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Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival Takes Place in Greensboro, NC – Nov. 14, 2015

November 6, 2015

More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 10am until 4pm. Located at the Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, NC 27410, a large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC, SC, & VA will be available for sale.

Work by Molly Lithgo

Founders Molly Lithgo and Jim Rientjes of Earthworks Pottery highlighted the Potters of the Piedmont pottery festival as an extension of their studio show begun fourteen years ago. Their vision of this festival is to showcase local potters as well as those from around the state and beyond.

Potters of the Piedmont is proud to partner with Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Feast of Caring and Mosaic-A Lifespan Studio. This year there will be pottery raffle with all proceeds going to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

This festival offers the public an opportunity to meet some of the most accomplished regional potters in one accessible location. Ample parking is available; the event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by: Earthworks Pottery, Mary’s Antiques, Eanes Heating and Air, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Dept., Triad City Beat, Celtic Pottery, Cheesecakes by Alex, and Greensboro Urban Ministry.

For further info contact Jim Rientjes by calling 336/662-2357, e-mail to ( or visit (

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Proposals for Greenhill’s Pop-Up Residency

November 6, 2015


Greenhill’s Pop-Up Residency is a 10-day program in which selected NC artists create and exhibit artworks in ArtQuest. A Pop-Up Residency is perfect for the artist who enjoys interaction with visitors and likes to engage in active conversations about creative practices and artmaking. Our goal is for the artist to be energized by the interactions and for the visitor to deepen their experience at Greenhill and help them make connections between the works in The Gallery and an artist’s creative process.

Amanda Crary Gallas, Pop-Up artist from Sept. 23 – Oct. 22, with helpers during ArtQuest Open Studio to complete her installation, “The Picnic Project” exhibited in The Gallery for First Friday October, 2015.

Pop-Up Residency is a competitive process with applications accepted on an on-going basis. Materials stipend of $200 is provided for each selected artist as well as access to some of the resources of ArtQuest. Artists will be expected to work in the studio during regular business hours for a minimum of seven days to include one Family Night, which takes place on Wednesdays from 5-7pm, and Greenhill’s First Friday event from 6-9pm, offering artists a unique opportunity to share their work with visitors. Selected artists will be required to document their residency using Greenhill’s blog.

On Dec., 9, 2015, at 5:30pm, Greenhill is opening our doors for all interested applicants to come for a interest meeting in ArtQuest where artists can see the space and get a feel for the program. RSVP is not required, but is kindly requested. Please e-mail to ( if you plan on attending.

February 24-March 4, 2016
Deadline January 6, 2016
April 27-May 6, 2016
Deadline March 9, 2016

· $200.00 materials stipend
· Access to ArtQuest Materials and equipment (within reason)
· Exposure!  Opportunity to show your work during First Friday and Family Night
· Close proximity to The Gallery
· Networking opportunities
· Internet access

The following information is required:
· Artist Statement describing:
o Why you would like to work in ArtQuest at Greenhill’s space
o What you would hope to achieve from your residency experience
o Your level of experience or interest in intersecting with the general public while in-residence
· Project Description describing:
o How participants can engage with your work during free Family Night
o Your plans for exhibiting your work during Greenhill’s First Friday event
· Images of four current works
· Resume/CV
· Names and contact info for 3 references who will attest to your ability to work in an open studio environment with children and families

HOW TO APPLY:  Visit our website at ( to fill out an application. Prior to submitting an application we recommend you view information about ArtQuest and exhibitions that will be taking place in The Gallery during scheduled residencies. Also, take a look at the following public announcement videos to get a sense of Greenhill and Family Night in ArtQuest.

Laura Maruzzella, | Greenhill | Phone: 336/333-7460 ex. 107 | (

Artstock the 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour Takes Place in Greensboro, NC – Oct. 10 and 11, 2015

September 18, 2015


Artstock will celebrate its 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour throughout the greater Greensboro, NC, area the weekend of Oct. 10 and 11, 2015. Studios will be open on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.

This FREE self-guided tour is open to the public – look for the red balloons at each location! Artist Site Lists will be available at all participating artists’ locations and on the tour website at ( after Sept. 15, 2015.

