Current and retired City, County and Public Library employees and their families submitted 157 entries in the 2004 competition sponsored by the Arts and Science Council, the city and county governments and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in conjunction with the National Arts Program, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to encourage artists at all levels. The entries of paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts and mixed-media, will be displayed in the lobby and second-floor landing of the CMGC through February 19.
Judges from Charlotte's arts community reviewed the entries in five categories: youth under 12, youth 12 to 18, amateur, intermediate and professional. Artists competed for a total of $2,400 in cash awards, including a $300 prize for best of show, which was awarded to Rita Rouse of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for her quilting creation called "Pansies." (The complete list of winners is available).
This is the fourth year for the City and County to participate in this nationally recognized program and the second year for the Public Library to take part.
As always, the National Arts Program Competition is held in conjunction with the City/County Arts & Science Council Campaign, which officially starts on January 27. The City goal this year is $90,100, the County's is $68,475. Campaign highlights include an employee talent show on February 13, a free day for employees and their families at Discovery Place on February 15 and a free night out for adults at Spirit Square on February 19. The City/County Campaign ends on February 24.
The National Arts Foundation was founded in 1982. Since then, 100,000 pieces of art have been shown to the public. This year, 150 cities and towns have shows officially sanctioned by the Foundation.