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January 2014

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Offers Annual National Drawing Exhibition

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, will present Drawing Discourse, an annual exhibit of contemporary drawing, on view in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall, from Jan. 17 through Mar. 17, 2014. At 5pm on Jan. 17, juror Tim Lowly will give a lecture in the Humanities Lecture Hall. A reception will follow from 6-8pm in the gallery.

The exhibition is the university’s fifth annual national juried exhibition of contemporary drawing.

Juror Tim Lowly, a Hendersonville, NC, native, is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and professor who is known for his egg tempera pictures of disabled children. Lowly selected 37 works for this exhibit from among more than 1,100 entries submitted by 402 artists.

Lowly’s work has been featured in shows and galleries around the world, including Fundacion Pons in Madrid, Spain, Art Space in Seoul, South Korea and Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles. His current exhibition, Trying to Get a Sense of Scale, is on display at the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion in South Dakota. He is the recipient of two fellowships in visual art from the Illinois Arts Council, and is gallery director, professor and artist-in-residence at North Park University in Chicago.

Among the works selected by Lowly for this exhibit is the 14.5-foot wide “Floodwater” by Jean Ormaza. The graphite drawing is based on a cropped and magnified image of a river in flood stage, and explores the power of nature in an extreme weather pattern through exaggerated scale and laborious process.

The artists presenting are Timur (Isaack) Azaev, David Allison, Aaron Bernard, Sue Bryan, Julie Comnick, Rachael Davis, Camille Demarinis, Firat Erdim, Jeffrey Fichera, Krystal Harper, Zoe Hawk, Benjamin Hersh, Karen Hillier, Gillian Lambert, Chris LaPorte, Laura Lark, Michael Nichols, Lynda Nugent, Anne McCauley, Jean Ormaza, Anthony Pessler, Elena Peteva, Serena Potter, Haley Prestifilippo, Esther Randall, Evie Woltil Richner, Janvier Rollande, James Rose, Brian Simpson, Robin Smith, Justin Sorensen, David Stanger, Cliff Tierney, and Art Venti.

The Department of Art is comprised of six areas of studio concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture as well as art history; four degrees are offered--BFA (studio), the BA (studio), the BA with teacher licensure (studio), and BA in Art History; minor in studio art or art history is also available. With a fourteen-member faculty of acclaimed artists and scholars and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, our program has become a destination point for students who seek rigorous training in the fine arts within the liberal arts tradition of a small university. A strong emphasis on foundation core (two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and drawing) and art history is followed by upper level course work that nurtures independent learning. During the senior year capstone courses, each student produces a major body of work in the form of a solo exhibition (BFA studio), group exhibition and portfolio (BA studio), or a thesis paper (BA art history). This demanding requirement serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work, and more importantly, as the basis for lifelong learning in the arts. The Department of Art invites emerging artists and scholars to visit us and consider joining our vibrant community.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Art Department at 828/251-6559 or visit (http://art.unca.edu/).

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