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 “Family history, the history of local places and local traditions – that’s something that an exhibition like [Faces and Places of Highlands and Cashiers] can really capture that you wouldn’t get from reading any kind of history textbook.”
- Dr. Seth McCormick, Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University


Sunday at Sotheby’s

Monthly, January – December, 2017
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2017 WCU Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: The Magic Starts Here

Bunzl Gallery, January 13 - February 25, 2017, Reception: February 10, 2 - 4 pm
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2016-2017 Winter Resident Artist Exhibition

Loft Gallery, January 14 - March 12, 2017, Reception: February 10, 2 - 4 pm
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Steven Forbes-deSoule

The Joel Gallery, February 18 - April 30, 2017
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North Carolina, A Sense of Home

The Bunzl Gallery, March 4 - May 28, 2017
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Guerra De La Paz

The Loft Gallery, March 18 - June 9, 2017
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The Bascom’s 2017 Photography Club Annual Member Exhibition

Adult Education Gallery, May 5 – June 11, 2017
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Young Artists, Unite! 2017

Ruth Eckerd Children’s Gallery, May 11 – September 30, 2017
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Journeys in Iron, The 2nd Outdoor Sculpture Invitational

The Bascom Campus, May 20 - January 7, 2018
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Natasha Bowdoin

The Bunzl Gallery, June 10 - August 27, 2017
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Selections from Resident Artists and Summer Programs

Education Gallery, June – August, 2017
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The Poetry and Pottery of Dave Drake

The Loft Gallery, June 23 - September 24, 2017
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The Bascom Members’ Challenge, Inspiration from Black Mountain College

The Joel Gallery, July 29 - August 27, 2017
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Alice Ballard, A Conversation With Nature

The Joel Gallery, September 2 - December 3, 2017
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Innovative Fibers, a Survey of Contemporary Textiles

The Bunzl Gallery, September 9 - January 7, 2017
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American Craft Today: Chairs

The Loft Gallery, October 6 - December 10, 2017
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The Bascom's Photography Club Annual Members' Exhibition

Adult Education Gallery; November 28, 2016 - January 27, 2017
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American Art Today: What is American Art?

Loft Gallery; October 1 - December 11, 2016; Opening/Presentation: October 1, 5pm - 7pm
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Herbert Creecy: Major Paintings

Bunzl Gallery; September 25, 2016 - January 8, 2017
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Contemporary Craft Series: Robert Johnson

Greehey Atrium Gallery; September 3 - November 13, 2016
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Ben Owen III

Joel Gallery; July 24 - September 4, 2016
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Contemporary Craft Series: Brian Fireman

Greehey Atrium Gallery; July 2 - August 27, 2016
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Three Ceramic Artists: Mccurdy, Cordova, Gustin

Loft Gallery; June 18 - Sept 25, 2016; FREE Public Symposium; June 18
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Of Land and Spirit: Cherokee Art Today

Bunzl Gallery; June 12 - Sept 18, 2016; Public Reception: June 12, 5pm - 7pm
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The Bascom 2016 Instructor Invitational

Adult Education Gallery; June 6 - September 30, 2016
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Alex Bernstein

Joel Gallery; May 28 - July 17, 2016; Opening: May 28, 5pm - 7pm
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Young Artists, Unite!

Ruth Eckerd Children's Gallery; May 23 - Sept 30, 2016; Reception: May 28, 2pm - 4pm
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Site-Specific Sculpture by John K. Melvin, 2016 Sculpture Resident

Front Lawn, 2016-2018; Public Unveiling: May 14, 5pm – 7pm
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Contemporary Craft Series: Ronan Peterson

Greehey Atrium Gallery; May 7 - June 26, 2016
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Byron Tenesaca: The Will to Power

April 9 – May 13 Education Gallery, 2016
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Another Better World!

