Beverly “Bevil” Knapp judged photography, while Frederick “Rick” Ortner judged artwork.
Knapp, a professional photographer since 1980, has won numerous awards for both her advertising and editorial work.
Based in south Louisiana, some of her clients include Fortune 500 companies and a “Who’s Who” of the communications industry.
During her career, she has photographed presidents, governors, heads of state, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize winners and music legends.
Knapp has been published in many books on art, medicine, news and current events.
In 2004 she teamed with writer Mike Dunne to produce a visual document focusing on the importance of coastal Louisiana. Their book, “America’s Wetland/Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast,” was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2005 and arrived one week after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Ortner was trained in New York City at Pratt Institute, the New York Studio School, and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.
His painting has been supported by grants from the Skowhegan School, the Royal College of Art in London, the Cite’ Internationale des Arts in Paris, the E.J. Noble Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.
His work has been exhibited in New York at the Bowery Gallery, the Blue Mountain Gallery and the Prince Street Gallery. He also has exhibited in public and private galleries in Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Iowa, Norway, France and Louisiana.
He has held numerous positions as a professor of art at schools such as Yale University, Knox College, Wesleyan University in Normandy, Associated Colleges of the Midwest (Florence program, Italy), Council on Museums and Education in the Visual Arts (University of California Press, 1978) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (dean of Students), to name only a few.
Ortner is currently a professor of Art in the School of Art, Painting and Drawing at Louisiana State University.