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 Center Art Galleries, 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 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Outdoor Exhibition information
Call of Entry Opens: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Outdoor Entries Due (digital submission): Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Outdoor Exhibition Dates: March 2024 - February 2025
Outdoor Prizes: Each placement will be awarded $1,200.
Additional prizes include: 1st Place: $1,500, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500
Indoor Exhibition information
Call of Entry Opens: Monday, November 20, 2023
Indoor Entries Due (digital submission): Monday, January 15, 2024
Indoor Exhibition Dates: March 1-28, 2024 (at Emerge Gallery)
Indoor Prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100
Meet the Juror
Joni Younkins-Herzog is a sculptor living in Athens, Georgia and a former sculpture professor with a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University. Younkins-Herzog’s work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including New York, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, the “Art Prize” in Grand Rapids, Michigan; internationally in Pabianice, Poland; Cajabamba, Peru, and Sang Arts Village, Ghana. Her sculptures combine beauty with absurdity often blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Utilizing many mediums, she lures the viewer in with luscious colors and materials, to contemplate anxious content in proximity.