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Opening night a huge success!

Hundreds of people came to our show at The Moss Arts Center!  64 pieces from 64 artists made the walls. 12 awards were given.  Best in Show went to Abby Ketcham, Blacksburg, for her work "Birth Place."  An enormous hand goes to the staff of The Moss Arts Center for their incredible support of the exhibition.

People's Choice went to Jesi Pace-Berkeley, Blacksburg, for her enormous watercolor work "Misunderstanding."

2019 New River Art Juried Biennial was hosted by the Blacksburg Regional Art Association at The Moss Art Center in Blacksburg June 13 thru August 3, 2019.  It was the most incredible location we have ever had!  The juror, Emily Smith of the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, invited 64 artists to the exhibition with one artwork apiece.

See photo review of reception - New River Art Juried Biennial: Check out this Spark Page Gerri made

Photo on left...Best in Show Winner, Abby Ketcham, of Blacksburg with her textile piece entitled "Birth Place."

Photo on right...All winners present, plus the mistress of ceremonies Gerri Young, the juror Emily Smith and the Moss exhibition coordinator Meggin Hicklin

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We are grateful to the following individuals or businesses for their sponsorship of awards for this 2019 biennial:
  • Nadine Allen family, daughter Mary Woerner
  • Libby Calvera
  • Blacksburg Regional Art Assn.
  • Floyd Center for the Arts
  • Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley, Pulaski
  • Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center of Art at Roanoke College
  • The Quilting Party, Inc.
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Gerri Young
  • Brown Insurance Company
  • John Paschal
  • Cheap Joe's Art Supply
  • The Artful Lawyer
Some biennial history:

2013 hosted by Blacksburg Regional Art Association

2015 hosted by Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley in Pulaski

2017 hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts

2019 hosted by Blacksburg Regional Art Association

2021 will be hosted by Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley in Pulaski

​Nadine Allen Gallery:

Nadine Allen was instrumental in the creation of the New River Art Juried Biennial and an incredibly productive artist. She was a member of BRAA and a very active member of the Blacksburg art scene.  When she passed away in 2005, a memorial fund was established in her name. Since then, an award in her name has been presented at every New River Art Juried Biennial.  Her family has graciously let us use a few digital files of her artwork. 

A look back....2015 Biennial hosted by Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley

An update on the results of the New River Art 2015 biennial: 39 different artists were selected to exhibit in this show, out of those who entered.  BRAA was well represented!


The winners were:
-Shawn Whiteside of Blacksburg, Nadine Allen Memorial Fund, $500
- Lois Stephens of Newport, Award of Excellence from Blacksburg Regional Arts Association, $200
- Roberta Sallee of Blacksburg, First Award of distinction, Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, $200
- Jonathan Murrill of Pulaski, Second Award of Distinction, Jacksonville Center for the Arts $200
- Felta Virginia Hall, Award of Merit, Greater Pulaski Alliance, $200
- Gina Louthian-Stanley of Roanoke, Award of Merit, The Southwest Times, $200


There will be a People's choice Award at the end of the show from The Artful Lawyer of Blacksburg for $100.

Over 50 people attended our reception and a good time was had by all despite the awful traffic tie up on I-81 which delayed so many guests!