New York Jordan 4 on 4 Finalist
Ask a hundred artists what the taste of wine looks like, and you'll get a hundred different visions. This is precisely what venerable Sonoma County estate Jordan Vineyard & Winery did to celebrate its 40th anniversary. And to up the creative ante even further, CEO John Jordan donated $32,000 in prize money to the artists that best depicted "Jordan in the City" in four different metropolises. The competition, named Jordan 4 on 4 and co-hosted by arts foundations in each city, brought out talent from New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.
By Lena Katz
Photo Credit: Jen Ferguson
Los Angeles Grand Prize Winner
In Los Angeles, Agna Jomantaite won the grand prize with a moody indigo-tinted streetscape, depicting Hollywood in the foreground and wine country in the rearview mirror.
Photo Credit: Agna Jomantaite for Jordan
LA People's Choice Winner
The People's Choice vote in LA went to an entirely different style. A camera-roll motif on a black background appealed to Angelenos' movie-making sensibilities, while the fireworks popping from the bottle could have meant "Happy Birthday to Jordan" or "Hooray that Hollywood Bowl summers are back!"
Photo Credit: Kremena Ivanova for Jordan
Jordan Wine Goddess, Miami Grand Prize Winner
It's no surprise to see that Miami's Grand Award incorporated a supple female sillhouette. The Cabernet-crimson wine goblet/sarong is an imaginative and lovely touch.
Photo Credit: Jeannette Aquino for Jordan
Relaxing By the Beach with Jordan
A beach theme was also selected as the People's Choice winner in Miami. Artist Armando Chacon brings all of wine country's favorite images to a Miami Beach backdrop: grape clusters and oak barrels represent wine country, vine-covered brick walls and a linen-draped table set for two.
Photo Credit: Armando Chacon for Jordan
Dallas People's Choice Winner
Cowboy boots and Cabernet: It's a pairing that seems only natural when a great California winery visits a Lone Star culture hub. It's no surprise that this quintessentially Texan piece of art won People's Choice in Dallas. The Grand-awarded painting in Dallas was snapped up by a collector immediately after its unveiling at Rising Gallery on April 24, 2012.
Photo Credit: Steve Hamilton for Jordan
Stella Chang, New York Finalist
New York is the last city to name its prize winners, and each of the five finalists selected in April brings tremendous talent to bear. Stella Chang, whose mosaic-inspired piece (pictured) is a crowd favorite, has earned praise from Vogue editrix Anna Wintour for her work in the fashion accessories industry.
Photo Credit: Stella Chang for Jordan
Felipe Galindo, New York Finalist
New York visual artist Felipe "Feggo" Galindo can look forward to a busy month of June. In addition to being one of Jordan's New York finalists, with the pictured work showing in the Jordan group exhibition at Sherry-Lehman on Park Avenue, the Mexico native also will have his own solo show at Mark Miller Gallery through June 30.
Photo Credit: Felipe Galindo for Jordan
Held in partnership with visual arts foundations in all four participating cities, the Jordan 4 on 4 Competition celebrates fine wine and art for the people.