The public is invited to a reception for the 15th New River Art Juried Biennial exhibition on Thursday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. Refreshments will be available, and there is no charge to attend the opening. 

Sixty-four artists from 21 different towns or cities in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina will be exhibiting in the three galleries at the center. These artists were selected from among 389 entries forwarded to the juror.

This exhibition is a joint effort between the Moss Arts Center and the Blacksburg Regional Art Association, in conjunction with the Fine Art Center of the New River Valley in Pulaski and the Floyd Center for the Arts. Every two years the show changes from one of these organizations to the next. This marks the first time the biennial has been hosted by the spectacular Moss Arts Center and the first biennial in Blacksburg since 2013 at Perspective Gallery.

Perhaps the largest award pool ever available for the biennial will be presented, with nearly $2,500 going to 13 artists. All but one award will have been selected by the juror, Emily Smith, director of the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, through both electronic and in-person review. A people’s choice award will be presented at the end of the exhibition.

The awards program will begin at 6 p.m., with comments and presentations by Blacksburg Regional Art Association President Gerri Young and by Smith.

The award money was provided through local donations by: The Nadine Allen Family and Friends; Elizabeth Calvera; Blacksburg Regional Art Association; Fine Art Center of the New River Valley; Floyd Center for the Arts; the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Art at Roanoke College; The Quilting Party Inc.; Sugar Magnolia; Brown Insurance; The Artful Lawyer; and Cheap Joe's Art Supply.

The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall. The exhibition will remain on display until Aug. 3.

Submitted by Gerri Young

Submitted by Gerri Young

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