Art lovers, patrons and new collectors are invited to visit Individual artists participating at 9 studio sites; come and be inspired by their diverse talents!  The participating artists will be displaying their works in their own studios, as well as at group and gallery locations.  A variety of media is represented: painting, sculpture, collage and mixed media.

Our Mission:  Artstock collectively represents individual visual artists in the greater Greensboro area by annually presenting our Studio Tour the second weekend of October. By promoting the distinctive talent of each artist, we in turn focus on and celebrate the creativity within our broader local community.

This year’s slogan is “Fine Art Entrepreneurs.”  By definition, artists are entrepreneurs, yet the public often forgets that these creative personalities, just like other individual professionals such as doctors, accountants and lawyers, they have to run a business while having to practice their craft.  What some think of as a hobby, these professional artists make their livelihoods through their creative talent.

Artstock seeks to expose these individual artists to the surrounding community for the entrepreneurs they are and highlight the creative talent that brings our lives validation, historical documentation and meaning.

More information may be obtained by visiting ( For additional tour questions, please contact Carolyn Owen, Artstock Coordinator at 336/643-6428.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls Fall Pop-Up Residencies – Deadlines of July 15 and Aug. 1, 2015

July 5, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, is calling for proposals for two 10-day Pop-Up residencies to be held in fall 2015. The Pop-Up Artist Residency program at Greenhill provides a space and materials for emerging North Carolina-based artist to create and exhibit artworks in a family friendly education setting.

During Allison Luce’s Pop-Up residency at Greenhill in May and June she focused on art through collaboration working closely with the Greenhill curatorial interns on her Ancient Expanse installation. Luce commented, the installation, “becomes a communal project as we are [all] making decisions about the line-work, patterns and variety on how it all comes together to create an overall design. It is great being a part of an invigorating environment where people are excited about making things.” She also worked with children and families throughout the week sharing information and techniques for working with clay.

During May First Friday at Greenhill, Allison Luce with a group of adults working on a collaborative installation.

Pop-Up residencies take place in the NC Studio of ArtQuest, Greenhill’s one-of-a-kind hands-on education studios for children and families. Greenhill is looking for artists who have a genuine interest in sharing their techniques and processes with children and families who frequent the space. If desired, artists can invite visitors to participate in art making activities alongside them. Artists will be expected to work in the studio during regular business hours for a minimum of five to seven days to include one Family Night, which takes place on Wednesdays from 5-7pm, and First Friday 6-9pm offering artists a unique opportunity to share their work with visitors.

Selected artists will receive a $200 material stipend, exposure, networking opportunities, internet access, plus, close proximity to The Gallery at Greenhill and use of ArtQuest materials and equipment. The first fall residency will be Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2015 and the second residency will be Oct. 28 – Nov. 6, 2015.

Applications are due on July 15 and Aug, 1, 2015, respectively.

To apply, fill out an application to ( Prior to submitting an application it is recommended to view ( for information about ArtQuest and exhibitions that will be taking place in The Gallery during scheduled residencies. Applications are accepted year round and will be reviewed bi-monthly. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

For more information, contact Laura Maruzzella, MAAT, Art Educator, by calling 336/333.7460 x 107 or e-mail to (

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Entries for “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America”

May 14, 2015


The African American Atelier, Center for Visual Artists (CVA), Greenhill, Guilford Native American Art Gallery and National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad(NCCJ) in Greensboro, NC, announce a ground-breaking collaborative project entitled “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America (A + D)”, intended to bring community together in dialogue around racial tension. “A + D”, using art as an equalizing, thought-provoking platform, will ask all visitors and participants to put aside stereotypes  and misconceptions and ask each other and ourselves the questions we may be afraid to voice. The project will take place at Greensboro College, site partner for “A + D” and will run from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Oct. 11, 2015.

