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Artsplosure names Chancellor Randy Woodson and Mrs. Susan Woodson as 2012 Honorary Chairs

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Raleigh, NC — Woody Dicus, president of the Artsplosure Board of Directors, announced today that Randy and Susan Woodson will serve as the Honorary Chairs of Artsplosure 2012 – The Raleigh Arts Festival.  The annual visual and performing arts festival will take place May 18 – 20, 2012 in downtown Raleigh.

In making the announcement, Dicus thanked the Woodsons for championing the arts and other worthy causes since coming to Raleigh to lead NC State University in 2010.  She also expressed the Artsplosure Board’s appreciation that they have chosen to lend their leadership to spearhead a fundraising campaign in support of Artsplosure’s 33rd annual spring celebration of the arts.

Dr. Randy Woodson

Dr. Randy Woodson is North Carolina State University’s 14th chancellor.  In this capacity, he oversees the state’s largest university with over 34,000 students and a budget exceeding $1.3 billion.  Chancellor Woodson is a nationally recognized leader in bridging the gap between vision and action.  He has led the development and implementation of a strategic plan to enhance NC State’s position as a preeminent technological research university recognized around the globe for its innovative education and research addressing the grand challenges of society.  Chancellor Woodson also has led NC State through difficult budget challenges, realigning the university for greater efficiency and effectiveness to ensure its continued success.  Dr. Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University.

Artsplosure 2012 – The Raleigh Arts Festival.  The annual visual and performing arts festival will take place May 18 – 20, 2012 in downtown Raleigh.

Susan Woodson

Susan Woodson is an art activist who believes in promoting the value of art as a way to explore new ideas and subject matters, as well as to broaden perspectives of various cultures.  She earned her B.A. in Art Education from the University of Arkansas and began her career as a graphic designer, working for Cornell University.  In addition to her love for the arts, Susan is passionate about building community among women, including co-founding HELEN, INC., a nonprofit providing support, education and promotion of women and issues affecting their lives, as well as support for autism and domestic violence awareness. Mrs. Woodson is founder of the Roundabout Art Collective, a group of 25 local Raleigh artists who run a retail shop promoting their art on Oberlin Road.  She currently serves as the honorary chair of NC State University’s Gregg Museum Campaign, and has served on numerous boards, including the Wabash Valley Historic Preservation Board in Lafayette, IN and the Chauncey Hill Neighborhood Associations Board.

Celebrating its 33rd year in 2012, Artsplosure-The Raleigh Arts Festival will take place from May 18 – 20 in downtown Raleigh.  The festival will begin on Friday with the unveiling of 8 impressionist-inspired life-size bronze statues by artist J. Seward Johnson in a temporary installation on Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza. Saturday and Sunday will see 170 juried visual artists from across the United States gather on the streets surrounding Moore Square and City Market to showcase and sell their original artwork ranging from painting and photography to ceramics, wood, and jewelry. Two stages in Moore Square will host continuous music performances from regionally and nationally-recognized performing artists.  Kidsplosure will offer interactive art activities and performances for children and their families in Moore Square.

A complete line-up of performers, visual artists, and other festival activities will be announced later this spring.  For additional information, visit Artsplosure’s website at

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