Mar 082013



Deanna Heath-Every Other at the Down East Sculpture Exhibition held at Emerge Gallery on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector

Deanna Heath-Every Other at the Down East Sculpture Exhibition held at Emerge Gallery on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Artists competing in the juried competition that opened March 1 had a chance to win up to $1,500 and a piece of prime real estate for their work to be exhibited.

The exhibition — sponsored by the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, the City of Greenville and the East Carolina University Visual Arts Committee — is complemented by Emerge’s On The Wall exhibition.

“We started (On The Wall) because we expanded and had two gallery spaces,” PCAC at Emerge executive director Holly Garriott said. “In our Wooten Gallery we can only have wall work up because we do events and we wanted a juried exhibition to sort of work with the sculpture show. That was a way to have artists who work in two dimensions participate.”

Between the two shows more than $6,000 will be awarded to winning artists.

Perhaps the most coveted award, though, goes to an outdoor sculpture that will be displayed prominently in front of the Chico’s restaurant in the heart of the downtown area.

This year, “The Screws That we Lose are the Hardest to Replace,” by East Carolina Student Kevin Vanek, was selected as the winner. The piece has not yet been placed in front of Chico’s. It now sits in front of ECU’s School of Art and Design. Garriott hopes it will be installed at its new home downtown within the next month.

“This is sort of the ‘best in show’ sculpture,” Garriott said. “That sculpture in front of Chico’s changes every year around March and is there for a year.

“It’s exciting that every year we have a different sculpture that is in a very visible place.”

The winner of that award, which is sponsored by the City of Greenville, will receive a $1,500 stipend.

Three other outdoor sculptures — created by Andy Denton (“Cloud Aura”), Aisling Millar (“Oraiste agus liath”) and Megan Bachant (“Swiss Giraffe”) — were chosen from the Downeast exhibition to be displayed in front of ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center. Those artists will each receive a $1,000 stipend.

There are also cash prizes for the top three indoor sculptures of $500, $250 and $100. Jordan Krutsch’s “An Artifact of the Departure from the Biological Old Regime” took top honors from the indoor sculptures, followed by Vanek’s “Cast Aside” and Taylor Browning’s “Take a Load Off,” respectively.

Initial jurying of the sculpture exhibition was done in mid-February and most of the prizes were announced March 1 when the show opened. Entries will be displayed both at Emerge and the Mendenhall gallery through March 29.

Thomas Sayre, a nationally known sculptor from Raleigh, judged this year’s competition, which received considerable interest from ECU students.

“We have a large amount of participation from ECU students,” said Garriott, who estimated there were around 70 total entries this year. “It’s very wide with the media and form and design. It’s a lot of non-representative work, so, more abstract work, I guess you could say.”

On The Wall, sponsored exclusively by PCAC at Emerge, accepted drop-off entries in late February and was judged by the gallery’s exhibition committee.

“The exciting thing about that is how broad the media can be used for that, the content, the subject matter, and we get a broad participation,” Garriott said. “That show doesn’t intimidate people as much as some other juried shows because it is pretty straightforward. If it can go on the wall, it can be entered into this show. I think it’s exciting to see, in eastern North Carolina, the participation we have from artists.”

A large, intricate painting, “The Rebuttal, Conform or Die, Just Kill Me Then,” by George Walter Cole won first place. Greenville artist Lindsey Youmans’ “Carte Blanche” took second, while “Rain” by Craig Kassan was third.

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