Monday, August 6, 2012

2013 Juror Announced, building specifications

Dogwood Arts is pleased to announce the juror for our 
2013 Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit :
David J. Reyes

David J. Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, has served at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, AL, since 1994. Prior to 2004 he was Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar for the museum. He was formerly Curatorial Assistant at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. Mr. Reyes has worked on over 100 major exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum of Art, including the prestigious Red Clay Survey, a recurring juried exhibition of contemporary art with more than 1,200 applicants from the Southeast region. In addition, Mr. Reyes has juried numerous regional independent art competitions.

Mr. Reyes received his B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI.

Mr. Reyes is also a practicing artist working in wood and metal. He was awarded Best in 3-D at the Appalachian Corridors exhibition at the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, WV in 2003, and was included in the 34th Annual Toys Designed by Artists juried exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AR. His most recent one-man exhibit, “Conflict Resolution” was shown at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, Huntsville, AL.
Online Submission will begin in Fall, 2012, with a submission deadline of Thurs. Feb. 21st.
Building Specifications:

2013 Emporium Center for the Arts/100 Gay Street:
Site information for large scale work, 3D, and installation work.
In the floor plan of the lower gallery, there are 2 good installation areas: 1. The far end under the windows
2. The exact opposite end, behind "glass wall". This area is actually under the sidewalk, and is enclosed. It is like a zoo enclosure- visitors can't go back there, just look through the glass, and when it rains, it can drip, so only work that can handle moisture works out here. There is lighting.
The daylight filters down through the glass bricks during the day. Spots are placed according to need. The beam is useful for rigging support lines, though nothing that adds any significant stress.
 2012 installation under sidewalk, by Sher Fick: "Love, Honor, and "Obey?" fiber and mixed media

The upper gallery is visible from the lower though open staircase treads and balcony railings. Hanging 3D work can be installed dropping down through either side of the staircase. The horizontal white lines in the photos show where support beams or tension wires can be strung, and the vertical white lines show the drop area. Ideally, hanging work in this area should be fairly lightweight.
The Balcony itself is around 1,800 sq. feet, and has 5 movable 8' x 8' walls that can be configured for just about anything. The front of the Balcony is railings, and looks out into the street though huge windows, one side is partially open to the staircase and lower floor, and the rest is solid wall area except for one entrance door.
Online submittal for the exhibit is located at

Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit

The  2012 Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit was held in the two story gallery spaces of the Emporium Center for the Arts at 100 Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville during the month of April.The beautifully restored building is the anchor for the downtown art scene, and is managed by the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance. We had over 497 submissions from 188 artists in 7 states, and 77 Pieces by 68 artists were selected. Our juror this year was Terri Jordan,
 the curator of Exhibits at the Customs House Museum, Tennessee’s second largest general museum.  She is also President of the Tennessee Art League’s Board of Directors.  Jordan attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and has spent the last 17 years working with non-profit arts organizations and as a gallery curator.  As an artist, Terri has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been featured in galleries throughout the Southeast and New York.  Her work is in collections in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, California, New York, North and South Carolina, Texas and England.  In 2003 the University of Georgia purchased four of her paintings for  their collection.                                               
Cash awards totaling $4,500.00 were presented at the exhibit’s Reception on April 6th. Best in Show $2,000.00, $1,000.00 2nd, $500.00 third, two $250.00 Merit awards and one $500.00 award from Fast Frames of Knoxville. 
Jennifer Baxter, (l) Dogwood Arts Project Manager, checks out the finished installation with Marie Herrbach, (c) and myself. Marie was my installation partner while she was exhibiting with Dogwood's international Nexus event. She flew over with her piece from France-cheaper than shipping!
Marie cleans the glass after we decide on lighting angles for Sher Fick's fiber wedding dress/straight jacket that was installed in a special gallery directly under the outside sidewalk. Additional light is provided though glass blocks in the sidewalk.
Looking at Anne Kinggarde's Taking Wing
Aerial acrobats from URBHana
The University of Tennessee Culinary Institute sets up the reception food by a unicorn, woman, and Frosty Rankin's White Dogwood. The Regional has no theme, but there always seems to be at least one piece that has the presence of a dogwood!
David Butler, director of the Knoxville Museum of Art making the rounds
artist Gary Monroe with juror Terri Jordan
Checking out Jonathan Purtill's White Horse,
oil and enamel on panel
early crowd on the Balcony
Younseal Eum adjusts the gears on Together Forever
Balcony area: Greg Sand on left, Gary Monroe on right
Looking back on the Balcony area
Lower gallery: Marga McBride on pedistal, then leftwards, Lindsey Adkins,Chuck Frye, Carl Wade on pedestal, Perry Johnson (big painting)
Downstairs angle
Sher Fick's Love, Honor, and "Obey?"
Downstairs overview with sculptures by
Lynn Duryea in foreground, and Jim Alexander center
Jan Burleson, Deeann Rieves,
Mahera Khaleque,
Ling Zhang
Chelsea Luckey, Donna Wilt, 2 Alison Oakes paintings
Gary Monroe, Rick Alexander
Mindy Herrin,
Ling Zhang,
Holly LaRue, Richard Whitehead, Greg Sand
Judy Klich, Patricia McCumber on pedestal,
Cynthia Yeager, Michael Holsomback, Dennis Sabo
Cynthia Cusick,
Jean Wheat Gregory, Mira Gerard, Todd McDonald,
Wes Loukot, Marilyn Turner
Mindy Herrin on pedestal, Kathy Holland, Diane Fox,
Theresa Markiw
Balcony wide view from entrance
Brian Murray, Jacob Long, Kathy Collier,
Sarah Adams,  Richard Whitehead
Kate Faulkner, David Marquez on end cap
Tina Collison on pedestal, Victor Schmidt on end cap,
Hui Chi Lee, Elizabeth Porter, and
Eum Younseal
 I gave a lecture to the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild, and we viewed both the Regional and Nexus
Dogwood's Nexus exhibit is an international small sculpture exhibit, held this year at UTK's Downtown Gallery, and chaired by Brian Jobe, sculpture professor at Pellissippi State.

