The DownEast Exhibition

What is Downeast?

The DownEast National Juried Sculpture Exhibition is located in Pitt County, North Carolina. The exhibition has two components: a month-long indoor exhibition and a year-long outdoor exhibition. The DownEast outdoor sculpture exhibition is a joint exhibition among Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, ECU Student Activities Board, City of Greenville, Town of Winterville, Town of Farmville, Town of Ayden, Wahl-Coates Elementary School for the Arts, and the Greenville Museum of Art.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Outdoor Exhibition information

Outdoor Entries Due (digital submission): Saturday, November 19, 2022
Outdoor Exhibition Dates: March 2023 - February 2024

Outdoor Prizes: Each placement will be awarded $1,200.
Additional prizes include: 1st Place: $1,500, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500

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Indoor Exhibition information

Call of Entry Opens: Monday, November 21, 2022
Indoor Entries Due (digital submission): Saturday, January 21, 2023
Indoor Exhibition Dates: March 3-30, 2023 (at Emerge Gallery)

Indoor Prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100

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Meet the Juror

D. Lance Vickery was raised in Florida. Early, as an aspiring two-dimensional artist, deeply rooted in formalism, Lance attended Florida State University, where he met Charles Hook. Hook changed Lance's perception of art and sculpture. Hook held the position that all "Sculpture is
real, all painting and photography, no matter how realistic is abstract. Two-dimensional work always requires the viewer to imagine the third dimension.”

That position struck a chord with Lance. He quickly transitioned in to working primarily in sculpture. After receiving his BFA in Sculpture from FSU, he moved to Kentucky. While there, Lance worked with Jack Gron, he received his MFA in Sculpture from University of Kentucky. Currently, Lance is teaching Sculpture and the Figure at the University of North Florida.