Student Kudos – June/September 2015

Lori Brook Johnson (Class of 2016, BA with Teacher Licensure, drawing) was awarded a studio assistantship for a summer session at Penland School of Crafts; she will receive a stipend to cover her art classes, room, and board. Johnson will assist Nicholas Raynolds in his workshop, “Portrait Drawing in Pencil,” while expanding her own portfolio of drawings. She is also tasked with selling materials, supervising studio upkeep, ensuring participation by all class members, and arranging social gatherings. In addition to working with the instructor to keep his studio running smoothly, she will have the dual responsibility of working alongside the studio coordinator and Penland administration. She will do her student teaching in the fall and graduate in December. Read more about her and her artwork.

Shanna Glawson Blake, (BFA Candidate in sculpture) is the recipient of the Summer Research Grant. She used the funding to support her BFA Research for her exhibition scheduled for December 2016. She also attended the Penland School of Crafts during the second session for John H. Pratt’s “Woodcut: An Exploratory Approach” class.  Additionally, she worked as apprentice to sculptor Brent Skidmore at Grovewood studios this summer.

Kevin Watson (BFA candidate in photography) is the recipient of the Summer Research Grant. He will use the funding to support his upcoming Spring 2016 BFA Senior Exhibition, Caernival.

Grace McLeod (undeclared art) spent four weeks this past summer in South Africa's Thanda Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a volunteer project photographing to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.  This semester Grace is studying abroad in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Forest Wallingford (BA International Studies and photography) spent Spring Semester studying abroad in Denmark.

Anna Gachechiladze (Minor in photography) spent Spring Semester studying abroad in the Netherlands and visiting surrounding countries. Three of Anna's images will be in exhibition in several locations on campus including in Owen Hall's Second Floor Gallery in September: they were winners in the 2014 Study Abroad Juried Exhibition. Secrets won first place overall and received the Chancellors Purchase Award. Read what Anna has to say about her 2015 travels.

George Etheredge (BA candidate in photography) has had work published recently in several publications including: The Asheville Citizen Times, Mountain XPress, Modern Farmer, and the Raleigh News and Observer. He is in the upcoming traveling exhibition, Looking at Appalachia, which was profiled in the New York Times and Global Citizen. The traveling exhibition will visit UNC Asheville November 3-17, and George will be taking part in an artist talk along with founder Roger May and other photographers in the exhibition. Read More.

George was also accepted into the prestigious The Eddie Adams Workshop, as one of one hundred students who have the opportunity to work closely with veteran world-class photojournalists in New York.  The application process is highly competitive, and seen as a catalyst in helping to launch the careers of many documentary photographers. Visit his website. Read UNC Asheville's press release announcement