If the artwork doesn’t go with the sofa, buy a new sofa!

Congratulations to everyone that participated in the exciting Pop-Up Valpo event that has enhanced our community.  Seeing original art works in such eclectic settings is a welcome change, and we hope that it continues to grow!  Pop-Up Valpo is evidence of a vital community that values the arts.

The selection of our award winners represents many hours of examining each piece both online and in person.  Each juror was interested in how a piece was made, seen, and valued.Demonstrated expertise with materials is always the foundation on which excellent art is built.  Effective delivery of the artist’s intended message is integral to its effectiveness.  Value in an art work is not exclusive to its assigned monetary worth, but rather relates to the message it delivers and the way the piece communicates universally at a personal level.  The message is not always pleasant, but it embodies an honest connection that is unique to every viewer.
We jurors teach art, make art, and examine art made by others all the time.  Our opinions are built on a foundation that is fortified by broad experiences in these three categories.




Gregg Hertzlieb

Director & Curator of the Brauer Museum of Art
Gregg Hertzlieb is the director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Hertzlieb has a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Aimee Tomasek

Department Chair Associate Professor of Art Valparaiso University
Professor Aimee Tomasek’s first photographic essay was a 4-H photography project that was exhibited and won a blue ribbon at the Polk County Fair. The essay was a set of six color pictures mounted on bright green tag board with blue letters stating the title “How to Butcher a Rabbit.”

CarolAnn Brown

Exhibitions Curator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Since 2006, CarolAnn Brown has held the position of Exhibitions Curator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Michigan City, Indiana. She has had a long career in the fine and performing arts as a curator, and exhibit specialist. For fifteen years she held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces at Columbia College Chicago.