Worldviews:  Selections from the Permanent Collection and New Acquisitions featuring regional, national and international artist works in all media.

JULY 13 - AUGUST 16, 2008
Fragile Earth: Reflections on the Environment

Reception: Sunday, July 13th, 2-4PM, Awards announced, 3PM
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Features over 60 works of art in a variety of media reflecting the artists' creative response to the beauty and the vulnerability of the environment. Forty artists from eight counties in Western North Carolina (Cherokee, Clay,
Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Transylvania & Qualla Boundary are featured. "The Fragile Earth exhibit features some of the most innovative and creative expression by artists from throughout our mountain communities," DeWitt said. "We're looking for unique self expression, perhaps inspired by tradition, as well as experimental works of high artistic merit."

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Lewis Buck: Beyond the Surface - Life Works in Painting and Assemblage
Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 2-4PM
The exhibition is a career retrospective of the poetic works of art of Lewis Buck, Black Mountain, North Carolina and includes fifty paintings and collages representing Buck's prolific career spanning 60 years. Purely lyrical, vibrant colors, textural zones and found objects make up Lewis Buck's creative genius inspired by a lifetime of observation and the spontaneity of life itself. Lewis and his wife, printmaker Porge Buck, have been advocates of the Asheville regional
artistic community for 25 years.

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Catalog from Lewis Buck: Beyond the Surface (PDF)

Brandon Guthrie: Chimera - The Fruits of Labor

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibit

NOVEMBER 6 - 22, 2008
Living with the Enemy

Photographs by Donna Ferrato, New York
Lecture: Thursday, November 6th, 6PM (reception to follow)
Healing and Art Silent Art Auction: Saturday, November 19th

In 1985, while on a magazine assignment to document the experience and phenomenon of love, photographer Donna Ferrato witnessed a man beat his wife. Her response was to initiate a domestic abuse project, traveling across the country in an effort to see and document first-hand the scope of the acts of violence. Ferrato would later feature the photographs she took in her book, Living with the Enemy. The exhibition is organized by the Domestic Abuse Awareness, Inc., New York, a non-profit organization committed to exposing and eradicating violence against women and children through awareness, education, and action. The exhibition here is co-sponsored by REACH of Jackson County and Friends of the Museum.

NOVEMBER 10 - 22, 2008
School of Art & Design BFA Student Portfolio Exhibition

The exhibit features the creative research and studio art production from graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students. Following a comprehensive course of reach and studio production, students present a portfolio exhibit as a
preface to their forthcoming careers as professional studio artists and in creative industries.

JANUARY 22 - MARCH 7, 2009
Inside/Inside Out: A Profile of Awareness

James Tanner
Artist lecture, Tuesday, February 10th, 4 PM, FPAC Mainstage
Reception to follow
Artist demonstrations each day Feb 9, 10, 11from 9:30 AM - noon and 1:15- 3:00 PM, FPAC room 151

Renowned ceramic artist James Tanner will be featured with his abstract mask like ceramic forms often inspired from Tanner¹s African American heritage Tanner experiments with color, and sometimes applies glaze in drips that echo Jackson Pollock. Tanner is professor emeritus of ceramics at Minnesota State University, where he taught for 35 years. His work is in collections including those of the Smithsonian Institution and the African American Museum in Dallas. Tanner will be an artist in residence at Western¹s School of Art and Design in February.

Inspired Design - Jacquard and Entrepreneurial Textiles

"Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textiles," an exhibition of both national and international leading artists of innovative textile design, including a variety of computer designed textile applications. This exhibit features designs and work that represent five 21st Century design growth areas of creative/innovative textiles and digital technologies. Organized by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Kellogg Center, Asheville. CCCD is a University of North Carolina interagency partner with Western Carolina University.

Jody Servon - Saved

Artist lecture, Tuesday January 27th, 4PM, FPAC RM 130
Reception to follow

This series of 40 photographs features personal artifacts, saved to remember deceased loved ones - such as a wooden shoetree, a cast-iron skillet, the veins of a scapula and a woven dog collar.

APRIL 2 - MAY 8, 2009
School of Art & Design Annual Art Student Juried Exhibition and Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

MAY 21 - JULY 25, 2009
Haywood Community College, Professional Crafts Program - Senior Show