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1999 Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibition


The National Park Academy of the Arts announced the winning artists of the 1999 Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibition at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park during its 13th Annual Banquet. The banquet ceremony was held Saturday evening, September 18th, 1999 with an audience of nearly 500 people, and honored those artists in attendance for their artistic, creative interpretations of our National Parks. Jurors for the 1999 competition were Mr. J. Russell Jinishian of Fairfield, CT, Mrs. Jeanette Cantrell Rady of Nashville, TN and Ms. Lilliane Francuz of Cheyenne, WY.

The $50,000 Grand Prize Cash Award went to Dean Mitchell of Overland Park, Kansas for his rendition of "French Quarter Coachman" set in Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The intriguing watercolor portrait of a coachman at ease atop his horse-drawn carriage represents an interesting contrast between the modern and the historic context of the French Quarter in New Orleans, and shows one of the many aspects of this small but well-known national historic park. Mitchell's painting was selected from over 1,700 other images submitted for the competition this year by artists from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Japan. Sweden and Canada. Mr. Mitchell has been in the Arts for the Parks Top 100 nine different times, (many of those years with multiple entries), was the designer of the U.S. Postal Service's Jazz Series, and has received the Allied Artists of America Gold Medal. Recognized as an outstanding contemporary artist who works in a variety of media, Mr. Mitchell also has two more paintings still available for sale in the 1999 Top 100 show. (left: Dean Mitchell, French Quarter Coachman, watercolor, 30 x 20 inches; right: Joyce Clark, Turtle Reef, oil, 20 x 30 inches)

These works, as well as the remaining Top 100 are on view on the Arts for the Parks website: and can be seen on tour in the following cities: St. Louis. Missouri (Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, from October 18th - December 10th), Farmington. New Mexico (San Juan College Art Gallery, from January 5th - February 15th, 2000), Bolivar, Missouri (Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, from March 5 - 31), Grand Canyon, Arizona (Kolb Studio, from April 12 - June 4), Estes Park, Colorado (Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, June 18 - July 16) and at Sioux City, Iowa (Sioux City Art Center, July 30 - September 7) (left: Richard A. Miles, Elk at Emerald Pool, oil, 26 x 23 inches; right: Lynn McLain, Spirit of the Salado, watercolor, 30 x 20 inches)

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