UNC Asheville highlights diverse student art exhibitions in December

"Letting Go" by Christine Ashley Thomas. Image courtesy of UNC Asheville.

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Diverse Exhibitions at UNC Asheville Galleries in December

From collaborations between sculptors and engineers to poignantly personal ceramic works and more, art of many kinds will fill UNC Asheville’s campus galleries the first half of December.

Reclamation of Self through Form: Making the Internal External is an exhibition of ceramic works by BFA student Christine Ashley Thomas. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the exhibition’s opening day, Friday, Dec. 4 in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall and the exhibit will remain on view weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 15.

“In the United States, one in six women report having experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. I am one within that six,” says Thomas in her artist statement. “In the aftermath of being raped and the dissociation caused by it, sculpting forms with clay is a visceral manifestation of the cathartic healing process. The relationship and tension between the female form and nature-inspired abstractions expresses that which is experienced on an internal level. […] The connection between the figure and these abstracted forms holds a deeper meaning related to the internal state of things, which brings clarity and acceptance to difficult circumstances or complex emotions.”

The Art/Mechatronics Collaborative Exhibition displays the creations of pairs of students – sculpture students teamed with those studying mechatronics engineering, which involves computer-controlled electronic and mechanical systems. The works share the theme of assistive technology, using computer-modeled prototypes created with 3D printers, combined with more traditional bronze and aluminum casting techniques.

The Art/Mechatronics Collaborative Exhibition is now on view in Owen Hall’s Second Floor Gallery. A reception with the artists will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 15.

Additionally, UNC Asheville’s Art and Intercultural Gallery will host the 2015 Fall Bachelor of Arts Senior Group Exhibition, with works in many media by UNC Asheville art students, and an opening reception from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. The gallery is located in the Highsmith Union and the exhibition will be on view weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 15.

These exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call UNC Asheville’s Department of Art and Art History at (828) 251-6559.

About Max Hunt
Max Hunt grew up in South (New) Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011. History nerd; art geek; connoisseur of swimming holes, hot peppers, and plaid clothing. Follow me @J_MaxHunt

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