The Red Clay Survey: 2017 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art

Huth, Boeing, Salmon, Haws, and Chan Galleries
July 9 – October 1, 2017

The Red Clay Survey “takes the pulse” of contemporary Southern art through a selection of works in all styles and media determined by a juror with strong national credentials. The works in The Red Clay Survey typically range in style from the traditional to the avant-garde and encompass painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, fine craft, photography and mixed media works from artists throughout an 11-state region. These works reflect the multifaceted state of today’s art.

The artists juried into The Red Clay Survey will be selected by this year’s juror, artist Gerry Bergstein. Bergstein is represented in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; MIT; DeCordova Museum; Davis Museum at Wellesley College; IBM; and many others. He has been reviewed widely in ARTnews, Art in America and Artforum. Bergstein has been on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for over three decades.

Bergstein will jury the submitted artwork through a comprehensive, twofold process involving an initial stage of online jurying by digital image and a second stage of reviewing actual works on-site at the Museum. The competition features $10,000 in cash awards, including Museum Purchase Awards and a People’s Choice Award determined by visitors to the exhibition.

Thank You Sponsors!

Lead Sponsor:

The Kuehlthau Family Foundation

Award Sponsors:

Alice Chang
Huntsville Museum of Art Docents
Susan and Robert Kuehlthau
Kelly and Randy Schrimsher
Anne and Ed Uher

Additional Support Provided by:

Alabama State Council on the Arts
Altherr Howard Design
Huntsville Museum of Art Guild

2017 Red Clay Survey Winners:

Museum Purchase Awards

  • Robert Detamore, Barnesville, GA; Fragmented Transmogrification, 2016, saggar fired clay, 22 x 14 x 14 in.
  • Marc Rouillard, Memphis, TN; Wolf River Harbor Nocturne, 2016, oil on linen panel, 16 x 20 in.
  • Ted Whisenhunt, Young Harris, GA; Cultivated, 2015, mixed media, 72 x 36 x 96 in.

Juror’s Choice Award

  • Aron Belka, New Orleans, LA; Tootie, 2016, oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in.

Alabama Artist Award

  • Kathryn Mayo, Sardis, AL; Frederick Douglas (F.D.) Reese, 87 (from the series, We Are Selma: The Selma Portrait Project), 2017, wet collodion ambrotype, 14 x 11 in.

Merit Awards

  • Ryan Foster, Birmingham, AL; Mars Rover Finds a Painting, 2016, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
  • Charles Ladson, Macon, GA; Cage, 2014, oil on canvas, 43 x 47 in.
  • Brandon Lutterman, Middlesboro, KY; All Eyes Are on You, 2014, graphite on birch plywood, 36 x 86 in.
  • Aimee Perez, Miami, FL; Rare Harvest, 2016, mixed media, 65 x 13 x 13 in.
  • Karen Schwartz, Atlanta, GA; Ass & Rhino, 2017, mixed media on drop cloth, 108 x 144 in.