AIR People's Choice Award

The City of Roanoke and Roanoke Arts Commission Announce the Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the temporary exhibition AIR (Art in Roanoke) at Elmwood Park.

During the weekend of Festival in the Park May 26 -28, 1760 votes were cast to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award and recipient of a $1,000 honorarium. Voters chose “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Jordan Parah as their favorite sculpture in the exhibit with the theme City in Motion. 

The 9.5’ tall sculpture is made of painted steel and does seem to dance with its colorful curved sections. Parah describes her art work as “utilizing contrasting forms and colors constructed in a harmonious manner to create harmony out of diversity.” Ms. Parah is a graduate of East Carolina University with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in Art History. 
She creates metal fabricated sculptures using steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze. Her sculptures are in public and private collections throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. For more information about Ms. Parah go to

Dancing in the Moonlight by Jordan Parah of Greenville, NC

According to Susan Jennings Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City, “We are thrilled that over 1,700 citizens voted for their favorite work of art. Our goal was not only to select the People’s Choice Winner but to get an idea of which pieces the public might like to become a part of the City’s permanent collection. 

This is the fourth AIR (Art in Roanoke) temporary exhibit and the second one along the Art Walk in Elmwood Park.  All the sculptures can be viewed at www. For the first time the Arts Commission is using the free Otocast app where viewers can hear what the artist have to say about their work.

For more information or a photo of the winning sculpture contact Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator at [email protected] or 540-853-5652