Making Meaning: Works from UNC Asheville Alumni: Work by Carley Brandau.

UNC Asheville art and new media alumni, with careers spanning more than two decades, will return to their college hometown for exhibit openings Nov. 14 at the newly renovated Asheville Art Museum and Nov. 16 at the newly renovated Center for Craft.

Making Meaning

The inaugural exhibition of the John Cram Partner Gallery at the Center for Craft, Making Meaning, brings together 14 UNC Asheville alumni whose work shifts perceptions of material, method and meaning, creating new vocabularies in clay, digital media, photography, printmaking, assemblage and textiles. Through interdisciplinary practice, rooted in their experiences within a liberal arts model, these artists present expanded possibilities for innovation.

  • Kate Averett ’15 sculpts “clay bodies” while her blog Hysterics probes the relationship between art and the body;
  • Carley Brandau ’13 employs textiles to immerse us in swaths of language;
  • Bobby Emrick’s ’19 renderings transport us to views of the world beneath our feet;
  • George Etheredge’s ’16 photojournalism carries us into the lives of others;
  • Leslie Frempong ’16 embraces absence in her digital photographs;
  • Sally Garner ’13 weaves VHS tape, enveloping us in a new textile landscape;
  • D. Forest Gamble ’19 characterizes sound through 3D animation;
  • Lillian Bayley Hoover’s ’02 paintings preserve spaces for a better future;
  • Chas Llewellyn ’11 marries our “junk” with emerging technologies, inviting us to play;
  • Tatiana Potts ’12 builds upon the architectural past and future through printmaking and folded paper reliefs;
  • Hunter Stamps ’02 confronts us with perceptions of our bodies through the visceral manipulation of clay;
  • Jason Watson’s ’97 paintings, cut-outs and found objects present fragmented narratives, making new meaning from old archetypes;
  • Kevin Watson ’16 builds a carnal world from clay and digital manipulation;
  • Matt West ’00 melds the organic and mechanical in hydroponic, living works of art.

Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where these artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures. It is the debut exhibit in the Center for Craft’s John Cram Partner Gallery, which is presented in collaboration with UNC Asheville and Warren Wilson College. Making Meaning: Works from UNC Asheville Alumni is curated by the Center for Craft Partner Gallery Faculty Advisory Committee, organized by UNC Asheville, and supported by The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Garikai Campbell. The committee is led by UNC Asheville Public Arts and Humanities Chair Brent Skidmore, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Windgate Foundation.

The Center for Craft will host a grand reopening on Nov. 16, 2019 and the exhibition will run through Jan. 7, 2020. Both the event and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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