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Events & Exhibits: 2017 Exhibits

14 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.

Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

ON EXHIBIT: October 5th - November 28th, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

Historian Dan Pierce, National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at UNC Asheville, will present a book talk on The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with collaborating author Nathan Anderson and artist Joel Anderson, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Works from the guide will be on display in Ramsey Library, with an opening reception following the book talk. All events are free and open to everyone.

The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park features 40 original posters mirroring the style of works commissioned by the New Deal WPA (Works Progress Administration), and historical information covering a wide variety of topics relating to the Smokies.

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"Obscura," a Multimedia Installation by Peter Kusek

ON EXHIBIT: September 12th - September 30th, 2017

Kusek, a lecturer on the faculty of UNC Asheville’s New Media Department, says his exhibition is “part curatorial and part post-photographic remix, using a collection of mid-century newspaper negatives and radically re-working the images.”

The collection is housed in Ramsey Library Special Collections & University Archives. “My source images existed only as negatives for the last 50 to 80 years and haven’t been seen publicly until now,” says Kusek. “I saw this as the basis for a new narrative – transcoded images of people displaced by time that are in a visual dialogue with each other as mediatized ghosts, much in the same way that in social media, the images of people who pass exist alongside the images of the living.”

Kusek uses digital artifacts, blurs and glitches to signify a transformation that still bears traces of their analog origin. Fused together, the visual effect is that of simultaneously abstracting the past and creating new forms. Printing the images back to film for the Obscura installation completed this process.

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The Gross Breesen Project, A Multi-Media Exhibit

Gross-Breesen Project, A Multi-Media Exhibit

ON EXHIBIT: August 8 - September 9, 2017

CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 9 from 3-5 in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

This exhibit depicts the story of Gross-Breesen, an agricultural training farm for Jewish youth that was established on the Germany/Poland border before the outbreak of WWII.  The exhibition is a mix of original photographs taken at Gross Breesen, documentary footage, and interviews of deceased and living Gross Breesen alumni. With appreciation to Steve Strauss, curator and the late Ray Miller from Pensacola, NC who helped to fund this exhibit.

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Paintings and Ikebana by Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli

Paintings and Ikebana by Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli

ON EXHIBIT: June 4th - July 31st, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

Rowe-Rischitelli says her art is “heavily influenced by elements in nature and the study of ikebana, specifically line, space, mass and rhythm.” In this exhibition, she is pairing her paintings – some abstract, and some from her bird series – with ikebana flower arrangements. Ikebana is a Japanese art form dating back to the seventh century. The medium used is living materials – branches, leaves and flowers.

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Courtney McDaniel: BFA Exhibition in Painting "Quiet"

Courtney McDaniel: BFA Exhibition in Painting "Quiet"

ON EXHIBIT: May 17th - May 31st, 2017

This exhibition aims to visually express the innate differences between introversion and extroversion, while simultaneously revealing the contrast in how the two temperaments communicate. There is a focused exploration of the introverted temperament and general quietness. The lines, gashes, and thick applications of texture reveal the internal emphaticism of introversion; which is often masked with a quiet demeanor. These paintings work to reveal that an expression of a quiet persona is not equitable to a silent interior.

BA Senior Group Exhibition

BA Senior Group Exhibition

ON EXHIBIT: April 31st - May 13th, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

This group exhibition highlights the very best work from each graduating senior's culminating portfolio. Both the exhibition and the portfolio of artwork are the culmination of each candidate's work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.

UNC Asheville International Photo Contest Exhibit

UNC Asheville International Photo Contest Exhibit

ON EXHIBIT: April 12th - April 28th, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 12-1 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

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, participants will share stories of their travels.

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Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage

Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage:  Our View from the Archives / Revitalizar la historia y el patrimonio maya: Nuestra vista desde los archivos

ON EXHIBIT: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11th in the Ramsey Library at UNC-Asheville

OPENING RECEPTION: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11th

This student curated exhibit was created by fifteen high school juniors and seniors of Maya descent from Morganton, NC, and ten Yucatec Maya students from the Universidad de Oriente who will be traveling from Valladolid, Mexico. This program of cultural exchange is made possible by the U.S. Department of State, the American Alliance of Museums, the Alliance for Heritage Conservation, Southern Historical Collection (UNC-Chapel Hill), the Archivo General del Estado de Yucatán, and Secretaría de Desarrollo Social de Yucatán (SEDESOL). 

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

Produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

ON EXHIBIT: February 12th - April 7th, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 16th at 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery.

Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. There will be a keynote lecture by Miami University Associate Professor of European History Erik Jensen, a specialist in the history of Germany and of gender and sexuality. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Humanities Lecture Hall.

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Jonathan Fisher


New Works by Jonathan Fisher

ON EXHIBIT: January 9th - February 9th, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 20th at 4-7 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery.

Fisher, assistant professor of art and design at Kennesaw State University, earned a BFA with a concentration in printmaking at UNC Asheville in 2001. From Fisher's artist statement:

"My recent body of work explores the idea of systems and growth patterns. From maps, biological cells, planets and constellations of the solar system, I am fascinated by the way our neighborhoods, world and universe are structured. Specifically, I find interest in the differences between man-made systems such as political boundaries, versus the more organic developmental arrangements such as bacteria. For me, maps tell a story of our mobility and social stratification. They document a record of human objective and place-making."

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