Regional Art Exhibition

Discover Contemporary Art of Our Region!

The Emporium Center / Friday, June 7, 2019 / 5:00pm-8:00pm (Awards at 7PM)



Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be showcased. The exhibition will be on display June 7- 31, 2019 at the Dogwood Arts office. Award monies totaling $2,000 to exceptional artists at the opening celebration. For the 2018 season, applicants must permanently live within 500 miles of the Dogwood Arts office. Join us for the opening reception on June 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Emporium Center.

2018 Juror – Leigh Suggs

Leigh Suggs was born in 1981 in North Carolina and currently resides in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft and Material Studies in 2015.

Gaining recognition throughout the area, her work has been shown in multiple group exhibitions across North Carolina and in Richmond, VA. Her recent shows include her solo at Reynolds Gallery Double Vision (2016); In Visible Light (2015)at LIGHT Art + Design in Chapel Hill, NC; Trying to Exit Here (2015), Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA; and her notable group shows include the NCAC Fellowship Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC (2014), and Art on Paper (2012) at the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, NC.

Suggs has been awarded several grants and honors, including the North Carolina Fellowship Award, a city of Richmond CultureWorks Grant, and a residency at the Quirk Hotel & Gallery in Richmond, VA.  Her work is part of several corporate collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Capital One, Markel Corporation and Fidelity Investments. Leigh is currently a curator at LIGHT Art + Design.

2018 Winning Artists & Artworks

First Place:

Rachel Meginnes – How Can We Really Know?

Second Place:

Nick DeFord – Caul (Past Time)

Third Place:

Kelly Murray – Companion 

Honorable Mention:

Sophie Glenn – Android

Honorable Mention:

Donald Keefe – Ruins of Troy

FastFrame Award:

Caitlyn Jordan – A Woman’s Place

2018 Artists & Artworks

Eric Buechel – A Mother’s Kiss
Jan Burleson –Athens Furniture, Side Wall: Present Transformation
Denise Cumming – Daydreaming
Yvonne Dalschen – Run (Parking Lot)
Brent Dedas – Ritual Geography No. 292
Nick DeFord – Caul (The Twins, Outside Everything)
Nick DeFord – Caul (Past Time)
Sophie Glenn – Android
Sophie Glenn – Dirty Birdie
Caitlyn Jordan – A Woman’s Place
Jana Kappeler – Time Machine
Donald Keefe – Ruins of Troy
Michelle Lan – Pithy Party
Brandon Lutterman – Divided
David Marquez – Relic
Elli McNall – Sitting Oragami
Rachel Meginnes – How Can We Really Know?
Christopher Mitchell – Grocery Flag
Michael Murphy – Not Kansas
Kelly Murray – Companion 
Melissa Newman – Not What I Expected
Melissa Newman – Can’t See the Upside
Michael Shuemaker, II – FOX GREEN – 6 June 1944
Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart – Presently a Hair Bamboozled on Gettin’ Yonder
Jason Stout – Towering Over
KJ Thomson – Why