Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum

Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum The Fine Art Museum includes nearly 10,000 feet of exhibit space featuring a growing permanent collection, an exciting schedule of contemporary art and fine crafts, and related interdisciplinary education programs. fineartmuseum.wcu.edu
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This event was a related program of the  Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition, on display through...
11/13/2019

This event was a related program of the Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition, on display through December 6.

Join us for the next related event, a Soundwalk around campus on a November 21 at 12:30PM. Meet at the Museum if you’d like to come on the walk!

Thank you to everyone who came out for, Tuning into Change: Art, Science, Adaptation, a panel discussion on sustainability and the environment.

Also many thanks to our panelists and the WCU Concert Choir for their beautiful performance! @ Western Carolina University

Eli Collins – Brown, owner of ECB Designs, is another fantastic member of the WCU team. Eli will have a wide selection...
11/12/2019

Eli Collins – Brown, owner of ECB Designs, is another fantastic member of the WCU team. Eli will have a wide selection of jewelry and small vessels for sale at this year’s Handmade Holiday Sale on November 21st from 12-7PM!

You can find more of her work at: Elicbrowndesign.com

Jane McClure, owner of Local Art by Jane, is a WCU Staff member specializing in small oil paintings, painted tiles and w...
11/11/2019

Jane McClure, owner of Local Art by Jane, is a WCU Staff member specializing in small oil paintings, painted tiles and wooden spoons, wooden welcome signs, and framed prints. You can find her at this year’s Handmade Holiday Sale on November 21st from 12-7PM!

Cara Barker of Carab Designs is a member of our WCU faculty. Cara’s vintage beads and beautiful handmade resin jewelry...
11/11/2019

Cara Barker of Carab Designs is a member of our WCU faculty. Cara’s vintage beads and beautiful handmade resin jewelry can be found at this year’s Handmade Holiday Sale on November 21st from 12-7PM at Bardo Arts Center!

Amanda Gaebel, owner of Awkwardbird Art, is a talented WCU alumni who specializes in original art, prints, ceramics, and...
11/10/2019

Amanda Gaebel, owner of Awkwardbird Art, is a talented WCU alumni who specializes in original art, prints, ceramics, and stationary. You can find her at this year’s Handmade Holiday Sale on November 21st at Bardo Arts Center!

You can also see her work at: awkwardbirdart.com

Hayley and Matthew Hopper, owners of Hillside Handmade, will keep you and your home smelling warm and cozy this holiday ...
11/09/2019

Hayley and Matthew Hopper, owners of Hillside Handmade, will keep you and your home smelling warm and cozy this holiday season with their selection of candles, soap, lotion bars and more, available at this year’s Handmade Holiday Sale on November 21st! You can also find their work at: hillsidehandmade.com

11/07/2019
Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment

The Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition features contemporary artists who explore environmental issues through sound. Check out the exhibition at one of these upcoming exhibition-related events:

November 12 | 12-1:30PM: Tuning into Change: Arts, Science, Adaptation Panel Discussion and Musical Performance from the WCU Concert Choir

November 21 | 12:30-1:30PM: Soundwalk: Meet at the Handmade Holiday Sale at Bardo Arts Center

This artist upcycles PET plastic that can be found in the world’s ocean in order to create music that draws attention ...
11/05/2019

This artist upcycles PET plastic that can be found in the world’s ocean in order to create music that draws attention to the trash floating in our seas.

Matthew Burtner, Microplastic PET, 2012, gallery version 2019, 3:30 interactive station with bowl of PET plastics, graphic score, and composition for voice, percussion and plastics with electronics and signal processing. Currently on display in the Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum.

The Museum will be open one our before this film screening experience - we hope to see you there! Remember, the Museum i...
10/30/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

The Museum will be open one our before this film screening experience - we hope to see you there!

Remember, the Museum is open at least one hour before any ticketed production at Bardo Arts Center!

