Schedule of Events for Arts Fest 2018: Thursday, April 5 - Saturday, April 7
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Events for Thursday, April 5
Readings by Intergenerational Writers
Ramsey Library, Glass House
This special reading hour begins with our youngest generation of creative writers from Asheville’s Odyssey school reading their original writing. Soon after selected UNC Asheville students will read their original writing, and then we will listen to the published creative fiction and nonfiction writings read by UNC Asheville faculty. (Refreshments Served)
SOAR & UNITY Art Installations
Ramsey Library & Main Quad
Two interactive art installations designed by visiting artist Nancy Belmont and built by UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff. With the SOAR installation, participants are invited to examine what is burdening them, by writing words on river rocks and then laying them down as they let go of their weight, and then select a paper crane to hang as a symbol of their dedication to soar! The UNITY installation invites participants into a giant outdoor web made of 10 foot poles and colorful yarn, and there they weave among the poles labeled with different identifiers that speak to the many aspects of our humanity. (All ages and interest groups are welcome and encouraged to participate!)
Solar Observing on the Quad
Join the Astronomy Club of Asheville and the UNC Asheville Physics and Education Departments to safely observe the sun through telescopes with a variety of solar filters. You’ll see sunspots and prominences, and have the opportunity to create your own artwork using photosensitive paper and found objects.
The River and Art: One Voice (Workshop)
14 Riverside Drive, in the River Arts District
Artist and environmental advocate, Betsy Damon, will facilitate a visioning workshop to discuss and brainstorm potential public art installations for the French Broad River watershed, and planned for installation in the 14 Riverside Drive vicinity. (Free and open to the public)
Sherrill Center, Room 351
Celia Weiss Bambara will share aspects of her postmodern improvisational practice and dialogue about how improvisation is central to her feminist dance making methods and notions of overlapping identity and coalition in Jewish and African diasporas.
Students from the Performance Practicum course will share some of their work in progress for a choreography "The Intrepid Nature of Beauty" created by Celia Bambara for which they have contributed too by engaging in the process by creating movement, film, and poetry.
“Wake” Project Presentation
STEAM Studio at RAMP
Mel Chin, the renowned artist and Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at UNC Asheville for fall semester 2017, used his fellowship to engage students across disciplines in large-scale projects for even larger audiences. Chin’s plans include huge physical and “AR” (augmented reality) installations in Times Square in the heart of New York City, scheduled for opening in July. A team of students in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio is continuing the design and construction a large kinetic sculpture - the physical component of the Times Square installation.
The People’s Water: Stewardship Through Art
Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room
Betsy Damon will invite you into water, with images from her 35 years of working with and for water, including The Living Water Garden in Chengdu, China, and the Living Waters of Larimer in Pittsburgh, PA.
Events for Friday, April 6
Artists as Change Makers
Brown Hall, Room 217
In part one of this workshop, guest artist Nancy Belmont shares the behind-the-scenes journey from inspiration to installation on her globally renowned public art projects. She walks us through the process, pitfalls and positive outcomes of her four projects to-date revealing her formula for viral engagement.
In part two, Nancy helps us brainstorm and refine ways we can scale our impact using our unique talents. This interactive session includes exercises and coaching that will leave you inspired to take action. (Limited Seating, Reservations Recommended, Breakfast Included)
SOAR & UNITY Projects
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Join Nancy Belmont as you visit her two interactive art installations built by UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff. With the SOAR installation, participants are invited to examine what is burdening them, by writing words on river rocks and then laying them down as they let go of their weight, and then select a paper crane to hang as a symbol of their dedication to soar! The UNITY installation invites participants into a giant outdoor web made of 10 foot poles and colorful yarn, and there they weave among the poles labeled with different identifiers that speak to the many aspects of our humanity. (All ages and interest groups are welcome and encouraged to participate!)
Languages & Cultures in Action
A performing arts event with the objective of celebrating our campus diversity by showcasing cultural presentations in the various languages taught and spoken within the UNC Asheville community. Five to ten-minute performances in poetry, song, dance, theater, skit, etc. are presented in any language on stage in front of the Ramsey Library. Poster exhibitions, food and drink tasting tables will also contribute to this event’s celebration of the diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds at UNCA.
