4th Regional Art Exhibit draws almost 400 entries

Release Date: 9/18/2002. Expired: 10/31/2002

The 4th annual Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit includes a wide variety of mediums selected from almost 400 entries received from artists in 10 states. The exhibit opened Sept. 14 and will remain on display in the Visual Arts Gallery through Oct. 31.

The exhibit is open to artists in 12 southeastern states and features two professional jurors who review the submissions and select the top pieces to be displayed in the gallery.

“The annual Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit is a fine representation of the talent and diversity of the visual artists in the southeastern portion of the United States,” said Visual Arts Gallery Curator Curtis Southerland. “Artists from the qualifying states submitted entries for this juried exhibit. Almost 400 entries from 10 states were received and from these entries 34 were selected for the final display in the Visual Arts Gallery. From this body of works, jurors Susan Knowles and Sergei Shillabeer selected five pieces to receive awards.”

Susan W. Knowles is an independent curator in Nashville who has been writing for Art Papers magazine since 1984. Having held curatorial positions at the Cheekwood Museum of Art and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, she is currently serving as guest curator for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Tennessee State Museum, and is consulting curator on a CD Rom for Fisk University. She has also written for New Art Examiner, Number, and Sculpture. She received a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Vanderbilt University in 1986, an M.L.S. from George Peabody College in 1975 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History/French from Vanderbilt in 1974.

Sculptor Sergei “Larry” Shillabeer is a portrait artist whose work has been shown throughout the world. Each of his paintings is a spiritual journey and reflects an inner peace - a oneness with a higher power. Two of Shillabeer’s paintings owned by Interstate Packaging Corp. have been donated to the permanent collection of The Renaissance Center. The corporation donated the paintings, “Amanda” and “Hope,” based on an appeal by Southerland. Shillabeer is an adjunct instructor of painting in the Department of Fine Arts at Auburn University-Montgomery.

Awards presented were:
$1,000 Judges Choice Award - Kenny Jones for his concrete sculpture titled “pronouns against pronouns”
$500 Excellence Award - J. Kirk Richards for his oil and mixed media painting “Cherubim & Flaming Sword”
$250 Merit Awards - Alette Simmins-Jimenez for her painting "Tick-Tock; Jeff Hand for his “self-portrait” made of fake fur on a wood panel; and Michael Eble for his oil on canvas titled “Siblings.”

Most of the pieces on display in the Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit are for sale by the artists. Past exhibitors in the regional shows have also gone on to have solo exhibits in the Visual Arts Gallery. Southerland said Dickson artist Everett Niewoehner, whose oil painting “Three Apples” is part of this year’s show, has been scheduled for a solo show in 2003.

In addition to Niewoehner’s piece, Dickson resident Dianne Burgess has a Raku-fired piece she made at The Renaissance Center’s new Raku hut.

The Visual Arts Gallery of The Renaissance Center is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and admission is free. The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery page for more about the gallery.

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