"Achingly beautiful revival of an American Classic" - The Telegraph

See the 42nd Street Screening from London's Royal Theatre in HD on the big screen at Bardo Arts Center this Sunday, November 3 at 3PM! Tickets and details at arts.wcu.edu/42ndstreet.

Stop by Gallery 130 in the WCU Bardo Arts Center to see, Incoming Something, an exhibition featuring work by WCU School ...
10/29/2019

Stop by Gallery 130 in the WCU Bardo Arts Center to see, Incoming Something, an exhibition featuring work by WCU School of Art and Design first year MFA students Eli Blasko, Kate Chassner, Seth Echlin, and Kyle Kelsey.

Do not miss your chance to see this dynamic work - the closing reception is this Friday, November 1st from 11am-1pm.

We cannot wait for this cult classic on Halloween night, featuring a lip syncing cast of Western Carolina University stu...
10/28/2019

We cannot wait for this cult classic on Halloween night, featuring a lip syncing cast of Western Carolina University students!

Mariah Harris, aka Trixie, will open the show in this Thursday’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast and Screening 🙌👌Join us Halloween night at 7:30PM - come early to enter our costume contest and have a chance to win a $25 visa gift card!

Tickets are only $5 for students, $10 for faculty/staff, and $15 for adults! Learn more at arts.wcu.edu/rocky.

A wonderful day with New Kituwah Academy at the WCU Fine Art Museum! The students explored the Resounding Change: Sonic ...
10/25/2019

A wonderful day with New Kituwah Academy at the WCU Fine Art Museum! The students explored the Resounding Change: Sonic Art in the Environment exhibition after enjoying the ETHEL + Robert Mirabal educational concert in the WCU Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall!

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Robert Mirabal and Dorothy Lawson, cellist of the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL, explore...
10/23/2019

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Robert Mirabal and Dorothy Lawson, cellist of the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL, explore the Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment exhibition on display in the Museum.

See them perform their collaborative piece, The River, tomorrow night, October 24 at 7:30PM here at the WCU Bardo Arts Center. Stop by the Museum beforehand to check out our current exhibitions!

Both events are environmentally driven and are signature events of campus theme on Sustainability and the Environment.

These are both WCU DegreePlus events as well.

Click to learn more about the exciting events coming up at Bardo Arts Center!
10/22/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

Click to learn more about the exciting events coming up at Bardo Arts Center!

See acclaimed string quartet, ETHEL, and three-time GRAMMY Award Winner Robert Mirabal - this Thursday, October 24 at 7:30PM!

10/20/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

Robert Mirabal's performance with acclaimed string quartet, ETHEL, is not to be missed! Before the performance this Thursday, October 24 at 7:30PM, make sure to stop by the Museum to explore our current exhibitions.

"Robert Mirabal is an internationally respected Pueblo musician and Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. His flutes are world-renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian."

See Robert Mirabal on the Bardo Arts Center stage, this Thursday, October 24 at 7:30PM! Tickets and details at arts.wcu.edu/theriver.

Lee Weisert's, "Both Man and Beast and the Creeping Thing", features a suspended melting ice sphere that often has an un...
10/18/2019

Lee Weisert's, "Both Man and Beast and the Creeping Thing", features a suspended melting ice sphere that often has an uncanny resemblance to the moon.

Thanks to Lane Perry from the WCU Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning for pointing that out and for supplying the incredible shot of the moon!

We’re always open at least one hour before ticketed productions in Bardo Arts Center!
10/16/2019

We’re always open at least one hour before ticketed productions in Bardo Arts Center!

"Extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians." - The New York Times

ETHEL, acclaimed adventurous string quartet + Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30PM.

The inspiration this time is Water as the embodiment of Spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry.

In 2007, Paterson invited the public to call the international number listed on this neon sign. The number 07757001122 c...
10/15/2019

In 2007, Paterson invited the public to call the international number listed on this neon sign. The number 07757001122 could be called from any telephone in the world, and the listener would hear the sound of the glacier melting. Although the number is no longer live, you can listen to a recording in the WCU Fine Art Museum.

