Fine Art Museum seeks entries for environmental exhibit

Western’s Fine Art Museum seeks entries by May 30 for a summer exhibition reflecting the vulnerability of the environment.

Western’s Fine Art Museum seeks entries by May 30 for a summer exhibition reflecting the vulnerability of the environment.

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University seeks artist entries for a summer art exhibition titled “Fragile Earth: Reflections on the Environment.”

The museum must receive entry forms by Friday, May 30. The exhibit will be held at the museum from Sunday, July 13, through Friday, Aug. 15.

The museum seeks work in all media that reflects the artist’s response to the vulnerability of the environment, either regionally or beyond. Artists must be 18 or older and residents of one of North Carolina’s eightwesternmost counties (Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania) or the Qualla Boundary. Visual artists in any media are encouraged to collaborate with area writers to create single or multiple works.

Work must have been created within the past two years and might include paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, book arts, video and digital media, woodwork, metals and jewelry, glass and photography. Artists must submit 10 slides, photographs or digital jpeg images of artwork for consideration. There is no submission fee. Artwork must be available for display the duration of the exhibit.

Awards will include $500 for Best in Show, a $200 Curator’s Award and a $100 Award of Merit. The Fine Art Museum and a local business will each make a purchase award. Martin DeWitt, director of the Fine Art Museum, will serve as exhibition juror.

“The Fragile Earth exhibit is intended to feature the most innovative and creative expression by artists from throughout our mountain communities,” DeWitt said. “We’re looking for unique self expression, perhaps inspired by tradition, as well as experimental works of high artistic merit.”

The Fragile Earth exhibit is part of the inaugural Summer Arts Festival, sponsored by the College of Fine and Performing Arts in collaboration with area regional arts councils. In its role as a creative catalyst beyond campus, the Fine Art Museum will produce a regional exhibition every two years, DeWitt said.

For more information, or to receive an exhibit entry form, contact Martin DeWitt at (828) 227-2553 or mdewitt@email.wcu.edu.