Visual Arts Programming at An Appalachian Summer Festival
BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA— An Appalachian Summer Festival will showcase an exciting lineup of the best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming this July for its 34th season in the mountains of North Carolina. In partnership with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA), the festival presents the visual arts through exhibitions, workshops, artist lectures and the 32nd Rosen Sculpture Walk.
Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center
Friday, July 6
6 – 10 p.m., Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Celebrate summer at the Turchin Center and “engage, discover and connect through the arts!” The Summer Exhibition Celebration is an opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and spend time with fellow arts patrons, while viewing the featured exhibitions in one of the most exciting venues in town: a collection of eight galleries filled with a diverse mix of contemporary art from local, regional, and international artists.
Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand
Main Gallery, July 6 – Dec. 8, 2018
This exhibition supports the university’s mission of promoting global awareness and learning opportunities by providing exposure to contemporary and indigenous art. Work will range across several media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, book arts and ceramics, providing a fascinating perspective on the rich cultural traditions characterizing this part of the world. Artists from both countries will be on hand during the exhibition period to engage with campus and community groups.
Sustained Ingrain: Contemporary Woodcuts from East to West
Galleries A & B, July 6 – Nov. 3, 2018
The oldest method of making prints emerged in China during the first millennium and, despite constantly emerging and changing technologies, has sustained itself as a rich, viable and relevant option for printmaking today. This exhibition features 12 artists from China and 12 artists from North America. Diverse in its range of cultural context, creative vision, and innovative process, each artist works extensively in the enduring, wild and wonderful medium of woodcut. Guest curated by Scott Ludwig and Liu Jing.
The Elephantine in the Anthropocene: Kelsey Merreck Wagner
Community Gallery, July 6, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2019
In Africa, elephants are killed every 15 minutes for their tusks. Wagner’s exhibition explores historic hunting practices in African countries, the ivory trade in Asia, and how modern conservation is working to save the species. Cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary collaboration are necessary to stop this ecological crisis. While humans are the invasive species, they can also be part of the solution.
The Persistence of Weeds: Hannah Cole
Mezzanine Gallery, July 6, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2019
Hannah Cole’s paintings are rooted in the unique experiences of her own life, and in conversation with the larger history of American painting. She paints the daily surroundings that normally go unnoticed—a glimpse of the bookshelf, or the manhole cover she walks over on her route to the grocery store. She makes every mark by hand, without shortcuts. In fact, Cole will hand-paint one of her artworks/pieces directly onto the gallery walls.
For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2180.
Rosen Sculpture Walk
Saturday, July 26
10 a.m., Smith Gallery in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national, juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University. To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of this important program, join competition jurors Daniel T. Beck and Ian Henderson, both from the Penland School of Crafts, on an educational outdoor tour of the selected pieces from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. Two additional works of sculpture will be installed at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Appalachian House.
Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the Rosen competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University.
For more information, visit http://www.rosensculpture.org/.
With ticket prices ranging from $5-$55, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10% off. This “Pick 5” ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at appsummer.org.
About An Appalachian Summer Festival:
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.
Festival Corporate Sponsors:
Westglow Resort and Spa, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Appalachian Home Care, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Panoramic Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Country Inn & Suites, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, and Creekside Electronics
Festival Media Sponsors:
WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, Our State Magazine, Creative Loafing Charlotte, YES! Weekly, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.