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Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Seeks Artists for 2019 Exhibitions – Deadline is Jan. 31, 2018

November 13, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council, in Lenoir, NC, will accept portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2019 at either our Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four exhibit opportunities ranging from 5 to 8 weeks) or at the Art-in-Healing Gallery (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Other exhibition sites may be available in 2019 as well.

All details for submitting your portfolio are available on our website at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/157-guidelines/) and portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2018.

The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents art exhibits, educational opportunities and collection programs that foster the cultural arts in Caldwell County.

Our center is housed in an historic 100+ year old home. There are four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions.

The Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital can hang up to 20 works of 2-D or 3-D wall artworks.

The Caldwell Arts Council exhibits artists from across the country and has a reputation for quality exhibits. For information on the gallery space or to see a list of upcoming exhibits please visit our website at (www.caldwellarts.com).

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors and sponsorships.

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CVCC Student’s Artwork Selected by Hickory Museum of Art Guild to Represent 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts in Hickory, NC – Nov. 11, 2017

October 30, 2017

The Hickory Museum of Art Guild, in Hickory, NC, in a cooperative effort with Catawba Valley Community College, has announced the winner of a graphic design competition for advertising a November 11 Guild event. The submission by Melissa Mooney, a second-year student majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design, was chosen from among eleven different presentations by CVCC students. Hers was selected by the HMA Guild to represent the 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts. Posters, online information, and mailed invitations for the HMA Guild event will feature Melissa’s artwork.

Mooney, 18, resides in Alexander County and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Student Leadership Academy. She also participated at SkillsUSA as the graphic designer for CVCC’s entrepreneurship team. The team received gold at the state level and silver in the national level for 2017. Melissa’s volunteer efforts include being a youth soccer coach at the YMCA and summer youth programs at Hickory Cove Bible Camp where she has been a counselor, lifeguard, photographer, and assistant to the marketing director. In her spare time, she enjoys art and sharing her creative skills with others.

“We have been doing this with CVCC for about four years,” says Robyn Parker, HMA Guild chair of Evening for the Arts. “They have designed our invitations for one of our spring events and three of our fall Angel of the Arts events. During this whole time the students have turned out beautiful work. Each student has different talents, so it is fun to see what choices they give us. We are always excited to work with them and their instructor, Jennifer Cobb.”

The Advertising and Graphic Design program is part of the Fine and Applied Arts department at CVCC. It is a two-year degree that explores multiple areas of design including print design, packaging, typography, interactive design, web design, and more. For information about the program, contact the program head, Jennifer Cobb, at 828/327-7000, ext. 4020 or by email at (jcobb@cvcc.edu).

Evening for the Arts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 6-9 pm at Lake Hickory Country Club. Guests will enjoy live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, two tickets for the beverage of their choice, and participation in both live and silent auctions. Reservations are $50 and should be placed by Friday, Nov. 3rd via (www.HickoryArt.org) or by contacting the Kelly Smith with Hickory Museum of Art at 828/327-8576.

This year’s event will again include a raffle drawing. The winner will have a choice of one of the following trips: a Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two (4 or 5 nights), a Fairmont Scottsdale Golf and Spa for Two in Scottsdale, AZ, or a $1000 Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago Shopping Spree. The winner does not need to be present on Nov. 11 in order to win. Raffle tickets are $35 each and may be purchased on the website, the museum office, or from any HMA Guild member.

Major sponsors of this year’s Evening for the Arts are David E. Looper & Company, and Alex Lee/Lowes Foods/ Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. George. Other sponsorship levels are still available and can be arranged by contacting the museum at 828-327-8576.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory NC. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art, classes, field trips, and events, visit (www.HickoryArt.org) or call 828/327-8576.

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, to Host a One-Day Contemporary Native American Art Symposium – Nov. 10, 2017

October 30, 2017

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, will host a one-day Contemporary Native American Art Symposium from 9am-4pm (free with registration, while space lasts) on Nov. 10, 2017, at the WCU Bardo Arts Center.


Shan Goshorn, Self Portrait (From the Earth Renewal Series) computer-generated, double-exposed black/white photo on canvas, hand-applied photo oils, 60″ x 40″

Immediately following from 5-7pm is the exhibition reception for “Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art”. The reception features live artist demonstrations and traditional Cherokee food tastings. Then immediately following the reception, is the ticketed keynote performance from electronic tribal hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) at 7:30pm.

