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Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment

Exhibition: August 20 – December 6, 2019

Andrea Polli


Featuring sound-based artwork that encourages visitors to listen more closely to the natural world and to think about how sound is being used in a time of environmental crisis.

What can sound tell us about the current conditions that shape our planet? And what aspects of environmental change can we better understand through sound? Through these and other themes, the works in the exhibition consider our connection with the natural world and humanity's place in Earth’s intricate ecological web.

Artists featured in the exhibition: Matthew Burtner, Raven Chacon, Timothy M. Collins & Reiko Goto Collins, Gordon Hempton, Cheryl Leonard, Katie Paterson, Andrea Polli, and Lee Weisert. Collaborators for the 3-channel video installation Gauge: Alexa Hatanaka, Patrick Thompson, Raven Chacon, Danny Osbourne, Sarah McNair-Landry, Eric McNair-Landry, and Erik Boomer.

This exhibition is supported in part by the WCU Campus Theme Committee, the WCU School of Art & Design, Guitar Center, and Winding Stair Nursery in Franklin, NC.



Soundwalking is an exercise, alone or with a group, where the main purpose is to listen to the immediate environment. This immersive, one-hour experience invites participants to strengthen their awareness of and build a deeper connection to different soundscapes. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for walking outside. The soundwalk will take place rain or shine.

Soundwalks: 12:30 - 1:30PM | Meet at the Museum
September 17, October 9, November 21

This free opportunity is a related program of the Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition on display in the WCU Fine Art Museum through December 6, 2019.

Soundwalks will be led by Tyler Kinnear, co-curator of the Resounding Change exhibition, Musicologist, and Arts Instructor in the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU.

Sonic Art Panel


Tuning into Change: Arts, Science, Adaptation
November 12th, 12:00 – 1:30 | Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium

Join us for a brownbag lunch social, panel discussion, and musical performance from the WCU Concert Choir with musical works influenced by the natural world.

The panel will feature WCU faculty and staff who work at the intersections of culture, science, and the environment. The session will explore some of the themes in the Resounding Change exhibition. Topics will include new modes of inquiry, adaptation, empathy, and the importance of observation.

Tyler Kinnear | Instructor, Belcher College

Lauren Bishop | Chief Sustainability Officer
Enrique Gomez | Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Jerry Miller | Whitmire Professor of Environmental Science
Laura Wright | Professor of English

The WCU Concert Choir is led by Allison Thorp, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

The WCU Fine Art Museum has a long history of collaboration and continues to serve as a site for interdisciplinary exchange. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the WCU Fine Art Museum and School of Music, co-curated by Carolyn Grosch, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the WCU Fine Art Museum, and Tyler Kinnear, Musicologist and Arts Instructor in the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU.

This exhibition is supported by the 2019-2020 WCU Campus Theme:

WCU Campus Theme


The WCU Fine Art Museum offers free admission and free parking and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-4PM and Thursday until 7PM. The Museum is also open one hour before any ticketed presentation at Bardo Arts Center.

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