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John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

CURIOUS TERRAIN: WNC FROM THE AIR

Exhibition: January 21 - May 1, 2020
Reception: Thursday, March 19 from 5-7PM

Alex S. MacLean, Rolling up Rows of Mulch Fabric, Erastus, North Carolina, 2019, chromogenic dye print

Newly commissioned by the WCU Fine Art Museum, MacLean's striking images of the seven western-most counties of North Carolina capture the unique qualities of the region’s built environment while also raising broader questions about humanity’s impact on the land through agriculture, energy, industry, and housing.


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Alex S. MacLean, Rolling up Rows of Mulch Fabric, Erastus, North Carolina, 2019, chromogenic dye print

  

Claire Van Vliet: Stone and Sky

Exhibition: January 21 - May 1, 2020

Claire Van Vliet, Kilclooney Night, 1998, vitreograph, 23.75 x 29.75 inches

This exhibition brings together a selection of vitreographs by Claire Van Vliet, a renowned printmaker and book artist. The landscapes on view, printed at Harvey Littleton Studios in Spruce Pine, NC between 1993 and 2010, depict dramatic rock formations from New Zealand, Ireland, and the American Southwest.


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Claire Van Vliet, Kilclooney Night, 1998, vitreograph, 23.75 x 29.75 inches

 

 

Time and Again: Glass Works by Kit Paulson and SaraBeth Post

Exhibition: January 21 - May 1, 2020
Reception: Thursday, February 6 from 5-7PM

1. Kit Paulson, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, borosilicate glass, 2017, 20 x 14 inches, Image courtesy of Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC

Funded in part by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, this exhibition brings together two Penland-based artists—Kit Paulson and SaraBeth Post—whose works in glass explore ideas about time, history, memory, and the antique.


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Kit Paulson, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, borosilicate glass, 2017, 20 x 14 inches, Image courtesy of Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC

 

52nd ANNUAL JURIED UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION

Exhibition: February 18 - March 20, 2020
Reception & Awards: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM

51st Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Installation View

For emerging artists, this exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Interested students click below to learn more about the application process.


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51st Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Installation View.

  

MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION 2020

Exhibition: April 7 - May 1, 2020
Reception: Thursday, April 16 from 5-7PM

MFA Thesis Graphic

The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition showcases 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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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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