Annual Art Faculty Exhibition Opens August 22

               S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Opening Reception at 6:00 p.m.

The 2014-2015 year kicks off on August 22 with the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Participating in the exhibition are: Professors Virginia Derryberry (painting) Robert Dunning (printmaking), and Robert Tynes (painting); Associate Professors Tamie Beldue (drawing) and Megan Wolfe (ceramics); Assistant Professors Jackson Martin (sculpture), Brent Skidmore (sculpture), and Eric Tomberlin (photography); Lecturer: Matt West (sculpture); Adjunct Associate Professor: Scott Lowrey (drawing); and Adjunct Assistant Professor: Carrie Tomberlin (photography).

The exhibition will be on display through September 19, 2014. The gallery, located on the first floor of Owen Hall, is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Scott Lowrey: Artist Statement

                              2014 Art Faculty Exhibition Series: Reliquaries        

Over the past decade much of my work has explored the relationship between narrative symbolic imagery and its content by subtlety altering the intended meaning, thus subverting, recasting, or re-contextualizing it. The Reliquaries represent my latest take on this theme.

Although already familiar with Marian representation in 14-17th century Italian painting, I became fascinated with the prevalence of small altars for the veneration of Mary during my first trip to Italy in 1992 to study and teach. During numerous trips since then, I began to visually document these altars culminating in a research trip to Naples in 2011.

I find these polychrome and plaster statuary to be both beautiful and unsettling.

The Seven Sorrows are based upon the traditional Catholic telling of Mary’s sorrow about certain events in Christ’s life, symbolized by the flaming heart pierced by seven swords.

As an agnostic, I have often wondered what our world would be like if people spent as much time in devotion to and reflection upon Nature and the gift it represents as they do upon religion and the after life. Perhaps our environment, the planet, and our species would be much better off.

In this series I am attempting to recast the Seven Sorrows by juxtaposing images of nature and/or the environment in various symbolic ways, thus, visually retelling them as a reflection of both sorrow and hope.

Scott Lowrey is a second-generation Western North Carolina artist. Growing up in Black Mountain, he began drawing at 12 while accompanying his father, an art professor at Warren Wilson College, on painting excursions off the Blue Ridge Parkway. He has taught for Indiana University Studies Abroad in Florence, Italy, UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad in Perugia, Italy; and as an adjunct professor/visiting lecturer at Warren Wilson College, UNC Asheville, The Volcano Art Center, HI, and Bowling Green University. Ohio. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Art at Mars Hill University where he teaches design, drawing, painting, printmaking and digital photography.  Lowrey holds a MFA in Printmaking from the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from UNC Asheville.

Lowrey’s prints and paintings are featured in both public and private collections throughout the Southeast. Selected collections include: The Asheville Art Museum, Warren Wilson College, Craven County Arts Council, American Express Corporation, Furman University, The University of North Carolina-Asheville, Western Carolina University, The Biltmore Estate, and Indiana University.

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Scott Lowrey, Reliquaries Series: The Seven Sorrows, Aria, mixed media, 28.5x36 inches, 2014.

2014 Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall,  August 22 through September 19, 2014. Opening Reception: Friday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. Free and open to the public.

Carrie Tomberlin: Artist Statement

                                  2014 Annual Art Faculty Exhibition

Although more connected by ever-expanding technological means, there seems to be a growing disconnect between action and consequence.  Cyber space aids us in the race against time, allowing us to socialize, learn, and create community on our own schedule, but this web of connectivity adds countless distractions and lessens the depth of our experiences.  As we move away from the tangible to a brave new world of convenience and isolation, what happens to culture and the actual space we inhabit?

In searching for ways to illustrate these contradictions, I began to think in narrative terms.  Where a single experience alone could not fully express this disconnect, a series of moments taken out of context illuminate the absurd and the indulgent contrasted by the costs of such self-gratification.  In both finding and creating these juxtapositions, my hope is to encourage a new vocabulary that includes connection, community, accountability, moderation, and sustainability.

Tomberlin came to UNC Asheville in 2010 after teaching photography in the Seattle, Washington area. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BA in visual arts and creative writing from Eckerd College. Tomberlin also served on the regional board of the Society for Photographic Education and was chosen as a Sustainability Teaching Fellow by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.  Prior to her teaching career, she worked with several nonprofit organizations including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Tomberlin's work is shown regularly in exhibitions throughout the United States. She has also exhibited her work in Canada, England, and China.

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Carrie Tomberlin, Pilgrimage, Bristol Motor Speedway, archival inkjet print, 37x90 inches, 2014.

2014 Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall,  August 22 through September 19, 2014. Opening Reception: Friday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. Free and open to the public.