October-November 2013 Updates
Madeleine Garcia-Johnson (Class of 2014, BA Art History candidate) has been awarded the 2012-2013 Art History Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Congratulations!
Students and Faculty
Kimber Lawson (ARTH/Religious Studies double major Fall 2013), Katie Johnson (BFA Sculpture/ARTH Minor 2013) and Dr. Leisa Rundquist attended the Folk Art Society of America's annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina (Oct. 3-6). In May, Johnson received a $1,000 award from the Folk Art Society of America. Read about Johnson here. As part of the conference programming, they toured the Vollis Simpson Whirligig conservation facilities in Wilson, North Carolina. Simpson, an internationally known folk artist, created and erected over thirty, large-scale kinetic sculptures on his property in Lucama, North Carolina. These whirligigs are currently being restored and relocated into a public part in downtown Wilson. Follow this link to see the park.
Eva Bares (Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History) and Leisa Rundquist (Associate Professor in Art History) along with Karin Peterson in Sociology are organizing an Undergraduate Research Session dedicated to their Fall 2013 Curricular Enhancement Project, Understanding Place in Socio-visual Geographies. The event shares student products from three courses offered in the fall of 2013: ARTH 386, Arts of the African Diaspora (Bares); ARTH 379, "Outsider Art" in the 21st Century; (Rundquist); and SOC 179, Visual Culture (Peterson). Using the Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place exhibition (Asheville Art Museum, Jan 25-May 11, 2014) as a starting point, students in these classes explored a broad range of artists, theories, and visual culture experiences to prepare them for understanding both the practices of curating an exhibit and the thematics and theories of the exhibit itself.
Students in ARTH 386 will present papers researching the intersection of place, community, and African American art. Students in ARTH 379 will present recorded responses to works in the Social Geographies exhibit and products from their "outsider impersonations" projects in which they fabricated objects and biographies of ersatz outsider artists. And students from SOC 179 will present interpretive labels describing specific works in the Social Geographies exhibit, as well as recorded commentaries on Outsider art. A group of students from all three courses will also present on their experience and the sculptural outcome of the "Urban Renewal" interactive artist workshop with DeWayne Barton.
In October, local artist DeWayne Barton led a student-workshop art project for the Understanding Place block grant classes in Sociology and Art History. The workshop used recycled and contributed materials in order to understand the processes of Urban Renewal. Students collaborated to create individual components that were attached to an existing structure, and recorded their ideas in accompanying statements, which also integrated the research each class had done on the issues of urban renewal in Asheville. In photograph are students Amy Yang, Jenny Hayes, Amanda Varner, Sara Huckaby, Sam Sporn, and artist DeWayne Barton (third from right).
Robert Dunning, Professor of Art (Printmaking and Drawing) is in a two-person exhibition (with glass sculptor Rick Beck) in the Showcase Gallery at the Blue Spiral in Asheville that continues through December. Dunning says his "current body of artwork addresses the themes of innocence, fertility and growth as well as the private spiritual and psychological forces that influence this progress. The process of constructing these compositions with their multiple layers of collage, printmaking, drawing, painting and relief work is meant to mimic the process of growth and the effects of weathering and aging." To view more of Dunning's complex mixed media pieces (example at right is gouache on paper with intaglio background) that are in the exhibition, follow this link.
Dr. Laurel Taylor (Lecturer in Art History and Classics) presented a paper Between Life and Death: Funerary Ritual and the Animated Portrait in Ancient Rome at the annual SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the end of October.
Jackson Martin (Assistant Professor in Sculpture) has been invited as an Artist-in-Residence at Penland School of Crafts, (Penland, North Carolina) in January 2014. For one week, Penland is opening their Glass, Iron, and Wood Studios to a group of about 28 artists/instructors for material exploration, design development, and experimentation.
Brent Skidmore and Jackson Martin (Assistant Professors in Sculpture) will be participating artists in the exhibition, Craft Hilton Head 2013, at the Art League of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The exhibition runs December 3–January 4, with an opening reception on Thursday, December 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Brent Skidmore will be showing new work at the Studio Artist Exhibition at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville on February 8 and continuing through May 10, 2014. He will be teaching a workshop at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in June. In July, Skidmore and Stoney Lamar will explore techniques for sculptural form development at Penland School of Crafts in Penlnd, North Carolina.
