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Albert Ciervo Awarded 1st Place, The Art of Jazz, The Frank Scott Memorial Art Show

Apr 13, 2017 • by Berks Arts Council
First Place 'Jazz Jam' Albert Ciervo

Reading, PA— Reading artist Albert Ciervo’s painting Jazz Jam received first place in the 13th annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz, a juried exhibition. Fifty-seven artists entered 93 works for consideration this year. The exhibition is on view through April 27 in the Schmidt Gallery at the GoggleWorks. 

Internationally-known saxophonist/composer and graphic artist Marion Meadows served as prize juror. 

“As a fellow visual artist and jazz musician, my personal taste is extremely eclectic, which, in fact, made it very difficult to choose the winners,” shared Meadows. “There were so many great pieces worthy of winning. I did not base my decision on any single work being better technically than the others, but simply what moved me that day in the gallery. It was a joy to serve as juror for The Art of Jazz!”

Neal Swarmer of Wernersville received second place for his woodcarving BASS-IC JAZZ. Third place was awarded to Donna Unger for Jazz Fest. Meadows also named Honorable Mentions for artists Chris Callahan, Amy Schade, Stephen John Mittl, Jr., Scott Lasher, Miles DeCoster, and Ted Niemczyk.

“We are honored to have Marion Meadows choose the winning pieces for this year’s exhibition,” shared Berks Arts Council Executive Director Karen Haver. “We were introduced to Marion’s art during the 2016 Fest and are thrilled that he agreed to participate in The Art of Jazz this year.”

Meadows is known for creating mixed media art comprised of his photography and graphic manipulation. His work is vibrant and expressive with a hint of nature’s social order along with a love for humanity. Meadows’ artwork is on display at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading throughout the month of April. Meadows also performed at the DoubleTree as part of Berks Jazz Fest with The New Urban Jazz Party on Friday, March 31.

This year’s exhibit is on view at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in their Schmidt Gallery in conjunction with the 27th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. The exhibition will remain installed until April 27.

The Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz and the Frank Scott Memorial award were founded during the 2005 Berks Jazz Fest by Berks Arts Council, along with local businessman and artist Jerry Holleran. The Frank Scott Memorial events honor legendary local jazz musician Frank Scott and are made possible through the generous support of the JerLyn Foundation.

The mission of Berks Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation.

In addition to The Art of Jazz, Berks Arts Council presents the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, Fast Lane Art, and the Pagoda Awards. Berks Arts Council also administers the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Re-Granting Program, providing funding to local arts organizations and projects, and provides exhibition and marketing opportunities for member artists. Visit

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