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 Above: Jane Culp, Narrow Earth Trail, watercolor and pencil on paper, 1993, 22 x 30 inches, Gift of the Artist

Cultivating Collections: Paintings

The WCU Fine Art Museum’s paintings collection contains over 180 works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, enamel, and gouache created from 1950 to the present. To engage students in the process of reviewing the Collection, the Museum’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Carolyn Grosch, worked with her Exhibition Practicum class to develop, Cultivating Collections: Paintings. Students selected works to display, interviewed artists, wrote labels, and evaluated strengths and opportunities for the paintings collection.  

Libby Fleet, Diner, Graphic Design

BFA Portfolio Exhibition 2020

Experience work by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the WCU School of Art and Design. This exhibition highlights their comprehensive course of study at Western Carolina University and serves as a preface to their forthcoming careers as professional artists.  

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Reggae Boyz

Reggae Boyz uses pop cultures’ most transcendent forces – sports and music – to delve into the heart and soul of Jamaica. The documentary tells the inspiring story of the Jamaica National Soccer Team's 2014 journey to the World Cup.   

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Taller Lenateros Video Tour

Enjoy a studio tour from featured artists in the WCU Fine Art Museum permanent collection, Taller Leñateros, exploring some of their techniques and materials used to make artist books.   

Picture a Scientist

Picture a Scientist

A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science, providing perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.  

Carolyn Grosch, Curator of the WCU Fine Art Museum

Cultivating Collections Video Tour

Join Carolyn Grosch, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the WCU Fine Art Museum for a video tour of Cultivating Collections: Paintings, Ceramics, and Works by Latinx and Latin American Artists.   

Taller Lenateros Book Arts

Cultivating Collections: Works by Latinx and Latin American Artists

Learn more about this dynamic exhibition and explore a video tour from one of the featured artists, the Taller Leñateros, or Woodlanders Workshop, a community of Maya printmakers, papermakers, and book artists in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.   

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Coded Bias

This documentary explore the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.  

Digali’i Native American Student Organization in collaboration with Joel Queen, We only want to be seen as human, 2009, pottery and recycled satellite dish, 75 inches diameter, Gift of the Digali’i Native American Student Organization

Cultivating Collections

In 2020, Cultivating Collections features paintings, ceramics, and Works by Latinx and Latin American artists. Working under Curator Carolyn Grosch, undergraduate students in WCU’s Exhibition Practicum course assisted in the selection of works to display, interviewed artists, and evaluated strengths and opportunities for the collection.  

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