WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, the CFCC Fine Arts Department, and the Wilson Center are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s juried show. Aaron Wilcox, Chair of Art & Art History at University of North Carolina Wilmington served as juror for this year’s exhibition. Award winners across ten categories, as well as the winner of Best In Show, were recognized at a reception held at the Gallery; their works remain on display through the end of the exhibition on May 6, 2022.

Best In Show Oliver Avera
   
CeramicsFirst PlaceIsabelle Sloan
 Second PlaceLemuel Heida
 Third PlaceTricia Messenger
   
Digital Media / Graphic Design / IllustrationFirst PlaceKaren O’Kelley
 Second PlaceDay Composeco
 Third PlaceTracy Lavorini
   
DrawingFirst PlacePolina Sladkova
 Second PlaceQuenton Bowman
 Third PlaceMarcus David-Cortez
   
Metals / JewelryFirst PlaceTricia Messenger
   
Mixed MediaFirst PlaceOliver Avera
 Second PlaceMichaela Stout
 Third PlaceCameron Walters
   
PaintingFirst PlaceLemuel Heida
 Second PlacePolina Sladkova
 Third PlaceEmily Gihuly
   
PhotographyFirst PlaceGracelyn Hess
 Second PlaceRebecca Walker
 Third PlaceJeffrey Martin
   
PrintmakingFirst PlaceLemuel Heida
 Second PlaceTricia Messenger
 Third PlaceRini Hermawan
   
SculptureFirst PlaceParker Spencer
 Second PlaceSterling Powers
 Third PlaceLaura Montagano
   
2-D DesignFirst PlaceAbigail Young
 Second PlaceRobert Tomazic
 Third PlaceMya Goodman

For those who wish to view the wonderful art created by CFCC students, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, throughout the course of this exhibition. Visitors are welcome; the gallery will be operating at full capacity, and following all local and state health and safety regulations.




WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, the CFCC Fine Arts Department, and the Wilson Center are thrilled to announce that the annual juried art exhibition featuring Cape Fear Community College student artists will return to the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery on the Downtown Campus of Cape Fear Community College. This exciting tradition returns to the Gallery with an opening on April 8, 2022. The exhibition will run through May 6, 2022.

Aaron Wilcox, Chair of Art & Art History at University of North Carolina Wilmington will serve as juror for this year’s exhibition. The annual show will feature artwork created by CFCC students judged across a variety of media categories. A reception will be held on Friday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the Awards Ceremony to recognize the winner in each category, as well as Best In Show, will be held that same evening at 7 p.m.

For those who wish to view the works on display, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, throughout the course of this exhibition. Visitors are welcome; the gallery will be operating at full capacity, and following all local and state health and safety regulations.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, New Hanover County Schools, and the Wilson Center are thrilled to announce the return of the annual student art show, showcasing the work of student artists in the New Hanover County Schools. This popular exhibition returns to the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery this spring, and will feature the work of dozens of artists. The exhibition opens to the public today, March 11, 2022, and will run through April 1, 2022.

Throughout this school year, the New Hanover County Schools Arts programs have continued to support school communities by helping them find ways of being resilient through acts of artistic exploration and creation. The NHCS are happy to present the Best Foot Forward Art Exhibit to highlight some of the best and brightest visual artists in grades k-12 across the district. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which will feature the Murrayville Elementary School Steel Drum Band.

For those who wish to view the works on display, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, during the course of this exhibition.




WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the Two Techs exhibition, presented by the Fine Arts Department of Cape Fear Community College. This exhibition showcases the recent work of two of our talented art department technicians. We are thrilled to share these artworks in an in-person setting at the gallery. The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, February 7, 2022, and will run through February 25, 2022.

This exhibition features the work of ceramics artist and department tech, Jacob Herrmann, as well as sculptor and art department tech, Charles Harlan.

The exhibition will also be part of the Fourth Fridays Gallery Nights and will host a closing reception on Friday, February 25th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is open Monday- Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. To learn more about educational offerings and degree programs in the Fine Arts offered at Cape Fear Community College, visit https://cfcc.edu/division/fine-arts-film-design/.




No Boundaries International Art Colony & Acme Art Studios Present Collaborative Exhibition

The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is thrilled to announce a unique collaborative exhibition, Points In Common; No Boundaries Art Colony and Acme Art Studio, which draws on the work of 34 American artists who attended No Boundaries International Art Colony and worked at or collaborated with Acme Art Studios. The exhibition will open on Friday, December 3, 2021, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and run through January 28, 2022. The exhibition will also be part of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, and will host receptions on both December 17th and January 28th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening.

About Points In Common

Friendship between Gayle Tustin, Dick Roberts, Marshall Milton, Carol Collier and Pam Toll began in the early 1990’s when a group of artists found each other at Rick Mobb‘s Studio. Dick, Marshall, Pam, Carol and three other artists founded Acme Art Studios in 1991. Four Full Moon shows later, Pam, Gayle and Dick experienced living and working with international artists at St. Joakim Osogovski Monastery in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia. It was from the generosity of this experience that No Boundaries International Art Colony was born. Kent Mitchell, Bald Head Island and the community helped make a dream a reality. Twenty- three years later it’s hard to separate all the threads…

This exciting exhibition features the work of 70 artists, from 22 countries around the world – representing every continent except Antarctica — nearly three dozen of whom are American artists involved with both No Boundaries and Acme Art Studios. Their work, for the most part, was created this year especially for this exhibition. The work of the international artists is drawn from the No Boundaries and Bald Head Island Collections.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery  is pleased to announce the opening of 2021 Annual Faculty Art Show, presented by the Fine Arts Department of Cape Fear Community College. This exciting exhibition again showcases the recent work of our tremendously talented faculty. We are thrilled to share these unique pieces in an in-person setting; the CFCC faculty has not presented an in-person exhibition since the fall of 2019. This inspiring exhibition opens on Monday, October 11, 2021, and will run through Friday, November 12, 2021.

This year’s exhibition will feature the work of:

  • Topher Alexander
  • Ben Billingsley
  • Geoff Calabrese
  • Rick Conn
  • Jessica Gaffney
  • Brandon Guthrie
  • Cable Hardin
  • Jennifer Mace
  • Victoria Paige
  • Abby Spangel Perry
  • Deborah Quinn
  • Casey Scharling
  • Sharon Wozniak Spencer
  • Amber Watts

The exhibition will also be part of the Fourth Fridays Gallery Nights and will host a reception on October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is open Monday- Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is thrilled to announce a unique collaborative exhibition, Flying While Falling, which merges powerful images with short fiction inspired by those photographs. This exciting exhibition features photographer Carolyn DeMeritt’s series of black and white photos of girls from 1986 through 1990, entitled “When I was Little … I Thought I Could Fly.” These stunning portraits are paired with flash-fiction pieces composed by Margo Williams; the series of very short, imaginative stories, entitled “Falling in Love Like Little Girls Fall in Love,” are directly inspired by the images created through DeMeritt’s lens.

Flying While Falling carries the tradition of ekphrasis – describing visual art work with vivid, often dramatic or poetic descriptions – into the modern era. According to Williams, “I found such freedom in creating 300- to 500-word pieces that reflect what I see in the photo images, some part of myself, and some mysterious process of the imagination from which creation comes. It is important that readers understand that the pieces are completely fabricated from my imagination, inspired by the beautiful photos, yet having no basis in the realities of these young girls, their families, or the women they have become.” When describing the photographs in this exhibition, DeMeritt explained, “From 1986 through 1990, I photographed ten young girls – shooting each girl several times each year – as they grew from late childhood into adolescence. These portraits attempt to celebrate this growth and examine the physical and emotional changes that occur in young women during this period of life, a period that can only be described as exhilarating and bewildering in the same breath.”

The exhibition will open on Friday, August 13, 2021, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will run through Friday, October 1, 2021. The exhibition will also be part of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, and will host receptions on both August 23rd and September 24th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is thrilled to announce that members of Philadelphia Sculptors and Tri State Sculptors are coming together to create a collaborative exhibition on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. The exhibition, entitled PSSST, will run from July 2, 2021 through August 6, 2021. In this exciting exhibition, sculptors from Philadelphia will join their colleagues from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia in an exuberant display of challenging artworks revealing the talents of both groups – and the benefits of working together. A public opening reception will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; a second reception will be held as part of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Organizers Andi Steele, president of Tri State Sculptors, and Leslie Kaufman, president of Philadelphia Sculptors, planned the exhibition long before COVID, and both agree that now is a perfect time for this exhibition. As they describe it, the show not only allows artists to share their work and viewpoints, but also provides an opportunity for the artists to physically connect and interact.

“This past year our society has been divided in many ways — socially, politically, and spatially. We need physical connection and interaction to be able to move forward,” said Steele.

Tri State Sculptors artists: Adam Adcock, Carl Billingsley, Geoff Calabrese, Mary Carlisle, Travis Donovan, Frankie Flood, Rachel Johanningsmeier, Saila Milja-Smyly, Austin Sheppard, Brittany Sondberg, Andi Steele, Virginia Tyler, Paul Vernon, Elizabeth Walton, Michael Webster, and Steve Zawistowski.

More information about Tri State Sculptors can be found at https://tristatesculptors.org/

Philadelphia Sculptors artists: Patrick Cabry, Steve Donegan, Charlie Emlen, t.a. hahn, Cheryl Harper, Darla Jackson, Monica Kane, Leslie Kaufman, Carole Loeffler, Virginia Maksymowicz, Emilio Maldonado, Attila Mata, Constance McBride, Gina Michaels, Holly Smith, Simone Spicer, Nina Valdera, and Erin Wheary.

More information about Philadelphia Sculptors can be found at https://philasculptors.org/




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery and the Cape Fear Community College Fine Arts Department are thrilled to announce the opening of the 2021 Student Art Exhibition. This annual juried show features the works of CFCC student, with winners selected across numerous categories, as well as a Best in Show winner. The exhibition opens on Monday, April 5, 2021, and will run through Friday, April 30, 2021.

This annual exhibition of student works is a juried show, and this year’s juror was Amy Grant, owner of the Art in Bloom Art Gallery. According to Grant, student works were judged on the basis of composition, form, creativity, originality, technique, and presentation. Using those criteria as a framework, the following winners were selected:

  • Best In Show: Bella Sollosi, Sunbathing
  • Photography: Karen Moody, The Shack
  • Ceramics: Maggie Connelly, Bubble Pot
  • Painting: Amy Covington, Float
  • Drawing: Marvin Mejia, Pop Culture
  • Printmaking: Joseph Parks, Balance
  • Mixed Media: Sterling Powers, The Heir (triptych)
  • Sculpture: Sterling Powers, Let’s Get Loud
  • Design: Polina Sladkova, Cycle of Life
  • Digital Media: Ray Starling, Gulls, Gulls, Gulls.

For those who wish to view the works on display, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (to 7 p.m. on Thursdays), during the course of this exhibition. Visitors are welcome and will be asked to maintain physical distancing as required by local and state regulations. Masks are required for entry. The virtual exhibition will open once the in-person exhibition closes.




The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and the Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery are thrilled to announce an exhibition of works by internationally known artist Dorothy Gillespie. This exhibition, the first of 2021 at the gallery, explores the multi-faceted work of the artist and features works from across six decades of her career. The exhibition, Dorothy Gillespie: Selected Works from the Radford University Collection, will open on January 15, 2021 and run through February 26, 2021.

Dorothy Gillespie

Gillespie was a groundbreaking New York artist from the mid-1940s up until her death in 2012. She forged a career that was truly independent and innovative, and helped blaze a path for women artists during the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Gillespie was a master of many media, including paint, paper, sculpture, printmaking, environments and happenings, ceramics, jewelry, and even set design. Her works are featured in numerous public and private collections; Radford University owns the largest body of her work.

There will be an opening reception held at the Wilma. W. Daniels Gallery on January 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception will be an indoor/outdoor affair, adhering to state and local requirements, and featuring live music. Masks will be required.





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