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Awards Announced at Opening of “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2018

Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2018, marked the formal opening of the “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was contemporary South Carolina artist Hollis Brown Thornton, of Aiken. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Jumana Swindler, chair of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to competition newcomer Kevin Spaulding, for his oil painting, “Hearth”. The painting is one of two works by Spaulding in the exhibit. Spaulding, who recently relocated to Florence County, has been an accomplished artist for over 20 years. He received a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before living and working in New York.


Kevin Spaulding standing by his work “Hearth”.

“Spaulding’s entries are rich, darkly-toned, and technically proficient,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte. “His subject matter is rendered within a natural environment, but avoids being landscape painting, it appears isolated in place and time, like classical still life. The two works in the competition are photo-realistic in detail, yet minimal in composition. The result is something both traditional and contemporary. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.”

A Second Place award of $600 was given to Haley Ard, also of Florence County, for her large mixed media work, “The Kitchen Sink”. Although perhaps the youngest artist in the exhibition, Ard is no stranger to high-profile competitions, and is currently exhibiting work in Spartanburg, SC.

In 2017, she received due attention for her assemblage-portrait “Made-Up”, composed of cosmetics and accessories. The work, exhibited at ArtFields in Lake City, was intended to raise questions about the purpose of wearing makeup, and whether it is used to enhance beauty, or cover to it up.

“Like ‘Made-Up’, Ard’s collage ‘The Kitchen Sink’ is an excellent example of the relationship between media and message,” Motte said. “This is one of the most difficult lines to walk for a lot of artists, and Ard is showing a lot of maturity in her handling of concept with craftsmanship.”

Third Place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn, a veteran printmaker, for her serigraph “Congaree Forest Ribbon”. MacAnn has received numerous honors in past Pee Dee Regional exhibitions for her works on paper, which often originate in photographic imagery before being reinterpreted in print.

The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Alexandra Knox, of Loris, SC, for her sculptural mixed media wall piece, “Five to Nine”. The work, created from wax casts of the artist’s hands held together with horse hair, is one of two by Knox in this year’s exhibition.

About Knox, competition juror Hollis Brown Thornton had this to say, “… stunning to see in person. Incredibly organic and visceral. It is difficult to add humanity and vulnerability to an object using technique and materials, and Knox’s ‘hands’ have done that beautifully.”

Thornton is a professional artist and native of Aiken, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of South Carolina and has been working professionally since 2000. His work has been exhibited in France, Germany and Japan, and has appeared in “Elle” magazine and “The New Yorker”.

Thornton became Gallery Director at Mongerson Gallery in Chicago in 2001 where he also worked for two years as an art preparator. Returning to South Carolina in August 2005, Thornton and his wife opened the clothing boutique Threads, in downtown Aiken.

Thornton’s recent large scale drawings often examine the malleable nature of memory in both personal experience and popular culture. His colorful compositions are carefully rendered with photo-realistic effect, at times using only permanent marker, a medium which alludes to the concepts at play beyond the artworks’ surfaces.

When asked about his approach to making art, he says, “Everything I do works with the balance between precision and the inherent limitations of making something by hand.”

Thornton’s recent works will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in the fall of 2018.

As in previous years, the “2018 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibition is comprised of 30 works selected from nearly 200 submissions in multiple media. “We have seen a notable increase in entries this year, a lot of which are coming from artists new to this competition,” Motte commented.

“I hope that, with this annual competition, the Florence County Museum can continue to engage with contemporary artists, and encourage the creative intelligence in the state. Artists should know that they are a part of something outside the studio… that the physical works they create are assets that give intangible value to the world around them.”

The reception was organized and catered with refreshments prepared by museum volunteers. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lillies, of Florence.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 30, 2018 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 23. The winner will be announced Monday, March 26.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 30, 2018.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

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Oconee County Arts & Historical Ambassador Award Was Awarded to Martha File in Upstate, SC

January 31, 2018

The Oconee County Arts & Historical Commission announces Martha File as the recipient of the 2017 Arts and Historical Ambassador Award. File is the inaugural winner of the Ambassador Award, created to recognize a volunteer with “Outstanding Contributions” in the fields of Art, History or Culture in Oconee County. The Ambassador Award honors achievements that extend beyond the expected and make a difference in our community.

Martha File, a founding member of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT), has worked diligently to educate and grow the efforts of South Carolina’s first quilt trail. Oconee County was the first County in South Carolina to embrace the quilt trail concept and there are now over 200 quilts on display across Oconee, Anderson and Pickens Counties. File has coordinated trail expansion, recruited numerous volunteers and as a result, the trail now has a studio in each of the three counties. In addition, she has worked with other counties across South Carolina and neighboring states to introduce and provide resources for additional quilt trails.