Carrie Tomberlin (Adjunct Assistant Professor in Photography) will be exhibiting four of her pieces and Eric Tomberlin (Assistant Professor in Photography) will be showing six of his pieces in Way of Nature/Way of Grace at the Asheville Area Arts Council opening November 7, 2013, and closing December 3, 2013. Featuring the work of 18 visual artists, the show explores the unsettled, and often unsettling, relationship between humans and the other life of the planet, and probes the conflicts and tensions inherent in a relationship that is often mired in the space between captured love and cruel domination. In writing about the exhibition, curator Ralph Burns noted that he is, "drawn to artists who see out of the corners of their eyes, who move beyond craft and process and use their work to comment upon and confront the dilemmas of existence and the perils of consciousness."
On November 8, Eric and Carrie juried the Association of the Arts Competition of Epsilon Sigma Alpha at the annual ESA meeting of19 state chapters at the Crown Plaza in Asheville. An international leadership and service organization, Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a nonprofit organization that pledges to develop philanthropic activities of volunteers, provide assistance to established programs that serve human needs, and produce new programs to improve the quality of life. This year's annual Association of Arts Competition features artwork from all mediums from twelve of the state chapters.
Tamie Beldue (Assistant Professor in Drawing) is organizing the Fifth Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing Discourse. Noted artist Tim Lowly is the juror and he will select pieces from submissions that employ conventional and/or innovative methods. The exhibition opens January 17 in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery and continues through March 17, 2014.
Virginia Derryberry (Chair and Professor of Art in Painting) has been recognized for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). This award is given to encourage and reward individuals who have been particularly successful in their creative work as demonstrated through regional, national or international exhibitions or presentations. Follow this link for additional information.
Virginia Derryberry also participated in this year's SECAC events with work in "Fabrications," an exhibition co-curated by Kristy Deetz and Rene Gower featuring art that incorporated a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.
Leisa Rundquist (Associate Professor of Art History) is curating an exhibition, titled Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place for the Asheville Art Museum (January 25–May 11, 2014). Working closely with her research assistant, Katie Johnson (2013 BFA/ARTH minor), Rundquist has organized a thematic exhibition around the work of self-taught artists: Henry Darger (1892-1973), Thornton Dial, Sr. (b. 1928), Minnie Evans (1892-1987), Lonnie Holley (b. 1950), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), and George Widener (b. 1962). The thirty-five, mostly large-scale works by these important American artists re-envision space and place informed by social isolation, industrial encroachment, displacement, and inequality. Consequently, the show investigates visual ways of mapping such experiences through layered objects, panoramic formats, cartographic views, chronographic vistas, and images of visionary and vast worlds. Rundquist’s initial research for the exhibition was funded by a UNC Asheville Faculty Development Grant.
Thornton Dial image at left is courtesy of Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
Katie Johnson (Class of 2013, BFA Sculpture/ARTH Minor) presented on the panel, "Undergraduate Session: Experiential Learning in Art History" at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Association Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina (Oct. 30-Nov. 2). Her paper, "Dissolving Boundaries: Internship and Research Experience within the Museum Context" highlighted connections between her undergraduate research project, Asheville Art Museum internship, and current experience as a research assistant for Dr. Rundquist. Johnson states, "In my experience, the professional skills and connections that I've made through my work at the Asheville Art Museum exceeds anything that a classroom could have taught me. The beauty is that all of the work–the letters, emails, meetings and trips—all point back to a deep regard for art and education. In some ways, this may have been the biggest lesson of all. For myself, it has developed into a dedication and affection for the field of museum studies and an excitement for everything that the future holds."
Kyle Sherard (Class of 2011, BFA with a concentration in Printmaking and minor in Art History) is a writer for local newspaper Mountain Express. In the October 15 issue, his article was on the controversial work of Melissa Terrezza (Class of 2011, BA with a concentration in Printmaking) in Asheville's River Arts District titled Target Practice. Follow this link to read the article.
Josh Copus (Class of 2007, BFA with a concentration in Ceramics) returned to UNC Asheville in November to lecture and assist students in firing the anagama kiln. Copus has become quite well-known locally, nationally and internationally since since he received the 2006 Windgate Foundation Fellowship Award for $15,000, which he used to purchase property along the French Broad River and build a woodfire kiln in 2007; since then he has built two more kilns and is constructing a new studio, and harvesting clay to make his work (visit his website). Copus currently has work in an exhibition at the Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, through December 31, 2013. To view work in the exhibition follow this link.
