Posts Tagged ‘Carolina Arts’

Charleston Gallery Association in Charleston, SC, Offers Wine and Art Event – Aug. 27, 2017

August 9, 2017

On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm, the Charleston Gallery Association (CGA) will host its inaugural Summer Wine Bouquet, with more than 20 local galleries displaying artwork atop the roof of the Mills House Grand Wyndham Hotel, in downtown Charleston, SC. Think CGA’s Art Walks — minus the walking, plus fine wine and delicious food!

Guests will also have the chance to taste a variety of wines, which will be paired with hors d’oeuvers prepared by Executive Chef Justin Hunt of the Mills House. In addition, several local artists are queued up for live painting demonstrations and artist lectures.

“This is a great opportunity for Charleston to see the strength and variety of our gallery scene all in one place,” says Sarah Miller, CGA President and owner of Miller Gallery. “Our hope is to make this an annual event that people use as an excuse to travel to Charleston in what would typically be considered the ‘off-season.’” The CGA’s mission is to promote Charleston as a destination known for its outstanding and diverse art, in addition to its historic charm and creative culinary scene.

Participating galleries include: Anglin Smith Fine Art, Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture, Edward Dare Gallery, Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, Ellis – Nicholson Gallery, Fabulon, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Hagan Fine Art, LePrince Fine Art, Mary Martin Gallery, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Miller Gallery, Mitchell Hill, Principle Gallery, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Revealed, Sandpiper Gallery, Srebnik Gallery, The Sportsman’s Gallery, LTD, and The Wells Gallery.

The inaugural reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at (www.charlestongalleryassociation.com/summer-wine-bouquet/).

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.

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence Camela Guevara

August 9, 2017

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Camela Guevara as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for FY2017/18. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Camela will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC, through June 2018.


Camela Guevara, photo by Paige Schaberg

Guevara is a contemporary textile artist and painter based in Charleston, SC. Her tactile fiber art pays respect to traditional, time-honored sewing and weaving techniques through the lens of spare, geometric imagery with an emphasis on materials. Figure skating costumes, over-the-top fashion, and utilitarian textiles inform her abstract and non-functional fiber pieces. In addition to working with textiles, she has most recently been creating expressive gouache paintings that visualize her internal stream of consciousness without judgment.


Knot II (fabric sculpture with hand beading)

Guevara received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and beyond. Recent shows include the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition (North Charleston, SC), the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition (Charleston, SC), Nasty Women at Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC), Feminist Fiber Art at the Virago Gallery (Seattle, WA), New Weave at the Southern Gallery (Charleston, SC), and Telling Her Story at the Greenville Center for the Arts (Greenville, SC). Guevara has offered art instruction to children and adults for 7 years through organizations such as the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Girls Rock Charleston, Space Craft Studios, and Redux Contemporary Art Center, and currently works as both Assistant Manager and Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply’s Charleston Uptown location.


Plume (gouache)

The opportunity to inspire others through art and make art accessible to a wide spectrum of the community were key motivators for Camela to pursue the artist-in-residence position with North Charleston. “I grew up in North Charleston and feel really lucky to have had art in school every single year,” she says. “It’s definitely why I’m still making art today.”

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Guevara plans on teaching embroidery and sharing fiber art with the community. “Embroidery is so expressive and customizable, as well as therapeutic,” she explains. “I’m always amazed by how quickly people pick it up and do their own thing with it.” In addition, Guevara has her sights set on creating collaborative pieces with students, like a quilt or weaving. She also intends to offer instruction in expressive gouache techniques that are reflected in her current body of work. “I am interested in merging my fiber art and painting practices, so we shall see what happens there,” she says.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Guevara’s work throughout December 2017 and January 2018. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2018.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

 

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Appoints New Executive Director Della Watkins

August 9, 2017

The board of trustees of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) in Columbia, SC, announces the appointment of Della Watkins as the new executive director. Watkins currently serves as the executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA.

“We heard it consistently from her current board and Mr. Taubman himself, one of Della’s greatest strengths is her engagement in the community,” says CMA Search Committee Chair Earl Ellis. “That was a very important factor in our consideration set. The Columbia Museum of Art is a community asset, and we were seeking a proven leader who had demonstrated strengths in community engagement.”

After 14 years of working as an art educator, Watkins began her career in museum education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she held successively more senior roles during her 16-year tenure. Watkins joined the Taubman Museum of Art in 2013. Under her leadership, the museum completed build-out of the last remaining gallery space that now hosts major national traveling exhibitions, reclaimed financial stability through steady fundraising, and forged new collegial partnerships in Roanoke and beyond to champion the region’s arts and culture community.

“After a thorough search process, selecting Watkins was a clear choice to lead this dynamic organization,” says CMA Board President R. Scott McClelland. “Her experience and passion allowed the search committee to check every box for leadership attributes essential to achieving the next step in the museum’s vision.”

Watkins officially takes the helm as executive director on October 1, 2017.

“With the completion of the renovation next year, the Columbia Museum of Art is poised to take an even greater leadership role as a vibrant local and statewide arts and education powerhouse,” says Watkins. “I look forward to working tirelessly to get to know the community, grow membership, friends, donors, business supporters, colleagues, and partners. Together, we’ll ensure that the CMA is a proud and lively cultural arts destination for everyone in South Carolina and beyond.”

