TCVA Spring Exhibition Celebration

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Article Published: Mar. 28, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 28, 2013
TCVA Spring Exhibition Celebration

‘Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth’ is an exhibition exploring the history, variety of design patterns, process of creation and the various uses of ukara, an indigo-dyed cloth used in Cross River area of Southeastern Nigeria.
Photo courtesy of Eli Bentor



Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is celebrating spring with the opening of three new exhibitions at its Spring Exhibition Celebration.

The celebration will take place Friday, April 5, as part of the Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to come and celebrate the new artwork on display, listen to live jazz from The Lucky Strikes and enjoy a beverage from the cash bar.

According to organizers, many of the artists will be in attendance, including Victor Ekpuk, Dr. Eli Bentor and the students featured in the “BFA Senior Studio” exhibition. A special “Donors Only” preview will be held prior to the reception, from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/calendar/events/826.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on April 5 are “Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth: An Exploration of Ukara,” “Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories” and “BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Spring 2013.”

These three exhibitions join the following three current exhibitions in the center: the 10th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, the final installment of “International Focus Series I-V: 21 Szutka: Contemporary Art of Poland” and “Behind the Scenes: TCVA Community Outreach Teachers.”

‘Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth: An Exploration of Ukara’
Gallery A and Mayer Gallery, West Wing
April 5 to Aug. 3
“Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth” is an exhibition exploring the history, variety of design patterns, process of creation and the various uses of Ukara, based on research conducted by Dr. Eli Bentor over the last 22 years. This exhibition is presented in dialog with contemporary artist Victor Ekpuk. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/892.

‘Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories’
Gallery B and Mayer Gallery, West Wing
April 5 to Aug. 3
Victor Ekpuk is an established Nigerian artist based in Washington, D.C., whose art responds to his cultural background, the realities of his homeland and his experiences as a global artist. Ekpuk reinvents graphic symbols from diverse cultures and time periods in order to form his own personal style of mark making that results in interplay of both art and writing. This exhibition is presented in dialog with “Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth” by Dr. Eli Bentor. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/894.

BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Spring 2013
Community Gallery, East Wing
April 5 to Aug. 3
The biannual BFA Senior Studio Exhibition is a celebration of the accomplishments of all senior art students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This exhibition is organized by the Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Department of Art. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/748.
About the TCVA



The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.

For more information, call (828) 262-3017, or visit http://www.tcva.org.

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