“The symposium brings together a veritable who’s who of Southeastern indigenous artists, curators, collectors, and scholars. Anyone interested in Native art shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity to engage with so much knowledge and talent,” said Jeff Marley is the Heritage Arts Dept. Chair for the Nantahala School for the Arts at Southwestern Community College.

Western Carolina University, 1 University Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723, Bardo Arts Center 137B

For further info call Jill Jacobs, Marketing Manager at 828/227-2505.

2nd annual HotWorks Asheville Fine Art Show will Take Place May 19 & 20, 2018, at WNC Agricultural Center

September 30, 2017

The 2nd annual HotWorks Asheville Fine Art Show will take place at a new location indoors at the WNC Agricultural Center, Davis Event Center, in Fletcher, NC.

Professional Artist Applications Now Being Accepted
Electronically Via Zapp at (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5832). Deadline to apply Feb. 7, 2017.

Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show
All Categories Are Open!

What you need to know:

The Asheville Fine Art Show is produced by Hot Works fine art and fine craft shows, a company that has earned a national outstanding reputation for top-notch, high quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Florida, Michigan and North Carolina.

Asheville is, by far, North Carolina’s most affluent and sophisticated art-buying and art-loving audience.

Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on visual arts, ethnic diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth

All art must be original and personally handmade by the artist who is at the show – please do not apply if you do not personally make the work

Juried by Art Professionals whom have an art education and experience with coordinating art shows

$1,500 in professional artist awards

Hot Works Executive Producer Patty Narozny has a loyal artist following because:

She works hard to keep out the buy/sell – and does the research to keep it out

She knows how to work the media, and brings in cultivated patrons with money to purchase high-end art

Narozny’s unique brand of marketing with Hot Works has consistent, proven success

Narozny respects and always does her best to do what’s right for the artists and for the art fair industry

Narozny has 30+ years’ experience as a successful event and media producer and the know-how to connect artists with art-buying audiences

Each artist’s booth sign states emphatically, “All work in this booth is personally handmade by…”

No stages or pulsating music! Music is low key so you don’t have to shout to sell your art.

WNC Ag Center/Davis Event Center provides:
A newer-built facility that is well-attended for a variety of events throughout the year

Plenty of free parking

An indoor facility where “weather” is controlled and always pleasant

A location where patrons come specifically to purchase art

Deadline to apply February 7; notifications by February 25

Rent includes 8’ white pipe and drape to separate space between booths plus a pole to go across the top front of your booth to hang lights, if needed

Absolutely no more than 180 artists (or less)

Limited onsite marketing opportunities, sponsorship and community enrichment packages are available

If your first priority is sales, then Hot Works shows are for you.

Except for Asheville, NC – our brand-new show in 2017 – all of Hot Works shows are voted top 100 art shows in the nation – they include:

20th & 21st bi-annual Estero Fine Art Shows
November 18 & 19, 2017 and January 6 & 7, 2018
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers, FL – outdoors

9th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show, January 27 & 28, 2018
Downtown Boca Raton, FL – outdoors

16th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, July 28 & 29, 2018
West Bloomfield, Michigan – outdoors
Voted top 100 art shows in America by Sunshine Artist –10 years in a row!

Interested? Please contact Executive Producer Patty Narozny by e-mail at (patty@hotworks.org), or call 248/684-2613 or 941/755-3088.

At Hot Works, your art is our passion!

For more info visit (www.hotworks.org).

Caldwell Arts Council Offers New Sculptures in Downtown Lenoir, NC

September 30, 2017

Have you noticed the new sculptures in the planters in downtown Lenoir?

New sculptures have been installed by Ray Giddens of Simpsonville, SC, Jim Weitzel of Forest City, NC, and Sam Steffey of Hudson, NC – with more new sculptures expected soon from Gwendolyn “Gwendy” Kerney of Lenoir City, TN, and from Desmond Lewis of Memphis, TN.


Work by Gwendolyn “Gwendy” Kerney of Lenoir City, TN

This outdoor sculpture gallery, called Tucker’s Gallery, was started by two local sculptors: Keith Willis and Suzette Bradshaw. The concept was to have an outdoor gallery for sculpture along the streets of Lenoir. They partnered with the City of Lenoir who installed planters in downtown Lenoir. Several of those planters have bases in them that allow for the rotation of sculpture.

