Blairsville, Pennsylvania Award of Excellence: $2,000 Age: 25 "Art lets me express things I cannot communicate any other way. Art saved my life, and I do not want to imagine where I would be without it." Sonya Seitz is a mixed media artist that uses anything and everything in the way of materials and found objects to create her art installations. Seitz, who was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 11, credits her disability as the spark behind most of her work, and the act of creating is her vent for living and coping. Seitz's piece is an installation documenting a performance from 2009.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012