Winner of Vail’s Community Collective Exhibition announced |

Winner of Vail’s Community Collective Exhibition announced

“Beauty at Black Mountain Ranch,” by Philip Frank.
Special to the Daily |

VAIL — The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places and the Vail Public Library announced the winner on Friday of the People’s Choice Award from the recent Community Collective Exhibition. Philip Frank’s oil painting, “Beauty at Black Mountain Ranch,” received the most number of votes of the 15 works on display for a month-long exhibition that showcased Eagle County artists.

As winner of the People’s Choice award, Frank’s painting will be the next work of art to be displayed above the fireplace in the library from Oct. 13 to Jan. 13 as part of a rotating art program featuring Eagle County artists.

‘Bravin’ the Blizzard’

Mike Crabtree’s photograph “Bravin’ the Blizzard” received the second highest number of votes. His large black and white photographic work, which captures cowboys in the midst of a blizzard, will be on display above the library’s fireplace from Jan. 13 through April 13.

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Frank is an interdisciplinary artist who works in painting, drawing and sculpture. After receiving his bachelors of fine arts degree from California College of the Arts in 2010 he moved to Vail to become a ski instructor for one season. Four years later, he still calls Vail his home. He was accepted to an artist residency program in Berlin, Germany, as a part of the Takt Kunstprojektraum Berlin program where he will be through September. This residency will give him the opportunity and freedom to fully concentrate on creating a new body of artwork.

About the Exhibition

The Community Collective Exhibition was a result of the public art initiative between AIPP and the Vail Public Library to prominently display art by Eagle County artists above the library’s fireplace.

“We were delighted to collectively showcase our local talent who applied for this initiative over the past year for all to enjoy,” said Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator. “We received a total of 143 ballots for the People’s Choice Award, which exemplifies our community’s interest in supporting the visual arts in Vail.”

For more information about Art in Public Places visit or contact Molly Eppard, AIPP Coordinator ,at and 970-479-2344.

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