Andrew Webster (Class of 2010, BA with a concentration in Art History) will continue teaching at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Minnesota, in 2014-2015.
Cassie Floan (Class of 2003, BFA with a concentration in Photo-graphy) and Ben Elliot (Class of 2005, BFA with a concentration in Sculpture) were in an exhibition, Notions of Time, at the Toe River Arts Council's Burnsville Gallery in Burnsville, North Carolina, in October through mid-November. Floan writes that her "intent with this work is to record the passing of time through the visual production. Still Arrangement is an installation of jewelweed flowers organized in the form of a labyrinth on top of a bed of sand. While arranging this piece, every step of the process became a symbolic layer. From gathering the flowers to pouring the sand to watching the decline, each step placed emphasis on the moment."
Floan was also selected by the Toe River Arts Council to work with Mountain Heritage High School's Art students and the school's alternative Yancey Evening School students to design and create ornaments for North Carolina's tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President's Park in Washington, DC.
September 2013 Updates
Aaron Gibbons (BA Candidate in Sculpture with K-12 Teacher Licensure) is included in an exhibition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, titled Present Tense, An Atmospheric Exploration with Some of Winston-Salem's Rising Contemporary Artists. The nine artists in the exhibition are members of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County's Art Nouveau Society, a group of 21- to 40-year-olds whose emphasis is "upon donation of time, energy and networking resources in order to promote the arts" (from the Arts Council website). The exhibition, sponsored by BB&T and Rocktenn, continues through October 12 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Aaron has been in four other exhibitions this summer, and he is currently working on a public art proposal (with two other artists) for the City of Winston-Salem's Centennial Art Piece. This semester, he is completing his student teaching at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville. For more about Aaron and his art, follow this link.
Kathrine Hughes (BA In Art History) accompanied Dr. Laurel Taylor (Lecturer in Art History and Classics) on a five-week summer abroad course at the archaeological site at Cetamura del Chianti in Tuscany near Siena. (Please see the Faculty Kudos below for what else Dr. Taylor did in Italy this summer). This is the fourth season that UNC Asheville has participated in excavating the site in conjunction with Syracuse University and Florida State University and under the guidance of the project director Dr. Nancy DeGrummond (FSU). During the past 40 years, archaeologists working at Cetamura have unearthed many layers of Etruscan, Hellenistic, Roman Empire, and Medieval settlements that date between 6th century BCE and 12th century CE. Kathrine presents her personal view of the experience and offers some images of Tuscany in an article that can be read by following this link.
Sarah Weaver (BA in Art History) writes: "I am a senior and art history major this year at UNC Asheville. This summer I was incredibly fortunate to have an internship at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. I was an intern for the adult programs section of the education department, and I helped to design and carry out a series of focus groups to evaluate the quality of the programs the museum has in place for adults as well as pitch the idea of an adult summer camp that is to come to the museum in summer 2015. I worked on developing questions to start discussions about the descriptions of the programs in place, getting feedback on what people want to see in the future, etc. As part of my internship, I also completed a presentation about three works in the gallery, choosing what I wanted to present and researching the works. It was a very interesting internship and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute there."
Kudos to these students who received grants and awards for Summer Work: Allison Fawcett (BFA candidate in Painting) received a $2500 Undergraduate Research Grant to work on some of her large paintings; Marla George (BFA candidate in Ceramics) received an Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Award to work on her figurative ceramics; Jennifer O'Connell (BFA candidate in Ceramics) received a Highwater Clay Award for an Odyssey Ceramic Arts workshop: and Carley Brandau, (BA Sculpture), received a full scholarship this summer for workshop including materials and travel budget at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Kudos to the following Photography students who had productive summer endeavors:
Adrian Etheridge was chosen for a competitive internship with The Laurel of Asheville in May. Her photographs have been published in several issues over the summer.
Lou Murray was selected for a competitive internship at WNC Magazine.
Halima Flynt is currently a photography intern for the Mountain XPress, and her photographs of local events can be seen regularly. She has also been working with UNC Asheville Physics Professor Michael Ruiz on an article about the camera obscura she constructed that will be published
in an international physics journal and in The Mountain XPress.
