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April 2011

The Arts Center in Kinston, NC, Offers Annual Juried Show, Works by Harry McDaniel & Student Works

The Arts Center in Kinston, NC, is presenting several exhibits on view through Apr. 30, 2011, including: Community Council for the Arts’ 30th Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Harry McDaniel, on view in the Hampton Gallery & Permanent Collection Gallery; Harry McDaniel: Sculptor from Asheville, NC, on view in the Permanent Collection Gallery; CCA Exhibition Unaccepted Work, on view in the Minges Gallery & Rayner Gallery; and an exhibit of works by students from
Rochelle Middle School in Kinston.

March 2011 will mark the Community Council for the Arts’ 30th annual competitive exhibition featuring artists of all mediums from across the country. This year’s juror is Harry McDaniel, a sculptor from Asheville, NC. Over $1,700 in prizes, including the coveted CCA Purchase Prize will be awarded to winning artists.

Harry McDaniel, juror for CCA Juried Exhibition offered the following statement about his show: “Those who saw my show at the Community Council for the Arts in 1998, featuring my ‘American Artifacts’ series and life-size figurative sculptures, may be surprised by the current exhibition. Throughout my career, my creative interests have bounced back and forth between abstraction and social commentary. This exhibition features my abstract work.”

“My abstract sculptures tend to have a strong sense of motion. I am intrigued by motion or, more accurately, the paths taken by objects in motion. I love to let my eyes trace the path of a bird swooping through the air or a fish gliding through water. A successful sculpture invites the viewer’s eyes to follow its contours and explore its form in a similar way.”

“In some pieces I merge curvilinear, organic forms with geometric forms. The combination can seem surprising or contradictory. I enjoy an element of illusion. I also enjoy the sense of playfulness in these distorted geometric forms,” adds McDaniel. “While all of my abstract works contain aspects of implied motion, the mobiles are literally in motion. The delicate balance and subtle, graceful, gliding motions of mobiles have intrigued me since I was a child. As a sculptor I appreciate the ever-changing shapes and intersections of lines.”

“Most of my current work is in metal, which is adaptable to a wide range of forms and is well suited to large-scale outdoor pieces. When I began sculpting, I worked primarily with wood. Over the years I was drawn to a variety of other materials for practical and aesthetic reasons, but I return frequently to wood. There is an irresistible quality to wood: in its feel, in the beauty of its grain, and in its simple reminder of nature. The process of transforming a log or a rough-sawn board into a polished, flowing, sensuous form brings me great satisfaction.”

Work from the CCA Competitive Exhibition that was not juried into the show will be displayed in the Minges & Rayner Galleries. This is a rare chance to see work that was submitted from artists from across the country!

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 252/527-2517 or visit

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