Fine Art Takes Over Downtown Roanoke with 60th Annual Sidewalk Art Show

ROANOKE, Va. (May 1, 2018) – From paintings to sculptures and from photography to jewelry, the Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present one of Virginia’s oldest and most anticipated outdoor art shows June 2-3 with the 60th Annual Sidewalk Art Show, presented this year by HomeTown Bank.

Nearly 140 artists from across the United States will gather on the streets immediately surrounding the Museum to display and sell their original artwork and fine craft. The show will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and is free and open to the public.

“What makes this event so special is the opportunity to meet and talk with the exhibiting artists,” said Cindy Petersen, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art. “And with a wide range of price points, everyone is sure to find a beloved new treasure to take home to enjoy.”

The event will feature artists from as far away as Maine and Texas, with a strong representation of local and regional artists who are known and loved in the community. New this year, Hollins University and Radford University will host spotlight booths to showcase the work of their fine arts students.

As a juried show, awards will be given in categories including the highly coveted Best in Show, which is sponsored by Grand Home Furnishings, and the Merit Awards, which are sponsored by LinDor Arts.

Stefanie Fedor, executive director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, will serve as the guest juror.

Another new element to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary: Blue Ridge Beverage will be on hand selling craft beers and wines, which guests can enjoy while they browse the artists’ booths.

Inside the Museum, guests are invited to visit the galleries to enjoy the works on view, including Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, featuring nearly 100 works by contemporary art world luminaries such as Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Nick Cave and more.

The Rescue Mission also will host a children’s drawing contest in the Museum atrium to select the t-shirt design for its 2018 Drumstick Dash.

Additional support for the 60th Annual Sidewalk Art Show is provided by Blue Ridge Beverage, 101.5/102.5 The Mountain, LinDor Arts, and La De Da.

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