January 12, 2018

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Fine Arts Gallery Hosts Valdosta National Jan. 16-Feb. 2

Dean Allison

Valdosta National 2018
Linda Barone

Valdosta National 2018
Jenna Lynch

VALDOSTA — More than 500 individual works of art by adult artists from across the United States were submitted for the Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery’s Valdosta National 2018. The all-media juried competition and exhibition opens at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a reception and awards ceremony.  

For the 30th annual showcase of contemporary visual art, Linda Hall, Valdosta National 2018 judge, selected 66 works by 54 artists from 26 states to be featured and to compete for $1,500 in awards. The selection process was highly competitive.

Julie Bowland, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery director and Department of Art and Design professor, described Valdosta National 2018 as “eccentric and raw … with a lot of unusual or unexpected mixed media, including leather, glass, buttons, resin, found objects, sewn rubber with iron, yarn, raku with mummified fish, hand-painted silk filled with sand, cast plastic with polaroid, sterling silver and shell, beverage cans, and ceramic installation, as well as more traditional bronze, oil, graphite, photography, lithography, relief print, acrylic, clay, and intaglio.”

Valdosta National 2018 will run through Friday, Feb. 2, and is open to the public. 

Hall is a Tallahassee, Florida-based multimedia artist inspired by the natural world and the human condition. Her watercolor paintings and three-dimensional soft sculpture works have been exhibited in group and solo shows in regional, national, and international publications and venues. Her work has been featured on various music CD covers, in an issue of “New American Paintings,” and in online publications of “Oxford American” and “Beautiful/Decay.” She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an occasional adjunct professor at Florida State University. 

The Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery is located on the first floor of VSU’s Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

Contact Julie Bowland at (229) 333-5835 or jabowlan@valdosta.edu to learn more or to schedule a guided tour of the exhibition.

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