Feb. 15, 2012 10:28

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Comics ain’t a boy’s club anymore, and where better to make the point than Bennett College, one of two historically black colleges for women in the nation? Comic artists Ming Doyle (Fantastic Four #600), Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men) and Chrissie Zullo (Fables: Cinderella) will launch Heroic: A Womanthology, a new graphic showcasing more than 150 female creators, on Saturday in Greensboro.

The ladies will be at Acme Comics, located at 2150 Lawndale Drive, from 11 a.m. to noon to sign comics, and then at the Global Learning Center, located on the Bennett campus at 521 Gorrell St., for a panel discussion from 1 to 3 p.m., before returning to Acme for a second signing from 4 to 5 p.m.

Artist Heather Gordon will discuss her work at the Green Hill Center for NC Art (www.greenhillcenter.org) on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Gordon is part of the Word Maps exhibit with Vicky Essig, Paul Rousso and Merrill Schatzman on display through April 1.

I got the chance to check out the Trenton Doyle Hancock exhibit at Weatherspoon Art Museum (www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu) in Greensboro over the weekend. A product of Texas, Hancock’s surrealist renderings of brains, tombstones and eyeballs is truly strange and highly recommended. Also weirdly compelling is the narrative developed by the paintings about “an ideological grudge match of mythic proportions between the “Vegans” and the “Mounds,” the former described as “a banished bunch of ossified creatures that see only in black and white” while the latter “are ever expanding, furry, forest-bound creatures that are able to store vast quantities of un-relatedness.” The exhibition continues through May 6.

I also enjoyed photos of a North Carolina family bundling tobacco in a bedroom and female restaurant servers in Louisiana that are part of To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document, which is on display through April 8. An exhibition of photographer Richard Mosse’s work continues through April 15.

Strictly Academic, Part 2, an exhibit of recent works by Wake Forest University faculty, is up at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (www.rhodesartcenter.org) in Winston-Salem through March 31. Participants include Bryan Ellis, David Faber, David Finn, Page H. Laughlin, Jennifer Gentry, Leigh Ann Halberg, Alix Hitchcock, Joel Tauber, Will Willner and John Pickel.

Earshot Records, located at 3254 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, seeks artists to submit work for a future exhibit called Art on Record, in which record albums will be used as “canvases.” To participate, e-mail artonrecord@gmail.com.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and other organizations are accepting nominations for the Arts in Business Award to recognize an exceptional Greensboro business for “leadership, commitment and vision to support the arts.”

Nomination forms available at uacarts.org.

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