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Events & Exhibits: 2018 Exhibits

Spheres of Influence

Spheres of Influence by Linda Gritta

ON EXHIBIT: March 1st - March 30th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will take place on Saturday, March 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Ramsey Library.

Spheres of Influence, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Linda Gritta, will be featured at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery March 1-30. Originally from Chicago, Gritta earned a BFA at Converse College and then continued her studies at the New York Studio School. After gaining a foundation in traditional painting and printmaking, Gritta has turned to abstraction, driven, she says, by her “fascination with the order and the apparent chaos we find in nature, physics and within ourselves.” Spheres of Influence does feature spheres along with what Gritta describes as “grandly meandering abstract paintings” – her goal in the exhibition is presenting an “honest attempt of one artist to express both the simplicity and the complexity of the world.”

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Cherokee Language and Culture Exhibition

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future

ON EXHIBIT: January 26th - March 2nd, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Ramsey Library. At 7:00 p.m. Barbara Duncan, Education Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and adjunct faculty at UNC Asheville, will speak followed by a performance of Aniyvwiyahi Analsgisgi, a youth dance group from Cherokee.

The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. The exhibit was developed with the assumption that language shapes thinking. In creating the exhibit storyline, the project team foregrounded the Cherokee language, believed to reflect inherent community values.

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future was conceived of and designed to include community input as a way to develop its content. Rather than present historical outcomes, the team favored a thematic approach. Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The result is an exhibit that tells a more personal story and provides insight into Cherokee identity.

Black Classicists

Black Classicists Exhibit

ON EXHIBIT: December 12th, 2017 - February 27th, 2018  on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will be held Thursday, February 8th in Blowers Gallery from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and a lecture by guest speaker Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Whitman Room.

This exhibition profiles African-American classical scholars who made innovative achievements in education at the end of the Civil War. The exhibition, created by scholar Michele Valerie Ronnick of Wayne State University in Detroit, focuses on the lives of African-American men and women who taught Greek and Latin at the college or university level and whose accomplishments in academia helped pave the way for future generations of African-Americans entering universities in the United States.