Finding Your Inner “MozArt” 2019 Art Contest Winners

Chad Cummins
Chad Cummins Amazing Grace

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Art of Autism and Mainly Mozart nonprofits are excited to announce visual art contest winners for the Finding Your Inner MozArt art contest. The goal of the contest was to foster inspiration about the genius we all have within. While musical entries had preference, “Inner MozArt” could be anything that the artist’s have passion about.

Our acclaimed judges
for this contest were Dr. Hugh Davies, Director Emeritus of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine artist Gerrit Greve, and retired book editor, author, poet and novelist Craig S. Avery. The judges all expressed what a difficult task it was to judge this contest and were impressed by the depth of the art submitted. They want to encourage all artists to continue their craft. Please read judge Craig S. Avery’s letter to the artists.

Thank you to the Mainly Mozart nonprofit for providing $500 in prize money. The winning art will be displayed at the Mainly Mozart Mozart & The Mind gala with Temple Grandin and Derek Paravicini at Allen Airways in El Cajon on May 31 and be part of the programming for Mozart & the Mind events May 30 – June 2 in San Diego. Tickets available here.


Chad Cummins “Amazing Grace”

Chad Cummins
Chad Cummins Amazing Grace Silhouette on Music Paper

Judges comment: “The use of sheet music as the ground to support the vigorous black silhouette figure is a succinct combination summarizing the power of music to move people.”


J.A. Tan “First Movement”

J.A. Tan First Movement Acrylic on canvas 30 x 24″

Judges comments: “The rhythm, poise, and balance of this piece, echoed in the outlines of two figures, is joined by the areas of different colors into a complex dance.”


Maranda Russell “Untitled #1”

Maranda Russell Untitled #1
Maranda Russell Untitled #1 Mixed Media 2.5 x 3.5″

Judges comment: “The controlled passion of Mozart is reflected in this piece. Like Mozart’s works, this piece seems perfectly scaled to fit its own ordered space.”


Ariana Jaqueline Garcia Olquin “The Violin”

Ariana Jaqueline Garcia Olgun
Ariana Jaqueline Garcia Olquin, The Violin, 20 x 14″

Judges comment: “The sweet look on the face of the violinist, an almost iconic reflection of musical transport, is echoed in the surrounding notes. The piece seems to reflect a stage set for this piece.”


Hope McKee “The Magic Flute and The Midnight Queen”

Hope McKee The Magic Flute and the Midnight Queen Acrylic 18 x 24″

Judges comment: “This is another piece that focuses on a central but background musician (the flutist) then expands into the peripheral foreground to show the faces and painterly energy of other characters in The Magic Flute”

Trent Altman “Lavender Harmony”

Trent Altman Lavender Harmony
Trent Altman Lavender Harmony Acrylic on canvas 20 x 32″

Judges comment: “Altman uses the abstract medium and subtle colors to capture the grace and lyricism of music.”

Kevin Hosseini “Mexico City III”

Kevin Hosseini Mexico City III Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30″

Judges comment: “Hosseini loves mariachi music and longs to visit Mexico City. In this painting he captures the heat and color of the Capital complete with the bold national flag and I can hear the music from the mariachis in the left foreground. So many contestants used digital media while this artist used traditional acrylic applied with brush. “

Grant Manier “Love is in the Air”

Grant Manier Love is in the Air Mixed-media collage 16 x 12″
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