Friday, March 18, 2011

Hey, Roanoke Artists: VTC Loves You

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke is looking for a few good pieces of art and that’s a good thing. While the City of Roanoke stirred up a hornet’s nest recently by excluding Roanoke area artists from the rooms of its renovated City Market Building, VTC is seeking out our artists specifically.

Sign up for it here.

Here’s how the press release reads: Several times a year, the school will ask local artists to submit work to go on display in the building. An open house will be held at the beginning of each new show for artists to showcase and explore their work with the community.

“There are several reasons we wanted to start an art program here,” says Dr. David Trinkle, a city councilman in Roanoke and associate dean for community and culture. “It adds visual interest to our school, helps humanize the health care environment, and allows audiences to better understand the role of arts in healing. Second, it gives the community an opportunity to interact with the school, either by submitting a piece of art to go on display or by attending the open houses.”

The inaugural art program show will begin at the end of April and run through July. The first public showing will be during the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute’s grand opening May 7. An additional art open house will be held at 5 p.m. on May 17.

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