Destiney Stubbs, Adrian Etheridge, and Halima Flynt are all photography interns for the Orange Peel where they regularly photograph live shows for use in publicity materials both by the Orange Peel and by the musicians.
Tamie Beldue (Assistant Professor in Drawing) is included in the exhibition titled Summer Salon at Blue Spiral Gallery, 38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, from August 1 –September 30, 2013. To view other drawings by Tamie in the exhibition follow this link.
Tamie has exhibitions scheduled for Fall 2013: 1) Cabarrus Arts Council, Soft Focus, Concord, NC, invitational group exhibition. Oct. 21 – Dec. 20, 2013; 2) The Old Court House Arts Center, Real People, 2013, Woodstock, IL, group exhibition juried from 635 entries by Nancy Merkling, Erik Blome & Dane Carder, Aug. 8 – Sept. 29, 2013; 3) Morehead State University, A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing, Morehead, KY, group exhibition juried by Anne Harris, Oct. 16 – Nov. 29, 2013; 4) East Stroudsburg University, Marks: National Juried Drawing Exhibition, East Stroudsburg, PA, national juried group exhibition by jurors Joni Oye-Benintende, Darlene Farris-Labar & David Mazure, Oct. 9 – Nov. 15, 2013; 5) The Bascom, American Art Today: Figures, Highlands, NC, national juried group exhibition of 62 works selected by juror Jonathan Stuhlman from 556 submissions by 297 artists, Sept. 7, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014; 6) Haynes Galleries, Women Painting Women: A Room of One's Own, Nashville, TN, national Invitational Exhibition,
Aug. 23 – Oct. 5, 2013
Jackson Martin, (Assistant Professor in Sculpture) is participating in an exhibition at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, VA and won "2nd Place" for his sculpture, Shoveled. Exhibition dates: July 26-October 4 in the Hayloft Gallery.
Brent Skidmore (Assistant Professor in Sculpture) curated an exhibition at Green Hill Center for Art in Greensboro, North Carolina titled Speaking in Species: A North Carolina Perspective (June 14 - August 18, 2013). The exhibition presented the work of 26 artists from North Carolina or who are working in the state and use wood in a variety of techniques from traditional to contemporary and whose style varies from functional to sculptural or narrative. To view and or purchase the catalog, follow this link.
Virginia Derryberry's (Professor of Painting and Drawing, Department Chair) painting, First Flight Out, from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, has been selected by the Arts in the Airport for exhibition in the Courtyard Gallery, Nashville Public Library. The opening celebration will be on Saturday, Sept. 28, and will continue through Jan. 25, 2014.
Virginia will be in "Fabrications" at Theatre Arts Gallery, High Point, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2. The exhibition, co-curated by Kristy Deetz and Rene Gower, features art that incorporates a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. It is in conjuction with SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) held this year in Greensboro. A Luncheon Reception will be on October 31, 12:00-2:00 p.m., with Q & A with the participating artists at 1:00 p.m.
Virginia (and Linda Cornett, Political Science) were invited by Provost Jane Fernandes to take part in the annual Wye River Faculty Seminar, "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity," held at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center in Maryland during the last week of July this summer. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss about 30 political, sociological and philosophical writings ranging from Aristotle to Martin Luther King to Ayaan Hirsi Ali—all in the context of citizenship. Over 40 faculty from around the country attended the seminar.
Dr. Laurel Taylor (Lecturer in Art History and Classics) had a productive season at the UNC Asheville archaeological field school at Cetamura, Italy. This was a particularly exciting year for the six UNC Asheville students who were able to be part of this collaborative research project with students and faculty from FSU and Syracuse University. Ongoing excavation of the artisan's quarter at the site and the Roman period villa and bath complex, revealed an impressive array of artifacts associated with banqueting practices and viticulture. An exhibit showcasing this and last year's research is currently under planning with an anticipated opening date in 2015 at the National Archaeological Museum in Florence, Italy. (See entry in student kudos by Kathrine Hughes.)
Dr. Laurel Taylor (Lecturer in Art and Classics) organized an international conference on "Artisans and Craft in Ancient Etruria" this summer. The conference, held at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, and in honor of Dr. Nancy de Grummond, was the first of its kind to bring together a panel of distinguished American and Italian scholars on the subject of craft in prehistoric Italy. Scholars from the University of Milan, New York University, and the University of California Berkeley, among others, presented on a diverse range of topics including ceramic technologies, bronze casting and textile production. Dr. Taylor is currently working on publication of the conference proceedings.
