Celebrating a milestone anniversary is more fun with fresh artwork! The Lightner Museum is pleased to announce the winner of the “Promenade the Alcazar” Art Contest – Patrick Golden for his digital art piece entitled “Peacock.”
Out of approximately 50 entries, Lightner Museum staff were tasked with the tough decision of an art contest winner. Artwork mediums ranged from photography, stained glass, paper, line art, collage, mixed media, paintings, digital art and more. It wasn’t just the artwork mediums that were diverse, participants ranged from a 4th-grade artist, high school artists, college artists to seasoned professional artists. Even so, it turns out the choice was unanimous amongst the staff who all agreed “Peacock” by Patrick Golden best symbolized the anniversary event for both the Lightner Museum and the Alcazar Hotel. Golden’s digital art piece features items from the museum’s collection as well as a photograph of his mother.
What Museum staff did not know, however, was the heart-warming story behind the artist and his artwork. Not until Mr. Golden was announced as the winner and presented with a $1,000 award at July’s Lightner After Hours event, did he share his story.
Through teary eyes, Mr. Golden told his story to Museum staff and guests in front of his winning piece. “As a child, my mother would take me to the Lightner Museum. I used her photograph in the design. She’s passed away now,” said Mr. Golden who also commented that winning the contest “made his year,” and added, “she would be so happy.”
Lightner staff are happy for Mr. Golden’s “Peacock” to represent the upcoming anniversary event and also to pay tribute to the artist’s mother and the memories he holds dear of his time with her at the museum.
“Peacock” will act as the showcase artwork for the anniversary event “Promenade the Alcazar” and be used for all of its marketing purposes. The artwork will be displayed at the event.
Mr. Golden is a St. Augustine resident and executive creative director at Burdette Ketchum, a marketing firm in Jacksonville, FL.
For more information about Promenade the Alcazar being held on October 19, 2018, visit lightnermuseum.org/anniversary.