Bunzl Gallery; March 19 - June 5, 2016; Reception/ Artist Panel Discussion: May 7, 5pm - 7pm
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Beyond the Sock: Knitted Art by Charles Gandy

Loft Gallery; March 12 - June 12, 2016; Reception/Artist Talk: April 23, 5pm - 7pm
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Lucien Harris

Joel Gallery March 5 - May 22, 2016; Opening: April 30, 5pm - 7pm
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WCU Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Bunzl Gallery January 16 - March 13
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Winter Resident Artist Exhibition

Bunzl Gallery January 9 - March 6, 2016
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Contemporary Craft Series: Kathy Moore 

November 14 – January 10, 2016

Kathy Moore was The People’s Choice Winner in the 2014 Regional Art League’s exhibition. Moore’s works are assemblages of found objects that express symbolic meaning and merge her passion for collecting and aesthetic organizing. 

Western Carolina University Artists: Masters of Fine Art Exhibition 

November 1 - 29, 2015

This annual exhibit by Master of Fine Arts students enrolled at Western Carolina University demonstrates phenomenal talent and enriches The Bascom’s culture. The emerging artists from WCU always deliver an exhibition of exceptional craft and engagement of contemporary dialogues. 

Bartram’s Boxes Remix 

October 3 – January 3, 2015

A collaboration between The Center for Art in Wood and Bartram’s Garden of Philadelphia, Bartram’s Boxes Remix features works made from wood and other materials found in Bartram’s Garden. Including work from both established and emerging artists, this exhibition provides a unique chance for participants to explore the history, materials and inspiration of one of America’s oldest gardens. 

Contemporary Craft Series: The Three Ceramic Artists 

September 12 - November 8, 2015

This year’s featured ceramic artists for the annual clay symposium are Alex Matisse, East Fork Pottery, NC; Trey Hill, Associate Professor at The University of Montana; and Shadow May, Chattanooga, TN. They are distinguished artists in their field, exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

 American Craft Today: Glass 
September 5 – December 6, 2015

This juried exhibition will focus on contemporary crafts by showcasing art glass produced by America’s most skilled and visionary craftspeople. Our juror for this year’s exhibition is Melissa G. Post. Post is an independent arts professional. She previously served as Curator at the Museum of Glass (Tacoma) and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design and was Assistant Curator at the Corning Museum of Glass. Post has curated various exhibitions, including: Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows— the artist’s nationally touring midcareer survey—Glimmering Gone: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman; Fertile Ground: Masterworks from the Visiting Artist Residency Program; White Light: Glass Compositions by Daniel Clayman; Constructing Elozua, A Retrospective, 1973-2003; and Pursuing Excellence: The Studio Craft Movement in Western North Carolina. 

Sunday at The Bascom Presentation: Rodney Leftwich 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Rodney Leftwich will lead an exploration of historical and contemporary Southern Folk Pottery. He will present traditional forms, glazes, and methods of firing. Rodney has researched the early folk and art potteries of western North Carolina. He is the author of Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah, The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen. He also co-authored the book North Carolina Art Pottery, as well as numerous articles and exhibition catalogs. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the American Art Pottery Association. 

The Bascom Members’ Challenge: The Word as Art 

August 1 – October 11, 2015

This fun and enlightening exhibition gives Bascom Members a place to showcase their talents throughout the building. This year, the event coincides with The Bascom’s 30th Anniversary Party and the opening reception for the first biennial Bascom Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. Join the day-long celebration as we honor our Members’ contributions. 

Drawing Intensive: Instructed by Nick Raynolds 

August 31 - November 1, 2015

The Bascom is pleased to have professional artist Nick Raynolds guide advanced students through a dynamic drawing intensive students as they expand their drawing knowledge under focused instruction.

 The Southern Lights: Martica Grin, Krista Harris, Audrey Phillips 
July 4 – August 7, 2015

The Bascom is pleased to present the visual poetry of the three artists of Southern Lights, who invite you into their world of emotional experiences. 

Sunday at The Bascom: Fong Choo 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fong Choo will discuss the hand building and wheel thrown processes required to begin delving into the popular fascination with the teapot form. Participants will develop a perspective on proportions from the large to the small, while the nature of “play” within this whimsical form will always be in the foreground. Through the study of the teapot, Fong helps his fellow clay artists to develop and fine tune a heightened sense of craftsmanship, instruction, and the skills required to play with this classic form, and to develop enhanced visual acuity and skills. 

