Artwork Contest Background
Recognizing the significant population of talented artists living and working in southern coastal Delaware, in 2008 the Rehoboth Beach Film Society decided to engage the talents of the art community in a competitive submission process. Artists were asked to create an original piece of artwork with film and coastal Delaware in mind. The selected piece would then be integrated into the Festival theme for that year and featured in programs, posters, t-shirts, ads, and many other collateral materials.
The thought that involving local artists would add more meaning to the Festival artwork theme for film buffs and local residents proved to be so true. This process is not only a great opportunity for the Festival to benefit from local talents, it also provides unbeatable exposure for the chosen artist.
Now in its eleventh year, the Art Submission Contest has become a regular tradition of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The overall creativity and quality of the submissions improve each year which makes the selection process very challenging, but also enjoyable. The Film Society appreciates the work from all submitting artists as each piece illustrates a very creative approach to connecting the theme of film with the coastal area.
2018 Festival Featured Artist
Below we present the 2018 featured artist as well as artists from previous years.
Jennifer Zezenski’s acrylic on canvas titled “Casting Lines” was selected as the art theme for the 21st anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival and is featured on the poster, program, ads, t-shirts, and other collateral materials.
When asked to explain the inspiration for creating this year’s original piece, Jen replied “In Casting Lines I am awestruck by our local beaches and all of the recreation that they have to offer.”
Born in Reading, PA Jen moved to southern Delaware when she was eight years old. As an only child, she spent a lot of time entertaining herself with arts and crafts. Soon her curiosity led to experimenting with various mediums – everything from crayons & colored pencils to different types of paints, etc. Jen attributes major growth as an artist to her wonderful high school teachers Judith Loeber and Mark Mottlynn.
After graduating 7th in Sussex Central High School’s class of 2007, Jen attended the Delaware College of Art & Design where she majored in fine art. She also studied graphic design, animation, photography, 2D & 3D, interior design and art history. After obtaining an Associate’s degree in Fine Art, Jen then attended Delaware Technical Community College to study the culinary arts.
Some of you may have met Jen during the years she worked at Michael’s as the framing department manager or perhaps in her current job as a personal banker for WSFS Bank.
In her spare time, Jen continues to enjoy painting, as well as collecting sea glass, antiquing, and of course, watching movies! Bids for the framed original “Casting Lines” will be accepted during the Film Festival through a silent auction process at the Cinema Art Theater.
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is fortunate to be able to feature the work of a local artist each year and appreciates his/her efforts to create an original piece specifically for this event.
Previous Featured Artists and Artwork
2017: Daman Pla
2016: K.E. Jiminez
2015: Steve Drum
2014: Claudia Ratner
2013: Daman Pla
2012: Laura Ambler
2011: Damon Pla
2010: Nina Stamus
2009: Batenga Obuseh
2008: Faith Lord
See previous years’ artwork here.
2018 Festival Call for Entries
If you are interested in participating, click here to read Artwork Contest Call for Entries.