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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Announces NC Art Outreach Project 2016

August 22, 2016


GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, announces its second installment of the NC Artist Outreach Project, a program made possible by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. The NC Art Outreach Project (Oct. 6-7, 2016) is designed to provide exposure to North Carolina artists by facilitating a dialogue with a nationally recognized artist, critic and curator. This year’s project is hosted in conjunction with GreenHill’s fall exhibition “Insistent Objects: Works by Young NC Sculptors” (Sept. 2 – Nov. 6, 2016).

Following on the success of the 2014 NC Art Outreach Project held during GreenHill’s exhibition Independents, this year’s project will offer the artists of Insistent Objects artists an invaluable opportunity to network with experts in the field of sculpture and receive direct feedback about their creative practices. Beginning on Oct. 6, 2016, at 6pm in The Gallery at GreenHill with a Panel Roundtable, guest panelists will present their experience working in contemporary art giving attention to the sculpture mediums. Guest Panelists include Glenn Harper, Tom Moran and Michael Ballou. Admission is Free.

On Oct. 7, 2016, artists will present slides to the panel for feedback and critique. Curated by Edie Carpenter, Insistent Objects is the first sculpture survey organized by GreenHill in a decade, highlighting works in the round by 18 hand-picked young contemporary artists who work, teach, studied or participated in an artist residency in North Carolina.  Participating artists include Ivana Milojevic Beck, Casey Cook, Andy Denton, Aaron Earley, Mario Gallucci, Rachel K. Garceau, Peter Goff, Joe Grant, Paul Howe, Kamal Nassif, Benjamin S. Reid, John Seefeldt, Austin Sheppard, Meg Stein, Frankie Toan, Kevin M. Vanek, Lu Xu and Ashley York.

Glenn Harper is Editor of “Sculpture” magazine and was formerly editor of “Art Papers”. He has written for “Aperture”, “Artforum”, “Public Art Review”, “Afterimage”, “Exit Express”, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others. Tom Moran is Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre landscaped sculpture park on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds which has been instrumental in introducing sculpture to a wider public. During his 30 year tenure as Director of Arts Inclusion and Artistic Services at the New Jersey State Arts Council he placed thousands of works of art in the state and federal buildings. Michael Ballou is a New York-based visual artist who works in media including film, installation, performance and sculpture.  A longstanding member of the Williamsburg artist community in Brooklyn, he was one of the guiding spirits behind Four Walls, a combination of clubhouse and laboratory for the exchange of art and ideas hosted in his garage studio. He has exhibited at Valentine Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, and the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

Preceding the morning private presentations, join us in The Gallery for opportunity to talk with artists and panelists during a catered breakfast from 8:30am to 9:45am.  Cost is $8/person.  Registration is available at ( Register before Oct. 5, 2016. An evening opening reception of Insistent Objects will be held in The Gallery at GreenHill as a Downtown Greensboro First Friday program from 6-9pm.

GreenHill is the center for NC Art. GreenHill engages a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. GreenHill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC.

GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Parking is available in Davie Street and Church Street parking decks in downtown Greensboro.  The Gallery at GreenHill is open Tue.-Fri. 12-7pm, Saturdays 12-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For more information visit (

Tri-State Sculptors 38th Annual Conference Takes Place in the Seagrove Area of NC – Oct. 6-9, 2016

June 20, 2016


Sculptors from around the country will be converging on the Seagrove area to participate in the 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference, “Creativity, Communication and Collaboration”, Oct. 6-9, 2016, hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. Located in the center of NC and the Tri-State area of VA, NC, and SC, the Seagrove area offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference.

This conference is designed to meet the needs and interests of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3-D media, including metal, clay, glass, fibers, stone and mixed media. It will be a valuable educational experience that includes not only technical information, but marketing and business information as well.

The Conference format will consist of one day of area tours, and two days of technical and educational presentations, demos and workshops, a sculpture trade show on Friday along with round table discussions, 4 member exhibitions, and evening events. Artist Noah Scalin, author of several books on creativity, art and design including the award winning “Skull-A-Day Art Project”, will be the Friday evening keynote speaker and Daniel Johnston, well-known potter and sculptor, will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening.

Both keynote addresses are free and open to the public along with Friday evening Tri-State Sculptors art opening at the Sarah Smith Self Gallery in Asheboro, NC, and the Saturday afternoon events from 1 – 8pm at Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove which include the creation of sand molds, and watching the molds being poured with molten iron courtesy of Liberty Arts. This project receives support from the NC Arts Council. Saturday afternoon and evening will also include the firing of a large clay sculpture by Daniel Johnston that will still be aflame when revealed Saturday evening along with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the newly dedicated Sculpture Garden.

We are anticipating that attendance will exceed 150 sculpture professionals and educators, giving attendees ample networking, education and exhibition opportunities. Attendance and exhibition opportunities are open to current Tri-State Members. Membership is $35 and $20 for students. Registration will open in June of 2016.

