13th Biennial National Art Exhibition
The Biennial NAE is one of my favorite art exhibitions, this being the third one that I have participated in. 'Thurman by Firelight' was accepted into the 2022 show.
The NAE invites area poets to tour the exhibit, pick a piece of art, and write a poem about it. The staff then picks ten or so of the poems, and has the authors read them at a special poetry night during the exhibition. At the 2020 show, 'A Conversation in Cordoba' was so honored. The poet's perspective was so different from my own, and yet right on target! Quite a learning experience! A friend reminded me that I don't have to impose a narrative on every painting. Respect the viewer. Give them agency to impose their own narrative. You can view the painting and the poem here. Enjoy!
Event Date: 2022-02-18 12:00 AM - 2022-04-16 11:00 PM
Event Location: Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FLADD TO CALENDAR
Ayinza trip to the village
Ayinza is a group of people from Africa and from the USA who have bonded across the Atlantic for the benefit of a village in Uganda. We view our relationship as multi-generational, committed, and egalitarian. This is a single community separated by an ocean. Ayinza is committed to visiting Mpongo twice a year; however, COVID-19 has played havoc with that! The airport at Entebbe has reopened to "tourists", so we are tentatively planning a trip this coming June or July. Trips are open to all with a heart that longs to get to know those different from ourselves. Trip initiatives depend upon the skill sets of the participants and the needs of the community. To get involved at any level, contact me or Ayinza.
Event Date: 2021-06-01 12:00 AM - 2021-08-01 12:00 AM
Event Location: Mpongo, UgandaADD TO CALENDAR
Since moving to Bradenton, FL, in June 2021 I have had many pleasant surprises. Perhaps the most pleasant is the Art Center Manatee, a well-rounded community resource dedicated to the arts and the artists in our area. Three of my paintings were accepted into 'Create', the first exhibition of the season. Crossroad was given Best of Show! Here is a video of the awards ceremony.
Event Date: 2021-09-06 12:00 AM - 2021-09-28 11:00 PM
Event Location: Art Center ManateeADD TO CALENDAR
Webster Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of art in the St Louis, MO, area, sponsored a national invitational show with the following call:
At Webster Arts, we say "art elevates life." In these trying times, we believe art can bring people together. For this themed exhibition, we invited artists from across the country to submit artwork that uplifts, inspires, and elevates us all. Elevate was juried by internationally recognized St Louis artist, Cbabi Bayoc.
Both 'Testimony' and 'Crossroad' were chosen out of 541 entries for acceptance into the show; and 'Crossroad' was judged Best of Show by the juror!! A virtual opening reception was held the evening of 03/16/2021 and is available on YouTube
Event Date: 2021-03-16 12:00 AM - 2021-04-30 11:00 PM
Event Location: Webster Arts, Webster Grove, MOADD TO CALENDAR
Embracing Our Differences
Embracing Our Differences is an annual event held at Bayfront Park, Downtown Sarasota,
Ringling Boulevard & Bayfront Drive/US Route 41, Sarasota, FL 34236
For 2021, fifty chosen works from all over the world were displayed in the form of large banners; 12 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Of the 15,912 works submitted, I am proud to say that 'Thurman By Firelight' was one of the works chosen!!
More so, I have studied all the art that was on display and came away with a feeling of hope--real hope for our world. You can view all of the art here. See if you come away with the same feeling I did:)
Atfter the Bayfront Park show, a generous grant allowed the show to be moved to Benderson Park where it remained on display until the end of August, 2021. All told, the show had over 488,000 views. An artist can't ask for more than that.
