Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that the artwork selected for the seventh annual international competition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century is on display at CCC's Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR.  The Au Naturel exhibit will run from February 21st through March 28th, 2013.

The CCC Art Center Gallery will host a reception honoring the selected artists on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 pm. This year's juror, Clint Brown, will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2013-2014 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Clemente's Restaurant are generously providing hors d'oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers.  A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception. In addition to the gallery talk he will give during the reception, Mr. Brown will also give a lecture entitled "Nude vs. Naked" on Friday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. in CCC's Columbia Hall Room 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, which is free and open to the public.

The Au Naturel exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, the Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente's Restaurant, and Erikson Floral Company. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note that special Spring Break hours from March 25th through March 28th are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the competition continues to attract hundreds of submissions from across the country and around the world. Juror Clint Brown was "intrigued and pleased to view the high quality and wide variety of artists' responses among the works submitted." Over 600 images were submitted by artists from 26 states and Canada, Mexico, China, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. After a great deal of consideration, Mr. Brown selected a total of 54 works of art from the pool of submissions. This year's show will represent 47 artists from 16 states as well as Canada.

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