Ardith Starostka Biography
Portraits and figurative paintings are a work of passion for artist Ardith Starostka. Beginning at a very young age, Ardith has had the desire to create works of art that capture the likeness of the human face and form. With skilled craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail, she portrays her subjects in an extraordinarily realistic style in oils and pastels.
In 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004 she has been awarded top honors in the Portrait Society of Americaâ€™s international portrait competitions. Ardith was chosen from over 30â€™000 artists to create a piece for a special meeting at the White House in 1995. Her paintings are included in collections at: the Blair House and the White House, Washington, D.C.; the Wright Brothers Museum, Nagshead, North Carolina; Cessna Aircraft, Inc.; the Decorative Arts Collection Museum, Wichita, Kansas; Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska; and several private collections across the U.S.
Ardith is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an Associates degree in Art. Continuing her education in fine art, she has attended workshops with distinguished artists, Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene and Richard Whitney.
Award Winner & Purchase Award, Art Renewal Center International Salon, 2005.
Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon, 2005.
Top Fifty Award, Salon International 2005, International Musuem of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, 2005.
First Place, Mixed Media Division, American Mothers, Inc., 2005.
Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 21st Annual Art Competition, 2004.
Historical Art Award, National Arts for the Parks Competition, 2004.
Top Honors Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, 2004 & 2000.
ARC Staff Award & Figurative Finalist, Art Renewal Center First Intâ€™l Juried Salon, 2004.
Ruth Richeson/Unison Award-Second overall & Honorable Mention-Figurative category, Pastel Journalâ€™s 5th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, 2004.
First Place, Oil Division, American Mothers, Inc., 2004.
First Place, Oil Division, Nebraska Mothers Assoc., 2004.
Juried Show, Pastel Society of America National Competition, New York City, 2003.
Award of Merit, Trinidad National Fine Art Exhibition, A.R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, CO, 2003.First Place, Watercolor Division, American Mothers, Inc., 2003.
First Place Watercolor Division, Nebraska Mother's Association, 2003. Best of Show, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition, 2003, 2000, 1998.
Merit Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, 2002. Best Portfolio Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, 2002, 2001.
Outstanding Alumni Award-Artist, Central Community College, 2002.
First Place & People's Choice Award, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition, 2004, 2002, 2001.
Solo show, Nebraska Governor's Mansion, 2002. Selected by the Portrait Society of America as "...a rising star in the firmament of American portraiture.", The Artist's Magazine, April, 2001.
Featured in The International Artist magazine, Oct/Nov, 2000.
Featured artist in "The Best of Watercolor, Splash 6: The Magic of Texture", North Light Books, 2000.
Juried Show, Kansas Watercolor Society 7-State Competition, 2000. Juried Show, California Watercolor Association, 1999.
Best of Show & People's Choice Award, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition, 1999. Pfizer Labs Viewers' Choice Award & Olive Ann Mateer Memorial Award, Northern Plains Watercolor Society, 1998.
Honorable Mention, Nebraska Habitat Stamp Competition, 1998, 1997.
Featured artist in The Best of Decorative Painting, North Light Books, 1998.
Honorable Mention, Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition, 1997.
Second Place, International Decorative Artists' Competition Award, 1995.
Featured artist representing U.S. in It's a Painter's World, a publication showcasing artists from six countries, 1995.
Judge's Award, Annual CAA Spring Show, 1995.
Selected from more than 30,000 decorative artists to create a piece for the White House, 1995.
Grand Prize Winner of the Better Homes & Gardens Decorative Woodcrafts Magazine "Creative Strokes" Contest, 1994.
First Place, International Decorative Artist's Competition Award, 1992.
Awarded CDA (Certified Decorative Artist), National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, 1991.