Tucker’s Gallery gets its name from Lenoir’s history books – the Tucker family settled in the area around 1797 and their barn was likely located on what is now Norwood Street, not far from the Caldwell Arts Council. Tucker’s Barn was a voting precinct, a muster ground, a store and a place for “frolics” and celebrations. At least one large Fourth of July celebration included a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir. Tucker’s Barn became a large meeting place for many gatherings and was so popular a fiddle tune was composed and written titled “Tucker’s Barn.” Doc Watson eventually recorded this tune in 1964 on an album titled, “The Watson Family Tradition.”


Work by Sam Steffey of Hudson, NC

Artwork in Tucker’s Gallery is on display for at least one year and is available for purchase. The gallery is now managed by the Caldwell Arts Council; 828/754-2486; (www.caldwellarts.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Submissions for Annual Satie’s Holiday Sale

September 30, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is seeking artists & crafters to participate in our annual Satie’s Holiday Sale, Dec. 1-23, 2017, when the entire Arts Council is converted to a gift shop full of locally handcrafted items for holiday sales.

New items for the holiday sale will be juried by our Satie’s Holiday Committee. All items must be handmade of quality materials and construction, and the most successful items each year are those priced less than $50. We are always looking for a variety of exciting new gift items, toys, soft goods, and food items.

Please bring a few samples of your product to the Caldwell Arts Council by 5pm on one of the following dates: Oct. 3 or Oct. 31; you will be notified within a couple of days regarding acceptance.

Visit our website for submission guidelines at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/6-saties-gift-shop-and-holiday-sale/).

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue (corner of Norwood Street) in downtown Lenoir.

For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit the website (www.caldwellarts.com).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Awards for 14th annual “Bring Us Your Best” Art Exhibition

August 31, 2017

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XIV”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. “Bring Us Your Best XIV” was on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represents the Wax Family Memorial Funds, a sponsor of the awards. The following artists received awards:


“Ascension,” 1st place 3D, by Holland Van Gores

1st Place/2-dimensional – Diane K. Southen, “Being There”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Holland Van Gores, “Ascension”
1st Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “Blue Shell in Surf”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Jo-Ann Jensen, “Converging Spirits”
2nd Place/2-dimensional – Kate Thayer, “Water’s Wonders”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Walela: Spirit Guide”
2nd Place/Photography – Deborah Anderson, “Pensive”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – Rodney H. Leftwich, “Appalachian Noah’s Ark”
3rd Place/2-dimensional – Gary Cooley, “Kate in Red”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Leazenby, “Hare Day”
3rd Place/Photography – David Simchock, “Ben’s Tune Up”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Karen-Eve Bayne, “Umbrella Magnolia”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received $100.

In addition to the above awards, Joe Criscione, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Bonnie Joy Bardos for her sculpture entitled “Walela: Spirit Guide.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life. The award is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop awarded ten Honorable Mention awards. $25 gift cards for the Starving Artist Shop were awarded to the following artists: David Adler, William Asman, Cathryn Cooper, Susan Goodman, Hamed Mahmoodi, Bobbie Polizzi, Megan Richard, David Vandre, Ken Weaver, and Barbara Zimmerman.

Henderson County photographer, Walter Arnold, and John Patrick McAfee, author, sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award, which was selected and announced during the opening reception. Artists who have artwork in the exhibit voted for their choice to win the Artist’s Choice award at opening reception. Hamed Mahmoodi won the $300 cash prize for his dry pigment with aquatint painting entitled “The Cellist.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced after the last day of the exhibition, August 18th. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award.

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, Bring Us Your Best XIV is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792 (entrance on Fourth Avenue West).

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.
For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net). Visit our website at (www.acofhc.org).

Discover Old Fort, NC’s Artist Trail – Sept. 2-3, 2017

August 29, 2017

Discover the local artists in our Old Fort, NC, community on Sept. 2 – 3, 2017, from 10am-4pm

GPS or Google maps should easily give directions or you may call the location for details. There is a MAP at this link to all addresses below.

