Exhibit

The DownEast Exhibition

What is Downeast?

The DownEast National Juried Sculpture Exhibition is located in Pitt County, North Carolina. The exhibition has two components: a month-long indoor exhibition and a year-long outdoor exhibition. The DownEast outdoor sculpture exhibition is a joint exhibition among Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, ECU Student Activities Board, City of Greenville, Town of Winterville, Town of Farmville, Wahl-Coates Elementary School for the Arts, and the Greenville Museum of Art.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 5:00pm - 8:30pm


Outdoor Exhibition information

Outdoor Entries Due (digital submission): Saturday, November 20, 2021
Outdoor Exhibition Dates: March 2022 - February 2023

Outdoor Prizes: Each placement will be awarded $1,200.
Additional prizes include: 1st Place: $1,500, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500

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Indoor Exhibition information

Indoor Entries Due (digital submission): Saturday, January 22, 2022
Indoor Exhibition Dates: March 4-24, 2022 (at Emerge Gallery)

Indoor Prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100

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Meet the Juror

James Matson is a sculptor and set designer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started off as a potter but kept sticking chunks of steel and wood into chunks of clay until it wouldn’t fit in the kiln anymore. His work centers around personal narratives seeking to find those universal moments that we share as individuals. His focus on the relationship between space and form is central to all his sculptural work.

He recently retired from teaching after thirty-five years of Sculpture, Ceramics, and Three-Dimensional Design. His work has been seen both here and abroad and is part of several collections.


Outdoor Exhibition

Eligibility
This year long outdoor sculpture exhibition is open to all artists ages 18 and up. All entries must be submitted digitally via Café and received by Saturday, November 20, 2021. Work should be large scale to fit one of the 18 sculpture pads in various locations throughout Pitt County, NC. Sculpture pads range from 4’x5’ to 10’ round in diameter. Artists must be available to install and remove their own work. They may have some help from the entity where the sculpture is placed, but this is not guaranteed.

All work must remain on exhibit from the end of February 2022 through the end of February 2023. The opening of the exhibition will be Friday, March 4, 2022. Work must be able to be exhibited outdoors and utilize materials that are exterior grade.

Drop-Off & Pick Up
Installation and removal of accepted work will be coordinated by the exhibiting entities. Aid with installation may be offered by the exhibiting entity. Contracts for a one-year term will be conducted with each entity and the chosen artists for one year from the last week in February 2022 until the last week in February 2023.

Prizes
Each placement will be awarded $1,200.
Additional prizes include: 1st Place: $1,500, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500

Insurance
Work will be insured by the presenting entities. There are 18 sculpture pads total within Pitt County. Work will be insured only for 60 percent of the sales price and only for the exhibition dates (does not include installation and removal). Insurance value must be a realistic value and may be questioned. Proof of similar sales will be asked for if necessary. Consent to reproduce for publicity, catalog, or educational purposes is assumed unless specifically reserved in writing. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions.


Indoor Exhibition

 Eligibility
This exhibition is open to all artists ages 18 and up. Any three-dimensional media is eligible. Indoor submissions must fit through a standard sized door. Work must be ready for display. Work value must not exceed available insurance value. All entries must be submitted digitally. All work must be able to be exhibited for the length of the exhibition, March 4-24, 2022.

Drop-Off & Pick Up
Accepted indoor work must be dropped off by Thursday, February 24, 2022, between 10:00am and 8:00pm to Emerge Gallery. If shipped, the work must be received by Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Shipped work must include a prepaid mailing label for return. Accepted indoor work must be picked up at the conclusion of the exhibition on Saturday, March 26, 2022, between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Work to be returned via prepaid shipping will be shipped the week after the exhibit closes. Work left after the exhibition will become property of Emerge Gallery.

Prizes:

1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100

Insurance
Emerge Gallery will provide insurance for accepted indoor work from the drop-off dates through the last day of the exhibition. Work will not be insured after March 26, 2022. Work will be insured only for 60 percent of the sales price, insurance value must be a realistic value and may be questioned, with a max of $5,000. Proof of similar sales will be requested, if necessary. Consent to reproduce for publicity, catalog, or educational purposes is assumed unless specifically reserved in writing. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions.