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Events & Exhibits: 2018 Exhibits

What We Saw

Photo from exhibit "What We Saw"

What We Saw

On Exhibit: November 1–16, 2018

Images made for the Resettlement and Farm Security Administrations in the 1930s documented dire environmental conditions in rural America caused by drought, erosion, and crop-killing pests such as grasshoppers, all exacerbated by the collapse of the stock market and economic depression. The result was widespread need and desperation in the American heartland. Photographs by Arthur Rothstein and others provided visual evidence of the extent of the crisis as well as justification for new federal programs to help alleviate the suffering.


The Allen School Photographic Exhibit

Allen High School Photo Exhibit
An exhibit of historic photographs from the Allen School will be on display in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library through Oct. 31. The exhibit is part of the African Americans in WNC & Southern Appalachia Conference and is co-sponsored by Special Collections at UNC Asheville and the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University and is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

The Allen School

Campus Creatives

Plant PaintingCampus Creatives

Artistic Works from UNCA Faculty and Staff

ON EXHIBIT: August 15th - September 30th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

Come enjoy a sampling of the creative works of UNCA faculty and staff from all over campus at our 2018 Campus Creatives Exhibit! Artistic works include mixed media pieces, paintings, sculptures, wood-turned bowls and vases, photographs, drawings, poems, and even hand crafted furniture. Works will be on display in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery August 15th until September 30th during the library’s open hours.

Those UNCA departments represented include Communications & Marketing, Campus Police, Facilities Management, the Writing Center, English, the Center for Teaching and Learning, One Card, Humanities, Education, Information Technology Services, Administration and Finance, the Media Design Lab, Ramsey Library, Health & Wellness, and Housing Operations. Thanks to everyone who contributed this year!

Mend by Courtney McDaniel

Paintings by Courtney McDanielMend by Courtney McDaniel 

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

Art has always served as my preferred form of self-expression. As a quiet, introverted person, I find it easier to convey my thoughts and ideas through creating artwork. It also serves a method for communicating, not only with others, but with myself as well. Through my development as an artist, I have adapted to using art as a way to work through difficult experiences and emotions. Painting has allowed me to harness my emotions and release them through layers, textures, motions, and the overall art making process. Art making has become my own way of mending the “broken” parts of my life in order to move forward in a more positive mindset. This body of work is an embodiment of that as it shows an amalgamation of my work over the years.

Fiber Arts Alliance

The Fiber Arts Alliance

ON EXHIBIT: May 31th - June 28th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

The Fiber Arts Alliance is a group of fiber artists and enthusiasts in western North Carolina. The exhibit in
Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library “ Delicious Fiber” includes 35 works by 11 artists. Cheryl Alderman,
Julie Bagamary, Kathie Briggs, Lynn Della Posta, Carole Honeycutt, Carol Hanniffy, Tina Hvitfeldt, Meg
Manderson, Diane Mullins, Jenny Perry, Laurel Reinhardt, and Heather Yurgeles. The exhibit runs from
May 31-June 28, 2018, when the Library is open. Please see Library hours here.

BA Group Exhibition

BA Group Exhibition

ON EXHIBIT: April 30th - May 12th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception with the artists will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4th.

BA Group Exhibition of works in many media by UNC Asheville Bachelor of Arts students. Students who are exhibiting are: Bryan Croymans (ceramics), Jessica Olin (ceramics), Rachel Vera (painting), Mechal Harward (photo), Charlotte Clark (print), Noah Lentz (print) and Mary (Amelia) Pate (sculpture).

Study Abroad Photo Contest

Study Abroad Photo Contest

ON EXHIBIT: April 2nd - April 25th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will take place on April 10th, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery in Ramsey Library.

Study Abroad is pleased to present the annual International Photo Contest. This contest and exhibit encourages our UNC Asheville travelers to create a photographic record of their experiences. Sharing their overseas experiences with the UNC Asheville community helps bring the world to Asheville and allows us better understand their experiences.


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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.