Thursday, September 3, 2015

Award Announcement for "After SELMA"

Upcoming Exhibit Artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden has been named a "Top 50 Emerging Artist" by LensCulture, a top publication in contemporary photography. In addition McFadden, was awarded one of eight grant award recipients from thousands of photographers from 112 countries. 

Regarding McFadden's "After SELMA" series, juror Mary Virginia Swanson said, "As a young man living in the American South, Joshua McFadden lives in the shadow of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. As an artist, McFadden’s perspective evokes an authentic process of examining, questioning, and comprehending a world in which he and his generation are the leaders-to-be of their communities. His project “After SELMA” turns a contemporary eye to issues that divided this country fifty years ago, informed by incidents of race relations in recent years. I believe we will learn a great deal about our future and ourselves through his photographs."

We are thrilled to bring this body of work to the Spruill Gallery this Fall, opening September 17. Congratulations, Joshua! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Upcoming Exhibit: "After Selma"

After Selma, Work by Joshua Rashaad McFadden
September 17 – October 24, 2015

The year 2015 marks the fifty-year fight for human and civil rights in America. Yet, what was supposed to be a time of celebration turned into one of uprising across the nation. Half a century later, America is left with the question, “After Selma, where are we now?” 

Photographer Joshua McFadden is a visual storyteller, whose interest in social justice advances human and civil rights in America through the narrative of his series, After Selma. His work illuminates similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the demonstrations of the new millennium. McFadden’s work depicts the passion, anger and sadness of recent events in America, while at the same time showing the hope, strength and unity of a nation.

Regarding After Selma, McFadden says, "I think my work speaks to a world wide audience. Yes, it’s about the Black person’s experience in America, but it’s a worldwide topic. Everyone is involved, whether they see it or not."

The exhibition will display framed photographs of intimate moments from the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. There will also be a night of projections and an open forum with the artist that will give a look into McFadden’s multimedia work.

McFadden was recently awarded a “Top 50 Emerging Talent 2015” award by LensCulture, for the After Selma series, by critic Mary Virginia Swanson. LensCulture is a global authoritative resources and publications for contemporary photography. McFadden is one of eight grant award recipients from thousands of photographers from over 120 countries.

Join us for the Opening Reception, Thursday, September 17, 6pm – 9pm

Joshua will host an evening of Projections and Conversations on Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6pm – 8pm.

We hope to see you at both of these events!

Monday, July 20, 2015

40th Anniversary Celebration

On August 8th, from 1-4pm Spruill Arts is having its 40th Anniversary Celebration at Spruill Gallery. There will be a chalk artist, food truck, King of Pops, live music and more!

Please visit the Facebook page for more details, share and RSVP. This event is open to all! Please invite your friends and family to see the show and help us celebrate Spruill’s big 4-0!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

And the Winners Are...

3rd Annual Spruill Arts
Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition
Awards Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of the
Annual Spruill Arts Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition 

Best in Show
Lauren Adams, Lace Collar
acrylic, instructor of painting

Best Instructor Award

Kathy Walton, String Side Chair
 recycled steel, instructor of welding

Best Student Award

Lucy Pittman, Oignons de Printemp 
oil, student of painting

People's Choice Award

Renee Adams, Polka Dot Passion 
sterling and amethyst
student of metalsmithining

Honorable Mention

Martha Fitzmier
Serving Spoon with Snapdragon Tessellation Handle
sterling sliver, ​student of metalsmithing

Honorable Mention

Joan Weiss, Fiori a Metri
acrylic, student of painting

Honorable Mention

Sharon Weiss, Gala Occasion
instructor of drawing and pastels

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Upcoming Exhibit: 3rd Annual Spruill Arts Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition

Spruill Gallery invites you to attend a summer exhibition of student and instructor art. Juried by the Executive Director of ART PAPERS, Saskia Benjamin, this all-medium exhibition will showcase artwork produced at the Spruill Center for the Arts.

Please join us at the Opening Reception for an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” Award!

Also Showing: Four Decades of Artistic Excellence
The Spruill Center for the Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the arts. As part of the commemoration, there will be a special retrospective exhibit looking back on the last forty years as an organization.