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John Hrehov's "Pirate Grave," 2021, photo credit: Christopher Crawford

Artistic works of whimsy

While many struggled with forced isolation during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, John Hrehov instead embraced the solitude to create some of his career's best painting.

And now he has been rewarded for it.

The New York Foundation for the Arts recently announced the Purdue University Fort Wayne professor of painting and drawing as the Recharge New Surrealist Prize winner, which includes a $7,000 award. More than 450 artists entered the contest.

Read the full story in the Journal Gazette (subscription required)