Plant Riverside District to Host Final Judging, Unveil Winner of National Artist Search on Dec. 16

PRD will host the final judging of The Kessler Collection’s The Next Original competition, a national search for the next great artist, on Friday, Dec.16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
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PRD will host the final judging of The Kessler Collection’s The Next Original competition, a national search for the next great artist, on Friday, Dec. 16. Launched on Nov. 7 with a prominent billboard in New York City’s Times Square, The Next Original competition received submissions from more than 1,500 artists across the United States. Photo / Plant Riverside District

Plant Riverside District – which is widely known as Savannah’s Entertainment District – will host the final judging of The Kessler Collection’s The Next Original competition, a national search for the next great artist, on Friday, Dec.16 from 2 to 4 p.m. The grand prize winner will be revealed in a private ceremony at 7 p.m. in Amethyst Ballroom at Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River St.

Launched on November 7 with a prominent billboard in New York City’s Times Square, The Next Original contest asked up-and-coming artists to submit original artwork – including paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, fiber, printmaking and other media – to be reviewed by a panel of judges led by Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. The Kessler Collection received submissions from more than 1,500 artists across the United States.

“At The Kessler Collection, we believe that people want to be inspired by art, beauty and creativity,” Kessler explained. “That’s why each of our hotels is an art gallery in itself, featuring original artwork that adds ambiance and sets the stage for guests to create memorable moments. Now, we plan to introduce the world to The Next Original through this special competition.”

The grand prize winner will have their artwork featured on a billboard in Times Square on New Year’s Eve and will be showcased in The Kessler Collection’s newest properties. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a one-year partnership with Grand Bohemian Gallery to exhibit their art and have prints of their artwork sold in Grand Bohemian Galleries alongside local, regional and signature artists.

The nine finalists for The Next Original competition include:

  • DEIRDRE BARRETT, Cambridge, Mass.
  • SHANNON “SHAN” FANNIN, Austin, Tex.
  • OLGA FURMAN, East Brunswick, N.J.
  • ALFREDO GONZALEZ, San Francisco, Calif.
  • KARIN HOLZER, Long Island, N.Y.
  • HALLIE PACKARD, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • CHASE PARKER, Tampa, Fla.
  • LAURA PAWLIK, Denver, Colo.
  • ELAINE SCHLOSS, Valley Cottage, N.Y.

A Kessler Collection property, Plant Riverside District is an award-winning destination in Savannah, Ga. developed by visionary and hotelier Richard C. Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Plant Riverside District originally opened in 2020 and attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.

To learn more about “The Next Original” Contest, please visit thenextoriginal.com.


ABOUT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT:

Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah’s Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit www.plantriverside.com and follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT THE KESSLER COLLECTION:

The Kessler Collection‘s portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boasts chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel’s exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and to encourage unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are immersed in redefined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel and a cutting-edge downtown icon to a premier luxury lodge, high-design Southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold, original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection, please visit www.kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.