The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Be a Maker at The Jax! Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:57:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Art Works For Us” – Call for our 2016 Public Art Program Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:30:55 +0000 Art Works For Us – A public sculpture/outdoor art tour through Floyd County VA

Download the following information as a printable PDF here.

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts ran a pilot program over the last year. We are please that we have received funds to continue and expand it through 2018. We are now calling for interested businesses and landowners, and possible artists, to apply to the tour. The tour will be from September 2016 to July 2017.

How to Participate:

Business or Landowner: you can participate by providing a venue for displaying a sculpture or other outdoor artwork, this program will be a chance to express their own individuality and their support for the creative spirit that is Floyd. Business and private landowners can indicate their interest in hosting artwork by filling out an interest form with information about their property.  Download the Business/Landowner interest form here.

Local or Regional Artist: are encouraged to produce large-scale work for public display. This is an invitation to lend their creativity and vision to be part of Floyd’s aesthetic environment.   Artists are asked to fill out an application describing their artwork. Photos or sketches of their artwork will be required.  Download the Artist application here.

The Plan and Costs:

  • Interest forms from Businesses/Landowners and Applications from Artists are due July 20, 2016.
  • The Jax will review all forms and pair artists with appropriate sites.
  • Businesses/Landowners will have the final approval of the artwork and asked to pay the participating site fee of $100 to The Jacksonville Center by August 31st
  • The Jacksonville Center will pay the accepted Artists an honorarium of $500 after the artwork is installed.
  • Artists will work with Business/Landowners to install artwork in September 2016.
  • Artwork will be on display for one calendar year. At that time Business/Landowners may choose to purchase the artwork from the artist. The Jacksonville Center will also be selecting one piece of art to purchase as a permanent addition to the trail.
  • The trail includes an interactive map and signage at each artwork site.

Benefits of Participating:

According to the NRV Livability Report “Developing arts and cultural activities to serve as a “community draw” can stimulate business activity, attract tourism revenue, and help retain high quality employers and employees by creating highly desirable places in which to raise a family, work and retire.“

The “Art Works For Us” program offers exactly what this report is referring to, both artists and business/landowners will gain visibility in our community.  Public artwork may lead to other commissioned pieces for the artists.  Businesses may see increased attention by tourists and locals, and in turn increased profit. The use of an online interactive map allows tourists to easily navigate to other trail sites and increase traffic to the business that the artwork is installed at.

This Program is Supported by The Community Foundation of the New River Valley and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.


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POLYMER CLAY RETREAT Sept 23-25, 2016, Floyd VA With Jana Roberts Benzon Mon, 23 May 2016 15:16:07 +0000 Download a PDF flyer of this information here!

Jana Roberts Benzon has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer clay has captured her creative spirit like nothing else. Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate “millefiori” canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes.  From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old world designs.  While she’ll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she’s having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and “cutwork”.

Come join this intimate retreat for 3 wonderful days of learning from Jana while taking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia.

Day 1 and 2: “Laser Cut” Technique and Pendant Master Workshop Read “Laser Cut” Technique PDF flyer Here

Day 3:  “One Day Cutwork Extravaganza is Day 3 workshop Read “Cutwork Extravaganza” PDF flyer here


Contact Teri Walters for more information and registration

540 745 6445


Teri has a lot in store for you in these jammed packed 3 days. We will spend time learning from Jana, sharing meals and laughing together. Teri will transform the Walters’ garage into a clay working studio that sets on top of Panther Knob Mountain. There are breathtaking views, unlimited source of mountain air along with wild life all around. The welcoming committee here consists of 4 friendly dogs, Banjo, Spanky, Quee-Queg and Rusty, and 3 cats, Tripoly, Simba and Cheetah.  They are all anxious to meet and greet you every day. Most days you will also be greeted by Bob, that would be my beloved husband of 36 years. It is a fabulous environment in which to work and play. I hope you will join us!



