Guest artist Dustin Spagnola of Asheville will speak about his art and public works during a visit to Western Carolina University on Tuesday, March 19.
The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Topics will range from Spagnola’s personal aesthetic to the communities in which he creates public murals and how the two intersect.
Spagnola was one of two artists commissioned last fall by New Belgium Brewing to create murals on the sides of the old Penland Auction House in Asheville’s River Arts District. The building was slated to be demolished to make way for brewery construction, but company officials said pieces of the murals will be integrated into the new facilities.
Spagnola received his art degree from Warren Wilson College in 2004. His work has transitioned from re-creating deteriorating buildings and walls to portraits of important figures in African-American history, such as Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth and John Coltrane. He is part of “Kolor Kathmandu,” a project to create 75 site-specific public murals in Nepal.
His work has shown at Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, Ormond Beach, Fla.; Art Whino gallery, Washington D.C.; ABC No Rio, New York City; Push, Asheville; Gen Art, West Hollywood, Calif.; and Art Basel, Miami Beach.
Spagnola’s visit to Western Carolina University is supported by the School of Art and Design.
For more information, call the art department at 828-227-7210.