Announcing Inaugural Call for ‘The Keller Prize’ International Online Art Exhibition and Prizes


The Keller Prize logo superimposed on a landscape painting by Jane Keller

Shelly Hamill, designer and Robert Wilborn, Keller Prize judge photographed at Aspen Grove Fine Art Gallery Aspen Colorado

Shelly Hamill, designer and Robert Wilborn, Keller Prize judge

Keller Prize creator Shelly Hamill pictured standing next to one of her mosaic sculptures at Aspen Grove Fine Art Gallery Aspen Colorado

Shelly Hamill, creator of the Keller Prize

Aspen artist, CO Shelly Hamill creates international art competition, Robert Wilborn of Aspen Grove Fine Arts as judge, Aspen Sojourner Magazine with winners.

As a fellow artist, I know how difficult it is to be successful and recognized for your work. I’ve created a contest that makes the submission process easier and provides exposure for artists around the world.

— Shelly Hamil

ASPEN, CO, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2022 / — Shelly Hamill is an Aspen-based mosaic artist with a studio in Aspen, CO for 14 years. Shelly Hamill is teaming up with Robert Wilborn of Aspen Grove Fine Art and Aspen Sojourner Magazine to launch the first call for art, ‘The Keller Prize’. “The Keller Prize” is named after Shelly’s grandmother, Jane Keller. Jane was a landscape painter and was known for her landscapes of Texas’ state flower, the bluebonnet. Jane was very influential in Shelly’s decision to become an artist.

Jane and her husband Jim Keller owned the popular Town Pump Antiques in Fort Worth, Texas when Shelly was a child. Shelly attended many auctions and flea markets with her grandparents, which directly influenced her mosaics, known for the use of decorative porcelain plates in her clothing sculptures. Shelly’s grandparents had a table in the back of their showroom for small items. A sign on the table invited customers to pay for these items by placing the money in a piggy bank at the front of the store for Shelly and her sister. It is in this spirit that Shelly created “The Keller Prize”.

“As a fellow artist, I know how difficult it is to achieve success and be recognized for your work. I have created a call for art that tries to make the submission and exhibition process as easy as possible. as possible for artists around the world.” says Shelly. “The Keller Prize” offers online exhibition using their website to feature all submissions in an online gallery as well as on their social media pages. This is unique in the art world because most submissions are never seen by anyone other than the judges. Online exhibition also eliminates the need for artists to spend additional money on framing or shipping. Artists can also submit their favorite works, works do not need to be currently on sale. And finally, one grand prize winner and 2 runners-up will be featured in the winter issue of Aspen Sojourner magazine, exhibiting the winners to an affluent and international clientele.

The call for art opened on June 7 and will run until August 30, 2022. Artists working in the fields of painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, textile art, mixed media and murals are welcome to submit. Submitted work and images of submitted work must be suitable for print and online media.
Submitted works can be viewed at
Artists interested in submitting their work can do so here:

A fee of US$45 covers the submission of up to 5 works and each additional work costs US$4.

About Shelly Hamill
Shelly Hamill is a mosaic artist known for her mosaic sculptures located in Aspen, Colorado. Hamill has been creating mosaics for 16 years and trained in Venice, Italy with maestro Lucio Orsoni and Antonella Gallende of the Orsoni Foundry, in operation since 1888. Hamill’s training led her to receive a “Master of Mosaic “. Hamill’s work can be seen online at In 2006 she began exhibiting her work publicly. She has been praised for her work and has had several solo and group exhibitions.

About Robert Wilborn
Robert Wilborn is the director of the Aspen Grove Fine Arts gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Robert has worked in galleries for over 22 years in various capacities. Aspen Grove Fine Arts is part of a collection of 8 Colorado and New Mexico galleries representing national and international artists from all mediums. Robert has helped launch the careers of many artists and maintains relationships with discerning collectors around the world.

About Aspen Stay
Aspen Sojourner magazine has been an award-winning print publication since 1995. Keller Prize winners will be featured in a 2-page advert in the Winter/Spring 2022/2023 issue in both print and online, worth over $8,400. (1) Grand Prize and (2) Finalists will be chosen.

• Aspen Sojourner has been an award-winning publication since 1995
• 52,000 annual prints
• 286,000 annual readers with an average family income of over $500,000
• Distribution strengths: accommodation, property and property management, high-end retailers, galleries, restaurants, private and public airports, bed and breakfasts and hospitality centers.
• Exclusive distribution at Delta, United and American Airline Club airports nationwide.

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