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New River Art Juried Biennial 2021

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Call Type:  Exhibitions

Eligibility: Regional

State: Virginia

Entry Fee: $40.00

Entry Deadline: 8/31/2021 

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, August 31: Application deadline (Midnight, Mountain Time).

  • Week of September 13: Notifications sent.

  • Tuesday, October 19 & Wednesday, October 20: In-person drop off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 23: Opening Reception with Artist Talk from the juror, Mary Holland, from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, December 4 or Sunday, December 5: Artists pick up their work at the Tyler Gallery. Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. or Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

This is the 16th New River Art Biennial Exhibition. This juried exhibition rotates between the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley in Pulaski, the Blacksburg Regional Art Association, and the Floyd Center for the Arts. The 2021 Biennial is being coordinated by the Fine Arts Center and will be hosted at the Tyler Gallery at Radford University with prizes totaling at least $1,500.

Full details are at

Work must be original and executed within the past two years. Video, audio, and performing works of art are not accepted for this exhibition.  Exhibit dates are Saturday, October 23 through Saturday, December 4, 2021. 


An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Artwork will be selected by Juror Mary Holland, the Thomas C. Gordon, Jr., Director of the Studio School at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

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!

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