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Bardo Arts Center Blog

Bardo Arts Center turns 15 this year! Celebrate by exploring our blog to discover upcoming events and experiences from the WCU Fine Art Museum and the Bardo Arts Center (BAC) Performance Hall. Learn about our fall exhibitions, film screenings, and other opportunities, all available in a virtual format! Please note: Bardo Arts Center is not currently open to the general public, for more information visit arts.wcu.edu/covid-19.

Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment Installation View

WCU Fine Art Museum Excellence in Exhibitions Award

The Museum's exhibition, Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment, received the Gold Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference "Excellence in Exhibitions" competition in the under $25,000 budget category! The Gold award is the highest honor an exhibition can receive in each category.   

Bernadine George, Pot, ceramic, 4 x 5 x 5 inches, Gift of Lambert Wilson

Cultivating Collections: Ceramics

Over 80 works make up the Museum’s ceramics collection and range from functional wood-fired porcelain and sculptural stoneware to a multi-piece earthenware installation. While the first clay works entered the University’s art collection in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the Art Department’s artists-in-residence program, the ceramics collection got a kickstart in 2005 when Founding Director of the WCU Fine Art Museum, Martin DeWitt, began making strategic purchases from regional artists and WCU students.   

 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.  

Reggae Boyz Film Still

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 an upcoming event 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.  

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