Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Co-Chairs for Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit

After 5 years chairing the Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit, I stepped down from the position this May. My own exhibit scheduling conflicts and a new part time teaching position had reached the point where I had to unfortunately limit the hours I was able to devote to volunteer positions.

I'm really excited about the two woman who are replacing me! Kelly Hider is a friend, amazing artist, and a past Dogwood Regional award winner (2013). To find out more about her, go to
Her Co-Chair is local Culinary Entrepreneur Dale Mackey of Dales Fried Pies:
Please give them all your support!

This year's juror is:
Julie Levin Caro is an art historian and curator specializing in African American art and material culture as well as American and European modernism and garden history. She has served at numerous museums since 1992 including the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, and the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville, ME. One of her most recent curatorial projects was displayed at the Colby College Museum of Art in the spring of 2010 and was entitled “Freedom of Expression: Politics and Aesthetics in African American Art.” She boasts an extensive list of publications and scholarly presentations, and has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships. Ms. Levin Caro received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Levin Caro is also a professor and has lectured at a number of academic conferences as well as museums. She recently lectured at an international symposium in Berlin, Germany, and is presently a professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Moreover, she actively publishes on numerous African American artists and designed landscapes. She is currently working on a book project: “The Imaginary Studio: The Self-fashioning of Artistic and Social Identity in the Studios of Thomas Cole, Allan Rohan Crite and Winold Reiss.”

Other new changes this year are a much earlier deadline that will no longer conflict with the heavy work load the office staff has to contend with in late February when they put on the Dogwood House and Garder Show at the Knoxville Convention Center, so take note of the new deadline, Jan. 17, 2014, and as always, you may submit to the exhibit any time now online at:

This blog is a construct of my own, and will be left for the documentation of the earlier exhibits I chaired, but will no longer be a source of updated information after this date. Thank You to all the wonderful artists and jurors who have worked with me these past five years to make the Dogwood Regional an exceptional event !
Denise Stewart-Sanabria