Heritage Center exhibit examines Appalachian craft revival

CULLOWHEE – A new traveling exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center offers a look at the early 20th-century craft revival in Appalachia and the people who made it happen.

“Movers & Makers: Doris Ulmann’s Portrait of the Craft Revival in Appalachia” examines the complex and varied interpretations of cultural traditions, the transference of culture and implications for Appalachian identity, modes of production, educational programs and the aesthetics of traditional objects, said Suzanne McDowell, interim director of the Mountain Heritage Center.

Revival activities took place in southwestern Virginia, Western North Carolina and the eastern portions of Kentucky and Tennessee.

The exhibit will be on display at the center through Aug. 15. It is supported by grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Open to the public free of charge, the Mountain Heritage Center is located in Western’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. Daily visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays June through October.

For more information about center programs and events, call (828) 227-7129 or visit mhc.wcu.edu.