Kyle topped more than 200 entries from across the nation to win first place in the Valdosta National 2009 Juried all-Media Competition at Valdosta State University at Valdosta, Georgia.
The winning entry, “Future Site of Everything,” typifies the artist’s ongoing concern about the loss of natural habitat to development: a sign bearing its title, surrounded by a forest of miniature trees and shrubs and a tiny railroad.
A second multimedia work by Kyle, titled “Scientists of Sudden Death,” was awarded an honorable mention.
“Kyle uses his highly developed artistic talent to make universally significant statements about the environment,” said gallery owner and director Vireginia Miller. “These two awards are well-deserved recognition for the outstanding work being done by this artist.” The gallery regularly displays Kyle’s multimedia installations and other works in various exhibitions in Coral Gables as well as at the Bridge Art Fair held during Art Basel Miami Beach.
The prestigious competition was juried by the renowned painter Arnold Mesches, presently featured in a one-person show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The 85-year-old artist, who began exhibiting in 1946, had his 100th exhibition at PS1 in New York in 2002.
Five series of Kyle’s works are shown on the gallery web site under Mid-Career Artists. Although he uses only one name professionally, with permission of the artist the gallery web site includes two names in order to be ranked on search engines.