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ACE series begins Sept. 10 with ‘An Evening with Ruth E. Carter’

The first event in the 2018-19 Arts and Cultural Events series at Western Carolina University will be “An Evening with Ruth E. Carter.”

The event will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Ruth E. Carter

Carter, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for more than 25 years, has designed and created costumes for more than 40 stage and screen productions. Critically acclaimed for her style, Carter’s work includes the films “Serenity” (2005), Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” (2013) and “Marshall” (2017).

Carter has received two Oscar nominations, from Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” (1992) and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” (1997), and an Emmy for the 2016 miniseries and remake of “Roots.” Her most recent film work was designing the dress culture for the hit Marvel movie “Black Panther.”

Carter is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in costume design. Should she be nominated for her work on “Black Panther,” Carter would have a chance to be the first woman to win for a superhero film, as well as the first African-American woman to ever win for Best Costume Design.

During the event, Carter will discuss her experiences as a costume designer. Tickets are free for WCU students as a result of sponsorship by Intercultural Affairs. Tickets are $10 for all non-WCU students and WCU faculty/staff, and $15 for general admission.

For group sales, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or online at

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