April 5, 2014 8:20:16 PM
Tom Nawrocki, of Columbus, professor emeritus of art at Mississippi University for Women, received the top award at the Delray Beach, Fla., Center for the Arts National Juried Art Exhibition at the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture in March. Ninety-nine works were selected from more than 350 submissions from artists throughout the U.S. The exhibition is on view through May 11.
Nawrocki's mixed media work "Zig Zag Zig 23" was praised as "highly original" by juror Michael Monroe, who is based in Seattle. Monroe looked "for artists who have developed their own visual vocabulary, or originality," he is quoted as saying in the Sun Sentinel out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In the past 12 months, Nawrocki's art has been on exhibit in numerous locations including Alexandria, Egypt; the International Print Center of New York City; Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, Calif.; Sofia, Bulgaria; Shenzhen, China; the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and many others.
Nawrocki was selected the 2006 Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.