Juried International Drawing Exhibition
When: January 15–February 12, 2016
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Juror Artist Lecture: Friday, January 15, 2016, Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall, 5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public
As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, UNC Asheville invited artists to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods. For this year's exhibition, Juror Edgar Jerins selected 43 pieces from 908 entries that were submitted by 307 artists from seven countries. Of these 43 selections, four local Asheville artists will be included in the exhibition: Lori Johnson (Class of 2016, BA with concentration in drawing and Teacher Licensure (K-12), cum laude and Distinction in Art), Joanna Maldonado (current UNC Asheville student), Geza Brunow, and Angela Cunningham.
Juror Edgar Jerins Biography:
My parents had four children, all sons. In 1976, when I was seventeen years old, my oldest brother, Ron, shot himself and died. Eight years later, my youngest brother, Alex, did the same thing. My one remaining brother, Tom, is a chronic alcoholic who is homeless in our hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. I am a fifty-five-year-old husband and father and have been a professional artist since graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1980. After the unexpected death of my father in 1999, I could longer repress my feelings about my family’s struggles and felt compelled to explore the issues of loss and personal tragedy in my art.
At that time it became painfully obvious to me that most of my friends, men in their forties, were facing similar difficulties in their lives: the deaths of loved ones, failed professional ambitions, marital break-ups, separation from their children, and alcoholism. Since 2001, I have been working on this series of large charcoal drawings of my closest friends. I am stealing candid and unguarded moments in their lives. Particulars may differ, but the shared theme in all the drawings is damage.
Jerins is currently an adjunct faculty at the New York Academy of Art. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include Beckler Family Member Gallery; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware; Lied Art Gallery; Creighton University; Omaha, Nebraska; and European Union House; Riga, Latvia; and Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY.