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John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center


Fall 2017 – December 2018

George Peterson, Spiral

George Peterson, Spiral, 2015, recycled skateboards, screws, paint, Collection of Asheville Art Museum 

SUSTAIN + ABILITY is an exhibition highlighting work at the intersection of art and social practice.

This exhibition features artwork from the collections of the WCU Fine Art Museum and Asheville Art Museum and prompts viewers to consider the implications of their castoffs. The artists represented in this exhibition transform everyday objects into playful, mysterious objects that challenge the viewer to consider the origins of each maker's materials.

Artworks included in this exhibition are on display throughout Bardo Arts Center and include: 

• Cycle by Hoss Haley located near the box office
• Spiral by George Peterson in the BAC Star Atrium
• For Every Woman I Have Seen Parts of Africa's Dream in Her Honor by Lonnie Holley located on the BAC second floor by the performance hall balcony
• Crows by Bryant Holsenbeck perched near the WCU Fine Art Museum

This exhibition and related programming are supported by the WCU Office of Sustainability, WCU School of Art & Design, WCU College of Fine & Performing Arts and the Asheville Art Museum. 


Sustainability Discussion + "STRAWS" Documentary Screening

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 5:00PM | BAC Room 223 

Please join us for a talk by the WCU Office of Sustainability & Energy Management, Dining Services, and Environmental Science (ES) Majors about utilizing campus as a living-learning lab to address the concerns of single use plastic pollution at WCU and beyond.

These three entities have teamed up to address one of the most important environmental problems we are facing today, ending plastic pollution. Seniors in the ES Capstone course will discuss how they are helping WCU Dining Services achieve the commitment to ban single use plastics by the year 2022. The Office of Sustainability & Energy Management will also provide the latest updates on waste reduction efforts at WCU.

This will be followed by a screening of the documentary STRAWS, a film by Linda Booker examining the effects of single-use plastics on the biosphere. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition, SUSTAIN+ABILITY, located in the Bardo Arts Center atrium.

The Talk Incudes the Following:
Introduction from Lauren Bishop, Chief Sustainability Officer
Highlights of WCU's 2017-18 Recycling Report from Jeff White, Recycling Coordinator
WCU Dining Services & commitment to ban single use plastic from Scott Lamond, Aramark Resident District Manager & Michele Harris, Aramark Marketing Manager
ES 495 Senior Capstone Project Overview from Krishna Tiwari and Katie Allison, senior ES capstone students

Guided tour of the American Recycling of WNC Facility

Tuesday, November 13, 2018* 

Guided tour of the American Recycling of WNC facility in Candler, NC. Come learn about how materials are processed for recycling and what happens after materials are put in the recycle bin. This is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of a recycling plant, learn about recycling technology in Western North Carolina, and ask the experts your questions! 

*Tour departs from Bardo Arts Center parking lot at 8:30 AM and returns by 12:15 PM. Advance registration required. Contact 828-227-3591 to register.


Thursday, September 6, 2018 | 5:00PM | BAC Room 223

Talk by skateboard-sculpting artist George Peterson who will discuss his sculpture Spiral, on view in the SUSTAIN + ABILITY exhibition, and how his use of recycled materials enriches his art and the skateboarding community.

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