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Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for “Intolerance”

Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for “Intolerance”

Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for "Intolerance"
Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for "Intolerance"
Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for "Intolerance"
Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for "Intolerance"
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Kylie Crowell Awarded Best in Show for "Intolerance"

Awarded Best in Show for her powerful piece, “Intolerance,” Photographer Kylie Crowell not only makes an artistic statement bringing awareness to international women’s issues – she reaches into its very soul. Featured in Luna Fine Art Gallery’s exhibit, “Luminaries – A Celebration of Women,” Crowell uses the opportunity to represent women being silenced, mistreated, or stereotyped for wearing a headscarf. “Kylie Crowell is a gutsy, aesthetically sensitive, and skilled artist,” states gallery director, Lisa Puzon.

Much of Crowell’s work aims to illuminate sensitive issues within our society and spark change. Her motivations vary from capturing simple, yet beautiful moments that are often overlooked, to creating pieces that prompt viewers to ask difficult questions about themselves and society. Crowell wants her work to make a profound statement; she hopes to make people uncomfortable enough to encourage action. Art is meant to be beautiful as well as impactful, and Crowell desires to achieve both simultaneously. “In my work, I am drawn to intricate scenes and capturing the duality obtained by the world around us. Whether it be stripping out the natural elements and creating an environment around my subject, or removing the human element from a scene, it is the documentation of these complexities that inspire me to continue to create,” comments Crowell.

Crowell, a Utah native, relocated to the Gulf Coast in 2015. She is currently a photography student at Pensacola State College with a growing list of awards and accolades. Previously shown during Luna Fine Art Gallery’s 2019 exhibit, “Exposure,” Crowell was one of nine Pensacola State College students invited to participate in the Mercantile Hotel Project – an off-the-beaten-path photoshoot of unique imagery found in New Orleans. Several of her photographs from the project are on display at The Mercantile Hotel New Orleans — a 90-room all-suites boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Warehouse District in New Orleans, LA.

The highly anticipated “Luminaires – A Celebration of Women” exhibit is ongoing through August 28, 2020, at Luna Fine Art Gallery located inside Hilton® Pensacola Beach. Over 120 works of art were considered for the exhibit highlighting international women’s issues, with 60 pieces representing 41 local artists selected. “Each artist was able to submit three pieces of work for consideration. All three of Kylie Crowell’s pieces were considered [for Best in Show] because of the depth in content and skill in execution,” states Puzon. “We decided “Intolerance” was the most visually strong piece. Crowell’s body of work was cohesive. It was created with much thought and great intent for the special event and competition,” Puzon continues. During the exhibit, seven additional works were recognized with awards of merit:

  1. Nancy Davis for “Self-Reflection”
  2. Mary Anne Staples for “Flowers Don’t Heal the Violence”
  3. Joan Overton for “Stand Up for Women”
  4. Diana Urbiztondo for “Lady with Tattoos”
  5. Pat Regan for “Honour”
  6. Rafi Perez for “Life Empowering Art”
  7. Patricia O’Neal for “Survivor”

All selected artworks from the “Luminaires – A Celebration of Women” exhibit will be displayed and available for sale at Luna Fine Art Gallery until August 28, 2020.

Luna Fine Art Gallery
Hilton® Pensacola Beach
12 Via De Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

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