The 2021 Emerging Artists Invitational


High Point University’s Sechrest Gallery of Art and School of Art and Design are delighted to share the works chosen for inclusion in the 2021 Emerging Artists Invitational! Student artists in grades 9-12 from across the state of North Carolina were invited to submit artworks for consideration, and from the Invitational’s large pool of applicants, these 35 pieces were chosen.

In past years, the Emerging Artists Invitational event has taken place in the Sechrest Gallery of Art on High Point’s campus, and has culminated with a day-long special program for students featuring workshops, tours of High Point’s art facilities, and a special reception to honor the works of art selected for inclusion. Because of ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s event is fully virtual, but we look forward to hosting an in-person Emerging Artists Invitational in 2022 and beyond!

During the weeks that the exhibit is open, the Sechrest Gallery will make announcements about the artworks selected for special prizes and showcase all of the artworks chosen for inclusion in the show on Instagram (@hpu_sechrest_gallery) and Facebook (/hpusechrestartgallery).

Please scroll through the works that were chosen to be a part of this year’s diverse and deeply personal show (click on any image for a full-sized view). You can also download a list of all of the works included in the show here.


The works that make up the 2021 Emerging Artists Invitational were chosen by Mark E. Brown, Assistant Professor of Art at High Point University.

An accomplished sculptor and artist, Brown’s work has been exhibited in more than 300 solo, invitational and group exhibitions in the United States at venues including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the National Arts Club, Grounds for Sculpture and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His works also have been exhibited in France, New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Finland, Spain, and Japan. Brown’s works are held in numerous private and public collections including those of Lynchburg College, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Coca Cola Company, and the city of Kinston.

Alongside his studio practice, Brown has served as the executive director of the Theater Art Galleries in High Point, the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, and the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston. He is a board member and past president of the Tri State Sculptors Educational Association. He also has served on visual art and sculpture grant review panels for the North Carolina Arts Council and the Virginia Commission on the Arts.