John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Davy Arch, "Gumby Pot", 2005

May 29 - November 10, 2017

This exhibition features the work of 11 Cherokee artists, such as Joel Queen and Davy Arch, and brings together both historic and contemporary pottery techniques.      

The pottery of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians originated in Western North Carolina nearly 3,000 years ago.

Pottery techniques have changed and altered over time, from initial constructions of large, thin-walled pots with stamped geometric designs to blackware from the early 20th century. Using contemporary techniques, Cherokee potters often incorporate Cherokee syllabary and other popular Cherokee symbols and forms into their work.

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds was organized by the Asheville Art Museum and made possible through the generous support of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The WCU Fine Art Museum is the last venue to host this important touring exhibition.    

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Bernadine George, "Two Handled Pot", 2011

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Tara McCoy, "Cherokee Potter with Child", 2011

Exhibiting artists include Davy Arch, Darrin Bark, Bernadine George, Melissa Ann Maney, Tara McCoy, Merina Swimmer Myers, Joel Queen, Lori Reed, Marina Robbins, Amanda Swimmer, and Mary Ann Thompson. 

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