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                                               OUR HERO!!
  I can't describe the thrill of being able to announce that RC Fulwiler, the Chuck Yeager of photography,  has broken the CANVAS barrier by taking a first place award for photography at the Fairhope, Alabama show last weekend. 
The reason I’m reporting this is that I know RC, like most other photographers, is too modest to brag.  This, however, is a report that needs reporting.
   Guys and gals with photography on canvas at the shows know all about the glass ceiling when it comes to awards.  Although it’s not official policy, photographers who show on canvas have not been eligible for 
those  awards.  It’s simply been a tacit policy among art show judges.  A photographer  can get awards for digital 
fotos on aluminum, titanium, bronze, pewter, and maybe even particle board if the subject matter is right.
     But canvas?  Noooo.  
     Until now.  
Way to go, Rich.  One thing about awards, however.  When you get one, sales suck, don't they?    

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Comment by Annette Piper on March 22, 2013 at 11:25pm

Congratulations Rich!

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on March 22, 2013 at 11:45am

Congrats to you Rich.  It is always great to hear good news.  We are happy for you.

Comment by Bill Sargent on March 21, 2013 at 10:42pm

  I got back in the following year just to prove the point.  Never went back.  The staff is great with the artists but the directors take a rubber gloves approach to us.  

Comment by Robert Wallis on March 21, 2013 at 1:14pm

That sucks. I'd probably tell them to kiss my posterior and never apply to their show again. Sorry to hear you were treated so shabbily :-(

Comment by Bill Sargent on March 21, 2013 at 1:05pm

 In my case, one of the staff told me that I was getting back in automatically.  That's the way they had always done it.  Then there was a scandal about the best of show guy copying some else's work and it hit the papers the next morning.  

    Their response was to not re-invite him.  They also uninvited me.  The director said if I could name the guy who told me that then she'd let me back in.  Of course I couldn't remember the name of the guy.  The message was that she was not going to take my word for it without verification.   There's more but never mind.  

Comment by Robert Wallis on March 21, 2013 at 12:47pm

Bill, I was in the same boat at Wells Street many moons back. I won the ribbon for best in 2D with photography and didn't get invited back the next year. Worst part was later finding out I should  have received an automatic reinvite, and some twit in their office overlooked that.

Comment by Bill Sargent on March 21, 2013 at 11:59am

  Yes it is, dammit!!

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on March 21, 2013 at 11:55am

Bill, just because you won a big award at Virginia Beach and then weren't invited back is no reason to hold a grudge, is it?

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on March 21, 2013 at 11:52am

Thanks Jeff,  I have created some more like that one and look forward to showing them to you when next we meet.

Comment by Bill Sargent on March 21, 2013 at 11:39am

   Too late.  You mentioned Virginia Beach.  Every time I think of what happened to me at that show it...

       Never mind.  

    OK.  We were talking about photos on canvas?   

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