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Events & Exhibits: 2016 Exhibits

Shan Goshorn

"All My Relations"

Photographs by Shan Goshorn

ON EXHIBIT: November 8th - December 16th, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Speakers Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D.Education Director Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Trey Adcock, Assistant Professor and Director of American Indian Outreach, from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15th in the Whitman Room. Reception in Blowers Gallery afterwards

All My Relations, an exhibition of photos by Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artist Shan Goshorn will include 40 black-and-white photographs of contemporary Cherokee people that were taken over a 25-year period. Goshorn is known for her woven baskets which are part of exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and many prestigious collections nationally and internationally.

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David Pickett

David Pickett photography

"Purpose Bound"
Photographs by David Pickett
ON EXHIBIT: October 19 - November 4, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library.
Pickett, a native of Shallotte, North Carolina, earned a degree in management at UNC Asheville in 1983. He developed a passion for landscape photography, and his photos over many years of the mountain regions of North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will be well represented. 

Ravaging the Past: Radicalism, Civil Wars, and the Destruction of World Heritage in the Middle East and Beyond

Ravaging the Past: 

Radicalism, Civil Wars, and the Destruction of World Heritage in the Middle East and Beyond 

Ramsey Library Foyer, on display Monday Sept. 19-30. The photo exhibit is curated by Dr. Eva Bares and her Islamic Art and Architecture class and will focus on the art and architecture that has been destroyed by radical groups throughout the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and Mali.

Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015

Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990 - 2015



U.S. Premiere of the Internationally Acclaimed Exhibition Curated by Igor Roussanoff, UNCA’s Visiting Professor of Drama

ON EXHIBIT: August 15 –September 28, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: 5pm Friday, Aug. 26 in the Blowers Gallery (Ramsey Library)

UNC Asheville hosts the U.S. premiere of the international exhibition Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015, from August 15th –September 28th, 2016 in various galleries and spaces on campus, including Ramsey Library’s own Blowers Gallery.

Costume designer and performance artist, Mariaelena Roque, from Spain, and UNC Asheville Professor of Music, Wayne Kirby, will perform at 6pm on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 in the Highsmith Union Grotto Theatre. An opening ceremony will be held at 5pm on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in the Blowers Gallery of the Ramsey Library, followed by a reception at 6pm in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery of Owen Hall. This became possible thanks to collaboration with the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow, where the first production of the exhibition took place from June – September 2015.

This exhibition includes costume designs from 31 countries, and features original renderings, theatrical production photographs, videos, and actual costumes. The data collected for the exhibition is included in the new, second edition, 680 page catalog “Costume At The Turn Of The Century 1990 -2015”. It is also archived, preserved, and shared with professionals, educators, and future designers, as well as the general public through the OISTAT/BCSTM Gallery’s website. UNCA Press Release.

For more information, please contact Igor Roussanoff at View additional pictures of the exhibition here. 

Sacred Groves

Allison Ormsby

Protecting the Environment through Cultural Traditions: Sacred Groves of Sierra Leone and India

Photographs by Alison Ormsby

ON EXHIBIT: January 11 - February 26, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday January 19, 5:30 - 6:30, Whitman Room. Reception in Blowers Gallery afterwards
Sacred forests or groves are small forested areas that are locally protected for their cultural and spiritual significance.  This exhibit showcases photographs taken during field research at sacred groves in India and Sierra Leone.
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Stone in Love: Seduction of the Orphan Past

Oguz Erdur

Stone in Love: Seduction of the Orphan Past

Photographs by Oğuz Erdur

ON EXHIBIT: March 1 - April 1, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday March 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
This exhibition of poetry and photography was inspired by Dr. Oğuz Erdur's ethnographic research on archaeological knowledge production in Turkey, highlighting his scholarship and creative practices around anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, and art. Featuring a hybrid collection of poems, photographic montages, and prose reflections centering around love, existential angst, and the quest for meaning, this project has grown out of Dr. Erdur's doctoral work at Columbia University and was developed further through the Special Topics courses he has been teaching at UNC Asheville. You are cordially invited to the reception March 17th to celebrate the launch of his new book Stone in Love: Seduction of the Orphan Past, published by Black Mountain Press.
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2016 International Study Abroad Contest

Brianna Ganskopp

International Photo Contest

Sponsored by Study Abroad

ON EXHIBIT: April 11 - May 27, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 19, 12:00 - 1:00 in Blowers Gallery
Study Abroad is pleased to present the winners of the annual International Photo Contest. The contest and exhibit encourages our UNC Asheville travelers to create a photographic record of their experiences. During the reception students will share stories of their travels.
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