John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

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GLASS CATALYST
LITTLETON'S LEGACY IN CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

Opening Reception: June 14 from 5-7pm
Exhibition: June 15 - December 7, 2018

Alex Bernstein, Aqua Fin, cast and cut glass, fused steel, 21 x 21 x 2.75 inches, Image credit: Steve Mann

 

 

Celebrating the efforts of Harvey Littleton, one of the greatest proponents of using glass as an expressive medium, the exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists concentrating in glass and how they are building off the foundations laid by Littleton during the early years of the Studio Glass Movement.


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Artwork featured: Alex Bernstein, Aqua Fin, cast and cut glass, fused steel, 21 x 21 x 2.75 inches, Image credit: Steve Mann 

 

GRIDS & GRADIENTS:
THE VISUAL SYSTEMS OF VERNON PRATT

Exhibition: August 21 - November 9, 2018

Vernon Pratt, Buy/Sin

 

Drawn primarily from the collection of the WCU Fine Art Museum, this exhibition brings together a selection of recently-acquired paintings by Vernon Pratt, an artist who worked at the intersection of art and mathematics.


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Vernon Pratt, Buy/Sin, 1996, enamel on linen, 84 x 82.75 inches, WCU Fine Art Museum Collection, Gift of Trinity Findlay and John Pratt

 

JULIE BUFFALOHEAD:
YOU AND I

Exhibition: September 11 - December 7, 2018
Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 5-7pm

Julie Buffalohead, Intuition

This engaging exhibition features mixed media works by Julie Buffalohead, a contemporary artist whose enchanting depictions of animal and human figures investigate the complexities of relationships, both personal and cultural.


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Julie Buffalohead, Intuition, 2016, acrylic, ink, graphite on Lokta paper, 30.5 x 39.75 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery.

 

DEFINING AMERICA

Exhibition: September 11, 2018 - May 3, 2019
Reception: Thursday, September 20 from 5-7pm

Randy Shull, Simultaneous Pattern, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 73 x 96 x 8 inches

 

 

Inspired by Western Carolina University's 2018 Campus Theme, Defining America brings together artists with different perspectives on the concept of "America" and asks visitors to reflect on the values, definitions, and assumptions attached to this concept.


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Artwork featured: Randy Shull, Simultaneous Pattern, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 73 x 96 x 8 inches

SUSTAIN + ABILITY

January 2017 - December 2018

George Peterson, Spiral

 

 

SUSTAIN + ABILITY is an exhibition that explores the intersection of art and social practice. Artists represented in this exhibition transform everyday objects into works that challenge the viewer to consider the origins of each makers’ materials.

 


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Artwork featured: George Peterson, Spiral, 2015, Oil on recycled skateboards, Collection of Asheville Art Museum 

 

51st ANNUAL JURIED
UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION

Exhibition: February 19 - March 22, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 22 from 5-7pm

Haylie Barber, Hex, 2018, featured in the 50th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

 

The exhibition provides an opportunity for WCU students to share their work with the campus and community while enhancing their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Students interested in applying, click to learn more. 


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Artwork featured: Haylie Barber, Hex, 2018, featured in the 50th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition



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