In 2006, for the Third National Exhibition, almost 200 pieces were submitted for review. After assessing the strength of each one, the NAGB’s curatorial team and the NE3 curator, Krista Thompson, decided on 35 pieces representing the work of 23 artists for inclusion in the show. Unlike previous years, many socially provocative pieces were submitted and selected and a fair number of sculptural and or installations were also included. The show also differed by the notable presence of contemporary works.
Dr. Erica James in the NE3 catalogue: “This year’s National Exhibition is remarkably different in form and character than previous exhibitions. It is much smaller, but the range of media is much broader. Relatively few paintings are included, but far more sculpture, installation and conceptual pieces were submitted and selected than ever before. The group includes many well-known artists, but almost half are participating in their first National Exhibition.”