ARTfall 2023

 8th Annual ARTfall Juried Show & Sale!




Presented by the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. The eighth annual ARTfall, a juried exhibition and sale featuring the  work of emerging and established artists, will be held September 22-30th  from 10 am to 5 pm.



Entry Guidlines:

  •  $15 non-refundable application fee.
  • Exhibited artwork is juried and selected digitally by a Review Panel. The Review Panel will consider up to a maximum of 5 different works of art for exhibit. The digital images must be submitted in a JPEG format.  Additional support material including resume, exhibit history, and artist’s website will aid in the selection process.
  • Works must be suitable for viewing by the general public of all ages. The participating artist must be the one who conceived of and executed the finished product.
  • By submission of an application, the artist accepts all conditions set forth in this prospectus.
  • Artists who will not be dropping off their work in person are responsible for all costs associated with the shipping to and from the HBHUSO/CAC.
  • Applications must be received by August 28, 2023, with the JPG artwork images.
  • Payment is due at time of application.




The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is proud to present the 8th annual ARTfall, a juried exhibition featuring the work of new and established artists. The exhibition is located in the lobby museum and community gallery of the Historic USO Building and will be open to the public September 22 – 30, Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm.

ARTfall will open with a dessert reception to honor the artists and announce the award winners on Thursday September 21st from 6 to 8 pm. The public is invited to attend the reception and enjoy signature refreshments from Apple Annie’s Bake Shop and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Well-known solo artist and instrumentalist Susan Savia will perform songs from her vast repertoire including jazz, pop, country, and classic standards. Artist awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice with cash prizes totaling $525.00.

Award-winning artist Benjamin Billingsley will judge ARTfall for the first time. Benjamin holds an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and has exhibited work in the United States, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Japan. Ben has taught studio art and art history at Cape Fear Community College since 2001 and in 2006 received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ben was the curator for a 2015 exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum, The Eye Learns: Modernist Prints from the Belden Collection and was the judge for the CAM’s 2016 Art of Illumination. He also served as a judge for the Wilmington Art Association’s 2021 Azalea Festival Spring Show at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center.

“ARTfall is one of our favorite events every year,” said Susan Habas, Executive Director of Thalian Association, the managing entity for the building. “There is something very special about viewing the work of our wonderful local artists in this historic building.”

132 pieces of 2D & 3D art from seventy-two artists will be exhibited. The 2023 ARTfall artists are:  Katherine Adler, Ellen Asell, Cassandra Baes, Charleen Baggett, Robert Beauchene, Audrey Berkowitz, Andrea Beyrer, Kamilla Blessing, Chris Bloom, Carl Cerniglia, Leah Chappell, Carolyn Colby, Steve Coniglio, Lisa Cutler, Jay DeChesere, Kristen Dorsey, Zac Duff, Melissa Dupuis, Tricia Dyson, Bradley Eklund, Donna Fernando, Kendall Fuqua, Linda Geraci, Jeffery Goodman, Rebecca Gurganus, Gail Guthrie, Bev Haley, Prentiss Halladay, Katherine Harestad, Heather Harman, Elaine Hinchman, Theresa Honeycutt, Brian Hoss, Vicki Hoss, Barbara Jamison, Neal Keller, Dave Kilgore, Emily Kincer, Alyson Layman, Claire Sallenger Martin, Jeanne May, Carol McConnell, Edin Mills, Terri Moore, Lisa Myers, Pam McNeill, Susan Nuttall, Pamela O’Deen, Cathryn O’Donnell, Lori Joy Peterson, Michael Petronaci, Patrick Raynor, Barbara Reed, Simeen Rehman, Patti Resso, Coreena Schultz, Missy Schwartz, Janer Sessoms, Elizabeth Sheats, Ashley Simon, Sarah Smith, Pi Starsong, Shelby hanson Tiziani, Anne Trombetta, Erica Tully, Elizabeth Vickerman, Phil Wanamaker, Jessica Wicken, Bill Wieger, Carolyn Witkowski, Elena Wright, and Saramanda Zurbuch.

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. The building is an historic and cultural treasure and has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the building continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front. For information about the building history, special events and rentals, go to

 Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, a summer season at the Red Barn Studio and five youth theatre productions on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children ages seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to