CHAMPAIGN — The winner of the National Visual Arts Competition in printmaking sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters first won at the regional level, in the competition sponsored by the central Illinois chapter.
Douglas Bosley, 29, of Madison, Wis., won first place in the national competition at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He will receive a $15,000 prize.
There were 16 entries at the national level, and all are being exhibited at the Warhol Museum.
Bosley received a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2009 at Western Washington University and a masters in fine arts at the University of Wisconsin. He concentrates on the intaglio and mezzotint printmaking techniques.
Bosley received $1,000 as the winner of the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters competition. Sylvia Arnstein, second vice president of the local chapter, chaired the competition.
Judges for the local competition were Dennis Rowan, a University of Illinois professor emeritus in printmaking; Rosalyn Schwartz, a UI professor emeritus in painting; and Molly Briggs, a UI instructor in art and design and doctoral candidate in landscape architecture.
The 70-year-old National Society of Arts and Letters is a multidisciplinary philanthropic organization that helps young adults in their chosen fields in the fine arts. It is privately funded and managed by volunteers.
The central Illinois chapter was founded in 1981 by Mary Jane Cultra of Onarga. She and Nadja Altstetter remain active members, and Cultra served as the national society president in 1990-91. Her son, Terence Cultra, is the central Illinois chapter president.