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16th Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2018

The 16th Annual Juried Show is coming up this Fall. Online submissions begin September the 1st and the deadline for submissions is October 17, 2018 and the Opening Reception is November 3, 2018.

Grace Centre Gallery, Mills River, NC proudly presents the 16th Annual Juried Art Exhibition!

We accept all mediums and all types of visual artists with 2D and 3D work. All art must be ready to hang or display.

Apply and submit artwork online beginning September 1st at

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Deadline for entries is October 17, 2018.

Submissions are $10 per work sample, max of 2 pieces submitted. All fees will be donated to charity.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:30pm
Cash prizes & multiple awards including Best Emerging Artist.

Virginia Derryberry of UNC-Asheville

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About the Juror: Virginia Derryberry

Expect The Unexpected, oil on canvas (2 panels) with attached fabric and found object, 36” x 96, 2017
Expect The Unexpected, oil on canvas (2 panels) with attached fabric and found object, 36” x 96, 2017

Virginia Derryberry’s work is shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and her paintings have been written about in an extensive list of publications including several exhibition catalogs (2016, 2014, 2009, 2008, 2006, 1998), New American Paintings magazine, volume 82, 2009 and its 15th anniversary edition, 2010 and Oxford American Magazine.  Her solo exhibition, Private Domain, first shown in February, 2016, at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, has traveled during the past 3 years to venues in South Carolina, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Another solo exhibition of paintings and hybrid fabric pieces, Truth To Tell, has recently been shown in Pennsylvania and is scheduled for a venue in Las Vegas, NV in 2019. Fabrication, a group exhibition by artists who combine painting and fabric/sewing traveled over 10 locations across the country between 2014 and 2018.

Pregnant Venus, oil on canvas, 50” x 64”, 2014

Derryberry has received such awards as Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Southeastern College Art Association (2013); Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (2010 and in March, 2016); the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (2005) and the Feldman Professor Award for scholarship (2010) from the University of North Carolina Asheville; the Annual Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern College Art Association (2005); a residency at Moulin a’ Nef, Auvillar, France, through the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2004) and two Individual Artist grants from the state of Georgia (1995 and 1993).  Her drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the Southeast and in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Asheville Art Museum, the Bank of America Southeast Collection, and the Tennessee State Museum. Her work is also represented in two major public art commissions: a site-specific installation of 16 paintings at the Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport and a 10 piece multi-panel painting at the Knoxville Convention Center. She has taught drawing and painting in a number of universities, most recently as a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History, UNC Asheville, from 1996 – 2015. Her contributions as a teacher were recognized in 2017 when she received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the national organization, the College Art Association.

Curious about the story behind the history of exhibitions?

The Gallery at Grace Centre uniquely features the work of artists in western North Carolina. The Gallery, which is owned and supported by Grace Mills River, is designed to help establish the work of new and emerging artists.

Displaying art through more than 1,000 square feet of beautifully lit wall space, Grace Mills River’s vision and desire is to build relationships with artists in the community by recognizing and encouraging the essential role art plays in our unique culture. We care deeply about the art and the artist.

For more than a decade, Grace Mills River has displayed the work of hundreds of local artists across a wide range of media. In addition to solo and group shows, we also exhibit an annual fine art juried show.

We try to make the artist’s experience as seamless and convenient as possible. Once a work (or exhibition) is selected, the artist is invited to an opening reception hosted by Grace Mills River and attended by many from our community. We also promote the events through our website, bulletins, and email updates. Because Grace Centre is also the home of Grace Mills River, the gallery generates a good deal of traffic -- as many as 600 people view an exhibition each week.

In this video, one of our early curators explains the mission behind the Grace Gallery. juried14 from Graceworks Media on Vimeo.

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Grace Mills River is delighted to welcome artists from the greater WNC community to show their work in the gallery. Artwork and artist statements in Grace Centre Gallery do not necessarily represent the values and beliefs of Grace Mills River.