2017 Drawing Discourse Juried Exhibition

Noel images courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia.

Eighth Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

When: January 20-February 17, 2017
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday

Juror Lecture: Scott Noel, January 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall

Congratulations to Juror Awards Recipients:
Dennis Carrie Mark; Samantha Haring Recharge; Esther Randall The Night Before the Big Game; Brooke Alexander Three Figures; Caitlin Fennelly Light Chase; and Lori Johnson Rood .

All events are free and open to the public.

As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, UNC Asheville's Department of Art and Art History annually invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing. The invitation encourages entries that examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition demonstrates the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods. 

The exhibition has grown from 564 works submitted by 183 artists in 2009 to 905 entries by 321 artists from 10 different countries for the 2017 exhibition. Juror Scott Noel selected 42 works from 41 artists who have been invited to participate.  For the second year, Lori Brooke Johnson, Class of 2015, has a drawing in the exhibition. Aaron Bernard from Hendersonville and Lee Casey from Weaverville are other local artists in the exhibition.

The exhibition will be in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery from January 20, 2017 through February 17, 2017. Esteemed juror, Scott Noel, will be present and open the exhibition with a lecture about his practice on January 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall; an opening reception for Drawing Discourse will follow in Owen Hall immediately after the lecture.

A full color catalogue of the exhibition is now available. Each accepted artist will receive one complimentary copy, additional copies will be available for purchase. View previous catalogues at Blurb.com using search words “Drawing Discourse.”

There will be $2,000 in cash prizes, as chosen in person by the juror, awarded during the exhibition opening reception. This award amount has doubled this year due to the generous contribution from Professor Emeritus, S. Tucker Cooke.

Scott Noel received his BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and is currently a professor of drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Noel has curated exhibitions for museums, including The Evidence of the Senses at the Woodmere Art Museum in 1990 and Imaginative Affinities: Echoes of Edwin Dickinson in Contemporary American Painting at PAFA in 2002. He has been active writing catalog essays for artists: Lennart Anderson, Larry Day, Rose Naftulin, and Sangram Majumdar. Noel has mounted over thirty solo exhibitions at museums, galleries, and universities as well as many group shows nationwide. Solo exhibitions have appeared at the State Museum in Harrisburg, the University of Virginia, the Bowery Gallery, the Painting Center, and he has a long history of exhibitions at the More Gallery, Mangel Art Gallery, and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. Noel’s work is included in numerous private, public, and corporate collections. He has received grants from the Bader Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Independence Foundation as well as a fellowship to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His work has been reviewed in Arts and Art in America and he has twice been profiled in American Artist. (Learn More about Scott Noel.)