Winter’s Art

Article Published: Jan. 12, 2012 | Modified: Jan. 12, 2012
Winter’s Art

‘Bull Elk at Dawn’ by Scott Hotaling, 2011 People’s Choice Award Winner of the Appalachian
Mountain Photography Competition.
Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is welcoming the winter season with the celebration of six new exhibitions on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to take their first look at the current exhibitions on display, meet some of the artists, listen to live music and enjoy a refreshing beverage from the cash bar. A special “donors only” preview will be held prior to the reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on Feb. 3 are “Robert Goodnough: Abstract Expressionism & Beyond,” “Senegal: A Window into Francophone West Africa,” 2012 Department of Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition, “The Artine &Teddy Artinian Self-Portrait Collection: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and “Padre e Figlio: Father and Son Works by Mario Prisco and Richard Prisco.”

“Abstract Expressionism & Beyond” is in the center’s Main Gallery in the East Wing, while the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will be in the Mezzanine Gallery in the East Wing. Both exhibitions will be on display until June 2.

“Senegal” will be in the Community Gallery in the East Wing through March 31. The 2012 Department of Art Faculty Biennial is in Gallery A of the West Wing, “The Artine & Teddy Artinian Self-Portrait Collection” is in Gallery B of the West Wing and “Padre e Figlio” is in the Mayer Gallery in the West Wing, with all on display through March 24.

“Robert Goodnough: Abstract Expressionism & Beyond” is made possible by the David Illya Brandt and Daria Brandt Collection. Robert Goodnough (1917-2010) was an American abstract expressionist painter who moved among the second-generation members of the New York School. This exhibition continues the Turchin Center’s tradition of featuring historically important artists and their work.

In partnership with Appalachian’s Department of Foreign Language & Literatures, French & Francophone Studies, “Senegal: A Window into Francophone West Africa” is the result of the experiences of 12 graduate students of French who traveled to Senegal in July 2011. The resulting exhibition will feature artwork from artists in Senegal, as well as images and research gathered by the participants of the trip. The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program funded the trip.

In collaboration with the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, the 2012 Department of Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition presents new work from Appalachian State University’s Department of Art faculty members. Faculty exhibitions provide an opportunity for the campus and High Country community to view and engage in the artwork of the people instructing Appalachian students. This exhibition will be located in two locations: Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium, from Jan. 30 to March 2, and the Turchin Center, from Feb. 3 to March 24.

“The Artine & Teddy Self-Portrait Collection” features a selection of work from one of the most recent acquisitions to the Turchin Center’s permanent collection. Originally gifted to the Appalachian Cultural Museum, this major collection holds more than 250 paintings, drawing and mixed media work.

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is a prominent, regional competition attracting the work of amateur and professional photographers from across the country that celebrates the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This is a program of ASU Outdoor Programs in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

“Padre e Figlio” features works by father and son artists Mario and Richard Prisco. A fine artist and painter, Mario Prisco has been painting professionally for more than six decades, and his work is largely influenced by his large, extended family of first-generation Americans and the Italian-Jewish neighborhood in which he was raised. Studio furniture artist and designer Richard Prisco recently relocated to the Boone community to teach at Appalachian State University. His work is heavily influenced by his father and uncle, and he is currently exploring structure as crafted expression in his work. These two artists combine their unique styles to create one exemplary exhibition.

About the TCVA

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. 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 gratefully accepted.

For more information about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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