For more information about the conference, visit ( Please contact Catherine at 336/873-8291 or e-mail to ( if you have questions about attending or being a vendor for our conference.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc.

The 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference is being hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture, ( and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, ( with support from Tri-State Sculptors, the NC Arts Council, the NC Zoo, the NC Pottery Center, the Randolph Arts Guild and the Seagrove Area Pottery Association.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, To Host Annual Watercolor Society of NC Convention and Exhibit – Deadline for Entries May 30, 2016

April 19, 2016


The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 71st statewide convention and exhibit will be hosted by the Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo, NC, from Oct. 9 – Nov. 18, 2016. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4pm.

“I am looking forward to having outstanding artists of this caliber sharing their talents with the residents of the Outer Banks,” said award-winning watercolorist and event co-chair Peggy Saporito.

View of the 2015 exhibition.

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (

The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016.

The exhibition is open to any watermedia artist over the age of 18 who is a resident of North Carolina and a current member of WSNC. You can easily become a member online at (

In addition to the exhibit, the Dare County Arts Council will also host four seminars, the annual meeting, a luncheon and a workshop with award-winning watercolorist and juror Mark Mehaffey for members of the WSNC.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit is sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“We are excited about the WSNC exhibition and pleased to be working with the Dare County Arts Council. Our founder Don Bryan was an accomplished painter. With this show, we will return to our roots in the visual arts,” said President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series John Tucker.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please visit ( or (

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Calls for Papers and Proposals – Deadline June 30, 2016

February 29, 2016

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) is issuing a call for papers and proposals for the 8th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference, hosted and sponsored by BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville on Sept. 23-25, 2016. The call welcomes any theme related to Black Mountain College, with optional special topics: “The Painters of Black Mountain College” and “Democracy and the Liberal Arts”. All disciplines are welcome, including papers, performances, panels, and workshops.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

For information about submitting a proposal, contact Alice Sebrell by e-mail at ( or call 828/350-8484.

The keynote speaker this year will be Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. From 2010 to 2014 she served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, where she organized “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 – 1957” with Associate Curator, Ruth Erickson.

ReVIEWING Black Mountain College is an annual conference that preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College and explores the work of contemporary scholars who bring new insights into the college’s short life. In previous years presenters have examined special topics such as “The Writers of Black Mountain College”,  “Bauhaus + USA”, “Buckminster Fuller’s Legacy”, and “Shaping Craft + Design”. While the ReVIEWING conference welcomes proposals on any themes related to Black Mountain College, this year’s special topics will be “The Painters of Black Mountain College” and “Democracy and the Liberal Arts”. The keynote speaker, Helen Molesworth, will share insights from her research for the exhibition and corresponding publication Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, on view last fall at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston and now at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

Last year, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 7 featured over 50 cross-disciplinary presenters from around the country as well as Ireland, Switzerland, Lithuania, Germany, and Austria. ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 8 invites scholars and artists to build upon the conference’s strong and diverse foundation.

The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2016.

For information please contact Alice Sebrell by e-mail at ( or call 828/350-8484.

City of Newberry, SC, Offers Second Annual SC Clay Conference – Feb. 26-28, 2016

November 7, 2015


The second annual South Carolina Clay Conference takes place on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, 2016, in Newberry, SC, It promises to bring together the growing community of SC potters, clay artists, students and teachers for three days of amazing presentations, pertinent conversation, and instructive demonstrations all while meeting three remarkable presenters. Michael Sherrill, Glenda E. Guion and Bill Griffith join together to demonstrate, discuss and share the techniques and inspirations that creates the personal work they, and others, do today.


“Moving Clay Forward-Making Clay Personal” is the theme of the 2016 SCCC. Michael Sherrill and Glenda Guion will be on stage Friday and Saturday demonstrating the unique techniques each uses and has created over their careers in clay. Wheel demonstrations as well as handbuilding, extruding and finishing techniques are on the agenda. Participants will be able to interact with the presenters and engage in discussion on how each artists works to discover their personal language through clay.
Sunday, Bill Griffith offers an inspiring and thought awakening presentation on how various artists and potters have made their clay speak their own language. In fact, it was thorough conversations with Bill that this year’s theme “Making Clay Personal” was born.

The SCCC organizers, their attendees and presenters are creating a stronger and more connected clay community in SC. “Moving Clay Forward –Making Clay Personal” is three days of meeting other potters and sculptors, learning about clay organizations around SC, gathering an immense amount of information and inspiration from the presenters and each other as well as having a wonderful time to mingle and socialize with everyone attending. There may even be a little dancing!

For additional information visit ( There you will find links to the Eventbrite registration page, general information, as well as presenter bios. Registration is now open and space is limited.

Editor’s Note: Even if you’re not interested in this event and you are a clay artist, potter, or use clay in the creation of art and living in South Carolina, you may want to contact the folks in Newberry and give them your contact info. They are trying to build a data base of clay artists in SC.