Ardith A. Starostka – Distant Thoughts – , 28 x 17

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Dimensions 28 x 17 in

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It is with great passion that artist, Ardith Starostka, has a desire to create works of art that capture the likeness and emotion of the human face and form. Primarily working in oils, many of Ardith’s current paintings combine the realistic figure with a touch of surrealism to add another dimension to her work. The artist has exhibited and won awards in an extensive list of international as well as national competitions which include; the Art Renewal Center International Juried Show, the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait & Figurative Competition, the International Guild of Realism Juried Competition and the National Arts for The Parks Juried Competition. The artist has also been more recently featured in publications such as the international Artist, Epoch Times, American Art Collector and the Art & Freedom publication sponsored by the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain. Ardith has produced paintings that now grace the walls of collectors, corporations, and museums across the United States.

 

Education
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • 1993 Associate Degree, Commercial Art, Central Community College, Columbus, NE
  • Awards/Exhibitions
  • 2017 Best of Show, Nebraska Biennial 2017, Omaha, NE
  • The Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts Auction, Omaha, NE
  • Silver Medal, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH
  • International Guild of Realism Juried Show Juried Competition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2016 Best Figurative Award, National Oil & Acrylic Painters National Exhibition
  • International Guild of Realism Juried Show Juried Competition, Denver, CO
  • Best Figure Award, Plein Air Magazine Salon, February/March Competition
  • Finalist, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Best Overall Award Winner, Plein Air Magazine Salon, January Competition
  • 2015 First Place Overall, Plein Air Magazine Salon, December Competition
  • Finalist, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Second Place Overall, Plein Air Magazine Salon, April/May Competition
  • Finalist, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Portrait Society of America, Awarded Signature Membership status
  • Paintings selected for the International Guild of Realism Masterworks Museum Tour
  • 2014 The Artist’s Magazine, front cover, December, 2014
  • Finalist-Figurative & Portrait Category , The Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition
  • Awarded Art Renewal Center Living Master status
  • Best Figurative Award, American Society of Traditional Artists, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Finalist, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Women Painting Women Juried Competition, Charleston, SC
  • International Guild of Realism Juried Show Juried Competition, Charleston, SC
  • 2013 Finalist, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Art Renewal Center ARC Staff Award, Figurative Category, International ARC Salon Competition
  • Second Place Award, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Best Figurative Award, International Guild of Realism Juried Show, Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
  • Exceptional Merit Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Atlanta, GA
  • Finalist-Portraits & Figures Category, The Artist’s Magazine Competition
  • 2012 Artist’s Choice Award, International Guild of Realism Juried Competition, Carmel, CA
  • Finalist-Portraits & Figures Category, The Artist’s Magazine Competition
  • American Society of Traditional Artists Juried Competition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Featured in Epoch Times International Publication
  • 2011 Butler Institute of American Art, 75th National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
  • Finalist & Award of Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Atlanta, GA
  • Juror’s Award & Top 100 Award, Paint America National Competition, 2011
  • Top 100 Award, Paint America National Competition, 2011
  • 2010 Merit Award-Portrait, Salon International Int’l. Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
  • Finalist, Figurative & Portrait Category, The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition
  • Finalist, Outstanding Oil Painting, Fine Art Views Competition
  • Finalist, Outstanding Pastel, Fine Art Views Competition
  • 2009 Signature membership with the International Guild of Realism
  • Master Signature membership with The American Women Artists organization
  • 2008 Award of Excellence, American Plains Artists 24th Art of the Plains Exhibit, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
  • 2007 Honorable Mention, Salon Int’l. 2007, Int’l. Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
  • Top 200 Award, Paint America Competition
  • Finalist, RayMar Art’s Second Annual Fine Art Competition
  • 2006 ARC Finalist, Figurative Category, 3rd International ARC Salon Competition
  • Best of Show, Art At the Center Juried Exhibition, Kansas City, KS
  • Honorable Mention, Salon Int’l. 2007, Int’l. Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
  • Top 100 Award, National Arts for the Parks Competition, Jackson Hole, WY
  • 2005 ARC Third Place Award, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center Second International Juried Salon
  • ARC Finalist, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center Second International Juried Salon
  • ARC Purchase Award, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center Second International Juried Salon
  • Top Fifty Award, Salon Int’l. 2005, Int’l. Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
  • First Place, Mixed Media Category, American Mothers, Inc. National Art Competition
  • First Place, Mixed Media Category, Nebraska Mothers Association
  • 2004 Finalist-Portraits & Figures Category, Selected from over 13,000 entries, The Artist’s Magazine Competition
  • Historical Art Award, National Arts for the Parks Competition, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Top Honors Award, Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, Boston, MA
  • ARC Staff Award, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center First International Juried Salon
  • ARC Finalist, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center First International Juried Salon
  • Ruth Richeson/Unison Award, Second Top Prize, The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition
  • Honorable Mention, Figurative & Portrait Category, The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition
  • First Place, Oil Category, American Mothers, Inc. National Art Competition
  • First Place, Oil Category, Nebraska Mothers Association
  • First Place & People’s Choice Award, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition
  • 2003 Award of Merit, Trinidad National Fine Art Exhibition, A.R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, CO
  • First Place, Watercolor Category, American Mothers, Inc.
  • First Place Watercolor Category, Nebraska Mother’s Association
  • Best of Show, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition
  • 2002 Merit Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Philadelphia, PA
  • Best Portfolio Award, Portrait Society of America, Philadelphia, PA
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Central Community College
  • First Place & People’s Choice Award, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition
  • 2001 First Place & People’s Choice Award, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition
  • Best Portfolio Award, Portrait Society of America, Chicago, IL
  • 2000 Honors Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Reston, VA
  • Best of Show, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition
  • Publications