*Turtle Island Pottery – Maggie and Freeman Jones, Southern Highland Craft Guild members.
Located at 2782 Bat Cave Rd. 28762 . Functional and decorative stoneware pottery in Old Fort since 1984. We have a small gift for you and 10% off everything. Come on in and see what is under that blue roof!
For info call 828/337-0992.

*Anne Bevan – located at 84 Harlowe Noblitt Rd. 28762 Anne is known for her dynamic, large scale landscapes and peaceful, spiritual still life work. She has smaller paintings available, just as dynamic and is offering classes.
For info call 828/803-4858.
Susan Mace with her handmade cards and painted rocks and Treavor Gouge with his paintings on glass windows will be Anne’s guest artists.

*Susan Taylor – From the Heart Baskets. Located at 170 Olympic Dr. 28762. Susan Taylor’s studio, From the Heart Baskets, is located just three blocks off Bat Cave Road, and less than 2 miles from the I-40 Exit 73. A juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Susan is a fiber artist. Her interests include gourd crafting, wool felting, and bead stringing, in addition to basket making! Joining Susan for the Artist’s Trail will be John Roller, a wood turner. John’s expertise is making functional art from various domestic and tropical hardwoods. Please join Susan and John for a glass of tea and home-made cookies! Follow the signs.
For info call 828/668-9546.

*Pamela and Henry Harvey, Author and Sculptors. Located at 2946 Catawba River Rd. 28762. :
“We are located about 800 feet from the entrance to the falls. You’d be hard-put to miss us on Catawba. We have 12 acres, of which about 7 are dedicated as sculpture gardens. And there’s a 60 foot black schooner with wild sails overlooking everything. The “ship” is basically a staging area for bluegrass, concerts, etc. We just had our first “gig” about two weeks ago.”
For info call 828/668-1185.

*Donna Rohlf’s – Peace Patterns, located at 154 Brooke Lane 28762. Dr. Donna, PhD is, former 30 year holistic NYC psychotherapist and founder of a peace flag. In retirement she has morphed into a feng shui artist as well as a human design analyst and enthusiast. Donna Rohlf of (www.sashiflag.org) shares her outdoor Peace Pattern Studio on both 9/1 and 9/2 weather, permitting. Come join her for a cup of tea and possibly making your own family peace pattern. She will also have prints and cards handmade by Laura Elliott. Lee Entrekin of Dreamwind Flutes will have his beautiful wooden flutes on Sunday. Lee is a Southern Highland Craft Guild member.
It is 5 and ½ miles South of I-40 on Bat Cave Rd. Brooke Ln. is on the Left .3 miles past Bethlehem Rd. Tall Evergreens hide the road sign. Turn around at Crimson Rd. if you miss it.
For info call 828/668-0707.

*Grove Hill Pottery, located at 498 Greenlee Rd. 28762 Leslie Bradsher is on the other side of Old Fort, a few miles east on Hwy. 70, then Right onto Greenlee Rd. Her studio is at her families old farm with functional stoneware pottery.
For info call 828/925-1598.

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Aug. 16, 2017

August 9, 2017

The Asheville Gallery of Art, in the exciting upscale venue at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is artists’ cooperative, which exhibits original, two- dimensional works by 31 artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a copy of a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the AGA website (www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com). Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. All work must be picked up between 2 – 5:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 17. The gallery will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to (ashevillegalleryofart@gmail.com). The Asheville Gallery of Art is located across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the University of North Carolina Asheville to Present 9th Annual Reviewing Black Mountain College Conference in Asheville, NC – Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017

July 31, 2017

International conference gathers artists and scholars who explore the history and legacy of the groundbreaking Black Mountain College, where Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg collaborated in the Mid-20th Century.

This Year’s Conference Introduces Two New Programs:

The BMCM+AC Performance Initiative, a Multi-Part Project Offering New Dimensions to the Museum’s Visual Art Exhibitions, Including Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Multimedia Stage Work Black Mountain Songs, Curated by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Performed During the Conference; and Dance Heginbotham’s The Principles of Uncertainty, a New Dance Theater Work from Choreographer John Heginbotham and Author/Illustrator Maira Kalman, in March 2018
The Active Archive, a Stream of Programs Pairing the Museum’s Extensive Collection with Contemporary Artists, Curators and Thinkers, Beginning with an Exhibition Curated by Interdisciplinary Artist Martha McDonald. Conference Will Include 60+ Presenters and Keynote Addresses by Mel Chin and the Black Mountain Songs Creative Team

The Black Mountain College Museum + ArtsCenter (BMCM+AC) and the University of North Carolina Asheville are pleased to announce the ninth annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference, which brings together artists and scholars to explore the history and legacy of the pioneering Black Mountain College (BMC), Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017, in Asheville, NC.

