Art museum exploring printmaking, photography, pottery

This image from Barbara Tyroler’s “Water Sister Series” is an example of her technique of photographing people through the reflective properties of water.

Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum is presenting art in a variety of forms this summer through new exhibitions featuring printmaking, pottery and photography.

In “Water Portraits: Barbara Tyroler,” the North Carolina-based artist visually transforms the people in her photographs through the reflective properties of water. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, Aug. 25.

In the museum’s main gallery space, visitors can explore “Print Plus One: Beyond the Glass Matrix,” which features vitreographs created by 17 artists at Harvey K. Littleton Studios in Spruce Pine. Vitreographs are prints made using glass, rather than metal, wood or stone, as a printing plate. In the exhibition, vitreographs are paired alongside objects made in the artists’ primary medium and curated from the collections of the WCU Fine Art Museum and Asheville Art Museum. The exhibition runs through Friday, July 28, with a closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27.

The exhibition “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics” offers a preview to WCU’s 2017-18 interdisciplinary learning theme “Cherokee: Connections. Culture. Community.” Featuring the work of 11 Cherokee artists, including Joel Queen, Melissa Maney and Bernadine George, the exhibition brings together both historic and contemporary pottery techniques. On display at WCU through Friday, Nov. 10, “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds” was organized by the Asheville Art Museum and made possible through the support of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The WCU museum will be the last venue to host the touring exhibition.

All exhibitions and receptions at the WCU Fine Art Museum are free and open to the public. Located in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, the museum is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, visit or call 828-227-3591.