Museum to exhibit faculty work, recent acquisitions

Pictured above: 2007 artwork by WCU faculty member Cathryn Griffin titled “News Without Promise,” an inkjet print and photocopy typed letter.

Pictured above: 2007 artwork by WCU faculty member Cathryn Griffin titled “News Without Promise,” an inkjet print and photocopy typed letter.

The creative work of faculty members at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design is the focus of a show from Jan. 23 through March 15 at the Fine Art Museum on the WCU campus.

The Biennial Faculty Exhibition celebrates the inaugural year of the new School of Art and Design, formally established July 2007. The work, by faculty members who also are professional artists, includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking and book arts, installation pieces, digital media and video.

The following related events are free and open to the public:

– A reception for the artists, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the museum.

– A gallery talk by Martin DeWitt, director and curator of the museum, titled “Object-Image-Idea: PersonaReact,” at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the museum. DeWitt will discuss the exhibition in the context of artists as teachers and as creators, as well as the challenges and inspirations of contemporary artists.

Faculty members represented in the exhibition are Patricia Bailey, Joan Byrd, William Clements, Marie T. Cochran, Martin DeWitt, Karen Dunn, Cathryn Griffin, Jon Jicha, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Matt Liddle, Susan Martin, Katya Moorman, Greg McPherson, Barbara Nussdorfer-Eblen, Kelly Popoff, William Price, George Rector, Marya Roland, Norma Smith, Erin Tapley and Richard Tichich, director of the School of Art and Design.

Combat_Papers_artwork08A limited-edition print portfolio titled “Combat Papers,”The museum also will continue its “Worldviews” exhibit Jan. 23 through March 15 featuring recent acquisitions and pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Recent acquisitions include fine clay examples by ceramic artists Norm Schulman, David Crane, Don Reitz and Tom Kerrigan; a limited-edition print portfolio titled “Combat Papers,” (pictured at right, print portfolio made from fatigue uniform paper pulp, edition two of five, 2007) created by Warrior Writers Workshops and Iraq Veterans Against the War, whose images (printed on paper made from combat fatigues) depict a soldier cutting his fatigues from his body; and two monoprints and a major painting by Robert Godfrey, recently retired professor of art and former department of art chair. Godfrey’s works are a recent gift made by a consortium of regional donors in recognition of Godfrey’s significant contribution to the department of art and the university.

Museum hours are 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m-6 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed Sundays, Monday and university holidays. For more information about the exhibitions, contact DeWitt at (828) 227-2553 or; or Hillary Brett, assistant curator, at (828) 227-3591 or