WCU continues fall series of events, visiting artists in October

Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design will continue its fall 2008 Visiting Artist and Event Series with featured artists’ lectures throughout October.

All lectures are located in Room 130 of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Events are free and open to the public. WCU’s School of Art and Design will continue to feature regional, national and international artists in November.

Monday, Oct. 20, to Friday, Oct. 24 – Jeff Oestreich, a ceramic artist from Minnesota, will be an artist-in-residence. Oestreich is a former apprentice of the English potter Bernard Leach, and his current work is wheel-thrown and altered, either by faceting, stretching, or cutting and rejoining. The majority of his pottery is either glazed or soda-fired. Oestreich has given clay workshops throughout the United States and abroad. His work can be found in the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Taipei Museum, Taiwan; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and among the new acquisitions of WCU’s Fine Art Museum.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The Annual School of Art and Design Open House will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., allowing WCU students, faculty, staff and members of the community to tour the Fine and Performing Arts Building. The event invites visitors to see exhibitions in the Fine Art Museum, participate in hands-on activities and stop by the studios of students in the fine arts master’s degree program.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 – John Grade, a Seattle-based sculptor and installation artist, will be featured from 4-6 p.m. Over the past decade, Grade has earned numerous grants and awards, including two 4Culture project grants, three Artist Trust GAP awards, an Andy Warhol Foundation grant, a Tiffany & Co. Foundation grant and residencies throughout the United States and abroad. His work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and The Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Studio 360.” Grade’s latest pieces come into direct contact with the landscape. For example, a sculpture, “Collector,” was submerged amid the oyster beds of Washington state, tucked into the folds of a southwestern Utah slot canyon and strapped to the grill of the artist’s truck.

The series is made possible by the Visiting Artists Fund of the Office of the Provost with support from the dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, the School of Art and Design, the Fine Art Museum, the Ward Endowment Fund for Ceramics, the Godfrey Seminar on the Business Crafts, and friends of the School of Arts and Design.

For more information about the series or about WCU’s School of Art and Design, call (828) 227-7210 or e-mail wcuart@wcu.edu.