Jurors for the second annual Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase have been announced, said Jim Allmon, art and marketing director of River District Arts.
Greg Huddleston, Becky Parrish and Bradley Stevens will be judging entries submitted to this year’s showcase (Oct. 18-Dec. 28). The exhibit is sponsored by Piedmont Virginia magazine and hosted by RDA in Sperryville. An official call for artists will be made in the spring issue of the magazine.
Huddleston is the associate editor of the magazine and frequently writes about artists working in the Piedmont area. In addition to overseeing (and penning) many articles in the annual art guide, Huddleston is an artist and considers it his true passion. Prior to his second career as a writer, editor and artist, Huddleston was as an educator, teaching English, humanities and journalism in Prince William County for 33 years.
Parrish graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and maintains a studio in Fauquier County. While attending GWU, she received the prestigious Morris Louise Fellowship, the Audrey Glassman Award for the most promising female graduate student and the Weil and Goshal award for portraiture. A professional painter and teacher for more than 25 years, she’s participated in nine solo shows in the Washington area and 12 group shows nationally. Last November she was selected as one of 60 artists in the American Women Artists exhibit and received the Critic’s Choice Award in the Art for Land’s Sake exhibition in Towson, Md.
Stevens was an adjunct professor of art for 18 years at George Washington University, his alma mater, and Georgetown University. Now living in Gainesville, his paintings hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the U.S. Capitol, the Virginia State Capitol, the U.S. Department of State, Monticello, various universities, hospitals, courts, and numerous other public and private collections. Most recently, his works were displayed in “Museum Studies,” at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville.
The jurors will be responsible for judging all entries from artists and artisans in the magazine’s 14-county circulation area and narrowing it to 60 pieces for the exhibit. Last year, more than 250 entries were submitted for the inaugural exhibit.