Barbara Nuss
Carla Louise Paine
Megan Elizabeth Read
Patricia Rice
Aleta Rossi-Steward
John Rowe
John Salozzo
Duhita Samaiyar
Ken Scaglia
John E. Schaeffer
John Schisler
Erin Schulz
Gerald Schwartz
Irene Sheri
Maria Snarska
Dianna Wallace Soisson
Colin Starkevich
Cathy Strapp
Susan Helen Strok
Trevor Swanson
Lesley Thiel
Patricia Tribastone
Jette van der Lende
Maria Villioti
Lloyd Voges
Carin Wagner
Kun Wang
Sandra Weiner
Liane Whittum
John Whytock
Anna Wypych
Keiko Yasuoka



Many Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsor!

We are thrilled to have 8 full page of ads along with a feature article coming out in the October/November issue of American Art Collector magazine. This issue should be in collectors' mailboxes early next week so this major advertising campaign should bring additional sales. Plus, AAC magazine did a huge email blast to their collector list of over 80,000 contacts!

Here is a sneak preview of the October/November issue of American Art Collector magazine.

We would also like to send out a special "Thank You" to our IGOR Event Coordinator, Kim Orlowski, who did a fabulous job planning all of the events and working alongside IGOR Charter Members. Bravo Kim!

Donald Clapper, IGOR Founding Charter Member
and Kim Orlowski, IGOR Event Coordinator

Ruby Phan and Jean Raymond, IGOR Accountant.

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