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African American art showcased at The Mountain Heritage Center

By Sara Stanley
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The artworks of artist and author Ann Miller Woodford are currently on display in Ann Miller Woodford: The Artist as Storyteller at the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery in Hunter Library on the campus of Western Carolina University.

This first-ever retrospective exhibition of Ms. Woodford’s work spans sixty years, tracing her artistic development from childhood to the present day. The exhibit is open to the public from January 18 to March 3, 2022. The Mountain Heritage Center is free and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required for entry.

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Ann Miller Woodford

Ann Miller Woodford uses her artistic talents to turn family stories, southern heritage, and social justice concerns into conceptual works of art. Each illustration invites viewers to follow Ann on her journey through life, connecting with her through the stories they tell. Viewers can expect to be inspired, challenged, and motivated by the themes presented in Ann’s works.

Her most recent collection of paintings, “Black in Black on Black” highlights the tremendous bond within the African American community with a focus on the empowerment that comes from being connected. Ann invites viewers to see each portrait, each person, for who they are. Her works are supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Ms. Woodford will be in the exhibit gallery at WCU to discuss her work on Sunday, February 27 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm and on Monday February 28 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Ann Miller Woodford and a comprehensive list of her works, visit her website at Visit or call (828) 227-7129 for more information about the Mountain Heritage Center.

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