Mari Noorai, chairperson of the arts and historical commission says, “Martha’s service to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has promoted Oconee County and its heritage. Her dedication and unwavering initiative make Martha the 2017 Arts & Historical Ambassador. Many thanks to Martha and all our exemplary volunteers that help us to ‘Celebrate Oconee.'”

Phil Shirley, director of parks, recreation and tourism for Oconee County says, “I remember Martha’s very first pitch to me about the idea of a quilt trail in 2009. I never imagined it growing to over 200 quilts and spreading across the Upstate. File’s dedication and leadership bring a shining light to our community and we congratulate her on being named the 2017 Oconee County Arts and Historical Ambassador of the Year.”

File says, “On behalf of the all the volunteers of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail we are honored to have been selected for this award. Helping preserve and promote the history of the Upstate through quilts and sharing the stories of those who made them is a very rewarding experience for us. We would like to thank the many people who have helped us on the journey and we look forward to the new adventures that await us.”

File will be recognized and presented an engraved plaque at the Spring Arts and Historical reception. In addition, a donation will be made in her honor to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

For more information on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, visit (www.uhqt.org).

Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, Award Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell Regional Artist Project Grants

December 9, 2017

The Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, has announced Union County artists Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell have been awarded Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Regional Artist Project Grants provide awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Botz attended NYU where he met some of America’s greatest painters and photographers and felt encouraged to pursue his vision in photography. His photography talents have taken him to the Himalayas where he photographs some of his greatest work. His grant award will allow him to purchase a field view camera for distance photographing.

Bell, an Emmy-award winning staff television producer, will use her grant award to develop a crowdsourcing website to raise funds to support her documentary film based on Union County author Gene Stowe’s “Inherit the Land”. The book recounts the story of a white family in Union County who, in the early 1900s, bequeathed a fortune to the African-American branch of their family.

“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”

The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York, SC, counties. Artists who have lived in these counties for one year are eligible to apply through the arts councils where they live. The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils support the program.

Union County Community Arts Council is located at 120 N. Main Street in Monroe, NC 28112.

For further information call 704/283-2784 or visit (http://unionarts.org/).

CamdenART in Camden, SC, Announces Winners of Fall Member’s Show

November 27, 2017

CamdenART (CArt) recently held its Fall Members’ Show, in the Bassett Gallery, of The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, in Camden, SC, in conjunction with the Gallery Gallop held November 17, 2017. The top three winners, along with two Honorable Mentions and the People’s Choice were announced during the opening reception. This year’s exhibit was judged by Liz Steiner.

Liz Steiner received her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and a BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State University in 2006 where she also earned a minor in Geology. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in shows such as the Alchemy: The Enamelist Society Student Exhibition, and the SNAG Annual Juried Student Exhibition: No Boundaries, and SNAG Annual Juried Student Slide Show: A Presence of Thought, both in Houston Texas. Liz has had work published in Lark’s 500 Pendants and Lockets and 500 Enameled Objects and curated the international exhibition Hot Under the Collar. She was the 2012 Artist Fellow in Fine Metals at Peters Valley Craft Center and a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant. Recently, Steiner was the Teaching Artist in Metal Arts at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, before returning to live and teach in Greenville, NC.

The CArt Fall Member Show winners were:

Honorable Mentions–Sharon Collings Licata for an alabaster sculpture; and Sam Compton for “Just Out of Reach,” mixed media

Third Place–Alice Brooks for “Eclipse,” watercolor
Second Place–Beth Woodall for “Brothers,” colored pencil; and
First Place–Laurie McIntosh for “The One is Enough,” mixed media. Be sure to catch first place winner, Laurie McIntosh’s upcoming exhibition entitled “Environmental Abstractions” in the Bassett Gallery April 12 through May 6.


Work by Laurie McIntosh

People’s Choice Award–This year there was a three-way tie for the People’s Choice. The winners include: Beth Woodall for “Farrier, colored pencil; Arlene Hutcheson for “Untitled,” mixed media; and Dot Goodwin for “Hot Chocolate,” acrylic.

The public is invited to visit the Bassett Gallery to enjoy the exhibition weekdays from 10am to 5pm through Dec. 15, 2017. Various pieces are for sale and would make great holiday gifts for the art lover on your list.

