Artist Submission for Consideration Deadline: January 23, 2024, at 11:59PM
Notification of Acceptance into Exhibition: February 2, 2024
Delivery of Accepted Work to WCU Fine Art Museum: February 7-9, 2024 (10AM - 4PM)
Western Carolina University’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the longest-running Catamount art traditions. This exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity for WCU undergraduate students to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Entries are reviewed by an outside art professional who selects the works for exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum. Selected works will be on view at the Museum from February 20 through March 22, 2024.
An awards ceremony will be held at the WCU Fine Art Museum on Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This year, the exhibition juror is Erika Diamond, a textile-focused artist, curator, and educator based in Asheville, NC.
Katie Barnett, Adam Bryant, Alexis Bumgardner, Jessie Butner, Matthew Cain, Zoila Carrasco, Nathalie Catalán, Isaiah Davis, Sally Drumheller, Rhiannon Eason, Anilia Hornsby, Gillian Kaminski, Kiara Leary, Madi Livingston, Joshua Masters, Gloria Melo-Estrada, Naomi Michelle, Michaela Morse, Berlyn Perdomo, Jessica Rial, Alexis Shafir, Samantha Taube, Daniel Velazquez Perez, Lydia Vereen, Gogaji Renn Yang
Erika Diamond is a textile-focused artist, curator, and educator based in Asheville, NC. Born in Germany to two ballet dancers, she grew up backstage and touring across Europe in her adolescence. This gave her early insight into the ephemeral nature of touch, the expressive qualities of the body, and the transformative capabilities of costume. In 2000, she earned a BFA degree in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), experimenting with bronze, honey, performance, and chocolate. For the next 12 years she maintained a studio practice while working as a freelance artist assistant and art preparator in NYC, Los Angeles, and Charlotte.
Diamond received her MFA in Fibers from the Craft/Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she learned how to weave tapestry and commemorate her physical encounters through objects. Several residencies and grants have facilitated her recent projects focusing on the politics of queer safety and visibility. Most recently, she has exhibited at Dinner Gallery, Form & Concept Gallery, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. She has been reviewed in Metalsmith Magazine, Glasstire, and Whitehot Magazine. In the summers, as Associate Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution, she curates and manages exhibitions that blur distinctions between the genres of art, design, and craft.
Undergraduate students enrolled at Western Carolina University are eligible to submit artwork for consideration. “Undergraduate” is defined as any student enrolled in a 400 level course or below during the current academic year. Artwork must have been created during the students’ time at Western. Art majors and non-art majors are welcome to apply. Artwork previously exhibited in a Juried Undergraduate Exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum is not eligible for consideration. Artwork previously exhibited in a BFA Portfolio Exhibition may be submitted for the juror to review.
This exhibition includes awards in several media categories, including two awards in 2-D Media, two awards in 3-D Media, one award in Design, and one award in Time-Based Media, as well as an overall Best in Show. Recipients of awards will receive their award payment via gift card, check, or direct deposit to the bank account set up through the University. The method of the award payment will depend on the award received.
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Artist talk and reception
Erika Diamond's Visiting Artist lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 13 from 1-2 pm in BAC Lecture Hall 130. Reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 5-7 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served at BAC's Star Atrium.