• Art And Freedom, Yearbook of Artists, XII Edition, published by the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM)

and Artelibre Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, date TBA

• Omaha Magazine, September/October, 2017, pg. 59

• Plein Air Magazine , February/March, 2016

• Plein Air Magazine , December/January, 2015/2016

• American Art Collector, “Portraits of Haley”, August, 2015

• Plein Air Magazine , April/May, 2015

• The Artist’s Magazine, Front Cover, December, 2014

• American Art Collector, May, 2013

• The Art of the Portrait, Portrait Society of America, Volume XV, Issue 59, pg. 9, 2013

• Epoch Times, “Why Realist Art Matters”, 2012

• American Art Collector, Artist Focus, May, 2011

• The Art of the Portrait, Portrait Society of America, Volume VII, Issue No. 27, 2005

• How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint People & Figures, Vol. II, International Artist Publishing, April, 2005

• Mothers Speak…for Love of Family, Durban House Publishing Company, Inc., April, 2005

• International Artist, Oct/Nov, 2004

• The American Mother, front cover, Summer 2004

• The Artful Home, 2003, pg.59

• Pastel Journal, April, 2004

• The Artist’s Magazine, April, 2001, pg. 44

• International Artist, Oct/Nov, 2000

• The Best of Watercolor, Splash 6: The Magic of Texture, North Light Books, 2000

• The Best of Decorative Painting, North Light Books, 1998

• It’s a Painter’s World, 1995

Organizations Past Affiliations

• Art Renewal Center- Living Master (ARCLM) • American Women Artists- Master Signature Member

• International Guild of Realism- Signature Member • MidAmerica Pastel Society- Master Signature Member

• Portrait Society of America- Signature Member (PSS) • Pastel Society of America-Signature Member

• Oil Painters of America- Associate Member • American Society of Traditional Artists

• Windows to the Divine

Collections

• The White House, Washington, D.C.

• The Blair House, Washington, D.C.

• The Wright Brothers Museum, Nagshead, NC

• Cessna Aircraft, Inc, Wichita, KS

• The Decorative Arts Collection Museum, Wichita, KS

• Creighton University, Omaha, NE

• St. Greggory the Great Seminary, NE

• Several private collections across the US