May 17, 2019


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Congratulations to Karen Pannabecker  whose panting The Pianist won the national  Best of the Best  online contest from the National Arts Program. Karen’s entry won “Best of Show” at the  Carilion Clinic Patient Show and then she went on to be named the national winner! The Patient Art Show is sponsored by the Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program.

NAP winner

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Hollins, Roanoke College Welcome Nominations for the 2019 Perry F. Kendig Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, which recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations in the greater Roanoke region that provide exemplary leadership in or support for the arts. Three Kendig Awards will be presented this year, one in each of the following categories: Individual Artist (selected from all disciplines, including dance, literature, music, media arts, visual arts, and theatre), Arts and/or Cultural Organization, Individual or Business Arts Supporter
The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 1, at 4 Nomination info here 
City of Roanoke seeks Arts and Culture Coordinator
I am retiring as of July 31, 2019 and the City has listed my position. If you are interested in working with a great group of volunteers (the Roanoke Arts Commission), leaders in the arts and cultural, community (The Executive Directors Council) and many talented individuals (artists of all kinds) check out the posting here.

Exhibitions and Events

Art go Bloom

The Taubman Museum presents Art go Bloom this weekend. Check out all the events

While you are downtown be sure to visit the LOCAL COLORS FESTIVAL
Saturday, 5/18, 11:00am-5:00pm. A free event that shares the many ethnic cultures in the Valley, Food, and Entertainment, Children's activities, international exhibits and demonstrations.

Local Colors

Opening Reception: Expressions 2019 at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville 
Join King's Grant, Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts for an Opening Reception in honor of Expressions 2019, the museum's annual open-entry exhibition featuring work by more than 100 local and regional artists. Friday, May 17 • 6 – 8 pm • Admission Free Awards ceremony begins at 7 pm. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
The Third Annual Grandin Theater Film Lab Festival Tuesday is May 21st at 7 pm.  Both the Beginner and Advanced groups will be presenting their year-end final projects, as well as some other great content shot throughout the year.  This includes the first ever collaboration between the Grandin Film Lab and the Jefferson Center Music Lab. This is a red-carpet affair and the students and their families will begin arriving around 6:30 for a 7:15 pm screening. Tickets are $5 and this is a fundraiser for the Film Lab.   
VA Tech Carilion School of Medicine announces the next Art Show Opening Wed May 22 with a reception from 5-7 PM. This exhibition, cohosted by Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge includes the work of 42 artists who depict the beauty and uniqueness of the region.
Opening Reception, Radford City Fine Arts Show
Radford University Art Museum, 214 Tyler
Ave., Radford • May 23 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come view the array of juried art in this annual show. Works will be displayed until June 21.
Charlie Brouwer invites you to be a part of his extended project titled “After the Last Supper”.  The next phase of it will be an exhibition at the Armory Gallery at VA Tech.  An important part of this exhibition will be a 24’ long installation of my white ladders arranged to resemble daVinci’s “Last Supper”.  A video of people walking towards each other from either side and embracing will be projected onto the ladders. The video will be made on Thur. May 23 at 6pm.  We’re hoping for a wide variety of people (all ages etc.) to participate in creating it for about an hour at the Armory Gallery, 203 Draper Rd. downtown Blacksburg.    Free pizza will be served when the video is completed! To learn more about about the project go to Charlie’s Facebook page  


The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins presents Women Working with Clay Symposium Exhibition May 9 - June 12, 2019
In conjunction with the ninth annual Women Working with Clay Symposium held each summer at Hollins University, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents an exhibition of work by these well-known artists in the world of contemporary ceramics: program director Donna Polseno; assistant director Dara Hartman; presenters Jen Allen, Beth Lo, Liz Lurie, and Tip Toland; keynote speaker Lydia Thompson; and endnote speaker Cynthia Bringle. This symposium emphasizes the creative process from every level while looking at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.


Opportunity for Literary Artists

PEN America is currently accepting applications for the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. Through the program, a grant of $10,000 will be awarded to advance or complete an ongoing literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. To be eligible, projects must be an unpublished work-in-progress and be the work of a single individual written in English. Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Visual Artists Opportunities

Latino Public Broadcasting is accepting proposals for sixty- or ninety-minute documentary films from the Latino American perspective that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience. Production and post-production grants ranging between $40,000 and $100,000 will be awarded. DL June 3, 2019, 5 PM PST.

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, located in central Wisconsin, is accepting submissions of sculpture work for their annual, three-year outdoor sculpture exhibition. A local jury will choose pieces for display from August 2019 through August 2022.  DL May 24, 2019)
Need help or have questions? Contact us at Please put “Juried Show” in the subject line.

Ride Solutions is now accepting applications for the Bike Shorts Film Festival. DL September 16th, 2019
This is not a film festival about trail rides or scenic bike tours in exotic locales.  This is a film festival about stories that just happen to include bicycles - thrilling heists with narrow escapes by bike, small sci-fi tales of riding bikes in a gas-less apocalypse, and family stories of siblings coming together over a bike ride.  Just as bicycles are practical tools to help us get from place to place each day, the Bike Shorts Film Festival focus on stories where bicycles are used in the service of storytelling.

Average Art is an industry focused art magazine. Our goal is to draw attention to self representing artists. They are now taking entries for the July edition  DL June 22, 2019
Send them a large digital image of your work and any information you think is relevant. Any text needs to be kept brief as we get hundreds of submissions.

Sunny art prize
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