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What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts? | May 20-26

“Gwen Moffat,” by Jim Herrington.
“Gwen Moffat,” by Jim Herrington.

Where to go

Attend ARTS Day 2018 on May 23-24, a two-day conference packed with artists and arts leaders from across the state. First, you’ll prepare for action; then you will have the opportunity to meet with your elected representatives at the N.C. General Assembly to deliver your prepared message about the arts. Visit the conference website to learn more about the schedule of events, then register here.

Arts Day participants Courtesy of Arts North Carolina

What to do

Apply for the 29th Annual Juried Arts Exhibition to be held July 20-Sept. 9 at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Works must be original, created in the last two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts. All media is accepted. Entries will be juried by Liz Rundorff Smith, Art School Director, Greenville Center for the Creative Arts. Prizes from $100 to $1,000 will be awarded. The deadline to apply is June 15. Learn more here.

“Fred Beckey,” by Jim Herrington. Jim Herrington

Who to meet

Meet photographer Jim Herrington during his artist talk at 6:30 p.m. May 24 at The Light Factory. Herrington’s talk will center primarily around his newly released photography book, “The Climbers,” the culmination of a 20-year project seeking and documenting legendary men and women who were “Golden Age” climbers, in the early to mid-20th century. Herrington’s book received both the grand prize and the Mountaineering History Award at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival. The artist will sell and sign books after the talk.

Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).