Here are three suggestions:

Ambrosia B&B, 540- 745-6363     2 miles,   Room rates range from $90 to $135 plus tax, this includes a wonderful home cooked breakfast

Hotel Floyd, (downtown Floyd) 540 745-6080, 7 miles, suites are available from $140 and up plus tax ……., A large breakfast included in the cost of these accommodations. This hotel is always heavily booked.

Oakhaven Lodge (in the town of Floyd) 540 745-5716, 8 miles, Room/suites rates range from $75 to $90 plus tax

It is highly recommended that one secures lodging as soon as one decides to attend the retreat. During the fall season, Floyd is heavily visited.



The registration fee for the three day retreat is $300 per person. This includes instruction fee for 3 full days with Jana, drinks and snacks provided each day, and 2 meals will be provided. Teri will provide each attendee a folding chair and a work table, 4’ x2’ to work on.   Attendees will bring all supplies and equipment needed to participate in the retreat. Supply lists will be given out after full payment has been received.



Retreat dates are Sept 23-25, 2016.

There is limited seating of 10 spaces available.

If you are interested in reserving your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $100 will be accepted at anytime up until the time of full payment is due.

Full Payment of $300 is due by July 15, 2016.



Teri Walters

Panther Knob Mountain

302 Kristi Lane

Floyd, VA 24091




2016 Featured Artist: Susan Icove Sun, 15 May 2016 14:46:23 +0000 Lennon Sister CandlesticksEach year The Jacksonville Center for the Arts honors a special artist in the Floyd Community. This year, Susan Icove, is the 2016 Jax Featured Artist. As part of the Featured Artist program, honored artists work with the center to educate the public about their art form. Susan Icove will be curating “Upcycled”, an exhibit of invited artists from around the country that are recycling and repurposing to create art in The Jax’s Hayloft Gallery. “Upcycled” will be on display at The Jax October 8 through November 26, 2016. A public artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 5-7pm. Susan will also be scheduling public discussions about upcycling and her artwork in the fall of 2016 as well.


Icove_2.17.13_258As an artist, Susan Icove seeks to find the beauty in what others may consider junk. She draws on her love of combining elements of the past with the world of the present. She creates three-dimensional collages to form lamps and other furnishings, which are often surprising and humorous, using household objects, broken appliances, odd family heirlooms, or just leftover odds and ends.

“Each creative decision builds upon the one before it, perfectly orchestrated in accordance with the message that I seek to inspire,” states Susan.

Some of Susan’s artwork is on display in the main entrance of the center and will remain on display throughout the year. Please visit The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, located at 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd Virginia, to view her work. You can also learn more about Susan Icove’s work at her gallery in Floyd, Troika Contemporary Crafts, and online at


2016 House and Garden Tour Preview Thu, 05 May 2016 20:47:50 +0000 poster copyJune 25, 2016

Tickets $25 including box lunch

2016 Tour Directions

Our second House and Garden Tour features four quite different homes: A Floyd County property includes a majestic cedar shake-clad main house, a meditation building (“Shanti”) and a medicinal herb garden and greenhouse. Two iconic Victorian houses on Floyd’s main street (Rt .221) are side by side: one brick, one blue, with wraparound porches and filled with art, antiques and history. Another house, off Rt.8 in the county, is back from last year’s tour when it was one of the most popular sites: house and furniture were hand-built by the owners, with canoes added this year.

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Each house exhibits surprises: at the O’Neills’ (above, right), painted leather furniture and hand-painted tissue paper-covered walls. At the Griffins’ (below, left) next door: an old ice box that’s now a bar with red velvet lining. In the McBroom house (above, left) a round cherry table nests into a long table nearby and  then resembles a spaceship. At the Pritchards’ is Jim Pritchard’s (below, right) 3-D carved portrait of his wife Laurel – a “Fine Woodworking” $1,000 prizewinner.