In the mid-20th Century, a group of American artists and European refugees including Josef and Anni Albers, Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg converged at the College and developed new artistic practices and an innovative culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration that came to define the American century. ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 9 celebrates and furthers the continuing relevance of this spirit.

Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College was one of the leading experimental liberal art schools in America until its closure in 1957. After the Bauhaus in Germany closed due to mounting antagonism from the Nazi Party, Josef and Anni Albers accepted an offer to join the BMC faculty. During their 16-year tenure in North Carolina, the Alberses helped model the college’s interdisciplinary curriculum on that of the Bauhaus, attracting an unmatched roster of teachers and students including many of the 20th century’s foremost American and European artists. Founded by arts advocate Mary Holden in 1993, BMCM+AC celebrates the history and impact of BMC as a forerunner in progressive interdisciplinary education through exhibitions, publications, lectures, films, seminars and oral histories. On July 1, 2016, BMCM+AC doubled its footprint in downtown Asheville, opening a second multi-use gallery space and study center, and developed a formal partnership with UNC Asheville.

The BMCM+AC Performance Initiative

Amidst a recent resurgence of public interest in Black Mountain College, BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville have launched a new Performance Initiative to offer residencies, workshops and performances of world-class interdisciplinary works that offer new dimensions to the Museum’s ambitious visual art exhibitions and illuminate and carry on the College’s legacy.

The BMCM+AC Performance Initiative kicks off during ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 9 with the Southeast Premiere of the acclaimed work Black Mountain Songs. Commissioned and produced by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and BAM, and curated by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Black Mountain Songs is inspired by Black Mountain College, its prolific community of artists, and their work, and rekindles the College’s utopian spirit. The Chorus performs music written for them by eight composers: Dessner and Parry, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Tim Hecker, and Jherek Bischoff. Featuring contributions from filmmaker Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell), Black Mountain Songs is an expansive choral and visual work. This exquisite production premiered at BAM in 2014. New Amsterdam Records released an acclaimed recording of the work—Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ first album—earlier this year.

The BMCM+AC Performance Initiative will continue during the week of March 13, 2018, when BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville present The Principles of Uncertainty, a new evening-length dance theater work by choreographer John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalman. Heginbotham will direct and choreograph the work, while Kalman will oversee all elements of design—sets, props, projections and costumes. Kalman will also be present on stage, alongside six members of Dance Heginbotham, an actor and live musicians. Composer Colin Jacobsen—a member of string quartet Brooklyn Rider, chamber ensemble The Knights, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble—serves as Music Director of the project. Members of The Knights will perform live.

Active Archive: Martha McDonald

“We do not always create ‘works of art,’ but rather experiments; it is not our ambition to fill museums: we are gathering experience.”—Josef Albers, Artist, Black Mountain College Faculty 1933-49

The Active Archive represents an ambitious new direction for Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), both programmatically and artistically. While BMCM+AC has included contemporary work in past exhibitions, this will be the first time it commissions new work and offers an artist residency.

The Active Archive Initiative will give interdisciplinary artist Martha McDonald time to conduct research, incubate ideas, and make new work. In the research and planning phase of the project, she will explore how objects and ideas from the museum’s collection, the historic Lake Eden campus, and the city of Asheville itself can be stitched together to reveal new dimensions of the Black Mountain College (BMC) story, and how it connects to contemporary culture and art practice.

Martha McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects that she activates through gestures of making, unmaking and singing to transmit narrative. McDonald’s practice often focuses on site-specific “interventions” in historic house museums, rare book libraries, cultural institutions, and botanic gardens to investigate the sites and their stories in order to explore how public places connect with personal histories and emotional states. Her work involves deep archive/collections research in order to uncover hidden or forgotten histories. She invites audiences to experience sites and collections from an artist’s perspective.

