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October 2013

Milton Rhodes Center in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Young Contemporaries

The Milton Rhodes Center in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting Present Tense: An Atmospheric Exploration, featuring works by young local contemporary artists, on view in the Womble Carlyle Gallery through Oct. 13, 2013.

Some of Winston-Salem’s rising contemporary artists, Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, in collaboration with Mark Leach, Executive Director of SECCA, will explore what is similar and dissimilar about the point of view of young artists in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem is an affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for young people 40 and under. It provides leadership opportunities for its members while engaging younger arts audiences and helping develop, support and sustain the arts in Winston-Salem.

Matt McChesney, Chair, said, “The idea for the exhibition really formed from our curiosity about what cultural concerns some of our best young artists are grappling with. We wanted people to come away with more than just familiarity with a few artists that may be new to them, but a taste of what is driving creativity locally.”

Art Nouveau is collaborating on its 2013 exhibition with Mark Leach, Executive Director of the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Leach said, “SECCA has a tradition of supporting emerging local artists as well as contemporary artists from across the region. I’m thrilled to be able to learn more about our artist community and to witness firsthand the diverse ways that artists are thinking about and making their art.”

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, strengthens cultural resources, develops social capital, and aids economic development. In its 2012 grant cycle, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 21 Funded Partners totaling $1,625,000. Grants made in its four grant categories totaled $1,801,150, and it also made it possible for funded partners to receive about a quarter million dollars in advertising opportunities with local media through its Advertising Assistance program,

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 336/725-8916 or visit (www.rhodesartscenter.org).

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