Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

'Dolly: P/N 35 National Juried Art Exhibition'

December 20 – March 13, 2020 @ Slocumb Galleries

The Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, invites artists to submit work that visualizes the ideas, complexities, and cultural significance of iconic Appalachian musician Dolly Parton for'Dolly: P/N 35 National Juried Art Exhibition,' to be held in Slocumb Galleries from Feb. 18 to March 13. The deadline for entry is Dec. 20.

This year'sjuror, Logan Lockner, is an Atlanta-based writer and the editor of Burnaway, an online magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South. His writing has also appeared in national and international publications including Art Papers, Pelican, Bomb, Photograph and The Rib, and he recently edited the anthology Stranger, Harder, Brighter: The 2019 Burnaway Reader. In 2018, he was a finalist for the Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism. He has given talks and led workshops on art writing at venues including the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and Georgia State University's Ernest G. Welch School of Art. An East Tennessee native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Emory University in Atlanta.

Lockner created the theme for this exhibition, and hopes to see works submitted in a range of media that emerge from"the ideas or associations she represents: homespun charm and Appalachian heritage but also camp and celebrity and sexuality; an embrace of Christian traditions alongside vocal and longstanding support of the LGBTQ community; the self-made singer-songwriter in Nashville, country music; gender and identity performance.”Like many of us, he sees Dolly Parton as a"unifying cultural figure... the only celebrity or artist who is equally valued and celebrated by my native community of East Tennessee (in a very homogenous, white, conservative, evangelical setting) and by his current community in Atlanta (in a very heterogeneous, multiracial, progressive, queer setting)."He also points to WNYC's podcast Dolly Parton's America which“explores her legacy, influence, and her special ability to occupy middle ground in America's culture wars.”

Up to $1,000 in cash prizes available. Works in 2D, 3D/installation, video/sound are eligible. Artists must be 18 years or older, with residence in the US. All works must not exceed 60 inches on any side, or 80 lbs. Online form, images, artist statement and entry fee payment are required via Slideroom. Reduced entry fees! Accepted sound/video must have its own viewing/media player, or it will be looped with other videos accepted on a flat TV monitor. Artists are responsible for all shipping to and from the Slocumb Galleries. Accepted works will be insured during exhibition.

Email notification on Jan. 27, accepted works must be received on or before Feb. 13.

Send entries via SlideRoom at the following link:

Category: Exhibits