Mardie Rees was selected as one of the finalists in the 2010 International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America, taking place in Washington D.C. Over the last twelve years this competition has grown to become one of most prestigious events in the field of portraiture today. Over 1,300 images were entered in this year's competition, and only 16 artists were selected as finalists. Her portrait bust, Truth Beloved, was judged on skill and technique, as well as, aesthetic and emotional content. Mardie Rees, along with her husband, Jeremy and sixth-month-old baby, Jasmine flew to D.C. to attend the 2010 Art of the Portrait Conference and the Award Ceremony Banquet for final judging. Her sculpture was on view at the Hyatt Regency Hotel over a four day period, allowing the judges and attendees of the conference to view the work. Rees' work was the only 3-D sculpture out of the 16 finalists (the rest were paintings) and all the pieces were beautiful and well executed. Mardie Rees was awarded “First Honor”, at the banquet on April 24th. Rees says it was a great honor and privilege to be recognized along with the nation’s leading portrait and figurative artists.
Harry Ahn, Ryan Brown, Scott Burdick, Ellen Cooper, Michelle Dunaway, Adrian Gottlieb, Nancy Guzik, David Kassan, Michael Klein, Jeremy Lipking, Tim Norman, Galina Perova, MARDIE REES, Kate Sammons, Jennifer Welty and Lea Wight.
Certificate of Excellence William Bartlett, Suchitra Bhosle, Adra Brown, Casey Childs, Stephen Early, Glenn Harrington, Jinchul Kim, Fongwei Liu, Alicia Ponzio, Aapo Pukk, Robert Semans, Alexey Steele, James Tennison, Hsin-Yao Tseng and Henry Wingate.
My husband, Jeremy Broderick with our baby girl wearing her black dress.
Mardie Rees shaking hands with well known artist, Burton Silverman