Katie Paterson, Vatnajökull (the sound of), neon sign, photographs of glacier, book of telephone numbers, iPod Shuffle, and audio recording of Vatnajökull glacier.

I envision White on White as being set several years in the future, after all the Adélie penguin rookeries on the islan...
10/14/2019

I envision White on White as being set several years in the future, after all the Adélie penguin rookeries on the islands around Palmer Station have expired. Instead of the raucous kazooing that once filled the air, among the piles of polished stones that comprise abandoned colony sites, we hear only wind, snow, and the ghosts of Adélie vocalizations.”

Cheryl Leonard, White on White, 2012, 7:38 penguin-bone instruments, graphic score, and composition for three performers on amplified Adélie penguin bones, rubbed rocks, and sea salt falling on a penguin skull.

The WCU Fine Art Museum will be open during WCU fall break for our normal hours.

We are so excited for the Asheville Art Museum to reopen!
10/13/2019
PHOTOS: Asheville Art Museum announces official opening date

We are so excited for the Asheville Art Museum to reopen!

The Asheville Art Museum will open to the public on November 14. The $24+ million, state-of-the-art facility encompasses 54,000 square feet and adds 70 percent more Collection gallery space. For the first time in the Museum's history, it has the capacity to host major traveling exhibitions from nati...

10/11/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

The Museum will be open one hour before this tremendous performance!

ETHEL, acclaimed adventurous string quartet + Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience, 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟.

Further informaiton at arts.wcu.edu/theriver.

Chakaia Booker: Auspicious Behavior is on display through October 25 in the WCU Fine Art Museum. Chakaia Booker will be ...
10/10/2019

Chakaia Booker: Auspicious Behavior is on display through October 25 in the WCU Fine Art Museum. Chakaia Booker will be here today for her visiting artist event from 5-8PM, including a reception, gallery talk at 5:45PM, and formal presentation from 7-8PM.

The Museum will be open over WCU fall break for our normal hours, Tuesday through Friday 10AM-4PM and Thursday until 7PM.

Join us for the next Soundwalk, tomorrow, October 9 from 12:30-1:30PM! Meet at the WCU Fine Art Museum, rain or shine.
10/08/2019

Join us for the next Soundwalk, tomorrow, October 9 from 12:30-1:30PM! Meet at the WCU Fine Art Museum, rain or shine.

Come make your Soundmap on the Soundwalk this Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30PM!

Soundwalking is an exercise, alone or with a group, where the main purpose is to listen to the immediate environment. This immersive, one-hour experience invites participants to strengthen their awareness of and build a deeper connection to different soundscapes.

Soundwalks:
12:30 - 1:30PM | Meet at Museum | October 9 and November 21 @ Western Carolina University

Experience a series of dynamic prints and Booker’s signature sculptures made from repurposed tires. Her artwork addres...
10/07/2019

Experience a series of dynamic prints and Booker’s signature sculptures made from repurposed tires. Her artwork addresses African-American identity, racial and economic inequality, and environmental concerns.

VISITING ARTIST EVENT WITH CHAKAIA BOOKER
Thursday, October 10, 2019
5-7PM: Reception & Gallery Talk
7-8PM: Formal Presentation in BAC Performance Hall

Chakaia Booker

Such a great idea!!
10/05/2019

Such a great idea!!

Family weekend mug glazing with Art Ed and Mudcats!

10/05/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

The Museum will be open tomorrow, one hour before this film screening at 3PM!

Tomorrow, Oct. 6, 3PM film screening. See Benedict Cumberbatch as Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Mature content - adults only.

