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Energen 2009 Art Competition Winners Announced

For Release: March 30, 2009
Information contact: Susan Delenne 205-326-1612

Energen announced the winners of its 10th annual art competition, The Wonders of Alabama Art, which celebrates Alabama artists.  James McManus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energen Corporation will present the winning artists with their awards at a closing reception on April 5. 

Aaron McDonald of Birmingham is the winner of the Energen Grand Prize Award and $7,500 for his work “Columbine Flowers in Moonlight.”  McDonald is from Birmingham.

Mary Anne Pope is the winner of the $3,000 Energen Resources Landscape award for her work “Woods Mirror II.”  Pope is from Huntsville.

Thomas Rosenstiel is the winner of the $3,000 Alagasco Wildlife Award for his work “Turkey on the Edge of a Wood.”  Rosenstiel is from Tuscaloosa.

Tom Barnes is the winner of the $3,000 Non-Representational Award for his untitled work.  He is from Tuscaloosa.

Pamela Askew is the winner of the $3,000 Employee Choice Award for her work “Little River Canyon Spring.”  Askew is from Tuscaloosa.  

This year, two artists were recognized for honorable mention awards with a $250 cash prize.   Marianne Hall for her work “Osage in Young Hickory.”  Hall is from Danville.  Betsy Gandy was recognized for her work “Spanish Skies.”  Gandy lives in Miami, Florida and is a former resident of Montgomery. 

This year’s judge was Robert Cox who is currently Lecturer of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He has participated in over 80 regional and national exhibitions of art, including 10 one-person exhibitions, and he was the 2003 Energen Resources Landscape winner. 

The 2009 Energen Art Competition broke all previous participation records.  There were 369 entries in the competition from a total of 192 artists.  Through a competition review process, 183 works were selected for the final round of judging and exhibition.  All of the art is now featured in an exhibition at Energen Plaza in downtown Birmingham.  The art exhibition is open to the general public Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The public exhibition will close Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m.   

The Wonders of Alabama Art has been featuring and recognizing Alabama artists for the past 10 years.  The five category winners become part of the permanent “Alabama Collection” displayed at Energen Plaza.  The Energen Art Competition is open to artists 18 years of age and older who currently live in Alabama or who have lived in the state.  Artwork must be original and must have been painted no more than three years prior to the date of the competition.  Eligible work must be two-dimensional and in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink or mixed media.     

All proceeds received from the 2009 Energen Art Competition, The Wonders of Alabama Art, in addition to a contribution from Energen will go to The Foundry in Bessemer.

Energen Corporation is a diversified energy holding company with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.  Its two lines of business are the acquisition and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids onshore in North America and natural gas distribution in central and north Alabama.