55th Annual Sidewalk Art Show Returns to Downtown Roanoke

More Than 120 Regional and East Coast Artists to Display Work

"Ford Man", Z.L. Feng 2012 Best In Show
“Ford Man”, Z.L. Feng 2012 Best In Show

The Taubman Museum of Art will host the 55th Annual Sidewalk Art Show in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 2 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The show will feature more than 120 outstanding artists from up and down the East Coast, with a strong representation of artists from Virginia. Admission is free and the show will be held rain or shine.

Since its inception in 1958, the Sidewalk Art Show has welcomed thousands of visitors for this popular two-day event, which has become a premier regional destination for fine art shopping. All of the works exhibited are for sale, including original paintings, drawings, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, fine art photographs, fine crafts, and sculpture. The show is coordinated by the volunteer Sidewalk Art Show Committee in collaboration with museum staff, and all proceeds benefit the museum’s education and outreach programs.

 “The Sidewalk Art Show has a magnificent reputation for fine American art,” says Taubman Museum Executive Director, Della Watkins. “This two-day event is a wonderful summer tradition that infuses downtown Roanoke with creative energy and fine arts shopping.”

The judge for this year’s Sidewalk Art Show is Sarah Sargent, independent art critic and a contributing editor of Virginia Living magazine. In addition to awards for Best in Show, second prize, and third prize, awards will be presented in the categories of painting, watercolor, mixed media, photography, fine crafts, sculpture and drawing/original printmaking. Several memorial awards and a new award celebrating the art of mobility in all its forms will also be presented.

As a center for the visual arts, The Taubman Museum of Art encourages a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art, and the interpretation of art. Its programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing its audiences.