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October Issue 2010

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Offers New Fall Exhibitions

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, is presenting several exhibitions at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for the Fall season.

The exhibit, MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon - A Re-interpretation by Dan Smith, will be on view in Gallery A, West Wing through Nov. 13, 2010.

While earning his MFA at the University of South Carolina, Dan Smith began creating a body of work titled Extended Sites, projecting himself into out-of-doors environments across the United States. His first series, Man/Land, focused on the relationship between human beings and nature, and combined rational as well as intuitive discovery.

MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon - A Re-interpretation by Dan Smith furthers his exploration of this relationship.

Smith's art has been featured in over 100 exhibitions throughout the country. Before moving to nearby Hickory in 2003, he spent over 15 years teaching college courses in studio art and humanities in South Carolina and Virginia.

The exhibit, Perspectives in Bronze: Works by Greg Bailey & Michael Warrick will be on view in Gallery B, West Wing through Nov. 13, 2010.

The exhibition presents works by sculptors Greg Bailey & Michael Warrick, and demonstrates the multifaceted qualities of bronze through works that contrast and complement one another.

Greg Bailey was born and raised in California and currently lives in Connecticut, where he makes art and is an assistant professor of sculpture at Connecticut College. His natural inclination to create was brought into an art context during his undergraduate studies at Sonoma State University in California. He holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford. Technically skilled in a variety of media and processes, Bailey works in a diverse range of sculptural materials including bronze, steel and fiberglass, and often creates water, light and motion features in his installations.

Michael Warrick is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Arkansas and lives in Little Rock. His distinguished national exhibition record spans more than three decades with 40 solo exhibits and 147 competitive and invitational exhibits. He is the recipient of numerous regional and national grants and fellowships, and in 2009 he was given the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference in Chapel Hill, NC. Warrick has been a visiting artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at 92 institutions and has installed outdoor sculptural works in over 15 states.

The exhibit, Amy Cheng: Evidence of Things Unseen, will be on view in the Mayer Gallery, West Wing, through Nov. 13, 2010.

Painter Amy Cheng's current work was inspired by six months spent surrounded by the lush plant life in Brazil while on a Fulbright Fellowship. She begins with the natural forms and saturates her paintings with color, energy, pattern and light.

Cheng was born in Taiwan and raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. She has installed a number of public art commissions in Seattle, Chicago and Brooklyn. She has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally. She is a professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The exhibit, Contemporary Works by Martha Neaves, will be on view in the Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing, from Oct. 8 through Dec. 4, 2010.

Over the past five years, painter Martha Neaves has been creating two large bodies of work: a body of allegorical paintings that merge the worlds of mythical vision with emerging and popular science and a series of non-objective paintings that she created using both hands simultaneously. The artist begins with a dream or vision, and uses the written word, drawings and three-dimensional, geometrical interpretations of dream space as a foundation for her painting.

Martha Neaves holds a BS in Art Education from Appalachian State University. She has taught in public schools, operated a private art academy and studio and now devotes herself to her work as a painter and sculptor. Her work is exhibited in several galleries throughout North Carolina.

The exhibit, In the Shadow of the Volcanoes: Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico will be on view in the Main & Mezzanine Galleries, East Wing, through Dec. 4, 2010.

In the spring of 2009, representatives from the Turchin Center and Appalachian's Department of Art visited The Universidad de las Américas en Puebla (UDLAP), and artists living and working in the region surrounding Puebla and Cholula, Mexico. In the Shadow of the Volcanoes is the signature exhibit of the summer and fall exhibition seasons exploring works in a wide range of media by contemporary Mexican artists. The Main Gallery features the work of six established artists: Carlos Arias, Antonio Álvarez Morán, Rosa Borrás, Sergio Gonzalez Angulo, Joaquín Conde and Luz Elvira Torres, as well as works by 18 emerging artists.

A select group of Talavera ceramics from UDLAP's Permanent Collection will also be presented in the Mezzanine Gallery. Talavera has been created in Puebla, Mexico since the 15th century. Many of the artists featured in this portion of the exhibition blend traditional Talavera forms with their own Talavera-inspired designs, or create their own interpretation using traditional methods.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University's role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org).

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