62nd Annual Sidewalk Art Show Goes Entirely Virtual

Roanoke, Va. (July 20, 2020) – Over the past six decades, the Sidewalk Art Show has become a beloved tradition for our community, infusing downtown Roanoke with energy, creativity, and excitement. Thousands visit the show each year to peruse the artists’ tents, discover new treasures, and make new friends. Traditions must evolve sometimes, and that’s where we find ourselves with the Sidewalk Art Show this year.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, the Governor’s order to limit gatherings, and our commitment to our community’s well-being, the Taubman Museum of Art has made the tough decision to cancel the on-site, physical show scheduled for August 15-16. 

But don’t despair! You still will be able to purchase fine art works and support artists, only this year in a virtual form. Just recently launched, the new Sidewalk Art Show Online Art Sale features a range of works available for purchase, including jewelry, fine art photography, painting, sculpture, and more.

Proceeds from the sales benefit both the artists and the Museum, supporting the arts in Roanoke and beyond. You can visit the shop online to browse this year’s collection.

On August 15-16, you can experience the show in a new way on our website and social media channels. We will connect you with artists through virtual, live experiences such as Q+As, demonstrations, studio tours, and more. You’ll get an insider’s peek into the artists’ work spaces, learn about their creative processes, and see the new projects they’re working on. Additional details about this digital experience will be shared soon, so stay tuned!

As always, we’re grateful for your ongoing support of the Sidewalk Art Show and the Taubman Museum of Art. We also are deeply appreciative of the continued support of our presenting sponsor, American National Bank and Trust, lead sponsor Blue Ridge Beverage, and supporting sponsor LinDor Arts for this year’s virtual Sidewalk Art Show.

While we look forward to the day when we can all gather again on the streets of downtown to celebrate our love of art, we also look forward to sharing these wonderful new virtual experiences with you online.

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