DAG’s 66th Annual Juried Exhibition @ SunTrust Gallery

The Durham Art Guild presents the 66th Annual Juried Exhibition at SunTrust Gallery inside the Durham Arts Council building. This is the Guild’s longest-running, largest, and most impressive annual exhibition featuring the work of 56 regional artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. We are excited to phase the reopening of SunTrust Gallery with one of our favorites!

This exhibition will be on view in person through advanced appointments following safety guidelines September 10 – October 10, 2020. Please note that the exhibit may be extended by a few weeks yet.


MORE TO COME: The exhibition will also be viewable online with online voting for the Peoples’ Choice Award as well. More details to come soon via this post and our social channels. Stay tuned as well for additional details regarding online events and the award announcements.

SunTrust Gallery
Durham Arts Council building
120 Morris St. in Durham


Amber Esseiva is the Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA VCU). A VCUarts alumna, Esseiva has been essential to the ICA’s programming since joining the institution. Esseiva co-curated the ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration (2018), and shows featuring work by Corin Hewitt, Jonathas de Andrade, Julianne Swartz, and others. Most recently, she curated Great Force (October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020), the ICA’s recent exhibition featuring new commissions and recent work by an intergenerational group of 24 artists, exploring how art can be used to envision new forms of race and epresentation freed from the bounds of historic racial constructs. Esseiva has also curated Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla (November 9, 2019 – July 1, 2020), the second iteration of the ICA’s annual commission series, which debuts new work by the El Salvador-born multidisciplinary artist and a solo exhibition by Martine Syms (February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019).

Esseiva received her M.A. in 2015 from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard). At CCS Bard, she curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions featuring works by artists such as David Altmejd, Louisa Chase, Roe Ethridge, Gabriel Orozco, Jason Rhoades, Mika Rottenberg, Kenny Scharf, and Avery K. Singer. She also co-founded the interdisciplinary curatorial journal aCCeSsions and was appointed the curator of the 2014 M.F.A. graduate thesis exhibition at Bard MFA Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. In addition to thesis exhibitions, she has worked closely with M.F.A and B.F.A students through professional development and mentorships.

“Young Kings” by Shawn Etheridge

“The piece was inspired by a photo of my son and four of his friends. When I saw the photo they had taken, I instantly felt their energy. I felt like they were poised to go out and carve their own lanes. I felt their potential for great and mighty exploits. Each of them very different than the next, but equally as capable of influencing change. The difference in skin color was to emphasize how different they are, but very much alike in they are young men trying to figure out their place in the world. A metaphor for all peoples as we are all as different as fingerprints, but we all bleed red, breathe, think and feel. The title Young Kings came from the idea in the black community that people of African Descent come from Kings and Queens. A King’s not a king without a kingdom, so I gave each of them their own respective and unique kingdoms, borrowing from various examples of African architecture. I further emphasized the idea by having them standing on an old-world style map of the continent of Africa.” – Shawn Etheridge