Alumni Kudos – September 2015

Tatiana Potts, Class of 2010, BFA Certificate in printmaking and MFA student at UT Knoxville, was in solo exhibition Tatiana Potts: Topofilia, at  UNC Asheville August 12-September 5, 2015. She gave an artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition on September 2. View her website.

Cindy Walton's (Class of 2005, BFA Certificate in painting) oil and cold-wax-on-panel work entitled In Flight won the juried Signature Piece Competition for this year's annual Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala, which will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The auction and gala raises money for WNCAP (WNC Aids Prevention). See youtube of what she says about WNCAP and her work. 

She also participated in Quick Draw, a fundraiser for art programs in the Haywood County Schools in NC. She had her work on exhibition and did a workshop at Alizarin Gallery in Durham in mid-April. Additionally, she was in Small Works Exhibition at National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A), New York City, July 8, 2015-July 31, 2015. She was also in the  Associate Members Summer Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.), NYC, August 5-25, 2015. Read more on her website.

Sally Garner, Class of 2014, BFA with a concentration in sculpture was invited to have a solo exhibition after the success of her exhibition in Lake City, South Carolina (see June Kudos). Her solo exhibition Sally Garner: A Memory Rewound, is in Waters Gallery, Florence County Museum, Florence, South Carolina, July 15–October 5. Read article in SCNow Morning News Online

Sally will also teach a workshop "Inventive Crochet" in conjunction with the exhibition. Learn how to crochet art without a pattern in this two-day workshop. With artist Sally Garner, you will learn how to turn sketches into works of art, using the basics of crochet to “sculpt” and “paint” with various materials, such as yarn, wire, or rope, and a crochet hook on October 3-4, 2015. Visit Sally's website.

Carley Brandau, Class of 2013, BA with a concentration in scupture, has been working at Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center since 2014 as an intern and apprentice assisting in the expansion and redesign of the Museum. She has kept an extensive blog of the work being done. She wrote a guest blog on the expansion in Arts Now in the August 4 issue and one on the internships and apprenticeships as key to the expansion expansion in Arts Now in the August 13 issue.

Carley was featured in Asheville Citizen-Times, June 26 issue, "Living Portrait" series.

Carley also took her sculpture (bent wood adornment) to the 2015 Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015, Bakrushin State Central Museum, Moscow, Russia. The exhibition was curated by Igor Roussanoff, artist and UNC Asheville Department of Drama visiting professor.  Visit Carley's website.

She writes of her Russian experience: "I had two pieces in the exhibition which were acquired by the museum. The exhibition featured designers from 34 countries and is the largest costume exhibition to date. I met incredible people at the opening from all over the world. While there I sold a jewelry piece which paid for an overnight train ticket to St. Petersburg! My plane ticket was paid for via a travel scholarship from the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, where I am currently a museum intern and a design apprentice under Randy Shull. Seeing as travel has been so important to my own education and artistic process, I am overjoyed that my trip started this travel scholarship fund at the museum and will hopefully help future interns/students experience travel." Read more from her travel blog, especially her search through Moscow for sandpaper to repair minor in-transit damage to one of her pieces (near end of blog).

Andrew Webster, Class of 2010, BA with a concentration in Art History, has been appointed editor of a weekly online newsletter,  Fine Art Today.​  Webster also works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing (publisher of The Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air Today magazines). Andrew comtiues to teach at Alexandria Technical and Community College, St Cloud, Minnesota, since 2013.

Sarah Weaver, Class of 2013, BA in Art History earned a MA in the history of art, focusing on Modern and Contemporary art of Eastern Europe and Latin America, from the Courtauld Instistue of Art (University of London) in the spring. She interned in London for a few months for the Spanish Contemporary Art Network, doing gallery invigilation and sales. In September, she began a research internship in the Old Masters and Russian department at Christie's in New York.

Sarah Mills, Class of 2006, BA in German and Art with a concentration in art history and PhD candidate in Art History at CUNY, began work as an educator-coordinator for Christies in August. Read more about Sarah. She will be presenting "Anni Albers, Mary Meigs Atwater + the Future State of Women’s Hand-Weaving at Midcentury" at the Black Mountain College Conference at UNC Asheville on September 26, and  she will be talking with art and art history students on September 28.