2020 Charlotte Hunt Prize Winners

November 10, 2020 | By: Communications Staff

Winners of Charlotte Hunt Prize Unveiled at River Park Branch 

The St Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) and South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) will celebrate the installation of five finished works of art inspired by the late Charlotte Hunt and her love of the River Park Neighborhood. On Tuesday, November 17, at 10 a.m. the winning artists will gather with Doug Hunt and representatives from the library and museum at the River Park Branch Library at 2022 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN 46615.

The Charlotte Hunt Prize is sponsored by Doug, Rick, and Dale Hunt in honor of their sister Charlotte, who lived with her family in River Park for many decades. Charlotte loved her neighborhood and especially enjoyed visiting the River Park Branch. Over 60 entries were submitted for the prize in December 2019, and award winners were announced in March. 

These finished artworks are installed at the River Park Branch Library in remembrance of Charlotte Hunt and in celebration of the River Park neighborhood that she called home.

FIRST PRIZE ($10,000 Award) Winner and Artwork Title

Stephen Barany (South Bend, IN), River Park: South Bend’s Living Treasury

  • Stephen grew up in South Bend and went to school at St. Anthony’s, Marian High School, and the University of Notre Dame. He credits his grandmother and his high school teacher Kitty Gunty as people who encouraged him to pursue art. Barany has dabbled in many different media and disciplines, but some recurring attributes include thoughtfulness, playfulness, and clarity. 

SECOND PRIZE — ($5,000 Award each) Winners and Artwork Titles

James Jursinic (Mishawaka, IN), Ripple Effect

  • James has a BFA with a focus in Illustration and Design from Grand Valley State University, and an MBA in Design and Innovation management from Kendall College of Art & Design.

Alan J. Larkin (South Bend, IN), Gateway to River Park

  • Alan is an award-winning professional artist and retired Indiana University South Bend art professor.

Peg Luecke (South Bend, IN), September Song, River Park

  • Peg is the former marketing director at the South Bend Museum of Art and is a charter member of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society.

Greg Potter (Franklin, IN), Un día en el Parque

  • Greg spent 25 years in service in the Army before devoting himself to painting and 3D art.

About St. Joseph County Public Library

The St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) has served the people of St. Joseph County, Indiana, since 1889. Through 10 branches located in urban and rural areas, SJCPL strives to reflect the diversity of the local population and meet the needs of all patrons. With a collection of 479,139 volumes and 29,323 eBooks strong, the Library provides free and equal access to information and education. Annually, over 2 million items are checked out system wide. Engaging programs, classes, exhibits, and author talks are offered for all ages. From Studio 304 Digital Media Lab to smARTbox, SJCPL pushes the boundaries about what it means to be a library. SJCPL serves everyone in their pursuit to learn, discover, and experience. Learn more at sjcpl.org. To follow SJCPL on social media, visit Twitter (@sjcplib), Instagram (@sjcpl) or Facebook (@sjcplib).

About South Bend Museum of Art

The South Bend Museum of Art features a full spectrum of historical and contemporary art in five galleries. A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in world-class art studios. Located inside the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, the SBMA is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building. The South Bend Museum of Art affirms the enduring power of the visual arts to reflect and create community, engage minds, and nurture growth through exhibitions, collections and educational programs. Since its founding in 1947, the SBMA has provided insight into the art, history and culture of the region and nation. Since 1987, SBMA has been recognized as achieving the highest level of professional standards in the field, awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

News Media Contact: Jennifer Henecke, Communications Manager, j.henecke@sjcpl.org 574-235-4190

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