McDonald’s project will bring the archive and ideas of BMC alive between Sept. 29 and Dec. 30, 2017, in both BMCM+AC exhibition spaces in downtown Asheville. The project includes an exhibition, a 96-page catalogue, and community programs including a performance, conference presentation, and a gallery walk-through/talk. McDonald’s Active Archive work will create a contemporary platform to advance the discourse surrounding the living ideas and history of BMC. The result will be a gathering place for community conversations among artists, audiences, scholars and students within the new exhibition.

In one gallery, McDonald will curate an exhibition of BMC artwork exploring the importance of color, process and experimentation at BMC. The second gallery will focus on BMC’s rich history of experimental theatre and performance art, stretching from Xanti Schawinsky’s early Bauhaus-inspired theater experiments in 1937-38 through the first Happening at BMC in 1952, conceived by John Cage and David Tudor and including Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, MC Richards and Charles Olson.

Conference Presenters and Keynote Addresses

ReVIEWING Black Mountain College will feature over 60 interdisciplinary presenters from across the United States as well as Lithuania, Russia, and Canada. Topics addressed will include the artistic practices of BMC artists Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage as well as the poetics of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Hilda Morley, and John Weiners. The conference will feature two keynote addresses: one by conceptual artist Mel Chin, on Friday, September 29, and another, about the composition and performance of Black Mountain Songs, in the form of a panel discussion with members of the creative team and others, on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Ticketing and Locations

Most of the events comprising ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 9 will take place on the UNC Asheville campus at the Reuter Center. Advance tickets are $40 for current members of BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and $75 for non-members (BMCM+AC annual membership included). This price will increase to $100 for non-members at the door on Sept. 29. Optional discounted tickets to the Black Mountain Songs performances, on Sept. 29 & 30, are available to conference attendees for $10, along with an optional tour of the BMC Lake Eden Campus on Oct. 1 for $15. Both add-ons can be purchased with conference admission at (reviewing.brownpapertickets.com).

The Black Mountain Songs performances will take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets can be purchased for $20 ($12 for those aged 18 and under) here.

About the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College (BMC). The institution achieves its mission through collection, conservation and educational activities including exhibitions, publications and public programs.

Arts advocate Mary Holden founded BMCM+AC in 1993 to celebrate the history of Black Mountain College as a forerunner in progressive interdisciplinary education and to explore its extraordinary impact on modern and contemporary art, dance, theater, music and performance. Today, the museum remains committed to educating the public about BMC’s history and raising awareness of its extensive legacy. BMCM+AC’s goal is to provide a gathering point for people from a variety of backgrounds to interact through art, ideas and discourse.

About Black Mountain College

The story of Black Mountain College begins in 1933 and comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of education and the arts. Conceived by John A. Rice, a brilliant and mercurial scholar who left Rollins College in a storm of controversy, Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. The events that precipitated the college’s founding occurred simultaneously with the rise of Adolf Hitler, the closing of the Bauhaus school in Germany, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and intellectuals in Europe. Some of these refugees found their way to Black Mountain, either as students or faculty. Meanwhile, the United States was mired in the Great Depression.

The founders of the college believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers to be the first art teacher. Speaking not a word of English, he and his wife Anni left the turmoil in Hitler’s Germany and crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat to teach art at this small, rebellious college in the mountains of North Carolina.

Black Mountain College was fundamentally different from other colleges and universities of the time. It was owned and operated by the faculty and was committed to democratic governance and to the idea that the arts are central to the experience of learning. All members of the college community participated in its operation, including farm work, construction projects, and kitchen duty. Twenty minutes east of Asheville, the secluded environment fostered a strong sense of individuality and creative intensity.

Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century. A partial list includes Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Cy Twombly, Kenneth Noland, Susan Weil, Vera B. Williams, Ben Shahn, Ruth Asawa, Franz Kline, Arthur Penn, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Francine du Plessix Gray, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Dorothea Rockburne and many others who have made an impact on the world in a significant way. Even now, decades after its closing in 1957, the powerful influence of Black Mountain College continues to reverberate.

About the Artists and Speakers

Brooklyn Youth Chorus (co-commissioner, producer, performer, Black Mountain Songs), now celebrating its 25th anniversary, is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound. With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with exceptional performance experiences. Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s after-school program encompasses over 500 students in multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles. With an emphasis on commissioning, the Chorus’s repertoire includes more than 100 original works and world premieres.