For more information, please call the FAC Box Office, or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-6pm.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

Southern Prize and State Fellowships Application Open for Visual Artists – Deadline is Dec. 15, 2017

November 12, 2017

For the second year in a row, South Arts, based in Atlanta, GA, is accepting entries for the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One fellowship with a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to an individual artist in each state. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize of an additional $25,000 and a finalist prize of $10,000. The Southern Prize winner also receives a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

“Artists in our region are producing some of the most creative work in our country,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “From traditional quilting to bleeding-edge 3D printing sculptures to dynamic installations driving conversations on social justice, southern artists are creating important, extraordinary works.”

Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until Dec. 15, 2017, through South Arts’ website at (www.southarts.org). Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary styles are eligible.

“The Southern Prize and State Fellowships impact the careers and lives of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “Previous winners have used their awards to purchase materials to create new work, enroll in residency programs, and secure studio space. The funds are unrestricted, so the winning artists can spend the awards on whatever they may need.”

A panel of national judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded at a ceremony which will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA, in April 2018.

The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, foundation, businesses, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

For more information, visit (www.southarts.org).

Editor’s Note: at the time of posting this the website link was not working.

Jane D. Hart Wins First Place Award at Pastel Society of South Carolina Exhibit in North Charleston, SC

October 30, 2017

Charleston, SC, artist Jane D. Hart has been awarded First Place for her painting Old Friends at the “2017 Pastel Society of South Carolina Inaugural Member Exhibition” at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC. Christopher Groves, the judge of awards, made the following comments about his choice of this painting of two old fishing boats on the marsh in the late afternoon light.

“The harmony of color and depiction of the time of day is very convincing. One can really feel the peacefulness of the place.”

A resident of Johns Island, Hart enjoys painting the local landscapes and scenes that one might pass every day and not notice. She is attracted to late afternoon light and color, and strives to capture in her paintings the magic of ordinary places. She expresses it this way: “Because the landscape and the architecture of the area are changing all the time, I feel it is important for artists to document the beauty of things as they are now. Since I photographed those charming, rusty old fishing boats on the way out to Folly Beach, at least one of them has disappeared, so I feel very fortunate to have seen them.”

Hart’s paintings are held by private collectors throughout the US, and her work has been exhibited in regional exhibitions in the Southeast. She has won numerous awards for her work, is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America in New York and Women Painters of the Southeast, and is also a juried exhibiting member and former board member of the Charleston Artist Guild.

View Jane Hart’s work at Perspective Gallery, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC, and at (www.janehartart.com).

For further info e-mail Jane Hart at (Janedhart843@gmail.com).

CVCC Student’s Artwork Selected by Hickory Museum of Art Guild to Represent 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts in Hickory, NC – Nov. 11, 2017

October 30, 2017

The Hickory Museum of Art Guild, in Hickory, NC, in a cooperative effort with Catawba Valley Community College, has announced the winner of a graphic design competition for advertising a November 11 Guild event. The submission by Melissa Mooney, a second-year student majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design, was chosen from among eleven different presentations by CVCC students. Hers was selected by the HMA Guild to represent the 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts. Posters, online information, and mailed invitations for the HMA Guild event will feature Melissa’s artwork.

Mooney, 18, resides in Alexander County and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Student Leadership Academy. She also participated at SkillsUSA as the graphic designer for CVCC’s entrepreneurship team. The team received gold at the state level and silver in the national level for 2017. Melissa’s volunteer efforts include being a youth soccer coach at the YMCA and summer youth programs at Hickory Cove Bible Camp where she has been a counselor, lifeguard, photographer, and assistant to the marketing director. In her spare time, she enjoys art and sharing her creative skills with others.

“We have been doing this with CVCC for about four years,” says Robyn Parker, HMA Guild chair of Evening for the Arts. “They have designed our invitations for one of our spring events and three of our fall Angel of the Arts events. During this whole time the students have turned out beautiful work. Each student has different talents, so it is fun to see what choices they give us. We are always excited to work with them and their instructor, Jennifer Cobb.”

The Advertising and Graphic Design program is part of the Fine and Applied Arts department at CVCC. It is a two-year degree that explores multiple areas of design including print design, packaging, typography, interactive design, web design, and more. For information about the program, contact the program head, Jennifer Cobb, at 828/327-7000, ext. 4020 or by email at (jcobb@cvcc.edu).

Evening for the Arts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 6-9 pm at Lake Hickory Country Club. Guests will enjoy live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, two tickets for the beverage of their choice, and participation in both live and silent auctions. Reservations are $50 and should be placed by Friday, Nov. 3rd via (www.HickoryArt.org) or by contacting the Kelly Smith with Hickory Museum of Art at 828/327-8576.

