The Second National Exhibition was held in 2004. It was decided that the biennial National Exhibition should feature the best of Bahamian art produced within the past two years. Though 141 proposals were submitted, only 56 interdisciplinary works were selected. It was unthemed and featured traditional Bahamian art themes, processes and media. It also presented works by artists who had appropriated non-traditional processes. Abstract works were a strong area with Kendal Hanna’s “Inner Light” (2000) and “Portrait of Vincent D’Aguilar 2” (2000).
From NE2 Catalogue Foreword by Gail Saunders:
“Works in the exhibition represent a broad range of Bahamian art styles including abstract works, photography, three dimensional objects and ceramics. The social commentary central to, and embodied in, the work of a number of artists is encouraging and shows signs of maturity.”
Participating artists include:
Vivien Archer, John Beadle, Dionne Benjamin Smith, Jason Bennett, Sue Bennett Williams, Chantal Bethel, Stan Burnside, Jessica Colebrooke, John cox, Blue Curry, Claudette Dean, Roshanne Eyma, Nicole Ferguson,Tyrone Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Cathy Hayes, Andret John, Susan Katz-Lightbourn, Thierry Lamar, Toby Lunn, Joan Marquis, Edward Minnis, Dereck Paul, Livingston Pratt, Malcolm Rae, Antonius Roberts, Tamara Russell, Sheldon Saint, Heino Schmid , Clive Stuart, Maxwell Taylor, Davinia Whitlock, Itlalia Williams