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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 exhibitions, film screenings, and other opportunities. Please note: Bardo Arts Center is now open to the general public. Find visiting guidelines at arts.wcu.edu/reopening.

Gallery shot from the Contemporary Clay: A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics, Fall 2016

Exhibition History

Explore many of our past exhibitions and access a downloadable listing of WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions from our opening year in 2005 to the present.  

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.  

Libby Fleet, Diner, Graphic Design

BFA Portfolio Exhibition

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.  

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.   

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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