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Art Appalachia: 2020 Award winners announced!

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 17, juror Wendy Earle of the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, visited the Hayloft Gallery at Floyd Center for the Arts to discuss the exhibition and announce the award winning pieces.  We recorded her talk which can be viewed below. Additionally, a virtual walk through the gallery is now available!

About the Exhibit: 

Art Appalachia: 2020 is a juried exhibition of art  produced by artists currently living and working in the geographical/cultural region of Appalachia. With this exhibit we celebrate individual artistic passions and  focuses within the region. 

Spanning from Mississippi to New York, Appalachia’s  geographic area is hosted by 13 states. It encompasses  many majestic mountains, as well as sprawling forests,  lakes, and rivers, and it is also home to a rich presence  of artistic interests and abilities. Near the center of this  

region is The Floyd Center for the Arts, created 25 years ago by repurposing a former dairy barn in beautiful Floyd County, VA.

More than 80 artists submitted 245 works to be  considered for inclusion in this show. Juror Wendy Earle  sought to discover more about the breadth and depth of art as it is currently being practiced in this distinctly defined, yet increasingly diverse, region of the United States. This exhibit features 77 works created by 36  artists living and working within 9 states within the  Appalachian region that were selected by the juror.

Thank you to Wendy Earle, juror, for all of her hard work and expertise putting together this insightful collection of work that shows the breadth and depth of artists living  and working in Appalachia today.

Here is the list of the award winners!

Appalachian Center for Photography's Outstanding Photograph Award - $100

This special award winner was selected by Dr. Russell Young, the founder and director of the Appalachian Center for Photography in Floyd, Virginia.

Rock Castle Gorge Overlook, Floyd

Photopolymer Gravure

by L.S. King of Pulaski, Virginia

All of the rest of the award winners were selected by exhibition juror Wendy Earle.

Third Place Award - $100

Man and His Earth

Mixed Media: Handmade Paper/Pigment Print

by Gibby Waitzkin of Floyd, Virginia

Second Place Award - $300

Round and Round

Archival Pigment Print

by Pippi Miller of Pearisburg, Virginia

Best in Show Award - $500


Assorted Fiber, Reclaimed Window, Glass and Poplar

by Sara Method of Mocksville, North Carolina

Congratulations to all of the award winners, and thank you for sharing your work with the Floyd Community!

Thank you again to Wendy Earle for all of her hard work and expertise putting together this insightful collection of work that shows the breadth and depth of artists living and working in Appalachia today.

Thank you to the following for their support of this exhibition:

River Farm Stringworks, Riner, Virginia

Filamina Jewelry, Floyd, Virginia

Anonymous Community Supporters of the Arts

Their generous support allows us to bring exhibitions of this quality and variety to rural Floyd, Virginia

And, a special thank you goes out to the Appalachian Center for Photography of Floyd, Virginia for sponsoring all of the awards in this exhibition.


Meet the Juror, Wendy Earle

Wendy Earle is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Her interests include self-taught Southern artists, craft versus fine art and the intersection of art, science and technology. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she was interested in the study of art and culture from a very young age. She received her BA in art history from the University of Michigan and her MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Wendy was previously the curator of collections and exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest, and has interned at the Dallas Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museo Larco in Lima, Peru.

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