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56th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

EXHIBITION: February 20 - March 22, 2024 
RECEPTION: Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 5-7pm 

Joshua Masters, Stress Response, 2024, porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

Joshua Masters, Stress Response, 2024, porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

a woolen skirt with a red ribbon on the hem with an underlayer that has a quote on the skirt.

Anilia Hornsby, Thinking of You, 2023, textile and screen printed sewn book/skirt, 21 x 17 x 13 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

56th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition: February 20 - March 22, 2024

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.

Exhibiting Artists
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 

Image of Erika Diamond.

Image courtesy of Erika Diamond.

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.

Best in Show - Joshua Masters, Stress Response
Chancellor’s Award - Berlyn Perdomo, leto
BCFPA Dean’s Award - Matthew Cain, Occupation
Museum Director’s Award - Nathalie Catalán, La Pequeña Flaquita (The Skinny Girl) 
Diane Withrow Coyle Award in Drawing - Michaela Morse, Self-Portrait 

 Media Awards
2-D Media - Alexis Bumgardner, Grenadine
2-D Media - Rhiannon Eason, Kenopsia
3-D Media - Gloria Melo-Estrada, Relationship
3-D Media - Katie Barnett, Brenda
Time-Based Media - Adam Bryant, Turquoise Breeze
Design - Anilia Hornsby, Thinking of You 

 Art Materials Awards
Art Materials Award #1  - Lydia Vereen, See-Shell
Art Materials Award #2 - Zoila Carrasco, Cozy Dinner Set
Art Materials Award #3 - Sally Drumheller, Untitled Still Life
Art Materials Award #4 - Jessie Butner, Crayon Creatures, Dribble, Dew & Drop in the City of Crona

Image courtesy of Blick Art Materials.

Image courtesy of Blick Art Materials.

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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.

Museum Hours
The WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Standard Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-4PM, and Thursday, 10AM-7PM. If you have any questions, please call (828)227-ARTS. 

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