Contemporary Craft Series: Alan Daigre 

July 11 - September 6, 2015

By designing with clean, simple lines, Alan Daigre creates timeless and elegant furniture from natural materials. He is known for his rope and wood rockers that are both elegant and comfortable. 

Sublime Beauty: The American Landscape 

June 27 – September 27, 2015
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Sublime Beauty: The American Landscape will provide visitors with a history of 19th-century American landscape painting and will also include a discussion of this country’s changing relationship with that landscape as the United States tried to reconcile the preservation of its natural splendors with the fulfillment of its Manifest Destiny. The exhibition will include early works by founding practitioners such as Thomas Doughty and Thomas Cole, mid-19th century works by Asher B. Durand and Sonntag, Sr. and Herman Herzog, among others. The exhibition is curated by Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D., Chief Curator and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. 

Armand Cabrera 

June 13 – June 28, 2015

This presentation will cover a brief history of Armand Cabrera’s influences as a contemporary painter and the philosophical ideas behind al la prima painting. 

LANDS BEYOND: Other Worldly Landscapes and Visionary Topographies 

June 6 – August 30, 2015

This exhibition offers an interesting counterpoint to the traditional works in the concurrent exhibition, Sublime Beauty: The American Landscape. In this exhibition, Lands Beyond Curator Tom Patterson, brings together new and recent works by several contemporary artists who transport viewers to unfamiliar worlds and present transformative viewpoints on the old familiar one. 

Bascom Outdoor Sculpture Invitational 

May 23, 2015 - January 9, 2016

The Bascom’s first biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition is curated by Cashier's sculptor, Wesley Wofford. Works by living American artists from the Southeast will be installed throughout the campus and along the Margaret and Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail. Drawing from established and emerging artists, this temporary exhibition will provide the catalyst for a better understanding and appreciation of contemporary sculpture.

 Karen Weihs 
May 13 - June 7, 2015

Observe Karen Weihs’ fascinating process of abstracting images with palette knife oil painting. Enjoy a presentation and demonstration with this renowned local artist. 

Contemporary Craft Series: Sam Stark 

May 2 - July 5, 2015

Sam Stark’s glass art is all about fluidity, superb technique and the masterful use of color. Stark describes himself as “the bullfighter of the art world. Each day is a contest between man and fire.” His body of work ranges from simple functional pieces to large scale, abstract, installations. All of his glass art reveals his special interest in the harmonization of layered colors and the transmission of light. 

International Friendship Center and Literacy Council 

May 1 - August 31, 2015

Creativity abounds in the colorful artwork of the young artists from the International Friendship Center. Each piece shows a growing passion for art and increased capacity for unique artistic expression. Instructor Kat Evans will guide students through captivating art projects that produce a wonderful body of work. 

New Lightpaintings 

April 4 – June 21, 2015

In 2002, Stephen Knapp presented the world with his lightpaintngs. In these unique works, glass and light form expansive and multi-dimensional sculptures that evoke the expressive power of painting in the modernist vein. Using micro-thin metallic coatings between layers of glass, Knapp challenges the traditional notions of painting and sculpture. Knapp continues to explore the endless possibilities of his artform in this installation, New Lightpaintings. 

Homeschool Sculpture: Exploring Form 

April 3 - May 1, 2015

Each year, The Bascom offers homeschool classes in various media to expand the minds of young artists. Homeschool Sculpturewill allow students to explore form, space, and shape through sculpting with different materials. Their work will demonstrate a wide range of artistic exploration and create a fascinating exhibition. 

Appropriation Art: Finding Meaning in Found-Image Collage 

March 14 - May 31, 2015

Curator Margaret Browne’s Appropriation Art: Finding Meaning in Found-Image Collage is the Bascom’s first exhibition to explore aspects of Post-modern aesthetic theory. Focusing on collage-based contemporary art, Appropriation Art will challenge long-defined notions about artistic production as well as invite viewer responses to featured installations. Featured artists include Guerra de la Paz, Aaron Hequembourg, Fatimah Tuggar, Radcliffe Bailey, Aldwyth and Miriam Schapiro. The panel discussion featuring several of the show’s artists will be moderated by Browne. 

