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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 

 

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

 

BFA PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION 2018

Exhibition: November 20 - December 7, 2018
Reception: Thursday, December 6 from 5-7pm

Mitch Foust, Billboards for the Future, 2018, print, 3 x 6 inches

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.


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Artwork Featured: Mitch Foust, Billboards for the Future (detail), 2018, print, 3 x 6 inches

 

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

 

School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial

Exhibition: January 15 - May 3, 2019
Reception: Thursday, January 17 from 5-7PM

Erin Adams, Tiny House, Architectural and Interior Design, 2018. Image: Matthew Turlington Photography

The School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition provides students and the public an opportunity to view recent work created by these distinguished faculty members whose primary research output is studio based.


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Artwork featured: Erin Adams, The Luminaire Tiny House, Architectural and Interior Design, 2018. Image: Matthew Turlington Photography

 

51st ANNUAL JURIED
UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION

Exhibition: February 19 - March 22, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 21 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

 

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Exhibition: April 9 - May 3, 2019
Reception: Thursday, April 25 from 5-7PM

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2019

The MFA Thesis Exhibitions features work in a variety of media and surveys a range of conceptual themes and creative approaches that characterize the global cultural landscape and contemporary art practice.


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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 

 


 


PUBLIC ART
On view all year long


WCU Fine Art Museum

Dirtmaker

Take a walk through campus and explore our series of outdoor sculptures and indoor public gallery sites.  


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Admission is free and open to the public for all WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions. 

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