ASHEVILLE NC – David J. Brown, a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations, has been named director of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University effective July 1.
“Mr. Brown brings unique experiences to our arts community at WCU and our regional partners,” said Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, which oversees the museum. “David has worked in North Carolina a number of years in the arts and brings a localized perspective to a national outlook on arts in our communities. I am looking forward to working with David to advance the arts in our region and state.”
Brown, of Winston-Salem, has worked in the field of art and visual culture for more than 25 years. Since 2010, he has worked as an arts management consultant, lending his expertise to arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was deputy director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., where in addition to overseeing exhibitions and developing a quarterly lecture series he transitioned the 50-year-old institution into a new, 81,000 square-foot facility that included an art learning laboratory.
Brown also has served in leadership and administrative roles with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has worked with artists including Pae White, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Willie Doherty, Lesley Dill, David Byrne, John Waters and Dan Perjovschi. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Old Dominion University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
“I am honored and delighted to be chosen as the new director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum,” Brown said. “Some of the most rewarding times of my career have been in collaboratively creating unique and meaningful intersections with students, artists and the community, and I view the entire WCU campus and region as vibrant partners full of potential.”
Brown is married to Krystyna Puc, assistant dean of liberal arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Their son, Zak, is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown also has a grown daughter, Thea, who resides in Richmond, Va., with her family.
WCU’s 122,000 square-foot Fine Art Museum opened in 2005 with a focus on education, community outreach and development of a permanent collection – now at more than 1,200 pieces – of high artistic merit.
Brown will fill a position left vacant by founding director and curator Martin DeWitt’s retirement in December 2010. Kehrberg extended his thanks to curatorial specialist Denise Drury, who has been serving as interim director of the museum for the past 2½ years. “She inspired our university to bring art into facilities across our campus and maintain initiatives within the Fine Art Museum,” he said.
WCU Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks. For more information about the museum, call 828-227-3591 or go online to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.
ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create an original terrazzo floor design as public art for the U.S. Cellular Center lobby floor.
The U.S. Cellular Center, located in downtown Asheville, is a regional venue for entertainment, trade shows and events that is undergoing a series of renovations. A major component of the renovation is the installation of a new epoxy terrazzo floor depicting integrated artwork located at the entrance way of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The project is open to all qualified artists with experience in pubic art. Artists who have experience designing or installing terrazzo floors in high traffic settings are preferred. The commissioned artist will work collaboratively with the U.S. Cellular Center renovation architect, floor construction contractor, and a citizen review team.
Artists’ proposals will be accepted electronically through May 5, 2013 at CallforEntry.org, also known as CaFÉ™. Project specifications and instructions on how to apply are located at www.callforentry.org. For information about the call for artists, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or email@example.com.
The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection with assistance of the Public Art & Cultural Commission. The collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
ASHEVILLE NC – “Spoon Fed,” a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.
Like most functional items, spoons often go unnoticed. This exhibition is meant to draw attention to their useful beauty by featuring the work of four artists who make, manipulate, or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon.
Each artist takes a different approach: Wes Airgood of Ohio handcrafts spoons with a technical mastery; Sarah Hurtigkarl of Sweden takes a more narrative approach – imagining a world where spoon bowls grow out of pillows, tables, and trees; Joo Hyung Park of South Korea creates hybrid cutlery in her “The Moment of Pleasure” series; and Annie Tung of Canada constructs spoon vignettes which reflect on themes such as love, time, and death.
Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, with viewing hours 12-5 p.m. on weekdays through May 31. The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is located at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville.
ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved by Asheville City Council. A public meeting to gather input on these changes was held on Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, the public was encouraged to participate in a survey that was available at the ART Station and online. That feedback, along with past ridership data, provided information used in implementing extended service on major corridors to the most popular routes.
Additionally, beginning January 2, 2013, ART will permanently increase its regular service to route E1, departing twice an hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. E1 will continue to depart once an hour between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as well as between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The expanded service is the latest step in the implementation of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. Please visit the ART Station on Coxe Ave or go to www.ridetheart.com to obtain an updated route schedule. ART will operate holiday service beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the following routes:
· C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at :40 past the hour.
· S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.
· E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd. Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· W3 – Patton – Goodwill. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
ASHEVILLE NC – “Collecting for the Community,” a new exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, focuses on the museum’s collection of artifacts and the donators from across the region who made it possible.
The exhibit opens Thursday, June 7, and will be available for public viewing in the museum’s gallery B through Friday, Aug. 17.
