Asheville Art Museum :
Award-Winning Student Artwork on View at the Asheville Art Museum
Exhibition on view through March 9
Award Ceremony: Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre
On view at the Asheville Art Museum through March 9 is an inspiring collection of artwork created by 7th-12th grade students who were recently awarded Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Visitors can view this impressive collection in the Museum’s Holden Community Gallery, which is free and open to the public. The Museum, with support from the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects, is a Regional Affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards. This ongoing community partnership has supported the creative talents of our region’s youth for 34 years.
The WNC Regional Scholastic Art program is open to students in grades 7-12 across 20 counties. Artwork entries were submitted by students from the following schools: AC Reynolds High School, Ashe County High School, Asheville Christian Academy, Asheville High School, School of Inquiry & Life Science, Asheville Middle School, Balfour Education Center, Carolina Day School, Christ School, Erwin Middle School, East Burke Middle School, East Henderson High School, Evergreen Community Charter School, Freedom High School, Liberty Middle School, Madison High School, McDowell High School, Mitchell High School, North Buncombe High School, North Buncombe Middle School, Pisgah High School, Polk County Middle School, Patton High School, Smoky Mountain High School, Swain County High School, The Asheville School, Veritas Christian Academy and West Henderson High School.
The regional program is adjudicated blindly in two groups: Group I: grades 7-8, and Group II: grades 9-12. The 2014 Regional Judges were Jennifer Cox Ford, Leigh Mitchell and Jimmy O’Neal. The judges carefully viewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award recipients in a variety of media.
Students who received a WNC Scholastic Art Award will be recognized in a ceremony on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm in the Diana Wortham Theatre. Those works receiving Regional Gold Key Awards will be sent to compete in the 91st Annual National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program in New York City. Of the Gold Key Award recipients, five students have also been nominated for American Visions, indicating their work is the best of the regional awards. One of these American Visions nominees will receive an American Visions Medal at the 2014 National Scholastic Art Awards. National Medalists will be announced March 17.
The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. For more information about the awards program, visit www.artandwriting.org.
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Asheville Art Museum :
New on View: Robert and Ingrid Wiegand: An Electronic Medium
Tuesday, January 7 – Sunday, April 27, 2014
Beginning Tuesday, January 7, visitors to the Asheville Art Museum can view the video works of Robert Wiegand and his first wife, Ingrid. The works were made in the 1970s when video art was first making an appearance in the art world. During this early period of video creation, the mechanical nature of the medium was a source for experimentation and inspiration. Robert and Ingrid Wiegand translated their prior training as painters into a hands-on, process-oriented exploration of this new electronic medium, allowing the aesthetic possibilities of video to take center-stage as they discovered how to manipulate sound, layer images and capture narrated performances.
This exhibition highlights several of the Wiegands’ works in which technological aspects of video are explored. Georges, Julie, Omar es el Uno, Face-Off, and Walking (interstices) are played in a loop and serve as intimate documentations of the artists’ early experimentations with new media. These works are on loan from the collection of the Robert Wiegand papers and video art at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and guest curated by Crystal Sanchez, Smithsonian Institution.
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Asheville Art Museum :
Social Geographies – Interpreting Space and Place
Today is the first day to view Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place.
The art world operates within geographic frameworks. Spatial divisions between “inside” and “outside” impact how the art world describes, identifies and validates artists featured within this exhibition. Whether deemed “outsider” (Henry Darger, Martín Ramírez, George Widener) or “self-taught” (Thornton Dial, Sr., Minnie Evans, Lonnie Holley), these artists are classified in terms that organize their art but do not adequately speak of their arts’ unique qualities and circumstances. In response to such prescriptive terms, Social Geographies asks viewers to experience artwork regarded as different, differently.
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The works and career of Douglas Dobell Ellington, the prolific architect who changed the look and feel of Asheville, as no other architect would or had, will be the subject of the first exhibition at the newly established Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House. Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect will open on Sept. 22, 2013 and run through March 16, 2014. This exhibition is the first in an ongoing program of exhibitions that will highlight the culture of Western North Carolina. The Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House is operated by the Western North Carolina Historical Association.
Ellington, who designed Asheville’s City Building, First Baptist Church, Asheville High School and the S&W Cafeteria, was trained in the Beaux-Arts style. “However,” said John Turk, Curator of the exhibition, “Ellington incorporated elements of Art Deco design, Native American accents, Middle Eastern architecture, and created something unique – something……well, Ellington.” While the exhibit will focus on Ellington’s Asheville buildings, it will also highlight the work he did before coming to Asheville as well as projects he designed after leaving Asheville in 1930.
Several objects from Ellington’s family and the Asheville Art Museum will be featured in the exhibit, as well as objects and memorabilia from private collectors in the area. The S&W building, with its parapet of highly-glazed blue tiles, is said to be Ellington’s most refined example of Art Deco styling. Much of Ellington’s work featured colorful surface ornamentation of his own creation. Some of Asheville distinctive private residences were designed by Ellington and will be pictured in this ambitious exhibit by the History Center.
Several programs that will coincide with the exhibition are planned for September, October and November and will be announced in early September. These include several lectures and a day-trip visiting Ellington buildings in Asheville. A panel discussion on Asheville’s boomtown years is also planned.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center :
Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest
Exhibition: Jan. 24 – May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, FREE Admission
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville presents the new exhibition Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest from January 24 – May 17, 2014 with a free opening reception on Friday, January 24 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The artist will be present at the opening, and a new publication of her poems and drawings will be available to purchase.
Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest will focus on the work of poet, potter and visual artist Cynthia Homire, a Black Mountain College alumna, now in her early 80s, who has worked in a variety of media over the course of her prolific career. Homire was a student at Black Mountain College from 1950-1954, where she studied with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and M. C. Richards, among many others. Homire describes this seminal experience with her typical humor and grace.
The exhibition at BMCM+AC will honor Homire’s lifelong commitment to making art and share her imaginative, experimental spirit with visitors to the museum. The show will be installed at BMCM+AC from January 24-May 17, 2014, and will feature a selection of drawings, paintings, pottery and writings by Homire, spanning from her time at Black Mountain College to her present life in Taos, NM. We will produce a 48-page publication for the show, featuring reproductions of some of her drawings and a selection of Homire’s poetry.
Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: The Beattie Foundation; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support from: Emoke B’racz, Porge Buck, The Captain’s Bookshelf, Memphis Holland, Nancy Holmes, Larry Hopkins, Ron & Linda Larsen and Virginia McKinley.
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UNCA WOMENS HISTORY MONTH EVENT :
February 28-March 29: Remembering Ravensbrück: Women and the Holocaust – This national traveling exhibition tells the story of the Nazi concentration camp where more than 150,000 women were interred. The exhibit, created by the Kennesaw State University Public History and German Studies Programs and the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, will be staged in Karpen Hall by UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education. Free.
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