Eric Tomberlin (Assistant Professor in Photography) was one of six artists to receive a grant in the Dave Bown 6th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of 20th Century & Contemporary Art at then Boca Raton Museum of Art; Reto Thüring, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art; and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Submissions were received from artists from approximately 40 countries, and the competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists.
In June, Eric juried the 10th Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival Art contest where three artists were recognized for their work.
Carrie Tomberlin’s (Adjunct Assistant Professor in Photography) work has been selected for inclusion in Fotofilmic ’13, an international curation effort that reflects a growing contemporary understanding of Film Photography as a distinctive fine art medium and practice in the global context of digital technology. Fotofilmic, curated by nine jurors from around the world, begins with a six-month online publication and culminated with an exhibition in Vancouver, BC, in August 2013.
In July Carrie Tomberlin (helped Asheville photographer and master printer Clay Harmon teach Mastering Polymer Photogravure, a two-week workshop at Penland School of Crafts.
Megan Wolfe, (Associate Professor in Ceramics) attended the four-week Ceramic Art Residency Program of the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping, China. FuLe is an immense complex which includes an Eco Village tourist center where visitors can make their own pottery, relax in counrty surroundings, or visit the eight exhibition halls with 20 museums that contain over 10,000 pieces including work from 500 international ceramists from 47 countries who have worked at FuLe. It is an industrial ceramics production center as well as having an immense collection of historical and contemporary pottery. Megan crafted several pieces which were left in the museum of American artists who have visited Fuping in previous years.
Faculty and Alumni
Robert Tynes (Professor of Art in Drawing and Painting) curated Thought Provoking Work: Six UNC Asheville Alumni at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery. The exhibition of drawing painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media will continue through September 28, 2014 at AARC Gallery, 346 Depot Street in the River Arts District. Alumni included in the exhibition are Larkin Ford (Class of 2008); Sean Pace (Class of 2004); Skip Rohde (Class of 2003); Melissa Terrezza (Class of 2010); Hanna Trussler (Class of 2013); Mary Grace Wynn (Class of 2013).
Megan Wolfe (Associate Professor of Art in Ceramics) selected two 2013 ceramics alumni, Rosie Midyette and Emily Ellison, to be in an exhibition of emerging young artists the Arts Center of Clemson. Two alumni from Clemson were selected by Clemson faculty to be in the four-person exhibition titled CLAY different Ways: Emerging Artists. Exhibition opens Sept. 13 and continus through Oct. 18.
The exhibition is part of a clay weekend; another weekend event is the 20 x 20 Invitational Exhibition and Sale (20 invited artists with 20 pieces each). UNC Asheville alumna Maria Andrade Troya (Class of 2001) has been invited to exhibit and sell her work.
Cindy Walton (Class of 2005, Certificate in Art with a concentration in Painting) will teach a week-long workshop in Abstract Painting and Cold Wax Techniques at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, September 30 – October 6, 2013. Additionally, Cindy has been accepted into a national juried exhibition in Cerrillos, New Mexico: 3rd Annual National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition, October 5 – 27, 2013.
Congratulations to Jason Sabbides (Class of 2009 BFA with a concentration in Painting) on his new position as Assistant Professor at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Katie Johnson (Class of 2013, BFA with a concentration in sculpture and Minor in Art History) has been selected via peer review to participate in the Southeastern College Art Conference Session: Experiental Learning in Art History. She will present her paper, Dissolving Boundaries: Internship and Research Experience within the Museum Context, on November 1. Katie is an intern at the Asheville Art Museum and a research assistant to Dr. Leisa Rundquist on the upcoming exhibition Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place for the Asheville Art Museum (January 18–May 11, 2014). Additional information on the exibition may be found in the April-May Kudos.
And to the Faculty:
Congratulations to the Studio Art Faculty: Tamie Beldue, Virginia Derryberry, Robert Dunning, Scott Lowrey, Jackson Martin, Brent Skidmore, Eric Tomberlin, Carrie Tomberlin, Robert Tynes, Matt West, and Megan Wolfe for their contribution to the 2013 Annual Faculty Exhibition.