Changes are in the works for the CulloWHEE! ArtsFest in 2004, as organizers of Western Carolina University’s annual celebration of the fine and performing arts are expanding what was a one-weekend event in early summer into a series of events to be held throughout the fall semester.
“Prepare me a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.” With those words sung by Western Carolina University’s Inspirational Choir, the university community paused Monday, Jan. 12, to celebrate completion of work on a building that provides sanctuary for Western’s increasingly diverse student body.
Western Carolina University is now accepting applications for admission into its new master of fine arts degree program, an area of graduate study with an unconventional course structure featuring an intensive, on-campus residency during the summer and distance course work during the fall and spring.
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.