2021 Distinguished Juror: WYATT LEGRAND
Wyatt LeGrand is partly a painter from Bloomfield, Indiana. He currently works from his hometown studio and teaches grades 7-12 at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. While attending the same school as a student, Wyatt was acknowledged by the community for his skills as an artist. After graduating high school in 2005, Wyatt made the short journey to Indiana University, where he attained a degree in visual arts education four years later.
Wyatt created his very first painting as a college student in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Wyatt discovered plein air painting, had his first solo exhibition, and found good luck participating in several art competitions. In the summer of 2009, Wyatt returned to his hometown and opened LeGrand Art Studio and Gallery. Since his homecoming, Wyatt has dedicated himself to creating artwork in the place he grew up, sharing experiences with his students and members of the community. In addition to teaching and working from his Bloomfield studio, LeGrand regularly travels to paint on location, including annual plein air excursions to the western states. LeGrand’s work has been regularly exhibited across the country, recognized by the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and in September 2016, acknowledged by Southwest Art Magazine in their annual “21 Under 31” feature.