Springfield Museums announce Steampunk People’s Choice winners

Date: 5/29/2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums recently announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for their current exhibit, Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City. 

More than 40 regional artists were asked to create original works of Steampunk art and fashion for the project, and visitors have been casting their ballots for the best and most imaginative works in two exhibit categories – Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding, on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, and Fifty Firsts: Springfield Inventions Re-Invented at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The winners were announced by guest curator Bruce Rosenbaum at the Museums’ Culture & Cocktail event earlier this month. For the Brassy Bridal category, first place went to “Time to Wed,” an intricate and ornate wedding dress designed by Ruth Buffington and Jim Bremer. Second place went “Steam Queen” by Sarah Pruitt of Duchess von Pruitt Designs, while “Pink Lady” by Mary Beth Buckley claimed third place.

In the Fifty Firsts category, “The Mechanized Mouser in the Technical Topper,” a fantastical homage to classic Dr. Seuss character by Karen and James Dupuis, claimed top honors. “Mary Parsons at Forest Park” by Susan Montgomery finished in second place, and “Ted Shawn’s Automaton Dancer” by Lahri Bond took third place.

Each of the winners received a cash prize. The works will remain on view at the Springfield Museums through Sept. 28.