2018 Drawing Discourse Juried Exhibition

9th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

When: January 19–February 23, 2018
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

Stuart Shils (Juror) Lecture: Friday, January 19, 5:00 p.m.
Humanities Lecture Hall

Panel Discussion: Conversations on Drawing; A Contemporary Practice
Stuart Shils (Juror), Elizabeth Goddard (Executive Director Spartanburg Art Museum), and Benny Fountain (Assistant Professor, Baylor University)
Saturday, January 20, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Laurel Forum, Karpen 139

All events are Free and Open to the Public

The 9th Annual Drawing Discourse International Exhibition, Juror, Stuart Shils, accepted 48 works from a record number of 1159 entries from 400 artists from 8 different countries. Artists include:

Eleanor Aldrich: Knoxville, TN
Sharron Antholt: Lummi Island, WA
Donald Beal: Provincetown, MA
Wesley Berg: Nacogdoches, TX
Dennis Carrie: Irvine, CA
Dengke Chen: Deland, FL
Tyrell Collins: Oakland CA
Kelli Connell: Oak Creek, WI
Orocoro: Miami Beach, FL
Tasha Depp: Catskill, NY
Dylan DeWitt: Fayetteville, AR
Diane Englander: New York, NY
Benny Fountain: Waco, TX
Sara Frankel: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Todd Fuller: Glebe, Australia
Tracy Frein: Chicago, IL
Jeffrey Gelick: Rolling Meadows, IL
Douglas Hein: Salt Lake City, UT
Ron Janowich: Gainesville, FL
Lori Johnson: Asheville, NC
Clive King: Sarasota, FL
Jan Knipe: Radford, VA
Donna Leavitt: Edmonds, WA
Janet Link: Raleigh, NC
Pamela Lowrie: Salisbury, NC
Mike Lyon: Kansas City, MO
Jill Martin: Charlotte, NC
Alena Mehic: Mount Juliet, TN
Benjamin McVey: San Antonio, TX
Todd Moore: Los Angeles, CA
Jacob Muldowney: Murfreesboro, NC
Kassandra Palmer: North Liberty, IA
Katherine Payge: Denver, CO
Elena Peteva: Providence, RI
Jude Pittman: Pacifica, CA
Courtney Sanborn: Dover, NH
Noah Saunders: Athens, GA
Viviana Santamarina: Petaluma, CA
Liz Rundorff Smith: Travelers Rest, SC
Jon Sours: Asheville, NC
Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Knoxville, TN
Emily Taylor: Knoxville, TN
Jesse Thomas: Portland, OR
Jen Urso & Eileen Standley: Phoenix, AZ
Jordyne Vanselow: Greenwood, MO
Alfonso Vicencio: Laurel, MD
Danielle Wyckoff: Grand Rapids, MI
Michael Yefko: Exeter, RI

January 19 - Feb 23, Drawing Discourse: 9th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing. S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Owen Hall. Juror, Stuart Shils, will be present and open the exhibition with a lecture about his practice on January 19, 2018; an opening reception for Drawing Discourse will follow immediately after the lecture.

Juror's Statement: Drawing is the most useful way I know for getting from here to there on paper. Drawing is not about refinement or ‘product’ as much as an investigative visual thought path, a way of constructing graphic commentary that is often leaning more toward Haiku than prose. And I don’t think there is such a thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ drawing as much as questions like: is the drawing coherently accessible, is the first impression riveting, and how and for how long does it hold my attention? I prefer when drawing is not predictable, well mannered or polite and for that reason I welcome the arrival of new or alternative media that question what drawing is or might be. I often tell students that while we may devour the drawings of the past with even erotic pleasure, at the end of the day the people who made them are dead and we are not, and that the real challenge for us is not to imitate those voices, but rather to carry the ball of our own curiosity further down the court, finding our own, sometimes uncertain ways of speaking visually that may or may not look like what is already familiar. What really matters is not technique or style, but shaping an articulate and improvisational narrative on a page, on a surface, or on a screen, whose graphic foot prints take the viewer’s eyes and mind on a momentary, but yet exciting adventure.

Juror: Stuart Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship in Ballycastle, Ireland, where he spent thirteen summers working. Shils is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he also teaches painting. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Richmond, San Francisco, and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, and The Hudson Review. Stuart Shils has painted outside and looking through windows for 30 years, but now is in the studio with an eye tuned to mining his cumulative visual memory by way of cut and torn paper on LED light tables, collage, and monotype.

Visit Stuart Shils website.