The 10th annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach came to the finale on Sunday, May 21, 2017, and announced “Liquid Love” by Kameron Neal of Brooklyn, NY, as “Best of Show” (click over to our Instagram for the video). The projection art festival sponsored by Christie welcomed artists from around the world to Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County to showcase original digital artwork on the stark white walls of Alys Beach’s homes.

“Digital Graffiti is a surreal opportunity for artists to use their voices and experiences to challenge the pure white architecture of Alys Beach,” Neal says. “I’m honored to have participated in its 10th year and hope that Digital Graffiti can continue to foster artists’ growth for many more.”

Best of Show “Liquid Love,” a stop-motion animation self-portrait by Kameron Neal

The list of winners includes:

  • Best of Show ($5,000 prize): Kameron Neal, Brooklyn, NY, “Liquid Love”
  • Curator’s Choice ($2,000): Axel Cuevas Santamaria, Columbus, OH/Mexico, “Protoplastmic Routes”
  • Special Recognition ($1,000 prizes):
    • Nowhere Mountain (aka Mark Regester and Dave Madden), St. Louis, MO, and Salt Lake City, UT, “Flag”
    • David Bennett, Nashville, TN, “STRAY VOLTAGE”
    • Holger Foerterer, Karlsruhe, Germany, “Fluidum 2”

A panel of art and industry experts led by curator Brett Phares served as the jury for the festival and selected the winners. The panel included Florida State University College of Communication research associate Lucia Fishburne, journalist Evan Narcisse, urban designer Mark Schnell, Christie senior solutions architect Roy Anthony, and New York-based mixed media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo.

In addition to the juried competition, a select group of artists who participated in the DG2017 Visiting Artist Residency, were invited to create a large-scale piece at Digital Graffiti. Jinku Kim, Providence, RI; Krystal Schultheiss, who participated as an artist in Digital Graffiti in 2015, of Melbourne, Australia; and Robert Seidel of Berlin, Germany, who earned “Best of Show” in 2008, the first year of the festival.

Digital Graffiti was held May 19-21, 2017, at Alys Beach.  For more information about the festival, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.