Each year Crossroads Film Society commissions a piece of original artwork from a Mississippi artist or craftsman to be the prize for the "Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker."
The 2017 Ruma artwork, designed by Jackson artist Wade Acuff, is entitled "Always recording, so make something beautiful."
The painting is a future/retro take on film making. The main visual narrative expresses that in the future, everyone will tell a story through their given lenses or through their chosen lenses (eyes, equipment, or any other means of recording visual data). These stories will be told whether they're wanted or not, so it will be up to the individual to shape his/her story into something they would like the world to see. Basically, we're always recording, so make something beautiful!
A commentary on the current social media climate is suggested, although it's not necessarily the intent of the piece. Ultimately, viewers are always encouraged to create their own narratives through their own lenses.
The piece is mixed media: ink and watercolor, and is 11" x 15".
Wade Acuff is a professional artist for TV and Film productions, whose works focus on imagery as narrative that includes a science fiction or fantasy twist. After attaining an MFA from Mississippi State University, he has contributed to multiple educational television programs and films both nationally and internationally. With the variety of work he produces, Wade is able to pursue unique artistic endeavors that continue to push his artwork to new places.