Artistic Excellence 2012 Exhibit Open Through MarchVisit the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery in the Bristol Public Library during the month of March 2012 to view winning artwork from the Artistic Excellence juried competition.
PRESS RELEASE: AiPP Artistic Excellence Juried Competition, Reception, and Gallery OpeningBristol, VA — Art students from Tri-Cities area high schools are competing for $1,650 in cash prizes in the 2013 Artistic Excellence Competition sponsored by Art in Public Places (AiPP). A renowned juror has selected winners from 58 submissions by art teachers on behalf of their talented students, with selected works to be displayed in the Vergie R. Fleenor Gallery of the Bristol Public Library from March 2-April 28, 2013.
The young artists will be honored during a private reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 2:00 til 4:00pm celebrating the opening of the exhibit of their work. Students, their parents, and representatives of Art in Public Places will be available for press opportunities.
The event is sponsored by AiPP, a non-profit arts organization that coordinates a dynamic outdoor sculpture exhibit throughout the downtown each year. The AiPP Artistic Excellence Committee has worked with area schools to receive submissions and organize the event. The exhibit is a key example of the success of downtown Bristol's Arts and Entertainment District and the partnerships within the creative community.
HVAC, Inc. of Bristol, TN has donated all of the prize money for the students as part of their Supporting Tomorrow’s Energy Today initiative. Other funding has been raised through private donations. Corporate and individual contributions are how AiPP makes public art in Bristol available for all to share.
About the juror: We are honored to have artist, art administrator, and educator Hank T. Foreman serve as juror. Foreman is Associate Vice-Chancellor for University Communications and Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He also serves as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. He received his B.C.A. in Painting and Sculpture from UNC at Charlotte and his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian State.
About the organization: Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. It is our goal to install permanent art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community for generations to come.
2012 Artistic Excellence Reception
Smiling young artists is what this was all about.
2012 Artistic Excellence Winners
Best in Show