Celebrating the exhibition’s 60th year with a return to its roots, the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition will be juried by a panel of three distinguished art professionals: Bradbury Art Museum director Les Christensen, conceptual artist Shea Hembrey, and Baum Gallery director Brian K. Young.
Leslie Ann (Les) Christensen is Director of the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University, a position she has held since 2001. Trained as a sculptor working with a variety of media, Christensen’s artwork has appeared in six previous Delta Exhibitions; her Portrait with Fur Collar won an Honorable Mention in the 29th Annual Delta Exhibition (1986).
Shea Hembrey is an American conceptual artist. An advocate for artwork that “marries intellectual rigor, technical mastery, and heart and soul,” Hembrey earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In 2011 he received national attention with the release of “seek,” a biennial of art, which contained artwork by 100 artists – all of whom were invented by Hembrey and for which he created the artwork. That same year he delivered a TED talk entitled, “How I Became 100 Artists,” which has since been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Hembrey lives and works in Hickory Grove, Arkansas.
Brian K. Young earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his Master of Arts degree in Art History from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Since August 2016, Young has served as the Director of the Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, where is also a lecturer in the Department of Art. Prior to joining the Baum Gallery, Young worked as a curator at several institutions, including: the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; the Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland; the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland; and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland.
The deadline to enter work to be considered for the exhibition will be extended to February 26. The competition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas. All work must be completed during the last two years and must not have been exhibited previously at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Showcasing artists living and working in Arkansas and its border states, the Annual Delta Exhibition presents a vision of contemporary art in the American South. Founded in 1958, the exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the Delta region and features work in all media. On view May 25 through August 26, 2018, the exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with an innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter.
The panel of jurors will select the artworks to be exhibited as well as a $2,500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Delta Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Interested parties may enter their information and upload images of their work at ArkansasArtsCenter.org/delta by February 26, 2018. The entry fee is $20 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry. Artists may submit up to three entries. Notifications will be sent March 16 and all accepted work must be received by April 18. Artists will be responsible for all shipping arrangements.
The 60th Annual Delta Exhibition is sponsored (at this time) by Isabel and John Ed Anthony; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller; Terri and Chuck Erwin; Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP; the AAC Contemporaries; and Barbara House. The Grand Award is supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund. The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
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