“A + D” Partner Organization Planning Team members include:
· Dara Nix-Stevenson, Center for Visual Artists
· Ivan Canada, NCCJ
· LaShari Clemons, African American Atelier
· Laura Way, Greenhill
· Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D, Greenhill
· Wanda Attmore, Guilford Native American Art Gallery

“A + D” will consists of three project areas. The first area will be a juried art exhibition with the jury members from each partner organization and an august panel of artists and educators. A Call to Artists has been disseminated statewide and can be found at ( Artists will be selected based on artistic quality and relevance to “A + D” themes: intersection of race with gender, age, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability status and other identities; visibility of multi-racial individuals and families in the US; how art can express pain, grief, rage—and still inspire healing; historic roots of race and racism and resulting realities today and visions for the future; different forms of racism; cultural appropriation versus cross-cultural exploration/inspiration, and how immigrants and immigration status are defined.

The Jury Members are as follows:
· Susan Harbage Page, Artist, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
· Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Artist, Founder, Project Art Aid, Charlotte
· Pedro Lasch – Visual Artist & Associate Research Professor, Duke University
· Jina Valentine, Artist, Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill
· Courtney Reid-Eaton, Exhibitions Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
· Chanelle Croxton, Curatorial Assistant, Nasher Museum, Duke University

Katie Lank, Executive Director at CVA says, “As a partner organization, CVA is committed to making the visual arts approachable, accessible, and affordable. The CVA invests in using art as a tool of engagement to bring together diverse voices in the Greater Greensboro community. Therefore, participation in “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America” is an extension of the work that CVA is already doing. CVA is grateful for the opportunity to partner in coalition with other visual arts organizations to bring “A + D” to Greensboro and beyond in an effort to reframe how we think about, write about, discuss, or otherwise consider race and racism in America with the goal of creating sustainable, equitable systemic change.”

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, is Looking for a New Director of Programs

May 13, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, announces their Director of Programs, Lynn Sanders-Bustle, has accepted a position as Chair of the Art Education program at the University of Georgia.  A once in a lifetime opportunity, she is looking forward to working with faculty to shape the program.  Lynn credits her stint at Greenhill as one of several experiences the search committee was looking for when making their decision and is very grateful for all that she has learned working with the Greenhill staff.

Greenhill will initiate a search to fill this position of Director of Programs and will convene a committee to assist with the selection process. The Director of Programs is a position leading the programmatic operations of the organization and creates synergies between Greenhill’s exceptional programs, including exhibitions, adult workshops and ArtQuest, the award winning program for children and families.

All interested applicants should go to (

The mission of Greenhill is to promote the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs and providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. Greenhill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating for contemporary visual art and artists of NC.  Since its founding in 1974, the organization has presented and sold artwork of over 9,850 visual artists and engaged nearly one million visitors through free access to The Gallery, InFocus Gallery, The Shop & ArtQuest. Greenhill is located in downtown Greensboro in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

For further info visit (

Greenhill and The Green Bean in Greensboro, NC, Partner for Summer Exhibitions

April 30, 2015


In conjunction with Greenhill’s summer exhibition, “Jonathan Brilliant On-Site” (June 19 – August 30, 2015), The Green Bean is hosting a call for artists for “Grounding Grounds” on display June 13 – August 1.

“Jonathan Brilliant On-Site”, curated by Edie Carpenter, explores the work of Jonathan Brilliant who will create a site-specific installation from repurposed materials sourced primarily from coffee shop culture such as disposable wooden stir sticks, iced coffee straws, paper cup sleeves and plastic cup lids. In the spirit of Brilliants exhibition, Tricia Cooke, curator at The Green Bean is announcing a call to artists for “Grounding Grounds | A Community Art Project and Exhibition” comprised of works submitted by artists of any skill level using similar coffee house materials; coffee cups, lids, straws, stir sticks, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Cooke said, “It’s exciting to be able to work together – to have the support from Greenhill as we support their ideas and vision.”

In Jonathan Brilliant’s work he explores the ideas his work “that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the ‘real’ natural environment.”  At Greenhill, he will develop a site-responsive work focused on the unique features and architecture of The Gallery. The installation, containing between 30,000-50,000 stir sticks woven entirely with tension and compression without adhesive, creates an uncanny sculptural environment for the viewer where they are literally immersed in an environment formed from nothing but the repurposed materials.  His work reflects his interests in the effects of labor, performance and materials applied to an exhibition space.

