The Randolph County Community Arts Center is accepting submissions to its 11th annual Gala Juried Art Exhibition is scheduled for Sept. 7 to 27.
The deadline for entries is a postmark date of July 6, and the exhibit is open to all artists older than 18. Original two- and three-dimensional works completed since January 2009 and not previously exhibited in the Great Hall of RCCAC are eligible. Acceptable media include painting, sculpture, photography, clay, fiber, wood, glass or metal. More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded.
The juror for this exhibit is Michael Christie, whose family has called West Virginia home since the 1700s. His early exposure to the country gave him an affinity for nature. His talent was greatly enhanced by studying at the Maryland Institute of Art and the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore. Christie traveled and painted in Europe, living for a time as a caretaker of a chateau in Joigny, France. In spite of loving things European, he and his wife and children decided to return to West Virginia.
Christie's artwork has been collected internationally. In 1988, he was a featured artist in American Artist Magazine. His work has been seen in numerous group exhibitions and in solo exhibitions at the Hoorn Ashby Gallery in New York City. Christie was the WV Absolut Vodka artist in an international campaign in 1994. He was the Artist in Residence at the Greenbrier Resort from 2009 to 2011. His work is in a permanent exhibit in the Oak Bar, The Greenbrier Casino, The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs. Christie lives and maintains a studio in Lewisburg.
Entry fees are $15 for up to three artworks for RCCAC members, and $30 for up to three artworks for non-members. Artists whose work has been accepted by the juror will receive entry labels and detailed instructions with their notification letter.
Artists should submit one image for each piece of artwork entered and up to three pieces of artwork may be submitted per artist. The format may be slides or jpegs on disc. For three-dimensional work, the artist must submit two views of each piece.
The gala prospectus may be requested by mail or downloaded at www.randolpharts.org.
Checks should be made payable to Randolph County Community Arts Center and mailed to RCCAC, P.O. Box 3111, Elkins, WV 26241. RCCAC will collect a commission of 20 percent for all sales. Artists don't have to sell their works.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The RCCAC is supported by private donations as well as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
More information is available by calling the RCCAC office at 304-637-2355 or visiting www.randolpharts.org.