Fused Creative Innovation
Zeis Hall, Room 202
Dr. Suzy O'Hara will show examples of her latest projects including INVENTORS! with Dominic Wilcox which turns children’s invention ideas into real objects through art, design, manufacture, business and education, Sunderland 10 x 10, supporting artists and creatives and nurturing the development of contemporary art in collaboration with local businesses and Rewriting the Hack, the North East UK's first women’s art hack.
New Media Exhibit Opening
Zeis Hall, 2nd Floor Lobby
A juried exhibition featuring innovative work by UNC Asheville students, including 2D and 3D animation, interactive art and design, video, stop motion, sonic art, installation, 3D printing and digital prints. New Media employs cutting-edge technologies to express ideas in numerous ways, including through responsive design, storytelling, visualizing information, performance, 3D modeling, digital fabrication and sound. The juror for this year’s show is Dr. Suzy O’Hara, new media arts curator based in Newcastle, UK and founder of Thinking Digital Arts. The exhibition will be on view through April 16th. For more information, visit nm.unca.edu.
51st Annual UNC Asheville Juried Student Exhibition (Opening)
Asheville Area Arts Council, 207 Coxe Ave
The 51st Annual UNC Asheville Juried Student Exhibition hosted by Art Front and Art Guild will be held the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space. Every Spring Semester, Art Front organizes the Annual Juried Exhibition in conjunction with the Department of Art and Art History’s scholarships and awards presentations. Entry in the Juried Exhibition is open to any registered student on campus. Art Front serves as UNC Asheville’s visual arts student organization, providing professional development opportunities for its members through bi-annual exhibitions, guest lecturers, and artist events. Art Front strives to connect artists and arts enthusiasts outside the classroom, providing a platform for students to connect with the art community on campus as well as the greater Asheville area.
Beneath the Veneer
Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room
In 2016, filmmakers Diane Tower-Jones and Sekou Coleman joined forces with a common desire to create a documentary that explored the experiences of African Americans navigating multi-generational trauma and systemic inequity. Today Diane and Sekou are the director and producer respectively for Beneath The Veneer, a film currently in production, that highlights the gap between the dominant narrative of American society and the lived experience of African Americans in Asheville and nationwide. Since the start, the filmmakers have been intentional about using their art to amplify and elevate social justice work. In this presentation, Diane and Sekou will share excerpts of their footage and discuss their development of an innovative community engagement strategy, a few key milestones experienced along the way, and their plans for the future of the production.
Down by the Water
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room
Down By The Water is a storytelling journey exploring our connection with, and disconnection from, the natural world. This 60 minute staged solo storytelling experience is a combination of spoken word, media, music, and water. Created by storyteller, David Novak, veteran of the National Storytelling Festival and awarded the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network. Including water photography by Martin Waugh, who uses high-speed photography to capture the smooth and effortless curves of liquid, creating intriguing and provocative imagery. Visit www.liquidsculpture.com to learn more about Martin Waugh.
Music and Star Gazing
Reuter Center Upper Parking Lot
Events for Saturday, April 7
Festival on the Quad
Events on UNCA’s Main Quad
Faculty Band, The Lounge Lizards
Student/Alumni Band, Noah Lightfoot and the Botanicals
UNCA’s Belly Dancing Club
And several Music Department Ensembles Including:
Matthew Richmond's “Cal Trader ensemble” (Latin)
Toby King’s UNCA Bluegrass Ensemble
Tim Doyle’s Guitar ensemble (Experimental Acoustic)
Melodie Galloway’s Asheville Singers (Choral)
Justin Ray’s Audible Arrangements (Jazz Standards)
William Hinson (Folk-rock)
Jacob Secor / WindowCat (Funk-jazz)
Additional Festival on the Quad Activities Include:
• “Flash-mob” music events are also planned to suddenly appear throughout Arts Fest
• Arts & Crafts Vendors are expected to fill the main quad with their tents and tables
• Interactive arts & crafts activities are offered by several arts vendors
• UNITY & SOAR public art installations are open during specific hours for interaction
• Anagama kiln firing and demonstrations
Visiting Alumni Exhibition: Celia Gray ('08): One Gold Song.
March 26 - April 27
Opening Reception March 30, 2018, in Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall. Free and open to the public.
BFA Senior Exhibition: Lily Furniss
March 30 - April 10
Opening Reception March 30, 2018, in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall. Free and open to the public
Study Abroad Photography Winners
On display in Blower's Gallery April 3-26.