Juror announces artists for 2014 Alabama National

TUSCALOOSA ––  Robert Sherer, juror for the first annual Alabama National Juried Art Exhibition, has announced the artists accepted into the show that opens August 25, 2014.

Douglas Barrett (AL), Lindy Blosser (GA), David Bogus (TX), Gary Chapman (AL), Anathbandhu Chaudhuri (AL), Joanne Fogle (AL), Benny Fountain (TX), Karen Graffeo (AL), Kristina Hamm (GA), Carolyn Harwood (AL), Stacey Holloway (AL), Hyoungseok Kim (GA), Stefanie Liles-Ray (AL), Nan Liu (FL), Ryan Meyer (AL), Rob Millard-Mendez (IN), C.W. Newell (AL), Miriam Norris Omura (AL), James Pace (TX), Raoul Pacheco (GA), Debra Riffe (AL), Don Robson (GA), Robin Snyder (AL), Elizabeth Visscher (GA), Linda Walden (AL), Sarah Wilkins (NC) and Jave Yoshimoto (OK) were chosen by Sherer for the exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in UA’s historic Woods Quad.

Art work by Jave Yoshimoto of Oklahoma in the Alabama National Juried Exhibition. Art work by Miriam Norris Omura of Alabama in the Alabama National Juried Exhibition. Art work by Karen Graffeo of Alabama in the Alabama National Juried Exhibition. Art work by Gary Chapman of Alabama in the Alabama National Juried Exhibition. Art work by David Bogus of Texas in the Alabama National Juried Exhibition.
1. Jave Yoshimoto | 2. Miriam Norris Omura | 3. Karen Graffeo | 4. Gary Chapman | 5. David Bogus

Sherer, who has served in a wide range of roles in the art world, has set a high standard and established a tradition for this new show. He said,  “I find that my entire art career has involved the evaluation of artworks, whether as an art student, visual artist, art professor, arts juror, art critic, lecturer, art dealer or international art competitor.  Despite this, jurying art exhibitions never gets easier.  It was especially daunting with this inaugural national competition.  I was presented with an impressive range of submitted artworks and asked to create a cohesive exhibition for a limited space.  The task was difficult but I think the exhibition presents a high quality of artworks while simultaneously embracing a wide range of aesthetics, which is ultimately the goal of any national art exhibition.”

Sherer is an Alabama native and an internationally exhibiting artist known for his use of unconventional media and for four incidents of art censorship. His career in the arts has also covered such disciplines as arts juror, critic, lecturer, educator, art dealer and international art competitor. Sherer studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at Walker College, Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, Rhode Island School of Design and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. He represented the USA in the 2002 Triennale de Paris, the 2001 Florence Biennale and was awarded a Lorenzo de Medici (il Magnifico) medal for his mixed media work in the 2007 Florence Biennale. His work is the subject of an art book, Blood Works: the Sanguineous Art of Robert Sherer, published by Kennesaw State University Press. Art galleries currently representing Sherer’s work include Kunstbehandlung Galerie, Munich, Germany; ArtExpo Internationale, Venice, Italy; and Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, MA. He is a professor of art at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.

The Alabama National exhibition will be held August 25 – September 19, 2014, in The University of Alabama’s Sella-Granata Art Gallery, in historic Woods Hall, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A reception will be held Thursday, September 4, 6-8 pm, and will be open to the public.

For more information contact: Assistant Professor Matt Mitros, Alabama National exhibition coordinator,, or call (205) 348-1889.

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