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Potteries in Seagrove, NC, Invite You to the Tea with Seagrove Pottery Gallery Crawl – Aug. 26, 2017

August 9, 2017

On Aug. 26, 2017, spend the day in Seagrove, NC, sampling iced teas and homemade treats. Relax at your own pace as you visit Blue Hen Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dover Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up, Thomas Pottery and Red Hare Pottery. Browse shops for new wares highlighting tea. Shops are open from 10am -5pm. Pick up a pottery map at your first stop.

Visit (http://teawithseagrovepotters.webstarts.com/) for more information.

The August 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2017

The August 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/817/817carolinaarts.html) – all 57 pages of it. That’s a few more pages than last month – as we gear up for the Fall.

Our cover art features a photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will present an exhibit of O’Keeffe’s works. You can read about that on Page 27 of our Aug. issue. But, our big news is that we have a new Queen of the Carolina Arts Facebook page – Kristi Ryba, who offered her work for last month’s cover. You can read all about that in my commentary on Page 4.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the September 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the August 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for “TRIBUTE” – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

July 31, 2017

So many tragic losses of great musicians in the most recent years. Each week it seems another icon from the classical rock era or maker of the epic album has passed. The legacy of poetic lyrics, our only consolation.

As part of Charleston’s Poetry festival, Fabulon Gallery will host a show of work inspired by music because it plays such an important role for many visual artists. It’s in our soul, it moves us, and it translates into our images.

A certain song can take us to a special time or place in our own history. Maybe it’s the beats, tunes, musicians, instruments, or lyrics. Perhaps it is just one line from a song? Or the entire life of the artist. Do you have your own theme song? Do you have one song that gets you in your artistic groove?

Pay tribute to your favorite inspiration. We will accept portraits, even Elvis on velvet.

Ideally we seek poetic music that becomes inspiration for an image.

Please no copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the artist to do the research. As a gallery we do our best to protect your copy rights; please do the same for our musical artists.

Send up to five images that reflect this theme. We will choose up to three for the exhibit and sale. Artists must send a statement connecting their work to the theme.
All work must be for sale. The gallery receives 40% of the sale. Artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork. Artwork may be brought to the gallery in person Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm, or shipped using FedEx or USPS only (NOT UPS) with shipping labels both ways. No packing peanuts, please.

Artwork must be in hang ready condition with wire method only, no sawtooth hangers will be accepted. Each piece must have a label firmly affixed to the back, stating name, title, and contact information. Artwork must have been created within the last 2 years, not derived from copyrighted images, and not created under the direction of an instructor. We will accept images of work in progress, with the understanding it will be finished by the deadline.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.
Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

For info about entry visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4499).

For further info about Fabulon call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for “ENCAUSTIC SHOW: WAX POETIC” – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

July 31, 2017

Who could resist such a title especially since October is Charleston’s first city wide Poetry Festival called Free Verse.

Fabulon will curate a juried show of encaustic work with and without Poetry as a component. The main goal is to bring encaustic work to the people. Show why artists are enthralled. Show the best it can be. Elevate from the crafty, decopauge, or crayon connotation it has in some minds.

Send up to five images per entry that use the medium of encaustic. We will choose up to three for the exhibit and sale. Artists must send a statement about their work.

All work must be for sale. The gallery receives 40% of the sale. Artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork. Artwork may be brought to the gallery in person Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm, or shipped using FedEx or USPS only (NOT UPS) with shipping labels both ways. No packing peanuts, please.

Artwork must be in hang ready condition with wire method only, no sawtooth hangers will be accepted. Each piece must have a label firmly affixed to the back, stating name, title, and contact information. Artwork must have been created within the last 2 years, not derived from copyrighted images, and not created under the direction of an instructor. We will accept images of work in progress, with the understanding it will be finished by the deadline.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

For info about entry visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4498).

For further info about Fabulon call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

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.

For more information, please contact Blake Zidell or Ron Gaskill at Blake Zidell & Associates by e-mail at (blake@blakezidell.com), (ron@blakezidell.com) or call 718/643-9052.

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, for “Fuel for the Fire” Exhibition – Deadline Aug. 7, 2017

July 30, 2017

CLARIFICATION: This Call for Art is open to 2D and 3D (sculptural) work.

“Fuel for the Fire” – works exploring materiality of wood and paper. This juried show is hot, hot, hot with $1,500 in cash awards! The Arts Council is looking for contemporary artists who work with some of art’s most organic materials to create works of art that transcend their elements and captivate the viewer.

The “Fuel for the Fire” exhibition will be on view from Aug. 25 to Oct. 21, 2017, at the Arts Center (301 Hay St.) Fayetteville, NC.

Submit digital images for consideration at (www.callforentry.org) by Aug. 7, 2017.

In this juried show, artists explore and manipulate the materiality of wood and paper in two dimensional and sculptural forms, illustrating evolving techniques and aesthetics by highlighting the expressive capacity and growing sophistication of the materials.

Artists of 18 years or older are invited to enter work.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 allows artists to enter up two pieces of artwork. Entry does not guarantee inclusion.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further information contact Mary Kinney by calling 910/323-1776, ext. 239, visit the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, e-mail to (maryk@theartscouncil.com) or visit (www.theartscouncil.com/opportunities).