2021 & 2022 Winners Exhibition

2021 & 2022 Winners Exhibition

Image detail of "Blomstrandbreen #2, 2016", from the series The Dissolving Landscape © Ella Morton, 2021 Environmental Award

Circular Solutions

WHEN: June 2 – November 4, 2023
WHERE: Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC
HOW: Free & Open to the Public
OPENING RECEPTION: July 7, 2023, from 5 – 9pm

As part of CENTER’s annual award and grant program, recipients are offered an exhibition at selected venues across the country. This year in 2023, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to host the exhibitionCircular Solutions: CENTER Award + Grant Recipients 2021 & 2022 showcasing the creative work of the 2021 and 2022 CENTER Award and Grant recipients.

CENTER’s mission resonates deeply with the curatorial emphasis at the Turchin Center which supports exhibitions addressing critical issues facing our nation and the world today. Placing an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the selection of our artists and exhibitions enables the Turchin Center to fulfill its vision of an equitable future for the arts.

Celebrating two decades of excellence in exhibition, education and outreach programming in the visual arts, the Turchin Center turns 20 in 2023! Celebrate summer at the Turchin Center at this fun and festive event, while engaging with a variety of new exhibitions, discovering the world of the contemporary visual arts, and connecting with others who share a passion for the arts. On July 7, the Summer Exhibition Celebration is an opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists, enjoy live music and refreshments and spend time with fellow arts patrons while exploring one of the most exciting venues in town: a collection of six galleries filled with a diverse mix of contemporary art by local, regional and international artists.

Learn more about the exhibition on the Turchin Center website.

2021 Award & Grant Winners

Ana Cristina Vallejo; Image from the series Neuromantic

Lizzy Cross; Coast and Valley, from the series Window Peeps

The CENTER Awards

Personal Award // Selected by Juror Merry Scully, Head of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Contemporary Art, New Mexico Museum of Art
Lizzy CrossWindow Peeps

Social Award // Selected by Jury of Panelists from the CENTER Team: staff, former grant recipients & an Advisory Council member
Peter MertsIncarcerated Artists

Environmental Award // Selected by Juror Melissa Dale, Interim Director of Photography, The Nature Conservancy
Ella MortonThe Dissolving Landscape

Excellence in Multimedia Award

Selected by Juror Cosima Amelang, Senior Producer, Mobile Storytelling, National Geographic Partners
Anna Cristina Vallejo, Neuromantic

Project Launch Grant

Selected by Juror Marisa Sage, Director, University Art Museum at New Mexico State University
Jane Whitmore, The Bikini Project

Me&Eve Grant

Selected by Juror Annick Shen, Head of Editorial, Adobe Stock
Leah DyjakAs we play God

2022 Award & Grant Winners

Heather Evans Smith; Paint It Blue, from the series Blue

Esha Chiocchio; Horned Locus, from the series Good Earth

The CENTER Awards

Personal Award // Selected by Juror Danyelle Means, Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe
Arista Slater-SandovalParable for Hysteria

Social Award // Selected by Juror Jess T. Dugan, Artist & Co-Founder, Strange Fire Collective
Luis CorzoPasaco, 1996

Environmental Award // Selected by Juror Paula Trotto, Photo Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Esha Chiocchio, Good Earth

Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award

Selected by Juror Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University
Dan Fenstermacher, Food Chain

Project Development Grant

Selected by Juror Karen Irvine, Chief Curator & Deputy Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago
Maximilian Thuemler, Born From the Limb

Project Launch Grant

Selected by Juror Grace Deveney, Associate Curator of Photography & Media, Art Institute of Chicago
David Walter Banks, Practice Resurrection

Me&Eve Grant

Selected by Juror Sarah Leen, Founder & Editor, Visual Thinking Collective
Heather Evans SmithBlue