Bank of the Arts is a historic, turn of the century former bank building housing the Craven Arts Council & Gallery. The building features impressive original plaster work pillars and decoration illuminated by a large skylight and modern lighting fixtures. The Craven Arts Council hosts rotating exhibitions of local, regional, and national art in their three gallery spaces. The historic city of New Bern, the first colonial capital of North Carolina, has become a prime destination for retirees, families and tourists alike. New Bern's rich history and beautiful geographic setting have combined to create a cultural environment that has attracted an active art community supported by an enthusiastic group of collectors and donors.
The 2018 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition offers $6,000 in awards, including the $1,500 CAC&G Permanent Collect Purchase Award. The show’s juror will be Adam Justice, Assistant Curator of Modern & contemporary Art at the Museum in Charlotte, NC. Justice is an accomplished curator and juror with credentials ranging from the Polk Museum in Florida to the Hunting Art Prize in Texas. Justice is also a practicing artist working in the formal intersections between drawing, collage, and acrylic.
This year’s exhibition will also continue the “Ekphrastic Poetry Competition” that has been so well received in previous years. Poets will create original compositions inspired by the artwork in the exhibition, with awards and readings during the October 5th Artwalk Reception. This year’s poetry juror will be Joe Mills, whose honors include a term as poet in residence at Salem College, inclusion on Garrison Keiller’s NPS program The Writer’s Almanac, and Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry.
Adam N. Justice is a Virginia native who received his Master’s degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) in 2004, following his thesis on the evolving role of sign theory in mid-century American art. He then served as the Gallery Associate at VCU’s Anderson Gallery (2004-2006), the Chief Curator at the William King Art Museum in Abingdon, VA (2006-2010), and the Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL (2010-2016). Last August, he joined the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) as the Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. His career includes an array of curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, numerous essays and critiques written for exhibition catalogues and regional publications, and various appointments as judge/juror for regional and national arts competitions, including PhotoNOLA (New Orleans), The Hunting Art Prize (Houston, TX), and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (Tampa, FL). While in Florida, he also helped found Outer Space (Winter Haven, FL), a contemporary art gallery and studio residency program, where he served as co-curator and resident artist. He still maintains a modest studio space at his home in Charlotte where he explores the formal intersections between drawing, collage, and acrylic.