Now in its fourth year, Drawing Discourse at UNCA’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery has drawn national attention, pulling in more than 1,000 submissions. Often overlooked as a precursor to painting, this juried exhibition explores contemporary drawing as an art form in its own right. The 33 selected pieces encompass the variety of media considered to be under the umbrella of drawing. Janvier Rollande’s portrait of a dying mother displays impressive skill and detail in graphite, as does Chris LaPorte’s striking 23-foot-long floor-to-ceiling drawing that earned a $250,000 award from ArtPrize.org. Other pieces are more stylistic and experimental, such as drawings made of duct tape, abstract marks made directly on the wall in charcoal and gold leaf and even a sculpture lit to cast “drawing” shadows on the gallery floor. Drawing Discourse is on view weekdays at Owen Hall until Feb. 5. unca.edu
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