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a print made from a glass etching of a old white wooden store, Tom Nakashima, The Devil Came Down to Georgia, vitreograph, image size 16x36 in, paper size 17x36 in. Gift of Harvey K. and Bess Littleton.

Cultivating Collections: Vitreographs, Glass, and Works by Black Artists

Cultivating Collections is a multi-year series of exhibitions that highlights specific areas of the WCU Fine Art Museum’s Collection, which includes over 1,800 works of art in a wide range of media by artists of the Americas.  

Kate Chassner, (detail) How Much We Can Hold, canvas scraps, acrylic, house paint, image transfer, screen print, 48in x 60in.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022

Experience the culmination of three years of intense creative study and exploration in this exhibition highlighting artwork by graduating MFA students in the WCU School of Art and Design. Eli Blasko, Kate Chassner, Seth Echlin, and Kyle Kelsey share their visual, material, and conceptual insights in this year’s exhibition.   

Raymond Baccari, Go-Between, Humans Excited About Being Human, Sound Installation 15’x15’

Raymond Baccari: Humans Excited About Being Human

Described by the artist as an “empathy machine,” this interactive, sonic installation by Raymond Baccari amplifies visitor heartbeats. Empowering visitors to listen to this steady pulse of life within themselves and others, Baccari’s work connects us with our own corporeality and our shared humanity.  

Carrie Mae Weems, Color, Real, and Imagined

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

On February 1, 2021, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality.  

53rd Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Installation View

54th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

Western Carolina University’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the longest-running Catamount art traditions. This exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity for emerging artists to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting.  

Kate Roberts wet clay piece

Kate Roberts: Between Thresholds III

On extended display from the Contemporary Clay 2021 exhibition, Kate Roberts’ Between Thresholds III contemplates the connection between the vulnerabilities of clay and the mortality of people, objects, and places.   

Christopher Morgan, Cloud Telos Banner Graphic Design

BFA Portfolio Exhibition 2021

Experience work by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the WCU School of Art and Design. This exhibition highlights their comprehensive course of study at Western Carolina University and serves as a preface to their forthcoming careers as professional artists.  

African American man on ground with a weight tied to his leg with chains that he is dragging

Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle

The five video performances included in Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle, 2003-2014 focus on themes of labor and endurance with metaphoric references to African American identity, history, and experience.  

WCU Fine Art Museum Contemporary Clay Exhibition

Contemporary Clay 2021

Back for its next iteration, Contemporary Clay 2021 gathers artists from a variety of backgrounds who push boundaries on topics including race, culture, sexuality, gender, and class. Guest curated by Heather Mae Erickson, Associate Professor of Ceramics at WCU, Contemporary Clay surveys the ever-expanding field of American-made ceramics. The exhibition encourages viewers to consider the concepts, processes, and context of clay in contemporary art.   

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