New Voices, Young Innovation is the newest exhibit to grace the walls of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts’ Hayloft Gallery. From April 1-May 28, 2016 the artworks of twelve regional emerging artists are featured in the center’s main gallery. The public is invited to the Opening Galleries Reception on Saturday, April 9, 2016 where light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
This is the fourth year this exhibition has been organized by The Jax. Each year the center invites regional university professors to recommend current and former students, as a way to honor outstanding students that may be beginning their artistic careers or changing them in a significant way. Artists were also selected from recommendations by The Jax board and/or gallery committee members to include local Floyd talent.
“We have students from Virginia Tech, Roanoke, Radford, Hollins and Ferrum this year, as well, as multiple young artists directly from the Floyd area who may be apprentices or self taught,” stated Leia Wood, the center’s programming director. Leia goes on to say that, “This show is unusual, compared to our other exhibits, because until the artwork arrives, we really don’t know what to expect. It’s always a surprise and this year is no different. These twelve new voices have unique and thought provoking artwork to further push our communities view of art.”
During this same time period as New Voice, Young Innovation, the center has two other new exhibitions. In the Breezeway Gallery student artworks from our local private elementary schools and some homeschooled students will be on display. Blue Mountain School and Rising Sun Community School are working together to create a display based on a spring theme, with other works interspersed.
The 2016 invited artists to New Voice, Young Innovation are as follows:
Laura Carden, Hollins University
Shannon Carlton, Virginia Tech
Sloan Champney, Ferrum College
Danielle Green, Radford University
Stuart Hill, Virginia Tech
Rebecca Ibarra, Roanoke College
Lucas Jankovsky, Floyd
Kevin Kwon, Radford University
Maggie Perrin-Key, Hollins University
Ellie Rose, Virginia Tech
Amber Skies, Floyd
Macie Stipes, Radford University
Special performing guest artist during the April 9th reception is Seth Morse. Seth will be performing on the electric guitar a selection of rock, blues, and jazz.
These exhibits will be viewable from April 1 through May 28. They are free and open to the public.