Exhibition: February 16 - May 7, 2021
Capturing the arresting visual qualities of water through photographs.
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as outside lenders, this group of images creates an atmosphere of calm and contemplation and invites us into a space of romantic reverie. Several photographs in the exhibition carry a deeper psychological or political dimension and use water to express ideas about loss, change, and memory. The Museum invites visitors to experience the exhibition on both levels—as an aesthetic boost to the spirit and a deeper dive into important societal issues.
Water for Thought was organized in alignment with Western Carolina University's 2020-2021 campus theme of “Water.” The exhibition, along with the acquisition of Cara Romero’s Water Memory photograph, was made possible by the WCU Campus Theme Committee, the Office of the Dean of the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Fund for Building and Sustaining Equity in Collections. The Museum extends its sincere thanks to Susan Belcher, Douglas Prince, and Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC for lending works for the exhibition. The Museum is also grateful to Rob Amberg and Douglas Prince for donating work for the Museum’s permanent collection. A special thanks goes to MFA student lydia see for her assistance with installing the exhibition.