"july" - a colored pencil portrait by Tracy Frein
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Drawing Discourse - Juried International Exhibit of Contemporary Drawing

  • 01/19-02/23
  • Gallery hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Owen Hall - S. Tucker Cooke Gallery

Drawing Discourse, UNC Asheville’s annual juried international exhibition of contemporary drawing, will feature works by 48 artists and will open Friday, Jan. 19, with a juror lecture and reception.

The opening lecture by juror Stuart Shills will take place at 5 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall and a reception will follow at 6 p.m. in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, where the exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 23.

The exhibition, juror lecture and opening reception are all free and open to everyone.

This ninth annual Drawing Discourse exhibition drew a record 1,159 entries from 400 artists in eight countries. Juror Shils selected works by two Asheville artists – Jon Sours and UNC Asheville graduate Lori Johnson – as well as works by well-known portrait artist Tracy Frein, and artist Viviana Santamarina who uses graphite pencils as crochet hooks, and many others.

Shils is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he also teaches painting. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Richmond, San Francisco, and Cork (Ireland).

“I prefer when drawing is not predictable, well-mannered or polite,” says Shils “For that reason I welcome the arrival of new or alternative media that question what drawing is or might be. I often tell students that while we may devour the drawings of the past with even erotic pleasure, at the end of the day the people who made them are dead and we are not, and that the real challenge for us is not to imitate those voices, but rather to carry the ball of our own curiosity further down the court, finding our own, sometimes uncertain ways of speaking visually that may or may not look like what is already familiar. What really matters is not technique or style, but shaping an articulate and improvisational narrative on a page, on a surface, or on a screen, whose graphic footprints take the viewer’s eyes and mind on a momentary, but yet exciting adventure.”

Artists include:

Eleanor Aldrich: Knoxville, TN

Sharron Antholt: Lummi Island, WA

Donald Beal: Provincetown, MA

Wesley Berg: Nacogdoches, TX

Dennis Carrie: Irvine, CA

Dengke Chen: Deland, FL

Tyrell Collins: Oakland CA

Kelli Connell: Oak Creek, WI

Orocoro: Miami Beach, FL

Tasha Depp: Catskill, NY

Dylan DeWitt: Fayetteville, AR

Diane Englander: New York, NY

Benny Fountain: Waco, TX

Sara Frankel: Mt. Pleasant, SC

Todd Fuller: Glebe, Australia

Tracy Frein: Chicago, IL

Jeffrey Gelick: Rolling Meadows, IL

Douglas Hein: Salt Lake City, UT

Ron Janowich: Gainesville, FL

Lori Johnson: Asheville, NC

Clive King: Sarasota, FL

Jan Knipe: Radford, VA

Donna Leavitt: Edmonds, WA

Janet Link: Raleigh, NC

Pamela Lowrie: Salisbury, NC

Mike Lyon: Kansas City, MO

Jill Martin: Charlotte, NC

Alena Mehic: Mount Juliet, TN

Benjamin McVey: San Antonio, TX

Todd Moore: Los Angeles, CA

Jacob Muldowney: Murfreesboro, NC 

Kassandra Palmer: North Liberty, IA

Katherine Payge: Denver, CO

Elena Peteva: Providence, RI

Jude Pittman: Pacifica, CA

Courtney Sanborn: Dover, NH

Noah Saunders: Athens, GA

Viviana Santamarina: Petaluma, CA

Liz Rundorff Smith: Travelers Rest, SC

Jon Sours: Asheville, NC

Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Knoxville, TN

Emily Taylor: Knoxville, TN

Jesse Thomas: Portland, OR

Jen Urso: Phoenix, AZ

Jordyne Vanselow: Greenwood, MO

Alfonso Vicencio: Laurel, MD

Danielle Wyckoff: Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Yefko: Exeter, RI

Contact for this event:

  • Department of Art and Art History
  • DeptofArt@unca.edu
  • 828.251.6559