Gig Harbor sculptor Mardie Rees was recently selected as one of 16 finalists in the 2010 International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America in Washington D.C. April 22-25. Rees’ sculpture “Truth Beloved” was selected from 1,300 entries, and was awarded First Honor at the PSA conference banquet.
Rees is a figurative bronze sculptor who last year created a life-size sculpture of St. Anthony for the St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Her award-winning “Truth Beloved” is a life-size bronze bust of an African-American woman, and was the only three-dimensional finalist work.
“It was a great honor and privilege to be recognized along with the nation’s leading portrait and figurative artists,” said Rees.
Rees has also just been nominated as a sculpture finalist in the 2009/2010 salon of the International Art Renewal Center, a figurative art organization. Rees is on the Gig Harbor Arts Commission, and is also currently on show in RISE, the latest exhibit for graduates of the Artist Trust Edge program at the Seattle Design Center.