“Although the Mountain Heritage Center did not open its doors until 1979, individuals and departments at the university began collecting objects for a museum of Appalachian history and culture as early as the 1920s,” said museum curator Pam Meister. “As the museum’s official opening drew near, its holdings were greatly augmented by generous donations from lifelong private collectors such as Haywood County dairy farmer Albert J. McCracken, whose family contributed McCracken’s collection of 3,000 Native American artifacts, as well as over 500 objects relating to 18th- and 19th-century Southern Appalachian settlers,” she said.
Over the years, the Mountain Heritage Center’s collections have been enriched by numerous gifts from residents of Western North Carolina who have been willing to share their families’ heirlooms and history with the public, Meister said. Those donations range from entire collections, such as late 19th-century household items and photographs from the Axley-Meroney family of Murphy, to single objects like a Catamount mascot costume worn on the WCU campus in the late 1950s. The museum’s collections now total more than 10,000 objects, including artifacts such as prehistoric projectile points, modern Cherokee crafts, logging tools, moonshine stills, quilts, coverlets, saddles and firearms.
The Mountain Heritage Center, open to the public free of charge, is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but the museum is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
For more information about the Mountain Heritage Center’s programs, exhibits and special Saturday hours, call 828-227-7129 or visit www.wcu.edu/mhc.
ASHEVILLE NC – Monday, May 21 marks the opening of a new chapter for Asheville‘s public transportation: Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) is the implementation of the first phase of the city’s Transit Master Plan. The reconfiguring of the City of Asheville transit system into 16 new routes provides increased service along major corridors, consolidated day and evening schedules and streamlined routes that improve on-time performance. To help kick off the new system, fares are free to all riders for the first three weeks.
“A lot of work and public interaction went into making this a reality,” said Mariate Echeverry, the City’s transportation planning manager. “Now that we are here, we are making sure that customers have the information they need to get the best results from this transition.”
The City of Asheville has provided several ways to access information about the ART system. Maps, timetables and an FAQ page are available online at www.ridetheart.com, including a Google Maps trip planner that will chart your route. Physical maps are available at the ART Station (formerly the Transit Center) at 49 Coxe Avenue. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the first week to assist riders in becoming familiar with the new routes and bus drivers are equipped with handouts that explain how to get information about changes to bus routes.
Monday’s ART roll out coincides with Strive Not to Drive week, and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy will preside over a 5:15 p.m. ribbon cutting in Pack Square Park to celebrate the launch.
Free fares on the ART are effective until June 8, 2012.
ASHEVILLE NC – “Crumbs,” a new exhibit of sculptures by UNC Asheville senior art major Sarah Ray, will be on view beginning April 26, in Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville‘s Ramsey Library. A reception with the artist will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the gallery.
In “Crumbs,” Ray features cupcakes, some edible and some not, in a variety of settings including a cupcake tree, and a wig for Marie Antoinette. Ray presents cupcakes, which she calls “the All-American dessert,” as a commentary on lifestyles and values.
ASHEVILLE NC – Silk shibori work by Asheville fiber artist Michael Smith will be showcased in a new exhibition, April 5-27 in Blowers Gallery, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The exhibit features 11 large wall hangings created using shibori dyeing techniques. The works feature mandala-like patterns and richly complex color combinations.
ASHEVILLE NC – “Artistic Diversity in Fiber,” a new exhibition showcasing quilting, knitting, doll-making, and other fiber arts, opens March 1 at Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will remain on view through March 30. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the gallery.
The exhibition features the work of members of the Fiber Arts Alliance, which is affiliated with the Asheville Quilt Guild. These artists work in many types of fibers and their creations take many forms, ranging from the traditional to the innovative, flat and three-dimensional.
Blowers Gallery is open daily with some evening viewing hours. For more information, call 828.251.6436.
ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Holly Library is pleased to host Inner Earth Illuminated: Caves of the Southeastern United States, a photographic exhibit by Alex Minkin.
Caving is a family tradition for the Minkins and five years ago Alex began illuminating and photographing caves. In his words: “Most of the time these places exist in absolute darkness. When they’re illuminated, however, they have the power to stimulate every sense in the body. They can evoke both fear and excitement, or provide a place of absolute peace and solace. I have illuminated the caves with various colors in order to represent the feeling one has upon discovery.”
Instructor Rock Doddridge says that “Alex was a dual enrolled student here in spring of 2006. He took Psych 150 with me, doing a superb job. His father is a surgeon with Carolina Hand Surgery. Alex has committed himself to maximizing his talents and interests, and living life fully.” Alex earned his BFA from Guilford College in 2011.
The library will host a reception for Alex at noon Monday, March 5 in Holly Lobby. The exhibit runs March 5 through April 27.