Bryce Dessner (creator, co-curator, composer, Black Mountain Songs) is a Brooklyn-based composer, guitarist, and curator who is also a member of the Grammy Award-nominated band the National. Dessner’s recent commissions include pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, and the new music ensemble eighth blackbird, among others. The first recordings of Dessner’s compositions, performed by Kronos Quartet, were released in 2013 by Anti on an album entitled Aheym. In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics released St. Carolyn By the Sea; Suite from the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood, which features three of Dessner’s orchestral works performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic and conducted by André de Ridder.

Richard Reed Parry (co-curator, composer, Black Mountain Songs) is the red-headed musical polymath at the heart of the inventive art rock band Arcade Fire, but his work and story reach far beyond. Born in Toronto and raised in a community of ex-pat British isles folk musicians, Parry studied electro-acoustics and contemporary dance at Concordia University. As well as contributing to Arcade Fire’s success over the past 10 years, he also released his debut album as a composer this year entitled Music for Heart and Breath on Deutsche Grammophon. Parry has also written commissioned works for Kronos Quartet, yMusic, and Bryce Dessner, and his chamber works also have been performed by the Calder Quartet and Who’s WhoWho’s Who Warhol Dervish. He has also collaborated and performed with artists like David Bowie, The National, the Unicorns, Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Sam Amidon, Nadia Sirota, Colin Stetson, Little Scream, La La La Human Steps, and Islands.

Maira Kalman (co-creator, designer,The Principles of Uncertainty) is the author and illustrator of 18 children’s books including Fireboat, Looking at Lincoln, and What Pete Ate, as well as five books for adults. Her online columns for the New York Times were compiled into two volumes, The Principles of Uncertainty and The Pursuit of Happiness. Her two most recent books about design, My Favorite Things and Ah-Ha to Zig Zag were recently released in conjunction with Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things – the exhibit she curated for the re-opening of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Maira’s recent publications include Girls on Lawns with text by Daniel Handler, in conjunction with the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art, and Beloved Dog.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham (co-creator, choreographer,The Principles of Uncertainty) graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998 – 2012. In 2011 he founded Dance Heginbotham (DH). The ensemble has been presented and commissioned by Bard College, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In the spring of 2016, DH toured to Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines DanceMotion USASM, a project of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), produced by BAM. A frequent collaborator with live music, John has worked with numerous composers and musicians including Alarm Will Sound, American Classical Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, Fischerspooner, Tyondai Braxton, Colin Jacobsen, Gabriel Kahane, and Shara Worden.

Martha McDonald (curator, Active Archive exhibition) is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects that she activates through gestures of making and unmaking and singing to transmit narrative. McDonald’s practice often focuses on site-specific “interventions” in historic house museums, libraries and gardens which investigate the sites and their stories to explore how these public places connect with personal histories and emotional states.

McDonald’s work has been produced in Berlin at Brotfabrik; in Melbourne, Australia at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts and Craft Victoria; in Sydney, Australia, at Elizabeth Bay House; in New York at P.S. 122, The Joyce SoHo, HERE Center for the Arts and Galapagos Arts Space; in Washington, DC, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; in San Francisco at Theatre of Yugen; in Chicago at Links Hall; in Baltimore at the Evergreen Museum & Library and 14K Cabaret; and in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Painted Bride Art Center, The Prince Music Theater and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. She has been selected for artist residencies at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), Evergreen Museum & Library at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and The Rosenbach Museum & Library (Philadelphia, PA). She has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Independence Foundation. She completed a Masters of Fine Art at Monash University through a Monash Research Graduate Scholarship.

Mel Chin (keynote speaker) was born in Houston, Texas, in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.

Chin also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation,” the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. From 1995-1998 he formed the collective the GALA Committee, which produced In the Name of the Place, a conceptual public art project conducted on American prime-time television. In KNOWMAD, Chin worked with software engineers to create a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic people facing cultural disappearance. His film 9-11/9-11, a hand-drawn, 24 minute, joint Chilean/U.S. Production, won the prestigious Pedro Sienna Award for Best Animation from Chile’s National Council for the Arts and Cultures, in 2007. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science, as in Revival Field, and also in the recent Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an attempt to make New Orleans a lead-safe city. These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy that emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.

Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program “Art of the 21st Century.” He has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

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