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July 2011

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Offers Halpert Biennial

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, will present the exhibit, Halpert Biennial ’11, a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program that is held every other year as one of the visual arts components of An Appalachian Summer Festival. The exhibit will be on view at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts’ Main Gallery, from July 1 through Dec. 3, 2011. A reception will be held on July 17, beginning at 2pm.

This year’s juror, Steven Matijcio, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in nearby Winston-Salem, NC, has selected a group of 68 works by 48 artists that will be on display in the Turchin Center.

The winning artists of the Halpert Biennial ’11 are: Stephanie Adelman, Dave Alsobrooks, Kristin Ashley, Jerry Atnip, Geoffrey Ault, Dianne Baker, Kevin Benisvy, Denee Black, Aaron Blum, Mickael Broth, Joe Burleson, Les Caison III, Emily Clare, Julia Clift, Louis DeLuco, William T. Dooley, David Dorsey, Marjorie Durko Puryear, Bryan Florentin, Jenny Freestone, Carl Gombert, Carly Greene, Susan C. Gregory, Dorothy Griffith, Leslie Hirst, Constance Humphries, Rowan James, Carmella Jarvi, Dale Klein, Dan Lobdell, Neil Loughlin, Kathleen Madigan, Leigh Moose, Cindy Murray, Daniel Nevins, Bongkyun Noh, Jim Pearson, Kurney Ramsey Jr., Craig Screven, Darron R. Silva, Gregory L. Smith, Tom Stephens, D. B. Stovall, Ineke Thomas, Carole Usdan, Justin R. Webb, Erin Wiersma, and Michael Zakely.

The Halpert Biennial ‘11 is a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program designed to recognize new works of art by emerging and established artists residing in the United States. The Halpert Biennial, an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, is made possible through a generous endowment from Buddy & Charlotte Halpert and is dedicated to the couple’s memory. This exhibition has grown to feature some of the most exciting new visual art in the country and focuses on a range of art including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media and works using traditional and non-traditional materials. The awards for the competition amount to $5,000 and include two Juror’s Awards, a Director’s Award, as well as multiple Purchase Awards that allows the expansion of The Halpert Biennial Collection within the Turchin Center’s Permanent Collection.

Steven Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Matijcio’s curatorial practice is consistently cross disciplinary, extends from the historical to the contemporary, and was recently honored with a 2010 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. He has also lectured on theory and criticism at the University of Manitoba, written for numerous catalogues and journals (including the Guide to the 27th São Paulo Biennial), and was commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions. He continues to remain active as a curator, writer, professor and researcher.

On July 16, from 11am-3pm, the Center will present Family Day at the Turchin Center. Bring the entire family out for a fun day filled with crafts, family activities, balloon animals, food and live music. Drop in for a bit, or make a day of it and savor the exhibitions, visit the art-making stations, join a workshop, meet the center’s staff and add some art to your family’s summer!

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will also offer, Inside Exhibitions: Docent Tours, on Saturdays in July, at 2pm. If you are interested in learning more about an artist, a current exhibition or a specific work of art? Join one of the Turchin Center’s volunteer docents for a 45-minute tour every Saturday offering a look inside the exhibitions.

The schedule includes:

July 2 - The Halpert Biennial ‘11

July 9 - Girls, Derangement & Distortions: Carole Usdan

July 16 - Turchin Center’s Permanent Collection

July 23 - Chromata: Laura Berman

July 30 - An Appalachian Vision

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

For further info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (


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