Art reception set for Sunday

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 5, 2013

Every two years, the Johnson Center for the Arts celebrates the contemorary arts in Alabama and invites the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship winners in the visual arts or crafts categories to participate.

“Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial” is one of the Johnson Center’s most attended exhibitions.

The 2013 Biennial is now open and will run through Oct. 26.

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An artists’ reception for the 2013 Biennial will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday and the public is invited.

“As the third in the series, the 2013 Biennial has more than 100 pieces of art from more than 45 Alabama artists,” said Morgan Drinkard, Johnson Center executive director. “All of the artists are ASCA Fellowship winners so this is a very prestigious group of artists.

“Not often do we have such a large number of Alabama artists together in an exhibition.”

Four local artists, Walter Black, Russell Everett, Duane Paxson and Larry Percy, are among the featured artists.

The works include woodwork, paintings, photographs, sculpture, fabric collages, mixed media works and clay.

Drinkard said the artists are invited to submit two to three pieces of their work that have been completed in the last two years.

“Some of the artists have participated in all three of our biennial exhibitions,” Drinkard said. “ASCA awards new fellowships each year so we are continually extending invitations to a different group of artists.

The Biennial will be on display through October at the Johnson Center for the Arts, an entity of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, located in downtown Troy. Exhibition admission is free. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.