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Thank you for your past support of our Choral Celebration, Literary Contest, and Artists Exhibition. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, the majority of RFAS projects have been paused for spring 2021.  We look forward to presenting these projects again in Spring 2022.  

As for the North Carolina Artists Exhibition, we are pleased to announce our 2021 RFAS North Carolina Artists Exhibition: A Virtual Retrospective – New Work by 2018-2020 Juried Artists. Keep an eye out for more information forthcoming.  

New information and details about the Choral Celebration and Literary Contest will be posted on our web site early fall 2021.



Joyce Wilkins Pope Grand Prize award:  Saba Taj Laila in Orchids 

Betsy Sykes Award - Sherill Roland Weight(s) 

Juror’s Choice Award -  Nora Hartlaub The Insurmountable Thing 

Juror's Choice Award  - Stacey L. Kirby The Death Department 

Click on highlighted names in blue below for links to artists' web sites, juror's lecture and 2020 exhibition catalog


Ben Alper, Johannes Barfield, Edward Baxter, Ron Beckham, Marie Louise Bennett, Craig Billings, Casey Brown, Raj Bunnag, Erin Canady, Kennedi Carter, Allison Coleman, Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo,  Joy Drury Cox,

 Jose Manuel Cruz 

Joelle Dietrick, Mark Dixon, 

Gabrielle Duggan, Alia El-Bermani, 

Melinda Fine, Onay Gutierrez,  Ben Hamburger, Nora Hartlaub, 

Elizabeth HaskinStephen Hayes

Harrison Haynes

Clarence Heyward, Max Heller,

 Amy Herman, George Jenne

Kelly JohnstonShannon Johnstone, Joyce Watkins King, Stacey Kirby

Deborah KrugerRaymond La Mantia,  Laura Little Jennifer Markowitz, Jackson MartinDonald Martiny

Gaella Materne, Chieko Murasugi, Jeff Murphy, Chloé Rager, Tim Rickett, 

Sherrill Roland, Molly Sawyer,

 Ann Silverman, Dian Sourelis

Angela Stout, Natalie Strait, 

Sandy Stratil, Saba Taj,

Lyudmila Tomova, Andrea Vail

Lee  Walton, Stephanie J. Woods

Gesche  Würfel


2020 Juror, Nat Trotman Curator of Media and Performance at the Guggenheim Museum in NY. describes this year's exhibition as, ..."bringing together a diverse, multigenerational group of nearly sixty North Carolina artists, each of whom is committed to speaking truth to the era in which we live. Many would say that these are difficult times, and it should come as little surprise that we find a sense of urgency among the works gathered here. Drawn from a record number of submissions – more than 1500 – these works are provocative, powerful, and profound. Many of them ponder issues of mortality or speak to the daily struggle to simply, sustainably exist: what we might call the matter of life and death. I kept this phrase in mind as I chose the works for this exhibition, and nearly every painting, sculpture, photograph, video, performance, work on paper, and textile on view here relates to it in some way.





2020 North Carolina Artists Exhibition

Closing Date: August 23, 2020


Originally set to close on June 14, the date for the exhibition has been extended to August 23rd. Re-opening date for the exhibition is undetermined at this time. In the interim, the 2020 Artists Exhibition may be viewed in the slide presentation and catalog shown below. Art is available for purchase. Contact Chair, Jan Woodard, for details at  Artistsexhibition@raleighfinearts.orgWe appreciate your understanding and are grateful to our artists and sponsors.  Check back often as updates will be posted as they occur. 

About The NC Artists Exhibition 

From a small exhibition in 1964, the North Carolina Artists Exhibition has evolved to be the largest annual all media juried exhibition in the state. It offers artists an opportunity to present their work before a renowned art professional. The Exhibition space at the Contemporary Art Museum located in downtown Raleigh,  enhances viewing opportunities and purchase of the artists' works by the public through open artist talks, opening and closing receptions, and First Friday Gallery walks. 

Meet These Juried Artists 

Ron Beckham "As an artist I want the audience to see and hear the voices being presented in the artwork and decide what it is saying to them... to decide how it makes them question or think about their experi- ence through the work. In this series, my use of contemporary art re-records history, juxtaposing the harsh factual reality of the state of our nation with the American flag."


