Faculty Kudos–Summer 2016

Leisa Rundquist has been invited to curate an exhibition at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago.  Her exhibition, Betwixt-and-Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls runs from April 14–September 4, 2017 and is part of the programming for “Chicago’s Henry Darger, A Year to Commemorate Darger’s 125th Birthday.” Dr. Rundquist was also recently invited to serve on the American Folk Art Museum’s Darger Research Advisory Board.  Over the summer her book review of Valerie Rousseau’s, When the Curtain Never Comes Down: Performance Art and the Alter Ego (2015) was published by CAA Reviews Cross Ref DOI: 10.3202/caa.reviews.2016.94.

Laurel Taylor, will deliver paper "Death on Display: 'Breaking Bad' with Etruscan funerary imagery" as part of the "Breaking Bad in Italian Visual Culture" colloquium at the 2016 SECAC (Southeastern College Art Association Conference) meeting in Roanoke, October 19-22.

Dr. Taylor took UNC Asheville students on the annual study abroad archaeological field school located at the site of Cetamura in Tuscany, Italy. This is the seventh year that Taylor has collaborated with professors and students from other American and Italian universities and institutions. A museum exhibition is planned in 2017 in Florence to showcase the many years of finds.

As mentioned in the April/May KudosCarrie and Eric Tomberlin had several images from their collaborative project, Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change, on exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California, from June 3–July 31, 2016. The exhibition, Blue Marble, was juried by Patricia Watts, founder and West Coast Curator of Ecoartspace.  The Tomberlins' work was awarded second place. As part of this exhibition their work was also featured in the San Luis Obispo New Times in an article entitled Bigger Picture: Digital Images at SLOMA Capture An Adapting Bangladesh. Read more about Eric Tomberlin (Associate Professor, photography) and Carrie Tomberlin (Gallery Director and Lecturer, photography).

Carrie and Eric Tomberlin’s work was on display in South Korea in the exhibition, Contemporary Photography, at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), August 12–28, 2016.

Three of the Tomberlins' pieces from their collaborative project, Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change, were also a part of Reclaiming/Remaking at Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University.  The exhibition, curated by Lyn Govette, was on view July 29–August 26, 2016.

Jackson Martin was awarded an Honorable Mention in 2016 Jax Juried Art Show at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia in early August and runs through October 1, 2016. Stefanie Fedor, executive director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond selected and judged 33 artists from nine states into the exhibition. Later in August, Jackson installed Ascent II as part of Art Works for Us sculpture program at the Floyd Community Center for the Arts, Floyd, Virginia (formerly The Jacksonville Center for the Arts).

Jackson Martin, William King Museum of Art, Abington, Virginia, Out in the Open: Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Juried by Lauren Ross, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Artists in exhibition include Charlie Brouwer, Marc Maiorana and Jackson. In-Transit is part of Out in the Open at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA. The piece consists of a steel and vinyl structure designed to fit around a mature, preexisting tree. It is intended to appear as though the tree has only been temporarily planted on the WKMA grounds, highlighting the absurdity of mobility. Sculptures will be on view until July 2018.

Kudos to Robert Dunning for acceptance into the William King Museum of Art, Abington, Virginia’s, exhibition Appalachian Artist. American Elections. Cherry Bounce, an exhibition of original art by more than 50 working artists on view from September 2016 through January 2017.

Brent Skidmore taught a summer workshop, Form, Texture, and Surface Bonaza II, with Stoney Lamar at Penland School of Crafts, August 14-26. He continues to work on RAMP, which was featured in the Spring edition the UNC Asheville Magazine. He also managed to make several pieces for upcoming exihibitions.