Future Potters: Ceramics Fundamentals 

March 9 - May 1, 2015

This exhibit will feature the work of young artists learning the fundamentals of ceramics including experimentation with throwing, hand-building, glazing, and firing. 

Contemporary Craft Series: Phyllis Koster 

February 28 - April 26, 2015

The craft of weaving has intrigued Phyllis Koster since the age of 12, when she was allowed to sit on the loom bench and weave at the Landis Valley Farm Museum in Lancaster, PA. She has received awards from the Philadelphia Hand Weavers Guild, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. 

Ends of the Earth 

January 10 – March 29, 2015

Martyn Lucas’s solo exhibition, Ends of the Earth, is a dramatic, photographic voyage of Antarctica that depicts the magnificent beauty of the frozen landscape in large format color images. Having pursued a lifetime’s involvement in the oil industry, Lucas, originally from Bolton, England, now resides in New Orleans and Cashiers as he continues to pursue his personal art and its inspiring process. This exhibition promises to deliver the extreme beauty and silence of Antarctica as seen through artistic vision of Martyn Lucas 

Contemporary Craft Series: Mike Sluder 

January 3 - February 22, 2015

As one of the country’s notable metal artists, Mike Sluder has made a name for himself creating breathtaking and sophisticated metal art, moving beyond his gritty and industrial beginnings. Sluder’s works have been featured in the Museum of Design, Atlanta, as well as in national and international exhibitions and publications. 


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2014 Appalachian Pastel Society Juried National Exhibition 

October 4. 2014 - January 4, 2015

The Bascom is honored to host the 2014 APS Juried National Exhibition. It is a biennial event organized by the Appalachian Pastel Society to provide competition opportunities for fine pastelists around the country. The society was formed in 2006 to promote an understanding and appreciation of pastel painting throughout the Appalachian Region. This exhibition brings some of the finest examples of contemporary pastel art to our region. Stan Sperlak is the 2014 juror. Sperlak was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and continued his development with Patrick Arnold, Pennsylvania Academy, and Particia Vanaman Witt, Barn Studio of Art. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of Colorado, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and The Cape May County Art League. 

The Three Potters Exhibition 

September 6 - November 9, 2014

This year’s featured potters for the annual clay symposium, The Three Potters, are Brandon Reese, Oklahoma; Fong Choo, Kentucky; and Jim Connell, South Carolina. They are distinguished craftspeople in their field. For an extended period of time, a collection of their works will be on display. 

Faces & Places: Cashiers & Highlands, North Carolina

August 23 - November 9, 2014

Tim Barnwell is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina. His prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, R.J. Reynolds Industries, the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York, the Newark Museum of Art and the Bank of America corporate collection. In collaboration with The Cashiers Historical Society, The Highlands Historical Society and The Bascom, Barnwell documented selected people and places of Cashiers and Highlands through his photography with their accompanying oral histories.

The Bascom Members' Challenge: Taste

August 9 - October 12, 2014

Each year we are honored to showcase the talents of the artists who are Bascom members. This year, our members are invited to create a work of art based on the concept of “Taste.” For more information, see Call to Artists on The Bascom website.

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Potter

August 2 - October 26, 2014

The Bascom presents a showcase of work by this year’s potter-in-residence. The goal of the Studio Barn Work Study Program is to provide space, as well as guidance, for an individual who wants to pursue creative ideas in their own work, while learning how to maintain and manage the day- to-day needs of the studio barn. 

Mountains in Bloom Garden Artists

July 26 - September 28, 2014

Local artists who volunteer to demonstrate their artistic talents in the gardens for the 2014 Mountains in Bloom Festival show the resulting works for this unique garden exhibition.

Mountains in Bloom Photography

July 10 - August 3, 2014

Photographers submit their nature-related photographs in a competition for awards and juror's comments.

Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain

June 21 - September 28, 2014

This 50-year retrospective will feature the best examples of Turner’s work, including his innovative techniques in copper red salt glazes. The exhibition will relate his professional experiences to the emergence of the American Ceramic Studio Movement from the mid-1960s to the present. A recreation of his early experimental salt glaze kiln will be installed as the core of the exhibition. A gallery talk focused on Turner’s career as a leading American porcelain artist will focus on the examination of selected works in the exhibition. 

From the Earth

June 7 - August 31, 2014

Vicki Grant graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture and has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years. The focus of her work has been towards creating visual experiences that engage the viewer both intellectually and emotionally. Her architectural background has defined basic design principles that have transferred well into her sculptural artwork. Grant has always felt that the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature, and that exposure to these elements has been her inspiration for her recent wall pieces and vessels

High School Ceramics

May 24 - July 27, 2014

In an ongoing partnership between The Bascom and Highlands School, the Highlands High School Ceramics Class, taught in the Dave Drake Studio Barn during spring semester by Frank Vickery, will display its best work. These works focus on wheel-throwing techniques, as well as traditional and contemporary approaches to making and finishing works of art.

Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface

May 24 - August 17, 2014

Emmy and Academy Award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the North Carolina mountains. His style emphasizes the sculptor’s presence, and is characterized by a dynamic use of form and texture. In this exhibition, Wofford explores the expression of human emotions often kept well beneath the surface.   


April 19 - December 7, 2014

Brandon Reese’s works are predominantly known for their simple, familiar forms created by a variety of methods and at such large scales that they push the traditional boundaries of ceramic art. Reese is an associate professor of ceramics at Oklahoma State University, who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. He has had the privilege of working with the artists Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz and Peter Voulkos. The Bascom is pleased to have Circles on campus this year. 

Elsa Norris Dodd Remembered 

April 12 - August 3, 2014

Elsa Dodd was a favorite character of Highlands, known by many to be a talented artist who promoted the arts in Highlands early on. Members of the Highlands Art League, in collaboration with The Bascom, have curated this exhibition of Dodd's work that will present a retrospective of her life's work. 

Out of the Ordinary 

April 5 - June 15, 2014

Rebecca Dimling Cochran is the guest curator for Out of the Ordinary, an exhibition that will focus on contemporary artists, including Long-bin Chin, Willie Cole, Chakaia Booker, Matthew Brandt, Mary Engel, and Vik Muniz, who select and use materials specifically for the symbolism or iconography that it adds to their work. She will moderate a panel discussion of artists whose works are in this exhibition. 

Making Waves

March 8 - May 18, 2014

The use of non-powered boats on the lakes and rivers are a part of the mountain culture that was promoted by Samuel Truman Kelsey, one of the founding fathers of Highlands, and supported by the 1989 Land Use Plan that describes the "magnificent beauty and unusual attraction”of the outstanding biological diversity, scenic mountain vistas, unpolluted watersheds and fortunate location in the midst of the Nantahala National Forest. Handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, including handmade bamboo rods, paddles, antique outboard motors, reels and flies. This exhibition coincides with the Highlands Three River Fly Fishing Tournament. 

The Bascom Youth Instructors 

January 18 - April 13, 2014

This exhibition is presented as a preview of talent from the dedicated artists who will share their gifts through teaching at The Bascom. These instructors are at the heart of The Bascom’s adult education programs and work with us throughout the year. 

The Bascom Instructors 

January 18 - April 13, 2014

This exhibition is presented as a preview of talent from the dedicated artists who will share their gifts through teaching at The Bascom. These instructors are at the heart of The Bascom's adult education programs and work with us throughout the year. 

Regional Art Leagues

January 11 - March 30, 2014

Showcasing the talents of selected artists of the surrounding regional art guilds and organizations. This exhibit features the People's Choice Awards, chosen by exhibition visitors and presented at the closing reception.


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American Art Today: Figures

September 7 - January 5, 2014

This prestigious, juried exhibition features two-dimensional and sculptural works of approximately 50 artists from across the nation. The theme for the exhibition is “Figures.” This year’s juror is Jonathan Stuhlman, Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.


August 24 - November 10, 2013

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel will create a site-specific monumental installation for the Loft Gallery entitled green-house. Lathan-Stiefel lives near Bartram Gardens in Philadelphia, the site of the 18th-century house, gardens and greenhouse created by John Bartram, who is considered to be America’s first botanist. In a 1760 letter to a friend, Bartram wrote, “I am A going to build A green-house … stone is got & hope as soon as harvest is over to begin to build it.” green-house will be inspired in part by the form and pattern of the stacked stones that Bartramutilized to build this structure. In contrast to the heavy rocks, the installation will be created with lightweight materials, such as pipe cleaners, fabric, plastic, wire and thread. green-house will weave in and out of the Loftin a labyrinthine manner, offering an immersive experience for the viewer.

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist

August 3 - October 27, 2013

The Bascom presents a showcase of the works of Janis Fisher, 2013 Resident Artist and Victoria Clark, Intern. 

ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd

May 25 - August 18, 2013

ReDress is an exciting collection of amazing couture creations by Santa Fe artist Nancy Judd, each piece meticulously constructed from everyday throwaways, and each with a message for, by and about our contemporary lifestyle.  In her Artist Talk, Judd will talk about her couture fashion sculptures made from trash and how she uses them to engage people in thinking about environmental conservation. She will share the unusual journey that has brought her to this unique career and tell stories about some of the difficult choices she has made along the way.

The Three Potters Exhibition

May 25 - August 18, 2013

This year's featured potters for the annual clay symposium, The Three Potters Exhibition, are three of the most well-known potters in America: Cynthia Bringle, Michael Sherrill and Ron Meyers. Their work will be on display in the Atrium Gallery.

Cynthia Bringle

A pre-eminent potter and legendary teacher, Cynthia Bringle is also a painter and printmaker living in Penland, NC. She earned an M.F.A. from Alfred University. With her twin sister, she owns a gallery that sells her pottery. She has taught many workshops nationwide and at Penland School of Crafts. A fellow of the American Craft Council and recipient of the North Carolina Award for Fine Art, Bringle has work featured in the Mint Museum of Craft and Design,Burlington Art Centre, and the High Museum of Art.

Michael Sherrill

Essentially a self-taught artist, Michael Sherrill moved from Charlotte, NC to the Western North Carolina mountains in 1974. He was influenced by the NC folk pottery tradition, Penland School of Crafts, the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, and potters Cynthia Bringle, Don Reitz and Sid Oakley. He received a visual arts fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council in 1993. His work is in several major collections and the Mint Museum of Art. Solo exhibitions include Western Carolina University, Wofford College and Sun-Up Gallery, Rhode Island.

Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers is one of the most influential artists and educators in America today. His red earthenware pots feature colored slip paintings of rats, fish, rabbits, etc. in a gestural expressionistic style. He holds an M.F.A. in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught at the University of South Carolina from 1967 to 1972, and the next 20 years at the University of Georgia, retiring as Professor Emeritus. He was artist-in-residence at Western Carolina University and juror for the 1999 National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts.

Mountains in Bloom Photography

July 10 - August 4, 2013

Local photographers submit their nature-related photographs in a competition for awards and jurors’ comments.

A Never Ending Stream: The Art of Linda Anderson

April 20 - July 28, 2013

Recent paintings by Linda Anderson reveal how her bucolic scenes have matured and become more refined. Anderson’s work continues to surge forth in a never-ending stream of pictures, stories and fantasies. This exhibit will display a selection of Anderson’s early works along with more recent ones revolving around the things she loves.

Highlands High School Ceramics

May 11 - July 14, 2013

In an on-going partnership between The Bascom and Highlands School, the Highlands High School Ceramics Class, taught in the Studio Barn during spring semester, will display their best work, based on traditional and contemporary approaches to making and finishing ceramic works of art.

Landscape Photography in a Changing World

April 6 - June 16, 2013

From the inspirational photographs by Ansel Adams to the manufactured landscapes by contemporary photographer Edward Burtynsky, this exhibition will provide a look at various celebrated artists’ views of nature and our changing environment. Additional works by Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Christenberry, David Hilliard, Michael Kenna, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Eliot Porter, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Angela West, Brett Weston, Masao Yamamoto, and others will be included. Curated by Jane Jackson, former director of Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta and The Sir Elton John Photography Collection.