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The tour hours are 9 am to 5 pm. A box lunch will be offered as part of the tour price.  The informal lunch will be available at the Jacksonville Center, to eat there or take out, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the center, or by phone at (540) 745-2784.

Brochures for the tour will be available at The Jax mid-May.

Sponsored by Union Bank and Trust



2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, Deadline June 19 Wed, 04 May 2016 17:21:48 +0000 The Jax invites visual media artists to submit work for exhibition in our annual juried show.  This year the top cash prize for this exhibition is $500, and other cash prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded. Artwork will be selected by Juror Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Richmond, VA. This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past two years. Video, audio, and performing works of art are not accepted for this exhibition. Exhibit dates are August 5 thru October 1, 2016, Opening Reception on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Applications are only through CaFE, an online call for entry system.  Click Here to read the full call and to learn how to apply in CaFE.

The Jax has a Photo Lab that you may use for free to take photos of your work and access computers to enter this exhibit.  If you need assistance doing either, please call the center to set up an appointment with our staff and we will walk you though it.

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To review the 2015 Jax Juried Exhibition winners, Click Here.


An Evening of Irish Music – Claire Egan and Eoin O’Neill Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:41:42 +0000 May 24, 2016 – 7PM at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts


Tickets: $15, $10 students

Available for purchase at the door.

Bios of musicians:

London born, County Clare based fiddle player Claire Egan was born into a family of musicians and artists from the West of Ireland and has been immersed in the music from listening to the recordings of the Master musicians from the 1920’s as well as the wealth of great musicians from Ireland living in London such as Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney, John Carty and many others. She has been hugely influenced and inspired by fiddle player and teacher Brendan Mulkere in London. Claire went on to win several competitions as well as other prizes and awards including the Young Artists Award from the Irish Youth Foundation to assist with her studies including a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her music is regularly heard on BBC radio, RTE, RnaG, and International broadcasts. She has played on several soundtracks and appeared on various television shows and recorded with various singer/songwriters, upcoming composers, ensembles and Orchestras throughout the world. Claire is also well regarded teacher and teaches internationally throughout the year including yearly festivals such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, Milltown, Co. Clare. Her debut album ‘The Green Window’, under the recording label Raelach Records is of critical acclaim.

Accordionist, Eoin O’Neill, hails from Adrahan, Co. Galway where he was steeped in Traditional music. Several great influencial musicians from the area include the great Joe Cooley, Oliver and Raymond Roland and Charlie Harris with whom he later went on to share and learn music from. His music is also greatly inspired by the recordings of 1920’s musicians including P.J. Conlon, also a native of Co.Galway who immigrated to USA. Eoin is a regular tutor and performer at yearly festivals throughout Ireland and abroad and his music has been heard on RnaG, RTE and other national and international broadcasts . He regularly collaborates with musicians from Ireland and the UK.


Opening for “New Voice, Young Innovation” Saturday, April 9 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:10:49 +0000 New Voices, Young Innovation is the newest exhibit to grace the walls of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts’ Hayloft Gallery. From April 1-May 28, 2016 the artworks of twelve regional emerging artists are featured in the center’s main gallery. The public is invited to the Opening Galleries Reception on Saturday, April 9, 2016 where light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

This is the fourth year this exhibition has been organized by The Jax. Each year the center invites regional university professors to recommend current and former students, as a way to honor outstanding students that may be beginning their artistic careers or changing them in a significant way. Artists were also selected from recommendations by The Jax board and/or gallery committee members to include local Floyd talent.

“We have students from Virginia Tech, Roanoke, Radford, Hollins and Ferrum this year, as well, as multiple young artists directly from the Floyd area who may be apprentices or self taught,” stated Leia Wood, the center’s programming director. Leia goes on to say that, “This show is unusual, compared to our other exhibits, because until the artwork arrives, we really don’t know what to expect. It’s always a surprise and this year is no different. These twelve new voices have unique and thought provoking artwork to further push our communities view of art.”