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE
1:45PM - 2:15PM: Join WCU Department of English Professors Dr. Brian Gastle and Dr. Sandra Saunders for a discussion on the novel

2:15PM - 3:00PM: Light refreshments and a chance to explore the WCU Fine Art Museum current exhibitions

3:00PM - 6:00PM: Frankenstein Film Screening, including 15-minute intermission and post-screening Q&A session with Dr. Gastle and Dr. Saunders

10/02/2019
WCU Bardo Arts Center

A whole afternoon with the arts! Come for the talk, then a reception in the BAC Star Atrium with a chance to explore the Museum's exhibitions, and then enjoy the film screening with a Q&A after the show.

This Sunday, October 6! Tickets at arts.wcu.edu/Frankenstein.

Come early at 1:45PM for a fascinating talk on Frankenstein with Dr. Brian Gastle and Dr. Sandra Saunders from the Western Carolina University Department of English! Sneak peak below.

“Basically Mary ran off with Percy while he was still married. She left with her step-sister, Claire Clairmont, who entered into an affair with Lord Byron. In 1816 the four of them were vacationing at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It was a cold, dreary summer, and they decided to write ghost stories, which precipitated her novel. Mary was born into a radical family, with her mother writing passionately about women’s rights, but she died at Mary’s birth. Mary herself had lost a child prior to composing Frankenstein. These issues, along with the war-torn status of Europe after the French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic Wars, scientific advances, and the rise of the Gothic sentimentality all led to the creation of this wonderful novel.” - Dr. Brian Gastle

We are honored and humbled to currently have Chakaia Booker on display in the WCU Fine Art Museum - and even more honore...
10/01/2019

We are honored and humbled to currently have Chakaia Booker on display in the WCU Fine Art Museum - and even more honored that she will be coming to campus for a visiting artist event October 10 beginning at 5PM!

Visit arts.wcu.edu/chakaiabooker for full details.

This week for #ReuseMakerMonday we are highlighting the amazing work of Chakaia Booker.

Inspired by everyday, discarded materials, sculptor Chakaia Booker works with tires, cutting and sculpting the black rubber to create unique, larger than life forms. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York. She gained international attention at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green, her 12 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture.

Like her art, Booker's fashion is carefully assembled and layered as she sees herself as sculpture. Booker began creating wearable sculptures in the 1980s which she used as clothing. She says about her fashion, "The wearable garment sculpture is about getting energy and feeling from a desired design."

From her creations of wearable sculptures Booker began to create work from discarded rubber tires she found at construction sites, city streets and auto shops. The different tread patterns, colors, and widths which the tires have create a palette for Booker to work with. As tires are transformed into fluid materials they seem to take on a new life and energy. She says about her work, "My intention is to translate materials into imagery that will stimulate people to consider themselves as a part of their environment, as one piece of a larger whole.” Her work transforming found tires addresses themes such as globalization, ecological issues, gender and race.

You can see Chakaia Booker's work, The Conversationalist, in The North Carolina Museum Of Art's outdoor Museum Park in Raleigh, NC.

#ReuseMakerMonday #ChakaiaBooker #GetInspired

A fantastic afternoon with the arts this Sunday, October 6 for the Frankenstein Film Screening event!
09/30/2019

A fantastic afternoon with the arts this Sunday, October 6 for the Frankenstein Film Screening event!

Want to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s horror classic, Frankenstein? Join us this Sunday, October 6 for the Frankenstein Film Screening event at Bardo Arts Center!

1:45PM - 2:15PM: Educational talk with WCU Department of English Professors Dr. Brian Gastle and Dr. Sandra Saunders on the novel

2:15PM - 3:00PM: Light refreshments and a chance to explore the WCU Fine Art museum current exhibitions

3:00PM - 6:00PM: Frankenstein Film Screening including 15-minute intermission and post-screening Q&A session with Dr. Gastle and Dr. Saunders

Details and tickets at arts.wcu.edu/frankenstein.

09/27/2019
Drum Grid by Raven Chacon

Drum Grid, a performance art piece created by visiting artist, Raven Chacon, was recently performed on the Western Carolina University campus featuring students from the Western Carolina University School of Music and the WCU School of Art and Design!

Raven Chacon is one of the artists currently on display in the exhibition, Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment.

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