Clara Dodd Blalock

Painting is a passion that began when I was a very young child. Early in life I became aware of wonderful things that could be made with paint and my world expanded.

In the last 25 or so years I have devoted many of my days to painting or making some form of art. I produce the best work when I let it come from a place inside that I don’t know or understand, I call it the ‘zone.’ It is a letting go of my control of the painting and trusting that what ends up on the canvas is better than I could do by thinking and trying too hard. When I put the first mark on the canvas, the painting and I will work together in dialog, my dance partner so to speak. I know the elements needed to make art that works and at the same time I know that I have to trust the process, let go of the reins and be open to surprises that happen along the way, serendipitous gifts that could not have been planned.

I don’t ever want to quit growing and changing the way I work. I want my story to be one of evolution. There will always be the quest for that perfect piece of art but until then I will enjoy the journey.

Clara Blalock

 

 

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*Solo Shows)
2016 *Ventulett Gallery Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 MOCA GA Gala Invitational
2012   ARTEXPO New York
2011   River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN Invitational
2010   *Monarch Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, October 26 – December 31.
2010   “Graceful Motion,” Sunrise Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, Invitational
2009   MOCA GA, Tula Studio Artists, Annette Cone-Skelton, Curator, Invitational
2006   Anderson Arts Center  31st Annual Juried Show
2005   “A National View at Grandview”  Atlanta Artists Center, Bruce Bobick, Curator
2004   “From Bennett Street to Green Street, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia, Invitational
2004   Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Alabama, Sean Ulmer, Curator
2003   Atlanta Artists Center, Regional Juried Show, Allen Teigreen Curator
2003   ING Corporation Atlanta Bench Project  Invitational
2003   “Art With a Southern Drawl” University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama
2002   *Paddiwhack, High Springs, Florida, Opening, October 4th.
2000   2000 Southeastern Invitational Exhibition
1998   South Cobb Arts Alliance 11th National Juried Art Exhibition
1998   “Art With a Southern Drawl” University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama
1997   “Trees” Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Ga. Invitational
1997   “Norman Wagner and His Students, 34 Years” Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, Lagrange, Ga.; Invitational
1997   *Atlanta College of Art, Gallery 100, June 3 - 29.
1996   Georgia Arts “96
1996   Decatur Arts Alliance Annual Juried Show

TULA StudioSELCTED AWARDS AND HONORS
2009  Honorable Mention, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Annette Cone-Skelton, Juror
2006  Merit Award, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Holly Koons McCullough, Juror
2004  Award of Merit, South Cobb Arts Alliance 17th National Juried Exhibition, Gregor Turk, Juror
2000 Mabel House Award of Distinction (Best in Show), South Cobb Arts Alliance 13th National Juried Exhibition, Mabelton, Georgia; Keith Rasmussen, Curator  
1999  Honorable Mention, Artforms, Atlanta, Ga.; Gordon Anderson, Alan Teigreen, Polly Neal, Curator
1999  Juror’s Choice Award, “Rock, Paper, Scissors; Artworks 2000”; Morris Brown College,  Atlanta, Georgia; Kevin Cole Curator
1998  First Prize, “Man, Earth & Sky” Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia; Gregor Turk, Curator
1998  “Best in Show”, Atlanta Artists Center 26th Annual Traveling Show; Christopher Hickey, Curator
1998  Purchase Award, Anderson County Art Center 23rd Annual Juried Show, Anderson, S.C.; Victoria Boone, Curator
1996  First Prize and Honorable Mention; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Juried Show, Ben Smith Curator
1995  Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Dale Rayburn, Curator
1994  Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Bruce Bobbick, Curator
1994  Third Prize; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Ga. 12th Juried Competition and Exhibition; Charles Thomas Butler, Curator
1993  First Prize; Oil and Acrylic, South Cobb Arts Alliance 6th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mableton, Georgia; Joseph Perrin, Curator                     
1991  Two Dimensional Award of Excellence; Quinlan Gala, Gainesville, Ga.; Lamar Dodd, Curator
1964  Best Printmaker Award, Atlanta College Of Art

EDUCATION
1964  BFA Painting (minor Printmaking), Atlanta College of Art
1961  Associate Degree, Stratford College; Danville, Virginia

Inside Above GroundSELECTED COLLECTIONS
PNC Bank, Atlanta and Pittsburgh
Church of the Atonement, Episcopal, Atlanta, GA
American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
North Dekalb Medical Center, Decatur, GA
America’s Capital Partners, Piedmont Center
Progress  Energy Corporate Headquarters;  Raleigh, North Carolina
Mayo Clinic; Jacksonville, Florida
Post Properties; Atlanta, Georgia  and Washington, DC
North Georgia Cancer Center
PGA tour TCP at Riverbend
Baptist South Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida
Suntrust Bank, Atlanta, Georgia
Rubicon Building, Gainesville, GA

TELEVISION
“Trading Spaces” 100 Grand Edition
“Extreme Home Makeover”
“Necessary Roughness”

SELECTED JUROR, JUDGE
2013, 2016 Virginia Highland Art Fest
2013 Atlanta Arts Festival
2010  Atlanta Artists Center, Small Works Show
2008  Atlanta Dogwood Festival
2007  Atlanta Artists Center New Members Show
2005  Metro Montage VI, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
2004  57th Annual Members Exhibit, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia
2003   “Home is Where  the Heart Is” Atlanta Artists Center benefit for Habitat for Humanity,  
2003  “Arts on the River” Columbus Artists’ Guild, Columbus, Georgia
2002  “Home for the Holidays” Dawson  County Arts Council National Juried Show, Georgia
2002   Atlanta  Artists Center  New Members Show

MEMBERSHIPS
Fulton County Arts Council 2015 - 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Patron Member
Atlanta Artists Center (Member of Excellence) (President, 1996 & 1997, Board Chair, 1998 & 1999)
Plein Air Painters of Georgia

PROFESSIONAL REPRESENTATION
Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon’s Island, GA
Megan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida
Rutledge Street Gallery, Camden, South Carolina
Seaside Gallery, Pismo Beach, California
River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
dk Gallery, Marietta, Georgia
Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
Duncan’s Preview