Cotton and felt on fabric 

60" x72" x 1.5"

Melinda Fine  describes her work as: "Collage is the creation of a puzzle. I depict the inter- and intra-psychic forces that act within and between people. I create metaphysical landscapes of psychological states."


Cut paper collage

22" x30" 0"

Amy Herman on her photographic series: "Inheritance is an in-progress series of photographs that utilizes family photographs in conjunction with performative acts to create a time collage. I work in in both self portraiture and in collaboration with my mother and father to create an interaction with our past selves and across generations."

mom's mom's mom's hands

Archival inkjet print

30" x 40" 1"

Exhibition Works 

BEN ALPER Untitled (Conflation) pigment print SOLD
JOHANNES BARFIELD Crown and Rusted Spoon single-channel video, hand 9" x 16" x 2" $8,000.00
EDWARD BAXTER Pick a Bale of Cotton-Pick a Bale a day Oil 30" x 40" x 2" SOLD
RON BECKHAM Untitled cotton and felt fabric 60" x 72" x 1.5" $20,000.00
MARIE- LOUISE BENNETT "Why are you afraid of me?" Found mirror, pine wood, gesso, graphite, acrylic 36" x 22" x 2.75" $1,750.00
CRAIG BILLINGS "The Heidelberg Project Continues to Survive". Mixed media sculpture 48" x 37" x 17" $2,000.00
CASEY BOWN "American Values (Zombie Screen Edition)" Digital Photography Composite 24" x 36" x 1" $1,000.00
RAJ BUNNAG "The Cocaine Hurricane" Relief Linocut 23" x 40" x 0" $2,000
ERIN CANADY "Vestige II bleach and dirt on paper" 32" x 24" x 0" $850.00
KENNEDI CARTER "Knight on Fletcher St" Photography 30" x 40" x 1" $1,500.00
ALLISON COLEMAN "Self Portrait in Mother's Dress" Photography 36" x 24" x 2" SOLD
ALLISON COLEMAN "Self Portrait with Phone" Photography 36" x 24" x 2" SOLD
SARAH ELIZABETH CORNEJO "Cornejo_Halfies, Pt. 5: Lucille_#" Mixed Media 28" x 10" x 12" $4,500.00
JOY DRURY COX "State of Georgia Application for Voter Registration" graphite on paper 17" x 14" x 0" $1,000.00
JOT DURY COX "Free Community Water Analysis Test Form" graphite on paper 17" x 14" x 0" $1,000.00
JOSE MANUEL CRUZ "Deeply FELT" Oil on canvas 48" x 36" x 1.5" $3,500.00
JOELLE DIETRICK "The Speed of Thinking" (Guggenheim- Process Nitrate) Vibrachrome on aluminum 20" x 60" x 1" $3,000.00
MARK DIXON "#1 Plenty of Extra Time" plywood, paint, music box movement, steel, fasteners, motor 18" x 18" x 8" $444.44
GABRIELLE DUGGAN "beach hairs #1" ink, cotton, silk,polymer fibers, paper 36" x 22" x 3" $900.00
ALIA EL-BERMANI "What Remains" charcoal on vellum and mixed media 36" x 36" x 2" $2,400.00
MELINDA FINE "Aphasia" cut paper collage 22" x 30" x 0" $1,200.00
ONAY GUTIERREZ "What We Left Behind" (installation 7 pieces 30x30inches.acrylic on canvas,mix media14.0" x 18.0" x 6.0" $4,200.00
BEN HAMBURGER "Animism" oil on canvas 72" x 36" x 1.5" $5,200.00
NORA HARTLAUB "The Insurmountable Thing" Boulder made from used plastic ponchos for performance /video $5,000
NORA HAUTLAUB " The Insurmountable Thing" performance video $5,000
NORA HARTLAUB "The Insurmountable Thing" video still from performance video $5,000
