Courting Art - SIDEBAR Magazine Feature Courting Art - SIDEBAR Magazine Spring 2014 Feature Story

Unique Art Program Inside Courthouse In Norristown Singled Out For Recognition
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Courting Art:
A Retrospective (so far) Video Added
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Montco Dresses Up Somber Walls of Justice
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Courting Art contest returns to Montgomery County
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Courting Art Living Section
Judge of Good Art:
Artwork turns Courthouse from Drab to Fab
Montgomery Bar is Pleased to Recognize some of our Community Partners
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2015 Courting Art Contest Poster Now Available
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On-Air With Hank Cisco


The Montgomery Bar Association’s Community Outreach Committee launched its inaugural COURTING ART program back in 2013 with the lofty goal of transforming the cold, cavernous walls of the Montgomery County Court House into a gallery of bright and cheerful homegrown art.   Ultimately, the program aimed to create a more welcoming environment for staff and visitors, and reduce the stress typically associated with a day in court.  Since that time, members of the Bar Association, sponsors from our legal community, and community partners have come together to support and celebrate our artists, who have captured the beauty and diversity of our county through magnificent interpretations of some of our areas most inspiring landmarks and hidden treasures.   

For the past three years, we challenged local artists ages 55+ to explore and express, on paper, canvas and mixed media, “What [they] love about Montgomery County.”  Hundreds of juried entries were received and displayed during our month-long exhibitions at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Center, and select prize-winning works were chosen and installed throughout the Plaza Level of the Court House for everyone’s enjoyment.

For our 2016 Contest and Exhibition, we’ll be changing our theme and challenging artists to depict our county's treasures in a fresh way.  Our 2016 theme, “MONTCO IN MOTION” hopes to explore and celebrate active lifestyles, community happenings, and our rich, recreational assets.  More specifically, we’ll be seeking bright, uplifting entries that children are likely to enjoy, as next year’s award-winning art will be installed in an area of our court frequently occupied by children and families.  From our community playgrounds, ball fields, concerts, theaters, festivals, carnivals and events, to our historic reenactments, busy streets and boroughs -- there’s no shortage of inspiration here in Montgomery County.  Be it our award-winning trail system, our world-class shopping and entertainment hubs, or a setting that’s truly unique-- COURTING ART: “MONTCO IN MOTION” hopes to inspire artists to capture movement, performance, creativity and “living life” as we know it in Montgomery County.

Please check back soon for more information on our 2016 Contest and Exhibition. We expect to have materials for our 2016 Courting Art program available here for download in mid-February of 2016.


The following pieces have been selected for reproduction and installation in the Montgomery County Court House.

Best In Show
"St. Gabriel's, Audubon" by Carol Albrecht

First Place
"Waiting" by William Bourne

Second Place
"Suburban Hircum" by Susan Williamson

Third Place
"Franconia Farm" by Malcolm Scott

Honorable Mention
"Evening Glow at the Park" by Susannah Hart Thomer

Awards of Excellence
"The Skippack Creek" by Michael Adams
"Norristown Remembered" by Frank Batson
"Along the Perkiomen" by Carl P. Berlinger
"Wild Flowers" by Brenda Boorse
"Autumn in Penn." by Shirley Daly
"Freddy Hill Farm" by Margaret Dawson
"Digging Out" by Rose Folkes
"Bridge Over Tranquil Water" by Rich Godshall
"Alderfer Park" by Lisa Kerr
"Country Creek Crooner" by Susan E. Klinger
"Creek Adventure" by Choon Lim
"The Home Hole at Center Square" by John Lloyd
"Rock Run" by Jim Lynch
"The Beloved Barn" by Patricia H. Lynch
"Perfect Wheelbarrows" by Sherry McVickar
"Kayaker at Lock 60" by Rebecca Postell
"Deep Creek Lake in Winter" by David G. Reed
"From My Garden" by Roma Richter
"Old Norriton Christmas" by Raymond Schorle
"Dhoruba of Elmwood Park Zoo" by Suzanne B. Shank
"Pond View of Subracyol" by Esther Ruth Schisler
"The Heckler Homestead" by Don Shoffner
"Renewal" by Audrey Tant
"American Goldinch Near Windlestrae Park" by Kenneth A. Tuttle
"Creekside" by Anne S. Whalon
"Woxall Hotel After the Rain" by Sally Keyes Yates

Click here to help us promote this year's contest by downloading a print-friendly 2015 "Call for Entries" Poster. NEW!
Click here to help us promote this year's contest by downloading web-ready banner ads for your website. NEW!
Click here to download our 2015 Contest Entry Form
Click here to view our 2015 Contest and Exhibition Terms and Conditions


Click here for driving directions to MCCC's Central Campus in Blue Bell.
Click here for a map of MCCC's Central Campus in Blue Bell. *4/30/15 Art drop off and Exhibition are at The Fine Arts Center
Click here to download a FREE copy of the MBA's Elder Law Handbook.
Click here to download a brochure about other MBA services available to Montco Seniors

Click here for a complete list of 2014 sponsors.
Click here for a complete list of artists and artwork accepted into our 2014 Exhibition.
Click here to view our 2014 Courting Art award-winners.
Click here to view our 2013 Courting Art award-winners.
Montgomery Bar Association would like to thank 2014 Community Partners for their promotional support
Greater Norristown Art League
Office of Aging & Adult Services
Theatre Horizon
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