Event Date: 2021-01-20 12:00 AM - 2021-04-02 12:00 AM
Event Location: Sarasota, FLADD TO CALENDAR
I'll Be There: An Exhibition About Love
The painting, 'An Audience', was accepted into a 2 1/2 month long exhibition at this lovely facility in Solomons, MD, near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is owned by the people of Calvert County, MD. The thirty acre park is maintained by the county and the state of Maryland. The park is dedicated to connecting people to art and nature. Truly an honor to be some small part of this local treasure:)
Event Date: 2022-06-10 12:00 AM - 2022-08-28 12:00 AM
Event Location: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Solomons, MDADD TO CALENDAR
Marianne Oberg Foundation for the Spiritual Arts (MOFSA)
The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art (MOFSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage and support the creation of spiritual art, which deepens us, fosters healing and wholeness, and catalyzes growth and transformation. MOFSA pursues its educational mission through grants to artists and exhibits of spiritual art.
In February of 2020 I found that the Spiritual Art Grant for 2020 had been awarded to me!!:0 Since then COVID-19 has played havoc with schedules and plans, and the show has been pushed back into 2022. The work of the grant has not been inhibited, however; as I have been freed up to pursue the discipline of spiritual art and all that means.
Here is a link to an interview the MOFSA board created regarding the grant and my participation.
Event Date: 2020-09-30 12:00 AM - 2021-09-30 12:00 AM
Event Location: Charlotte, North CarolinaADD TO CALENDAR
On Neutral Ground
The call for this exhibition intrigued me from the start. Our world is polarizing by the minute, it seems. We have descended a long way from 1996 when Sen. Bob Dole consistently referred to the incumbent Bill Clinton as his 'opponent' --not his 'enemy'. Now I can have a new enemy just by using the wrong hot-button word in a conversation. How to change the tide? Maybe we could consider judicious neutrality, the call suggests. Artists can create using neutral situations, neutral tones, neutral responses. What a great idea! The Spectator was accepted into the show, which runs the month of June.
Event Date: 2022-06-04 12:00 AM - 2022-07-01 11:00 PM
Event Location: Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PAADD TO CALENDAR
Race in America
Since the pandemic and social unrest of 2020, art shows are adapting to the new reality. Many have gone online. More have asked the question: 'What does art have to offer in times of social unrest?' This show, curated by Professor Rebecca Miller, invited artists from across the nation to address the question. I am proud to have had three paintings in the show: Crossroad, Rosa's Angels, and Thurman by Firelight.
Psychologist Rollo May asked the question: 'What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?' Our nation is looking for comfort, looking for answers. Art, in its many forms, has always been about explaining mystery. I'm thankful that Dr. Miller and Drury University recognize this. Here is a link to a piece that KOLR10 news did regarding the show.
Event Date: 2020-11-06 12:00 AM - 2020-11-25 12:00 AM
Event Location: Drury University, Springfield, MOADD TO CALENDAR
The Bakhita Prize for Visual Arts
Dappled Things, a Catholic arts magazine, sponsored a call to artists based on the following:
We find ourselves wondering what we can bring to the table during our country’s current crisis. The shocking death of George Floyd has shaken not just the United States but the whole world, reminding us starkly of how far we still are from seeing each other’s infinite dignity as children of God.
Most tragic of all is realizing that, if Floyd’s death has led to a great societal outcry, it is because he is only one among so many who have lost their lives in similar circumstances. Like many others, we are asking ourselves questions of how to respond to violence and the violation of human dignity, including persistent racial violence that has been directed especially against the black community.
Dappled Things is calling on visual artists to help us see more clearly: to help us honor and highlight the infinite worth inherent within each victim of racial violence. To do so, we are establishing the Bakhita Prize for the Visual Arts, which will be awarded for a photograph, painting, illustration, or sculpture that helps us better see the humanity and God-given worth of victims of racial violence. Saint Josephine Bakhita, after whom the prize is named, was a Sudanese slave brutalized by her captors, who later became a religious sister renowned for her joyfulness, gentleness, and charity. Today she is the patroness of Sudan and survivors of human trafficking.
I am happy to say that 'Thurman by Firelight' was chosen for publication in the magazine and for inclusion in a physical show at an undetermined time in the future pending developments with Covid-19.