More about the Call to Artists

The Green Bean is looking for artists who are interested in creating works made out of materials and supplies found in coffee shops; cups, lids, straws, stirrers, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Finished pieces need not be solely comprised of these items, but these items must be somehow incorporated into pieces. Any and all are encouraged participate, from the novice to the professional.  Works will be on display at The Green Bean located on Elm Street, downtown Greensboro, NC, from June 13 – August 1, 2015.  All work is for sale.  Artists receive 100% of commission.

To register go to ( Purchase any of the $25 packages on The Green Bean’s Etsy store. Materials package can be picked up at The Green Bean on May 15. To use personal coffee materials, choose the “REGISTRATION ONLY” package. (NOTE: This option does not include a materials starter kit. It will simply be your registration fee.)

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Receives $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group

April 17, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, has been awarded $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group. This grant will support Guilford County Head Start/Title I Tour and Enrichment program in school year 2015-2016.

Guilford County Head Start/Title I Schools Tour and Enrichment program is a program at Greenhill for under-served pre-school age children, offering age-appropriate enriched cultural arts curriculum that supports school readiness. With continued support, Guilford Child Development Head Start, Title I Schools, and United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Thriving at Three, teachers and students will continue to benefit from Greenhill’s Group Visits. All activities are designed to support language development and literacy skills and make explicit connections to the core curriculum as outlined in NC essential standards, Common Core, Head Starts Early Learning Framework, and the National Art Standards. ArtQuest facilitators will lead participants (Pre K – Eighth grade) in a two-part tour featuring a discussion of NC artists and art in The Gallery and hands-on art activities in ArtQuest. The tours expose children to visual art and age appropriate strategies for viewing and talking about art while folding in literacy outcomes formerly introduced in the Read Yellow Blue program. In addition, activities in ArtQuest will strengthen small motor skills, foster social and emotional development and strengthen higher level cognitive skills such as critical thinking.

Through the program, children are invited to experience the exhibition in The Gallery at Greenhill where they gain observation and interpretive skills. The children are asked to decipher and decode symbols, promoting the same skills used in reading and writing, enhancing visual thinking strategies, an essential component in the development of critical thinkers. After participating in activities in The Gallery, the groups move to the ArtQuest studios where the children freely express themselves with art mediums such as clay, paint and collage. Children create individually as well as collaboratively with other children and adults.  A facilitator records the child’s dictation about their artwork so they can take it home to later read to their parents and caregivers. “For many children, this is their very first gallery experience where looking and talking about art act as interpretive practices that strengthen language development while also learning about gallery settings. In the ArtQuest studios children make important connections between what they have seen or read while learning new art vocabulary, creating their own stories and learning about the world around through art techniques and mediums,” explains Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D., Greenhill’s Director of Programs.

Traci McLemore, Manager, Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro explains, “We absolutely love the opportunity for our children to experience language and literacy through this medium.  In the past two years I’ve seen the teacher’s anxiety lessen and comfort levels grow when coming to The Gallery.  Now they know they can bring children into a gallery or museum setting and teach them about the various art forms; Greenhill has shown it is a welcoming place for children, even outside of the ArtQuest studios.”

Since 2011, Greenhill has served 9,248 children through the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Greenhill focuses on early childhood because it is the foundation for in-school success. Research shows that sustained participation in the arts is of significant benefit to learners. A seminal longitudinal study examining the importance of sustained arts in the development of children demonstrated that intensive involvement in the arts was associated with higher level of achievement, college attainment, and prosocial behavior (Catteral, 2009). According  to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth:  Findings  from  Four Longitudinal Studies,  underserved students “who  have access to the arts  in or out of school also tend  to have better academic  results, better workforce opportunities, and more  civic engagement. Now, Greenhill is able to strengthen the Group Visit program, and as a direct result of Lincoln Financial Foundation support, Greenhill has expanded the impact of educational programming by increasing art enriched opportunities for underserved learners. “Lincoln Financial Foundation’s sustained commitment to this program means that many children are able to return to Greenhill year after year building their knowledge of galleries, art making, and literacy,” says Sanders-Bustle.

Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art.

For more information visit (

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Receives PNC Grant Funding to Grow Free Family Night Program

April 13, 2015


Greenhill has been awarded over $7,000 from PNC to expand the reach of free Family Night.  Having served 3,000 children and families in 2014, Greenhill is looking to increase this number by 25% to serve an additional 750 annually.  Greenhill recognizes the need to reach more community members through the Family Night programs and with added funding from PNC, it will be able to provide an additional staffing and art supplies to support and guide increased numbers of children and families.

Family Night is a long standing tradition at Greenhill. Since 1996 Greenhill has offered Family Night, a program which provides children and families free access to ArtQuest and The Gallery on Wednesday’s from 5-7pm. Comprised of four interactive studios, the ArtQuest studios are active, social spaces where families can make art and share ideas, create one-of-a-kind paintings or work with clay or new and unexpected materials at the hands-on exploration table.  The Art Works Studio contains large painting easels, table-top projects, and a clay station; the Scrap Lab offers and array of recycled materials to make the old into something new and creative, the Imagination Station is geared to the youngest visitors and offers books, blocks and puppet making with a puppet stage for children to present their own stories; and the NC Art Studio is an open space for drawing and other activities.

ArtQuest facilitator Sam Jordan explains “On Family Night I enjoy seeing the families having fun while really getting into their art. The parents get involved with their kids and become immersed in the creations they come up with together.” Adding, “It feels like a little community of its own with our regular visitors as well as new-comers every week. I see a lot of different cultures come together and there’s a lot of laughter and comradery.”

In addition to the ArtQuest’s extended hours and free admission, The Gallery at Greenhill also has extended hours from 5-7pm on Wednesday evenings. While The Gallery is always free and open to the public, the Wednesday night evening hours offer a time of flexibility for families to participate and engage with the exhibitions.  Parent and Greenhill Board member Kess Thongteum described how the experience in a gallery setting translates to her children at home: “The Gallery is full of intangible benefits that I don’t often think about. My girls spent an hour this morning putting together their own gallery. They put together several different pieces then announced the opening and even decided their gallery hours. I thought too funny. I know exposure to art is important, but the entire gallery experience, although difficult to quantify, is also so valuable.”

Benefits of participation in the arts cannot be understated. Studies show that underserved students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities and more civic engagement. Surveys taken over a month indicated 90% of Family Night participants attend because it is free of charge, exhibiting the need for Family Night.

About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, please visit ( or follow (

About Greenhill
Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. For more information visit (

UNC-Greensboro, NC, Offers Contemporary Collectors Group Brunch and Public Lecture with Mark Sloan – Apr. 26, 2015

April 7, 2015


UNC-Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, will present a lecture by Mark Sloan entitled “From Hoop Skirts to Sound Suits: Making the Case for Contemporary Art in America’s Most Historic City” on Sunday, Apr. 26, 12pm (Brunch for WAM Contemporary Collectors), 2pm (Public Talk).


Sloan will be the next guest speaker in the Contemporary Collectors Group’s continuing series of brunches with artists, curators, and critics. After speaking informally at the brunch, Sloan will offer a public lecture about some of his exhibition projects and the challenge of engaging people with contemporary art in the historic city of Charleston, SC.

Sloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. The Halsey Institute is a multi-disciplinary, non-collecting contemporary arts museum, with an emphasis on emerging, mid-career, and oddly overlooked artists from around the world. In his thirty two-year career he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, ranging from contemporary Japanese installation art to 19th century Baluchi tribal weavings. Several of his exhibitions have traveled to institutions such as the High Museum in Atlanta, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Presentation House in Vancouver, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. He has authored or co-authored fifteen books on subjects ranging from Russian conceptual art to early twentieth century circus life. He is also an active visual artist whose works have been exhibited, published, and collected internationally.

Watch for your invitation. RSVPs for the 12pm brunch required. $20 per person. The 2pm Public Talk is free and open to the public.

For further info call the Weatherspoon at 336/334-5770 or visit (


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