V is for Vineyard

April 6 - June 2, 2013

In conjunction with Collective Spirits, local glass blowers will display handcrafted stemware, pitchers, stoppers and serving pieces that will make the perfect wine-tasting event.

Youth Art Exhibit, K - 12

April 20 - May 19, 2013

In support of the art specialists and their art education programs, The Bascom is proud to showcase the talents and creative spirit of developing artists who attend public schools located on the mountain plateau: Blue Ridge School, Highlands School and Summit Charter School.

The Bascom Instructors 

January 5 - March 31, 2013

This exhibition is presented as a preview of talent from the dedicated artists who will share their gifts through teaching at The Bascom. These instructors are at the heart of The Bascom’s education programs and work with us throughout the year.

Regional Art Leagues: Selected Works

January 5 - March 31, 2013

Showcasing the talents of selected artists of the surrounding regional art guilds and organizations, Regional Art at The Bascom will also feature for the first time the People’s Choice Awards, chosen by exhibition visitors. 

Polly Knipp Hill: Marking a Life Through Etching

January 12 - March 10, 2013

This exhibition is a retrospective of artist Polly Knipp Hill’s life and career. She began working as an artist in the 1920s and garnered increased recognition in the decades that followed. Although she initially focused on European architecture, in her mature period her broad body of work grew to encompass poignant, amusing and slightly satirical scenes that reflected American culture. The exhibition is organized iconographically, according to the categories into which the artist herself divided her print oeuvre: Paris America with “street and countryside scenes,” Florida: Arcadia, children’s games, and mountain culture. She lived and worked in Highlands, North Carolina, for a few years.



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The Bascom Instructors

January 7 - March 1, 2012

A sampling of talent from dedicated artists who share their gift through teaching. At the heart of The Bascom's education programs are the instructors who work with us through the year. These instructors hold the distinction of being experienced professional artists and skilled educators.

Regional Art

January 21 - March 25, 2012

Here at The Bascom, we live amongst nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. In honor of these artists; and the non-profit organizations that support them, we are proud to offer our visitors a glimpse of the talent that lies in our own backyard! 

Emerging Artist: Frank Vickery

January 21 - March 25, 2012

Every year, we select a graduate student from Western North Carolina University to install his or her thesis exhibition at The Bascom. Frank Vickery, the honoree this year, is no stranger to us. He has been with our institution as an intern and is currently The Bascom's Ceramics Program Manager. Frank has been selected for the quality of his work, his dedication to the field of ceramics and his enthusiastic ability to share his talent with others.

Chicks: It's All Gone to the Birds

March 31 - June 17, 2012

Join us in celebrating the fascinating world of our feathered friends. This exceptional collection of avian themed art showcases artists at their finest observing and creating images of the world around us through the eyes of scientists, environmentalists and conservators. A true celebration of the freedom of flight. Presented in partnership with the Highlands Biological Station and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society.

Young at Art, K - 12

April 7 - May 19, 2012

The Bascom is proud to offer the annual Art Exhibition in recognition of the creative spirit in children and youth, and the educational and artistic advancement of talented young people. The exhibition is a collaborative project with all schools, both public and private, located on our mountain plateau. Our purpose is to provide all budding young artists with opportunities to showcase their talent, through the experience of sharing their works of art in a non-competitive environment. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for our young people: it encourages an appreciation for the arts, reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent which exist in our community and serves as a vehicle through which schools and students are brought together.

Alex Matisse: Ceramics

May 30 - October 21, 2012

This installation of large ceramic vessels will be the signature work on The Bascom campus in 2012.