This year’s event will again include a raffle drawing. The winner will have a choice of one of the following trips: a Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two (4 or 5 nights), a Fairmont Scottsdale Golf and Spa for Two in Scottsdale, AZ, or a $1000 Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago Shopping Spree. The winner does not need to be present on Nov. 11 in order to win. Raffle tickets are $35 each and may be purchased on the website, the museum office, or from any HMA Guild member.

Major sponsors of this year’s Evening for the Arts are David E. Looper & Company, and Alex Lee/Lowes Foods/ Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. George. Other sponsorship levels are still available and can be arranged by contacting the museum at 828-327-8576.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory NC. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art, classes, field trips, and events, visit (www.HickoryArt.org) or call 828/327-8576.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail of South Carolina to Honor Lucy Harward as the 2017 UHQT Quilter of the Year in Pickens, SC – Oct. 6, 2017

September 29, 2017

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail of South Carolina is pleased to announce a reception to honor Lucy Harward of Pickens, SC, as the 2017 UHQT Quilter of the Year. The Quilter of the Year Program was initiated in 2010 to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. The UHQT receives much support from the quilting community, it is our way to say thank you to artists who provide service to their community.


Lucy Harward and her husband Dale.

The public is cordially invited to the Pickens Community Center in Pickens, SC, at 10am on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, to celebrate Harward’s many contributions to the community. There will be an exhibition of some of her quilts, in the Granger Fiber Arts Room of the Center. Refreshments will be provided in the Jack Black Room by the UHQT and the Pickens Senior Center. Three of the quilts from the trail that Harward created will be on display in the Jack Black Room. Tours of the facility and its collection of fiber arts and antique sewing items will be available.

Lucy Harward is the driving force of the Granger Fabric Arts room at the Community Center in the City of Pickens. She resides, with her husband Dale, on a beautiful farm, located halfway between Pickens and Pumpkintown. She is a life-long seamstress, completing her first dress at nine years of age, with, as she says, “a zipper down the back.” Harward began quilting approximately 30 years ago when she and Dale lived in Winter Garden, FL. She was taking classes in a shop on tailoring and dressmaking and admired the quilts displayed there. The rest is history, as they say!

Upon retirement 18 years ago, she and Dale moved back to Pickens where Harward grew up and attended her daddy’s church, Grace Methodist, went to school at Pickens Junior & Senior High, and walked down the old Doodle Trail with her friend Jane Eckman so many years ago.
Harward is also a long time member and past president of the UpCountry Quilt Guild. Her many accomplishments include fund raising and grant writing for the Pickens Community Center and the Hagood Auditorium, weekly volunteering and serving on the board of Canon Hospital, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels and developing a variety of ministries and outreach throughout the county. She shares her expertise with any learners who come her way, creating a plethora of classes in the fiber arts.

As Harward states, “I help people achieve things that they would like to achieve!”

For further information call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

A Sojourn to Spain with Ramón y Cajal: Fulbright España Senior Research Fellowship Awarded to Dawn Hunter

August 31, 2017

The prestigious Fulbright España Senior Research Fellowship had been awarded to Dawn Hunter, an associate professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

The award is in support of her new series of drawings and paintings titled Aesthetic Instincts: the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. This new body of artwork is an immersive, comprehensive biographical project that, through visual art, examines and represents the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (May 1, 1852 – October 17, 1934). Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish scientist and the first person to demonstrate that the nervous system was made up of individual units (neurons) that were independent of one another but linked together at points of functional contact called synapses. Ramón y Cajal illustrated the results of his studies with elegant drawings of neurons that he proposed work independently or collectively, and that each individual unit can participate simultaneously in individual or multiple neuron functions. Ramón y Cajal was a 1906 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine that was awarded jointly to another neuroscientist, Camillo Golgi “in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system,” however, their research was mutually exclusive and embraced opposing theses. Santiago Ramón y Cajal is considered by many to be the father of modern neuroscience.


Dawn Hunter, “Portrait of Cajal in Pyramidal Neurons”, ink and pen on paper, 2015

Hunter said: “It is an honor to receive such a tremendous life-changing opportunity. I am immensely thankful to everyone at my University, the NIH and the Instituto Cajal who have helped me in the development and realization of this project. I am particularly grateful the Dr. Jim Augustine for believing in the vision of my idea and encouraging me to invest in this creative endeavor. Cajal was such a fascinating and inspiring individual. I look forward to deepening my understanding of him and his work through this upcoming sojourn in Spain.”


