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TCVA announces 2010-11 season

Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
TCVA announces 2010-11 season

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces its 2010-11 season, as well as its current exhibitions which were installed on Aug. 6 and will be on display through Nov. 13, 2010.

The new exhibitions will be installed and formally presented to the community during the Turchin Center's scheduled exhibition celebrations throughout the year that coincide with downtown Boone's First Friday Art Crawl events. Below is a detailed listing of current exhibitions, as well as the schedule for upcoming receptions.

Appalachian's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts annually rotates 20-25 exhibitions and holds major exhibition celebrations throughout the year. All events are held on First Fridays and are part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

Current exhibitions displayed at the Turchin Center are:

MANinfested DESTINY: From Boon to Boon - A Re-interpretation by Dan Smith
Aug. 6-Nov. 13
Gallery A, West Wing

While earning his MFA at the University of South Carolina, Dan Smith began creating a body of work titled Extended Sites, projecting himself into out-of-doors environments across the United States. His first series, Man/Land, focused on the relationship between human beings and nature, and combined rational as well as intuitive discovery. MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon - A Re-interpretation by Dan Smith furthers his exploration of this relationship.

Dan Smith's art has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions throughout the country. Before moving to nearby Hickory in 2003, he spent more than 15 years teaching college courses in studio art and humanities in South Carolina and Virginia.

Perspectives in Bronze
Works by Greg Bailey and Michael Warrick
Aug. 6-Nov. 13
Gallery B, West Wing

The Perspectives in Bronze presents works by sculptors Greg Bailey & Michael Warrick, and demonstrates the multifaceted qualities of bronze through works that contrast and complement one another.
Greg Bailey was born and raised in California and currently lives in Connecticut, where he makes art and is an assistant professor of sculpture at Connecticut College. His natural inclination to create was brought into an art context during his undergraduate studies at Sonoma State University in California. He holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford. Technically skilled in a variety of media and processes, Bailey works in a diverse range of sculptural materials including bronze, steel and fiberglass, and often creates water, light and motion features in his installations.

Michael Warrick is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Arkansas and lives in Little Rock. His distinguished national exhibition record spans more than three decades with 40 solo exhibits and 147 competitive and invitational exhibits. He is the recipient of numerous regional and national grants and fellowships, and in 2009 he was given the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference in Chapel Hill. Warrick has been a visiting artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at 92 institutions and has installed outdoor sculptural works in more than15 states.

Amy Cheng: Evidence of Things Unseen
Aug. 6-Nov. 13
Mayer Gallery, West Wing

Painter Amy Cheng's current work was inspired by six months spent surrounded by the lush plant life in Brazil while on a Fulbright Fellowship. She begins with the natural forms and saturates her paintings with color, energy, pattern and light.
Cheng was born in Taiwan and raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. She has installed a number of public art commissions in Seattle, Chicago and Brooklyn. She has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally. She is a professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Contemporary Works by Martha Neaves
Oct. 8-Dec. 4
Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing

Over the past five years, painter Martha Neaves has been creating two large bodies of work: a body of allegorical paintings that merge the worlds of mythical vision with emerging and popular science and a series of non-objective paintings that she created using both hands simultaneously. The artist begins with a dream or vision, and uses the written word, drawings and three-dimensional, geometrical interpretations of dream space as a foundation for her painting.

Martha Neaves holds a BS in Art Education from Appalachian State University. She has taught in public schools, operated a private art academy and studio and now devotes herself to her work as a painter and sculptor. Her work is exhibited in several galleries throughout North Carolina.

In the Shadow of the Volcanoes
Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico
Through Dec. 4
Main & Mezzanine Galleries, East Wing

In the spring of 2009, representatives from the Turchin Center and Appalachian's Department of Art visited The Universidad de las Americas en Puebla (UDLAP), and artists living and working in the region surrounding Puebla and Cholula, Mexico.
"In the Shadow of the Volcanoes" is the signature exhibit of the summer and fall exhibition seasons exploring works in a wide range of media by contemporary Mexican artists. The Main Gallery features the work of six established artists: Carlos Arias, Antonio Alvarez Moran, Rosa Borras, Sergio Gonzalez Angulo, Joaquin Conde and Luz Elvira Torres, as well as works by 18 emerging artists.
A select group of Talavera ceramics from UDLAP's Permanent Collection will also be presented in the Mezzanine Gallery. Talavera has been created in Puebla, Mexico since the 15th century. Many of the artists featured in this portion of the exhibition blend traditional Talavera forms with their own Talavera-inspired designs, or create their own interpretation using traditional methods.

Exhibition Celebration Schedule
In celebration of all of its exhibits, the center holds receptions throughout the year. Each reception is held on a First Friday from 7-9 p.m. A special members-only preview is held prior to each reception from 6-7 p.m. Reception dates for the 2010-11 season are:

Friday, Nov. 5
In the Shadow of the Volcanoes: Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico
MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon- A Re-interpretation by Dan Smith
Perspectives in Bronze: Works by Greg Bailey & Michael Warrick
Amy Cheng: Evidence of Things Unseen
Contemporary Works by Martha Neaves

Friday, March 4, 2011
The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks!: Grief and Celebration: Lowell Hayes
In the Void: Sculpture by David Meyer
Children's Art of the High Country

Friday, April 2, 2011
Appalachian Alumni in the Arts
8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
Beyond their Natural Range: April Flanders
Places for Contemplation in Public Buildings: Alex Poorman
Open Spaces, Sacred Places: Tom Stoner & TKF Foundation
Chromata: Laura Berman

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a member, the upcoming exhibitions or to schedule a tour, call (828) 262-3017 or visit You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook and Twitter.

The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including The Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, the High Country Press, the Winston-Salem Journal, Charter Media, Mountain Television Network, Mix 102.3, Oldies 100.7, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9, WETS 89.5, WNCW 88.7 and WASURocks 90.5FM.

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