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Arts Fest

  • 03/24
  • 10:30 am-10:30 am

UNC Asheville’s third annual Arts Fest, including free musical performances, film screenings, exhibits, creative workshops and more, will be held April 6-8 across campus. Featured artists Clarissa Sligh, David LaMotte, and David Hess will present their respective works related to the Arts Fest theme, “Arts for Social Change.”

Featured Artists:

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Arts Fest Activities - April 8

  • 03/23
  • 1:52 pm-1:52 pm

Arts Fest will culminate with a festival from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, followed by film screenings at 6 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall. Various music and dance performances take the stage on the Reynolds Green, while art vendors display and sell their crafts. David Hess's interactive exhibit, Gun Show: An Art Exhibit will also be on display. Several science-related activities will be available, including a giant interactive camera obscura, and a presentation on the art of physics in Whitesides Hall.

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Arts Fest Activities - April 7

  • 03/23
  • 1:52 pm-1:52 pm
  • 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., art hack event, in which participants will combine computer code with traditional art materials to co-create projects, and will combine code, cardboard and microcontrollers to develop survival-oriented materials. Activities will take place in the CrAFT Studio in the lower level of Ramsey Library.
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Arts Fest Activities April 6

  • 03/23
  • 1:52 pm-1:52 pm
  • 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., literary readings by Odyssey Middle School poets and UNC Asheville faculty in Ramsey Library Glasshouse.
  • Noon-1 p.m., origami crane folding for peace, solar observing and in-praxis dance showings on the quad.
  • 4:15-7 p.m., CrAFT Studio and video production events, including hands-on tours and demonstrations in the lower level of Ramsey Library.
  • 7-8 p.m., students show dance works-in-progress of Choreographing Gender and Identity, in Sherrill Center dance studio 351.
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"Gun Show: An Art Exhibit" by David Hess

  • 03/23
  • 1:52 pm-1:52 pm

Artist and lecturer David Hess works mostly with found materials, which he calls “rescued objects.” His current installation, Gun Show: An Art Exhibit, will be on display on the Reynolds Green from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The exhibition features 100 rifles made out of industrial materials and household objects, and is Hess’ response to recent gun violence in the United States. This show is an art exhibit and is not a gun show, or gun sale or trade event.

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Artist Talk: Clarissa Sligh

  • 03/23
  • 1:52 pm-1:52 pm

Visual artist, photographer and author Clarissa Sligh will give an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Ramsey Library Glasshouse. Themes of change, identity and the environment can be found in many of Sligh’s works. The author of numerous artist books, her most recent publication comes out of her installation for Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, a group exhibition which started in 2007, comprised of creating origami cranes from pages of white supremacist books.

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Gallery Reception - Sculptor Jason Adams

  • 03/21
  • 2:53 pm-2:53 pm

This exhibition will be on view in the Owen Hall Second Floor Gallery weekdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 10-28. An opening reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

Adams, recipient of the prestigious 2016 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, earned his BFA with concentration in sculpture from UNC Asheville in 2010, and went on to earn his MFA from Clemson University in 2013

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Jason Adams Solo Exhibition

  • 03/21
  • 2:53 pm-2:53 pm

This exhibition will be on view in the Owen Hall Second Floor Gallery weekdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 10-28. An opening reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

Adams, recipient of the prestigious 2016 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, earned his BFA with concentration in sculpture from UNC Asheville in 2010, and went on to earn his MFA from Clemson University in 2013.

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Reception with Artist Jenny Pickens - Women's History Month Exhibition "Perseverance"

  • 03/21
  • 3:12 pm-3:12 pm

Women's History Month Exhibition:

 “Women have redefined what it means to be strong and persevere despite many challenges and continue to make an impact on the world for all people,” says Pickens. This exhibition featuring portraits of women in acrylics on canvas is on view from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, March 1-28 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union, Intercultural Center.

A closing reception with the artist takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.

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Women's History Month Discussion - Fierce Women of Art

  • 03/21
  • 3:12 pm-3:12 pm

This event is part of Women's History Month 2017 at UNC Asheville, and is free and open to everyone. 

UNC Asheville Lecturer in Art History Eva Bares will discuss the issue of gender equality for artists and lead a group art project on the power of unity. 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 in the Highsmith Union Intercultural Center.