Looking at a wall of photography at the Emporium center in the Balcony
The Balcony


1st Award:
Mindy Herrin, Nest 
Ceramic, underglaze, copper, silver
2nd Award: 
Younseal Eum, Together Forever
Wood, brass, steel, paper, DC motor

3rd Award: Alison Oakes. Squeeze
oil on porcelain
Honorable mention:
Chery Cratty, Hydrangia Border 
archival, artist-made pigmented plant fiber pulp, applied with a porcupine quill.
Honorable mention: Diane Fox, Penguins’ Egg” Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusett,
archival pigment print

Fast Frames Award: Elizabeth Porter, Life Support 
pen on Bristol board

Sarah Adams, Knoxville, TN
Lindsey Adkins, Bonaire, GA
James Alexander, Birmingham, AL
Rick Alexander, Knoxville, TN
Marcia Athens, Knoxville, TN
Fennel Blythe, Lookout Mountain, TN
Jan Burleson, Athens, TN
Larry Cole, Knoxville, TN
Kathy Collier, Columbia, SC
Tina Collison, Unicoi, TN
Maddin Corey, Chattanooga, TN
Chery Cratty, Smithville, TN
Cynthia Cusick, Irvine, KY
T.P. Dunn, Kingston, TN
Lynn Duryea, Boone, NC
Loretta Lee Edge, Loudon, TN
Younseal Eum, Blacksburg, VA
Genie Even, Knoxville, TN
Claire Lewis Evans, Tuscaloosa, AL
Kate Faulkner, Knoxville, TN
Sher Fick, Spring Hill, TN
Diane Fox, Knoxville, TN
Chuck Frye, Ringgold, GA
Jean Wheat Gregory, Oak Ridge, TN
Mindy Herrin, Johnson City, TN
Joseph Hill, Knoxville, TN
Kathy Holland, Oak Ridge, TN
Michael Holsomback, Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Linda Johnson, Pleasant Shade, TN
Perry Johnson, Bristol, VA
Kristin Kendall, Powell, TN
Mahera Khaleque, Augusta, GA
Anne Kinggard, Knoxville, TN
Judy Klich, Nashville, TN
Holly LaRue, Maryville, TN
Wes Loukota, Knoxville, TN
Hui Chi Lee, Lexington, KY
Jacob Long, Knoxville, TN
Chelsea Luckey, Lexington, KY
Patricia McCumber, Ooltewah, TN
Marga McBride, Knoxville, TN
Todd McDonald, Seneca, SC
Theresa Markiw, Erwin, TN
David Marquez, Bowling Green, KY
Gary Monroe, Knoxville, TN
Michael Murphy, Morristown, TN
Brian Murray, Knoxville, TN
Janos Nadas, Knoxville, TN
Gloria Nelson, Maryville, TN
Alison Oakes, Knoxville, TN
Jennifer Otto, Clarksville, TN
Elizabeth Porter, Knoxville, TN
Jonathan Purtill, Knoxville, TN
Frosty Rankin, Millersburg,KY
Deeann Rieves, Marietta, GA
Dennis Sabo, Loudon, TN
Mira Gerard Singh, Johnson City, TN
Indra Sahu, Knoxville, TN
Victor Schmidt, Nashville, TN
Greg Sand, Clarksville, TN
Lisa Seago, Chattanooga, TN
Clay Thurston, Knoxville, TN
Marilyn Avery Turner, Knoxville, TN
Carl Wade, Nashville, TN
Richard Whitehead, Knoxville, TN
Donna Wilt, Johnson City,TN
Jorge Yances, Nashville, TN
Cynthia Yeager, Knoxville, TN
Ling Zhang, Alpharetta, GA
The 2012 Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit was sponsored by the generosity of  Cope Architecture of Knoxville/Nashville, Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville, and the wonderful cooperation of Knoxville's Art and Culture Alliance

Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Chair

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Artist Pick Up

Artist pick up: Sunday April 29th: 1-5 PM Monday, April 30th: 9-5 PM

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit 2012: Opening Night

This is the first of two blogs on the 2012 Dogwood Regional. The in-depth one will be posted at the close of the exhibit.
The Dogwood Regional is just one of several of the organizations exhibits. I'm going to also show some photos from the Dogwood Nexus,a small sculpture exhibit, being held for 2 weeks next door at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery next door to the Regional. It is an international small sculpture exhibit. But first, I know. You want to know who won the awards at Regional.

1st Award:  $2,000: Mindy Herrin of  TN for "Nest", sculpture
2nd Award: $1,000: Eum Younseal 0f VA for "Together Forever", kinetic
                                motorized sculpture
3rd Award:  $500:   Alison Oakes of TN for "Squeeze", oil on porcelain
Merit           $250:   Chery Cratty of TN for Hydrangia Border",
                               archival, artist-made pigmented plant fiber pulp, applied
                               with a porcupine quill.
Merit           $250:   Diane Fox of TN for "Penguin's Egg", photography
FASTFRAME Award: $500: Elizabeth Porter of TN for "Life Support",
                                            pen on bristol board

Nexus was juried by Savannah College of Art and Design professor Allen Peterson, with Knoxville artist and Pellissippi State professor Brian Jobe acting as the Nexus exhibition committee chair. It was an international exhibit.
Marie Herrbach, who came from France to exhibit with Nexus, and who was my installation partner for Regional, talks to local artist Eric Sublett. In the foreground: Quintin Owens“Protective Coloring”Cast terra cotta logs, terra cotta birds, crushed terra cotta, Merit prize; in the back: Cindy Billingsley“Shell of Self” Clay
Michael Barron Hall“Unemployed/Freedom”Ceramic and wood

Robmat Butler“Untitled”Wood and enamel

John Cichon“Ze Monsta”Sculpture made from beer cans and cardboard_ Merit prize

1st prize: The Truing Corset by Jennifer Rubin

Marie Herrbach“How Many Roads Must a Man Walk Down”Fabric and other materials 2nd prize

The Regional
We had a crowd which I believed topped 2,000 in the course of the 4 hours of the opening reception on Friday, April 6. We had the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute lavishly cater the event, but such were the crowds that the food eventually disappeared.
Three staff members lining up stuffed cucumber rolls
We had the aerial dancers from neighboring URBHana come to perform, and they were amazing as always
WBIR TV news positions their camera
The Emporium is a massive space in an old, renovated building, and the galleries cover two floors, and an installation space under the sidewalk. Upstairs in the Balcony. Mindy Herrin's small sculpture "Nest", is hanging from the end cap to the left of center crowd. 
 Local art consultant  Mary Morris watched Eum Younseal operate "Lure"
artist Gary Monroe speaks to juror Terri Jordan, curator of the Customs House Museum of Clarksville, Tennessee
 Unicorns like carrots.
Gallery visitors watch Eum Younseal's "Together Forever" run it's gears and wave it's upper sections.
Erin Slocum of Dogwood spots the camera. So many people. That needs to go on Facebook to get tagged.
 Nathaniel Galka, camera ham.
Kids loved the trapeze.
Downstairs just before the crowd peaked.

The exhibit will be open weekdays 10-5 until April 27th.
All of the work that is for sale from all of Dogwoods exhibits can be purchased online at under "shop", and will be available for pick up directly after the exhibit closes, or arrangements can be made for shipping.