Art of Jazz

The 17th Annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz will run from  March 20 -April 21, 2021 as a prelude to the 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

The Art of Jazz honors the legendary local jazz musician Frank Scott. The Art of Jazz exhibit is sponsored by the Jerlyn Foundation. Submission is open to artwork in all media.

Cash prizes: $500 for First Place, $200 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place. Honorable Mentions or other awards awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Work must be hand delivered on March 17 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM or March 18 between 3:00 PM –6:00 PM. Intake is in the Schmidt Gallery, 2nd Floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Work should follow the exhibition theme “Celebrate Jazz.” All media are eligible for consideration. All work must be original and made within the past three years by the person submitting the work. Works previously submitted in The Art of Jazz will not be accepted.

Art size may be limited to our ability to display. Work must be suitably mounted and ready to hang, including glass protection where appropriate. Clip frames and sawtooth hangers will not be accepted.

MEET THE JUROR: Diane Labelle

Diane Labelle photo feature. Blonde hair, black dress, with smile
Photo Credit: Arman Elliot

Juror, Diane Labelle will be awarding cash prizes and honorable mentions. Ms. Labelle has served as one of the premier arts and education administrators in the country. In June 2010, LaBelle returned to Bethlehem to become the Executive Director/CEO of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, a free public school that provides a rich and comprehensive educational program for students in grades 9 through 12 in dance, instrumental music, visual arts, vocal music, theatre and figure skating.  

From 2003 to 2010, LaBelle worked in Reading, PA.  In 2003, she was hired as a consultant to design and oversee the renovation and construction of the 145,000 sq. ft. former Willson Goggle Factory into the GoggleWorks.  Her background as an architect led LaBelle to spearhead the facility’s $15 million renovation, which was honored with a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award. LaBelle was named Executive Director in 2005. Over the seven years of her involvement, the GoggleWorks project became a national model for community revitalization.

From 1998 to 2003, LaBelle was the Director of the Banana Factory, a dynamic cultural arts and education center located in Bethlehem, Pa. Prior to that, she was the CEO of the nonprofit FreeHand, in Bethlehem, PA, which worked with children in the community, university students and design professional to take a hands-on approach to neighborhood revitalization. Her career in arts education began in Pittsburgh, Pa. following graduation from the Master of Architecture program at Carnegie Mellon. Her award-winning ArchiKids curriculum involved inner-city public-school children in projects that revitalized their neighborhoods.


2020 Art of Jazz Honorees

Fly Me to the Moon

First Place: Kyle Atkins – Fly Me to the Moon

Second Place: Donna Unger – And the Beat Goes On

Third Place: Cyndi Arnold – Ad Lib

Honorable Mentions:

Miles Decoster – Kind of Blue

Peter Tietbohl – Twisted Strings 2

Birdie Zoltan – Softly Playing

Berks Arts and GoggleWorks reserve the right to photograph accepted artworks for purposes connected with this and future exhibitions. Artists will be asked to sign a release to give permission for photographs of juried art to be taken and used in promotional materials and websites. All reasonable care and security measures will be taken in handling and displaying the works submitted. Artists are responsible for insuring their own works of art. Participating artists understand that Berks Arts/GoggleWorks is not responsible for any damage to their work while they are hanging it, while it is on display, or if Berks Arts/GoggleWorks has to temporarily remove it for whatever reason. Berks Arts liability insurance only covers loss due to theft, vandalism, or natural elements, such as wind, fire, water or other “acts of god.”