During this same time period as New Voice, Young Innovation, the center has two other new exhibitions. In the Breezeway Gallery student artworks from our local private elementary schools and some homeschooled students will be on display. Blue Mountain School and Rising Sun Community School are working together to create a display based on a spring theme, with other works interspersed.

The 2016 invited artists to New Voice, Young Innovation are as follows:

Laura Carden, Hollins University

Shannon Carlton, Virginia Tech

Sloan Champney, Ferrum College

Danielle Green, Radford University

Stuart Hill, Virginia Tech

Rebecca Ibarra, Roanoke College

Lucas Jankovsky, Floyd

Kevin Kwon, Radford University

Maggie Perrin-Key, Hollins University

Ellie Rose, Virginia Tech

Amber Skies, Floyd

Macie Stipes, Radford University

Special performing guest artist during the April 9th reception is Seth Morse. Seth will be performing on the electric guitar a selection of rock, blues, and jazz.

These exhibits will be viewable from April 1 through May 28. They are free and open to the public.


Logo Contest Details and Rules Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000 Call for Entry – Logo Design Contest  (All of this information can be downloaded as a PDF Here.)

Rules for Entry Here and at the end of this blog post.


The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is a non profit community arts organization that just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Jacksonville Center is located in Floyd Virginia, however, due to our name, we are often believed to be in Jacksonville, Florida. It is the opinion of the board and staff that this is the time to change the center’s name. Along with this name change, we need a new logo. Therefore, we are announcing a Logo Design Contest, with a cash prize of $1000.   Please read the information below and browse our website and Facebook page in order to design us a new logo that we’ll love for years to come. This logo design contest is open to all artists. Please see our rules for deadline and entry details. Contest rules are listed at the end of this call for entry.

Considerations for new logo design:

A successful logo design:

  • Will visually embody our rural area, the barn as part of our history, our mission and values, and what we do inside the center by using appropriate imagery and colors
  • Will be usable and recognizable in gray scale, color, on a dark background, scaled small, ect.
  • Must use our new name

New Name: Floyd Center for the Arts


Information you will want to use to create a successful design-

Current Logo:jax for arts




Current Mission:

Floyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts facilitates, showcases and supports artistic endeavors and creativity, and provides education in the arts throughout our community and region.


Current Vision and Values:

Floyd’s Jacksonville Center will be a vital and vibrant Art Center enriching our community by cultivating a creative culture.

Community – we value the needs and interests of our Floyd community and support community-wide efforts. We also value our community’s location, environs and heritage. We strive to have our work rooted in the place we “live.”

The Arts – We value arts of all kinds and the positive effect the arts can have on individuals and communities.

Diversity – We value our diverse community and its independent people.

Learning – We value arts learning opportunities of all kinds, in unique settings and for all ages and abilities. We also encourage continued learning and growth for our staff and volunteers.

Collaboration – We work best in accomplishing our mission when we seek out and develop significant collaborations with other individuals and organizations.

Creativity – We value creative endeavors of all kinds – artistic, entrepreneurial, inventive… We support artists in their creative and entrepreneur efforts.

Fun – Engagement in the arts is fun, enriching and transformative. We value joy and fun in the pursuit of artistic/creative endeavors.

Inclusiveness – We strive to foster a welcoming environment for all people, with excellent access to facilities and offerings.

Quality – We value the highest quality in our exhibits, workshops, facilities and our people.

Inspiration – We value the inspiration that comes from creative endeavors and from a dialog with art and the artists that create. We value services that ignite imagination and inspire audiences.

Partnerships – Partnerships are an important part of fulfilling our mission. We value the diversity, strength, talents, and support that partners bring to our mission.

Sustainability – To best serve our community, stakeholders and patrons, we value a model of operation that is sustainable and lasting.

Thanking People – We regular demonstrate how grateful we are for the support of our stakeholders (donors, volunteers, partners, members, artists, instructors, participants students…)


Current Strategic Goals

  • Enhance our programs and activities to engage and sustain community and visitor participation
  • Strengthen earned income, grants application and fundraising capacity to ensure long-term sustainability
  • Create marketing and awareness programs that build our presence/visibility and drive participation
  • Optimize the facility to better reflect our mission and services
  • Foster a quality work environment for staff and volunteers
  • Ensure effective governance by the Board of Directors


Current Audience Groups 


  • Visual and Performing Artists
  • Visionaries, out-of-the-box thinkers
  • Art Mentors
  • Design Thinkers, Makers, tactile learners
  • Emerging artists and entrepreneurs
  • Tenants and their customers

Art Lovers/Appreciators

  • Art lovers with the capacity to engage
  • Art Appreciators
  • Arts advocates and appreciators 

Visitors (tourists)

  • Travelers
  • Guests to Floyd
  • Artisan Trail, Crooked Road patrons

The Floyd Community

  • Community Organizations
  • Volunteers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Transplanted residents
  • Media and their audience
  • Those not currently interested in art
  • Floyd County in all of its diversity
  • People, businesses and processes in need of creativity
  • Lower income children and families
  • Special needs individuals


  • College Students and Professors
  • K-12 Teachers
  • Parents
  • Pre-K -12th grade students, all disciplines
  • Seniors


Current Activities/Events at the center:

  • Formal Art Gallery with nationally recognized exhibitions
  • Workshops, lectures and demonstrations geared for both novices and professionals
  • Performances by world-class classical musicians and regional bluegrass, blues, jazz and old time musical talents as well
  • Studio access of our Glass/Metalsmithing Studio, Photo Lab, Blacksmithing Forge and Ceramics Studio to our local artist population
  • Organizer and supporter of major artistic events through the county, including Floyd Artisan Trail, a weekend long open studio tour and Art Works for Us, a public art trail throughout the county
  • Our 7 acre site houses multiple musicians’ and artists’ work areas, as well as, local businesses and an elementary Montessori school


Brief History of The Jacksonville Center:

In 1995, a group of forward-looking citizens saw a historic but neglected dairy barn and wondered what might be the potential for using it as a space to link together the valuable and rich – but hidden and difficult-to-access – Floyd County artisan community. As individuals began discussing the idea with their neighbors and friends, a common response was, “Are you talking about the Old Jacksonville Barn?” This inquiry was based on the local understanding of the facility’s location near the larger, newest of the two Jacksonville Cemeteries in the Floyd area. Everyone began referring to the historic space with its nascent activity as The Jacksonville Center, which remains the group’s “doing business as” name.

During the startup years, the organization began a series of programs, limited only by the capacity of the infrastructure: no sewer and substandard water; no heat in the barn; some scary areas of limited public safety – after all, the building had been a working dairy barn in the 1940s and had begun a long process of deterioration in about the mid-1970s due to having endured a series of owners who had not the resources to devote to anything beyond basic facility maintenance.

In about 2000, when the local governments won a federal financial boost to improve water and sewer to various areas of the town and county of Floyd, the organization was well-positioned to become an auxiliary beneficiary of that infrastructure upgrade, and thus sought major public and private grants to renovate the barn to public use and safety standards. Nearly $600,000 was invested in making the barn a functional facility, including handicapped accessibility, the only elevator south of the town’s sole traffic light, and such amenities as heat and plumbing. USDA/Rural Development, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, plus private investment, allowed the group to open Virginia’s first Cultural Business Incubator in a grand opening ceremony held in 2003.

Shortly thereafter, another upgrade grant from USDA/Rural Development, plus the acquisition of the next-door lot from the County of Floyd’s Industrial Development Authority helped further enhance the campus by refurbishing some spaces and creating new ones to allow the campus to become Virginia’s first Residential Crafts School, opening for its initial classes in 2005. By this time, the organization was partnering with many local efforts to promote visitation, new business, and artisan entrepreneurship in the region. It continues to be widely known for its collaborative approach to creating win/win situations, its inclusiveness, its energy, its support for the creation of quality art and artisan businesses, and its influence on the economies of the region.

