NEW HOPE Sculptor Christiane Casella last month was named the winner of the 2015 President's Award by the American Artists Professional League for her work in bronze called

Unconditional.

Chosen from among 27 entries in the sculpture category, Casella's piece is a round three-dimensional depiction of a mother and child.

Created in 1928 and based in New York, the American Artists Professional League hosts an annual national exhibition that "highlights major and emerging professional artists" in six categories. This year, the organization said it recognized 276 works by applicants from around the world.

"Bronze is my preferred medium," Casella wrote on her website, http://www.casellabronze.com. "Because of its counterintuitive nature, it is both warm and unyielding." - Inquirer staff