The National Arts Program was established in 1983 by the National Arts Program Foundation to give artists – young and older, amateur to professional – the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly and to be recognized for their artwork with prizes and awards.
Every year for the past 12 years, ASC has partnered with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries to bring the National Arts Program to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. The program is open to government employees, retirees and their families.
The artwork at the show was judged in 5 categories by a panel of art professionals. This year’s volunteer judges were Nicole Bartlett, Program Director, Public Art at ASC, Monique Luck, Professional Collage Artist and Elizabeth Ross, Art Professor Emeritus at CPCC.
Routinely, the show is the first time many participants have shown their work publicly. This year more than 200 pieces of art were submitted ranging from photographs, to paintings and sculptures.
The artwork is on display at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center until Thursday, February 23. It is open to the public and free to attend.
The video below highlights two of the show’s winners, Craig Carver and Darius Wilson and the artwork that won them top honors at the show.