In 2013 The Jax was again the recipient of a hard worked for grant from Appalachian Regional Commission and The Virginia Tobacco Commission to improve our facility, maintain its historical presence and gain valuable additional interior space. Adding an new energy efficient front entrance, a new classroom/gallery space on the backside of the building, preserving the front silo with a new roof and paving the parking lots for our patron’s easy access was all completed by the summer of 2015.


About the town and county of Floyd VA:

Floyd County is a unique mountain community known for its music, its natural beauty, its arts, and its diverse, caring people. Located atop the Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Floyd County is a haven removed from the rush of urbanity, yet alive with the sounds, colors and textures of rural life. The Town of Floyd is becoming known as a regional destination for music, especially bluegrass music, and old-time music. The Friday Night Jamboree, which features local and area bands, has been held each Friday night in Floyd for many years, gaining in popularity very recently. Floyd is also home to a very large counter-culture movement. There are other musical venues and stages in the town, featuring many different styles of music.


Brief History of the town of Floyd VA:

The earliest known travel way through present day Floyd County was the Trader’s Path, running from East to West. The first known attempts to settle the area appear to have been made during the 1740’s. Adam Harman and some of his clan were in the Horseshoe area of the New River; near the present Radford Arsenal; the Germans and Dunkards were on New River near present day Radford; and, the Drapers and Ingles had settled at Drapers Meadows near present day Blacksburg, all prior to 1750.

In 1745, the Virginia Council granted to James Patton, of Augusta County, and others, 100,000 acres on New River and the westward flowing waters, including the Little River area. Prior to the creation of Floyd County in 1831, this area was generally referred to in official recordings as the Little River Area.

Exploring parties had been sent out to locate and claim the best land situate on these waters in anticipation of the grant. One such exploration took place in the winter of 1742-43 under John Buchannan, Patton’s chief surveyor. On this expedition they found some hunters and trappers living along New River and engaged some of them to assist in the work. The Woods River Land Company was formed to locate, survey and market the grant.

In 1749 the Royal Company of Virginia also received a grant on the westward flowing waters, and thus the two companies became competitors for people to settle the area. Surveying began in the latter part of the 1740’s, including some on Little River. The present Floyd County, lying on the very eastern crest of the Blue Ridge as it does, must have had its first log cabins raised about this time. Some persons would enter a tract of land and raise a cabin to claim it, or purchase from the land company and have it surveyed, then depart over the next hill to the west looking for something greener before title had been perfected, making it near impossible to say who was first.

On January 15, 1831, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act creating the present county of Floyd out of the county Montgomery. The new county was named for the then Governor of Virginia, John Floyd.The county seat of Floyd County was first called Jacksonville for Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States (1829-1837). The town appears to have been first incorporated in 1858. On January 23, 1896, the General Assembly passed an Act officially changing the name of the Town of Jacksonville to the town of Floyd.[1]


Images of the Center:

Current Exterior Views, 2015 – Major changes to the front exterior in the past two years include a new roof on the front silo, new front entrance in middle of building, paved parking lot, and removal of old silo in the back of the building.

 View from the South


View from the East



View from the North


Roof Line

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Silo with Entrance

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Some Outside Artwork

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Images of studio spaces and activities within the center-

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Logo Design Contest Rules:

  • Artists may enter up to 3 designs.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • All rights of only the winning design will be transferred to The Floyd Community Center for the Arts upon completion of the contest.   No other submitted artwork in any round will be used by the center for any future purposes and no rights to that artwork are given to the center by the artist.
  • Contest will be juried by a committee of center supporters, volunteers and staff members. No juror or employee of the center is eligible to enter the competition.
  • Criteria/Specifications:

