Martin DeWitt, director of the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota-Duluth since 1990, has been named founding director of the museum of art within the Fine and Performing Arts Center currently under construction at Western Carolina University.
After a rousing send-off in Cullowhee, complete with a series of sold-out performances and a wildly successful fund-raising auction, the cast and crew of “Mother Divine” launched Western Carolina University faculty member Laurel Vartabedian’s musical comedy at the Greenwich House Theatre in New York on Aug. 8 during FringeNYC, the city’s seventh annual international multi-arts festival.
“Nothing but blue skies” was more than just a line in a song performed by Western Carolina University’s Catamount Chamber Singers at the second annual CulloWHEE! ArtsFest. After heavy rains for several days leading up to the festival, it also was an apt description of a picture-perfect weekend of great music in the Great Smokies.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center recently unveiled its first online exhibit, “Southern Appalachian Quilts,” featuring photographs and information about 37 quilts in the center’s collection.
A musical comedy penned by Laurel Vartabedian, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts at Western Carolina University, has been accepted for FringeNYC, the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival.
They pop up on the lawn across the Western Carolina University campus when warm weather arrives in the mountains, like giant dandelions of stone, steel and wood. “They” are the winning entries in Western Carolina’s annual Outdoor Sculpture Program.
Organizers of Western Carolina University’s second annual CulloWHEE! ArtsFest have announced a slate of headline performers featuring chart-topping rock ‘n’ roll band Collective Soul, legendary bluesman Delbert McClinton, folkabilly queen Nanci Griffith and popular acoustic rock guitarist Edwin McCain.
Former Broadway actor, musician and composer Rudy Roberson has joined the Western Carolina University faculty as an instructor in the communication and theatre arts department and faculty director for the WCU Black Theatre Ensemble.
Western Carolina University sophomore Joel Queen turned chunks of sandstone from Fontana Lake into sculpted figures that will be displayed at Monticello, the Virginia home of President Thomas Jefferson.
“Hot jazz in the cool Smokies” proved more than just a promotional slogan for Western Carolina University’s inaugural CulloWHEE! ArtsFest, as attendees of the new outdoor celebration of the fine and performing arts bundled themselves in sweatshirts and braved record low temperatures for a sizzling performance by The Manhattan Transfer Saturday evening (June 15).