ELIZABETH HASKIN "But Few Words #2, Pressing closer" Collage, paper 4" x 6" x 0" $1,500.00
STEPHEN HAYES "My Honor" Mixed Media 48" x 30" x 8" $8,500.00
HARRIOSN HAYNES "Fam (Thirteen Arrangements)" Archival Ink Jet Print on Hahnemüehle Photo Pearl 28.25" x 18.75" x 0 $1,500.00
AMY HERMAN "mom's mom's mom's hands" archival pigment print 30" x 40" x 1" $1,400.00
CLARENCE HEYWARD "The Second Child" Acrylic / Silver leaf on Canvas 48" x 30" x 1.5" SOLD
GEORGE JENNE "Toujours Prêt",installation view mixed media 9’ x 10’ x 10’
KELLY JOHNSTON "Situation 1" Sculpture 48" x 42" x 3" $2,500.00
SHANNON JOHNSTONE "Stardust and Ashes #103" Archival Inkjet Print (Scanned Cyanotypes) 24" x 32" x 0" $800.00
JOYCE WATKINS KiNG "Blouson" ink,paper 32" x 26" x 1" SOLD
STACY KIRBY "Civil Presence" Art installation and performance 20’ x 20’ x 20’
DEBORAH KRUGER "CONFLAGRATION screen-printing on fused plastic bags, sewing 57" x 78" x 3" $10,500.00
RAYMOND LA MANTIA "Unchained" Oils on Canvas 24" x 16" x 0" $3,500.00
LAURA LITTLE "Sorry Mom (Laws of the Landfill) #" Mixed media 40" x 36" x 31" $2,700.00
JENNIFER MARKOWITZ "“New York September 1998- February 1999” Hand embroidered on repurposed nylon slip 2’ x 1’ x 3" $5,000.00
JACKSON MARTIN Making Amends No. 11 (Styrofoam cup) Broken Styrofoam cup, cast bronze,epoxy 9.5" x 4.5" x 4.5" $750.00
DONALD MARTINY "Eteo" Polymer, pigment soil on aluminum 71" x 57" x 3" $30,000.00
GAELLA MA TERNE "Untitled" Oil Painting 36" x 36" x 1.5" $2,500.00
CHIEKO MURASUGI "Perceptual Dance" Cutouts and acrylic on panel 54" x 36" x 2" $4,000.00
JEFF MURPHY "Drips Still" Archival Print from Video Still 13" x 19" x 0" $300.00
Chloe Rager "Desire Lines" (Durham Archive #1-20) Inkjet Print 28" x 48" x 2" $450.00
TIM RICKETT "Crack, tssst, sip, ahhh cans from the grid" found object, modeling turf 8" x 13" x 14" $300.00
SHERRILL ROLAND "Weight" knit drawstring bag, shoe strings, exonerate transcript paper 12" x 12" x 10" $2,500.00
MOLLY SAWYER "Ice Figment #1" Icicle, powdered pigment, paper 27" x 18" x 1" $1,500.00
ANN SILVERMAN "Narratives and Threads: South Carolina" Paper and thread 32" x 40" x 2" $3,000.00
DIAN SOURELIS (no) series "simply doing housework" Waxed found paper, type, graphite 20" x 20" x 0" $625.00
ANGELA STOUT "Robert J" Acrylic 40" x 30" x 1.5" $1,200.00"
NATALIE STRAIT "West Elm /Business Bitch" acrylic and glitter on canvas 48" x 36" x 1" $850.00
SANDY STRATIL "Messages XI" Mixed Media 23" x 27" x 1" SOLD
SABA TAJ "Laila in Orchids" Oil paint, glitter on canvas 68" x 66" x 2" $4,000.00
LYUDMILA TOMOVA "Fearless and Free" Acrylic 60" x 48" x 2" SOLD
ANDREA VAIL "Andrea Vail's Selection #1;COLLECTING PILE (Zenith) -view A" Donated objects, synthetic fabric, group participation 60" x 72" x 72" $5,300.00
LEE WALTON "Outliving My Life Insurance: Weekly Acts of LEE WALTON Sustainability" Printed Media on Paper 30" x 48" x 0" SOLD
STEPHANIE J. WOODS "When the Hunted Become the Hunters"
GESCHE WURFEL "Slave Cabin (Somerset Place)" Archival Pigment Print 11" x 14" x 0" $1,500.00
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