Round One:

  1. All artwork must be original and created by the artist submitting the work.
  2. First round artwork must be submitted in a JPEG file by email to
  3. Photos of hand drawn images are acceptable, however if an artist is unable to produce the final artwork in an .eps file format, the artist will by awarded only a portion of the stated prize, as the remaining balance will be used to pay a graphic artist to create the needed file.
  4. A short paragraph describing the design and the rationale by the artist is required as part of the submission.
  5. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2016.
  6. Any late artwork will be disqualified.
  7. Artists should base their artwork on the “Call for Entry” guidelines developed and stated above by the committee that will be jurying the contest.
  8. The Floyd Community Center reserves the right to not select any of the submitted designs as finalists and to cancel the contest at the end of round one. If this happens no financial award will be given and all rights to submitted artwork will remain with the artists.
  9. Artists invited to the second round of the contest will be notified by May 14, 2016.

Round Two:

  1. As many as 10 artists from round one may be chosen to continue in round two.
  2. Artists will review committee’s notes on their original artwork and revise their work.
  3. Artists will be asked to present their revised design to the committee either in person or by conference call. At this time the artist will discuss their design and converse with the committee about possible changes, the final formats, and other needs.
  4. All finalists will be notified of the committee’s final choice by June 18, 2016.

Winning Artist:

  1. Agreements will be made with the winning artist that will cover the nature of the artwork required, deadline of delivery, copyright ownership, and the amount of the award.
  2. Artist will work with committee members to finalize their design and deliver the .eps files, at this time all rights to the winning artwork are transferred to The Floyd Community Center for the Arts.
  3. If the winning artist cannot provide the appropriate files, he/she will be awarded a portion of the contest prize. The remaining portion will be used to pay a qualified graphic artist to render the design into a useable file format. The amount of the portion given to the winner will be determined after the committee consults with the graphic artist.


Rules based on best practices guidelines for contests from the Graphic Art Guild.

[1] History sited from


Concert: Aeolus Quartet, April 2 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:04:53 +0000 aeolus_071

April 2 at 7:30 pm, Aeolus Quartet at The Jax

Purchase tickets below:

Aeolus Quartet Tickets

About the Quartet

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “A rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.” They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and they currently make their home in New York City.

The Aeolus Quartet are Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The 16th Annual Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble.” The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label which are available on iTunes, Amazon, and major retailers worldwide. The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.


Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs. For the 2015-2016 season, the Quartet is the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant. Named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of Aeolus’ artistic achievement, the project will involve extensive outreach and performance at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Sitar Arts Center, and George Washington University. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association awarded the Aeolus their 2013 Educator Award in acknowledgment of the positive impact their educational efforts have had in diverse communities. Additionally, they were awarded the 2012 Lad Prize which culminated in large-scale community engagement work, performing in the Stanford area, and a masterclass residency at Stanford University. The Aeolus Quartet has also served as teaching faculty at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston’s Music Encounters Program. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas.

The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Juilliard, Guarneri, St. Lawrence, and Miró Quartets. Other mentors include artists such as William Preucil, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, and Mark Steinberg. Members of the Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin. They served as Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at Juilliard, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas. The Quartet’s 2015-2016 season includes multiple performances in New York – including Merkin Hall, a Bargemusic residency, and the Morgan Library – residencies at BYU Idaho, University of Iowa, and Southern Oregon University, and extensive touring throughout the United States. In addition, the Quartet is partnering with the Detroit Chamber Music Society and NYU’s MUSED Lab to create an entirely new app-based educational music residency experience for schools. Aeolus is the recipient of the 2015-2016 CMA Residency Partnership Grant for residency work with George Washington University, the Duke Ellington School, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and their project was named the Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of their artistic excellence. The Quartet is named for the Greek god Aeolus, who governed the four winds. This idea of a single spirit uniting four individual forces serves as an inspiration to the members of the Aeolus Quartet as they pursue their art.

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