WAC seeks entrants for Juried Exhibition

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Article Published: Feb. 16, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 19, 2012
WAC seeks entrants for Juried Exhibition

Artist Carole Usdan participates in last year’s Watauga Arts Council Juried Exhibition.

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Calling all artists in Watauga and adjoining counties!

Watauga Arts Council announces a call for entries for the second annual Juried Exhibition, developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work at the Jones House Community Center main gallery during April 2012.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older who reside in Watauga or adjoining counties. Entries must be original works and created within the past two years. Works may be created in any medium, but must be two-dimensional in orientation and must not exceed 40 inches in any direction. Pieces must be framed or gallery wrapped with hanging wires and ready to hang. All artwork must be original. No giclee or digital reproductions will be accepted. Entry deadline is Monday, March 19.

Those interested may download an entry form and prospectus from at http://www.watauga-arts.org or send a SASE to Watauga Arts Council PO Box 366 D.T.S. Boone, NC 28607.

Warren Cameron Dennis will jury the exhibit. Dennis was born in Clarksdale, Miss., and received a B.A. degree in art from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg in 1953. In 1955, he received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

During the summer of 1950, he studied painting at the University of Minnesota in Duluth with renowned Japanese-American artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. While at the University of Mississippi, he studied with visiting artists Jack Tworkov, painter, and David Smith, sculptor.

From 1955 to 1965, Dennis was head of the art department at Judson College in Marion, Ala. He joined Appalachian State University in 1965. From 1980 through 1984, he served as chairman of the Appalachian State Department of Art. He was one of the original developers of the Appalachian-New York Loft Program and was campus director of the loft for a number of years. In addition, he spent three separate semesters (in 1985, 1989 and 1993) and the summer term of 1982 in New York City as resident director of the loft.

In 1977-78, Dennis was awarded the first scholarly leave granted by the art department. In the summer of 1985 and again in 1987, he organized and directed “Art in Europe,” Appalachian’s Study Abroad Program, designed to allow students to study the art of Europe in such places as Florence, Rome, Venice, Paris and Amsterdam.

Dennis is an exhibiting artist whose paintings are in public and private collections all over the United States, including the Allan Stone Gallery in New York City, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Mississippi Museum in Jackson, and the Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina. He has had two large one-person exhibits in Appalachian’s Catherine Smith Gallery: “A Thirty-Year Retrospective” in 1980 and “1980 Forward” in 1992. His solo exhibitions total well more than 50, and he has participated in numerous group and competitive exhibits throughout the country.

Dennis retired from Appalachian State University in January 1994, receiving the rank of professor emeritus at that time. He immediately began the full-time pursuit of his art career and has been busy painting and arranging exhibits.

Watauga Arts Council galleries are sponsored in part by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and Grassroots Funds of the North Carolina Arts Council. The WAC’s offices and galleries are located in downtown Boone at the Jones House Community & Cultural Center, owned by the town of Boone.

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