John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center


Fall 2017 – December 2018

George Peterson, Spiral

George Peterson, Spiral, 2015, Oil on recycled skateboards, 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. 



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. 

Sustainability Discussion + "STRAWS" Documentary Screening

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

Talk by the WCU Office of Sustainability about college campus recycling efforts, followed by a screening of the documentary STRAWS, a film by Linda Booker examining the effects of single-use plastics on the biosphere. 

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.

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