Sherry Xiao, Mary of Bethany
Multiple jury members commented on Xiao’s artistic skill and her non-traditional depiction of a biblical narrative. They appreciated the cultural representation of space and the fact that the work used traditional palette while also conveying a contemporary feel.
Artist bio: Sherry Xiao is a Bay Area based artist, working in painting and installation. She has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in Art and Psychological & Brain Sciences, with a minor in Design. Her work deals with faith, food, and the feeling of belonging.