Dawn Hunter, detail from “Cajal Inventory: Silveriahead”, heart and spine, graphite, ink and acrylic on paper, 11″ x 14,” 2016

While in Spain, Hunter will continue the development of her creative project by researching the archives of the Cajal Legacy of the Cajal Institute or Instituto Cajal. The Cajal Legacy contains many items bequeathed to the Instituto Cajal, which includes some research items like microscopes, manuscripts, medals, as well as Cajal’s scientific drawings and photographs. The Instituto Cajal is the oldest neurobiology research center in Spain which belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The Cajal Institute originates from the Laboratorio de Investigaciones Biológicas, founded in 1900 by order of King Alfonso XIII in honor of the Moscow Prize awarded to Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

Dr. Juan De Carlos, the curator of the Cajal Legacy, invited Hunter to apply for a Fulbright at the Instituto Cajal after meeting her and seeing her speak at a professional meeting hosted by the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NINDS Senior Investigator, Jeff Diamond, invited Hunter to deliver a presentation at the first international symposium honoring Cajal, October 2015 held at the NIH. Hunter also participated in the second international conference, May 2017 held at the Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.


Dawn Hunter with Cajal Inventory exhibition, May 2017, Instituto Cajal, Madrid Spain – exhibition was held as part of the 2nd Collaborative International Symposium honor Cajal coordinated by the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD and the Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.

Fulbright Scholar awards are made possible through funds appropriated annually by the US Congress, contributions from partner countries and the private sector. The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations.

Dawn Hunter pursued her undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA), Parsons School of Design, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art & Music. As a Regents Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of California, Davis. She has participated in numerous solo and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Additionally, she has also received many awards and grants for her artwork, most notably, a Starr Foundation Fellowship, enabling her to be the first American woman to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Academy of Art, London. A selection of seven artworks from her series, Aesthetic Instincts: the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, are currently on display alongside several original scientific drawings completed by Cajal at the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NINDS Senior Investigator, Jeff Diamond curated the exhibition.

For further information e-mail to (dawnmariehunter@yahoo.com) or visit (www.dawnhunterart.com).

 

New World Festival of the Arts in Manteo, NC, Announced Award Recipients

August 31, 2017

In perfect summer weather, over 75 world-class artists, with the backdrop of the Manteo, NC’s waterfront provided the ideal setting for the “36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts” on Aug. 16 and 17, 2017.


Best in Show Award Recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Mixed media artist Lisa Beth Robinson, who is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, judged the show. She observed watercolor, acrylic, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood design, leatherwork, and many other media.


Third place award recipient Gregory Bryant. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

“Jurying the show presented me with difficult choices; I saw a great deal of beautiful and finely crafted work,” said Robinson. “My first consideration was, of course, the formal properties of the work: craft, skill, creativity, and concept. Beyond that, I was looking for artists who used their media in ways that exceeded the traditional boundaries of the material with an exceptional level of skill and work that appeared ripe for pushing these boundaries.”

Robinson carefully selected the following winners:
Best In Show- Jennifer Rose Hyde from Manteo, NC. (fiber/jewelry)
Second Place- Sheila Nash from Norfolk, VA, (watercolor)
Third Place- Gregory Bryant from Norfolk, VA, (jewelry)
Merit Awards: Cammie Hall from Kitty Hawk, NC, (jewelry), Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan from Kill Devil Hills, NC, (photography), Dawn Gray Moraga from Kitty Hawk, NC. (acrylic), and Laura Frye from Washington, NC (watercolor).

Best In Show winner Jennifer Rose Hyde paints with needles and threads that compose wearable art with vibrant colors and textures. Second place winner Sheila Nash is a watercolor artist who paints on paper with transparent watercolor. Third place winner Gregory Bryant’s unique porcelain jewelry has an ancient, yet modern design. “What a nice surprise it was to get this award,” said artist Gregory Bryant. “This was my third year participating in the show. I continue to be lured by the charm, hospitality, and unique character of Manteo. I really enjoyed my customers- a great mix of locals and vacationers.”

Presented by PNC Bank for the third consecutive year, the New World Festival of the Arts is a Manteo tradition that provides awareness of current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic Town of Manteo.

Thank you to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, corporate sponsor SAGA Construction & Development, event partner The Town of Manteo, and show organizers Erin Johnson and Louise Sanderlin.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help organize this show,” said jewelry artist and DCAC staff member Erin Johnson. “As a graduate of The College of the Albemarle’s fine arts program and a budding artist, this show has been a wonderful learning experience. I enjoyed working with all of the New World Festival artists and seeing their artwork.”

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about the Dare County Arts Council’s upcoming events, please call 252/473.-5558 or visit (www.DareArts.org).