Meet The 2018 Signature Piece Judges

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There’s still time for artists to submit to the Signature Piece Competition! The Signature Piece of art is the cornerstone of WNCAP’s fall event, Be Our Guest featuring the 30th Anniversary Raise Your Hand Live Auction. One of the best reasons to submit an artwork – any medium, from painting to pottery to jewelry – is to get your work seen by three amazing leaders from the Asheville arts community.

To submit, please fill out this online form. For more information, contact Randy at or call (828) 252-7489.

Our 2018 Signature Piece judges are Pamela Myers, director of the Asheville Art Museum, Michael Manes, director of Blue Spiral 1, and Linda Gritta, an Asheville-based painter who was the winner of the 2017 Signature Piece Competition. Read more about our amazing judges, below:

Pamela Myers

Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum (1995-present) is responsible for all aspects of Museum operations, including personnel, finance, fundraising, program development and implementation, and collections growth, care and management. Pam is proudly shepherding the construction, renovation and preservation project to create the New Asheville Art Museum, a 21st century piece of architecture that will anchor Asheville’s civic center and cultural community for generations to come.

Pam is a life-long museum professional and previously worked with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of the City of NY, The Strong Museum; the NC Museum of Art and the DeYoung Museum. She was a consultant for Royal Ontario Museum, Henry Ford Museum-Greenfield Village, Norman Rockwell Museum and National Museum of Hungary, National Museum of Australia and the Fund for Art and Culture in Eastern and Central Europe. She was an advisor to the J Paul Getty Trust Museum Management Institute, a member of the Downtown Commission and the Public Art Board in Asheville and a member of many other community boards. She is a reviewer for the NEA, NCAC and IMLS and an accreditor to the American Association of Museums.

Michael Manes

Michael is the Director of Blue Spiral 1 in Downtown Asheville. He is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community; serving on the Advisory Board (previously the Vice-Chair) for the Asheville Area Arts Council, helping facilitate the Downtown Asheville Art District, and partnering with American Craft Week, The Center for Craft, and many other arts and community non-profits located in Asheville. He believes fine art and craft enrich our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Asheville, holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Candler, North Carolina with his wife Hanna and their two pups, Ella and Mabel.

Linda Gritta

Originally from Chicago, award-winning artist Linda Gritta has called the mountains of Asheville her home for the past thirteen years. Her energetic work combines a love of color with a strong sense of form and structure.

After receiving a BFA degree, Linda pursued further training at the New York Studio School, the Arts Student League and Penland School of Crafts. Believing that ‘the best teacher is the paint itself’, she describes her process as an ongoing dialogue with each painting; a mixture of careful contemplation, precise decisions and raw chaos.

Linda’s paintings have been exhibited in venues across the Southeast as well as Boston and New York City. Her work can also be found in numerous private and corporate collections.

To submit, please fill out this online form. For more information, contact Randy at or call (828) 252-7489.

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