“In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the way on hiking trails above the tree line, marking the path through barren landscapes. My own Ometti have a human quality with a large but unimposing stature, a defined head and broad shoulders...The pots in the exhibition originate from the tradition of salt-glazed stoneware grave markers that were made in abundance in the counties of the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina...This project is my first step out of the comfort and familiarity of utility and defined function. But like all of my work, the Ometto project remains an exercise in repetition, refinement, and restraint. The Ometti will convene on the front lawn of The Bascom, holding vigil for a few months, before being marshaled into the world to take up their posts.” Alex Matisse

Green Art

May 17 - July 8, 2012

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement and environmentally friendly art. Tracy Kirchmann, glass artist, aided in the establishment of a glass studio, which is powered by methane from a landfill, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, NC. Tracy’s love of teaching has led her to the After School Program for the Little Black Pearl Glass Lab in Chicago, IL. The students of the Little Black Pearl program represent the first glass studio on the south side of Chicago and through the lineage of Tracy, the students participating in this program are directly connected to Harvey Littleton, founder of Americas studio glass movement. Tracy Kirchmann was fortunate to have Joan Byrd, one of Harvey Littleton’s original students, as her mentor. Tracy and her students will be creating works of art from recycled glass wine bottles for this exhibition.

From Mud to Art - Highlands High School Ceramics 

May 17 - July 8, 2012

Explore with the students as they demonstrate their proficiency in pottery making and understanding of the science that makes it happen. Student work and an explanation of clay bodies, firing and glazing will be on view. Now in its third year, the High School Ceramics Class is an ongoing partnership between Highlands School and The Bascom. 

Tim Curtis: Suspended

May 26 - August 26, 2012

This large-scale kinetic sculpture of suspended ceramic discs that are mounted and hung from the ceiling provides gentle, undulating, invisible waves. This movement in the room provides a tangible experience with the art installation as opposed to just viewing a single work of art. The specific source of light, the background it is held in, and the magnitude of the art, creates an environment that is unlike any other. An exciting nontraditional exhibition, provides elements inclusive of the experience that the artist can use to invite the viewer in and this artist includes the viewer as writer and image maker.

Her Impressions

June 23 - September 16, 2012

Her Impressions presents a collection of art by American woman of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were greatly influenced by the Impressionist movement from France and also by the social upheavals of the women’s rights movement at home. The collection reveals the tradition of the women within the home, as well as the advancing of women outside the home. Some of these artists may be unfamiliar to us today; however, in their time they were critically acclaimed, exhibiting with their male counterparts. Framed in the context of “the Victorian home”, the artists in this exhibition reveal significant contributions to the evolution and development of American art.

Her Impressions
 includes works on loan from The Huntsville Museum of American Art; The High Museum, Atlanta; Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis; and Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College, Demorest, GA. Support for the exhibition is provided by Koski Family Foundation; Harry Norman, Realtors - Highlands; Pat and Carl Hartrampf; Ginger Kennedy and Kevin Naylor; and Delta Air Lines.

Festival of Cover Artists

June 30 - August 30, 2012

The Bascom is pleased to announce the exhibition, Festival of Cover Artists, to be displayed at the Cashiers Public Library, Cashiers, NC. The Bascom, in conjunction with the Friends of Cashiers Library and Highlands-Cashiers Music Festival, invites you to this exhibition of new works from the artists that have been featured on the cover of the Chamber Music Festival’s annual brochure. 

Art Rosenbaum: Voices

Margo Rosenbaum: Visions

September 1 - November 10, 2012

These monumental paintings depicting rural Southern life are combinations of both real and imagined people, places and events. The expressionistic figurative style and thematic elements are evocatively updated versions of the 1930’s American painting scene. Ethnographer, as well as artist, Rosenbaum brings storytelling to the viewer in the form of folktale paintings full of vibrant, sweeping color.

Giving Trees

November 17 - January 6, 2012

The Bascom launches its holiday celebration by hosting Giving Trees to bring attention to all the non-profits on the plateau and to give our visitors an opportunity to donate to multiple organizations. On November 17, guests are invited to preview Giving Trees and participate in a little friendly competition and the sharing of family recipes during our annual Nog Off. A toast to friends, family and community!

In These Mountains

November 17 - January 6, 2012

An open invitation to artists, In These Mountains offers regional talent within a 60-mile radius of Highlands the opportunity to submit an exhibition proposal. Currently on view through January 6, 2013 is The Grand Scheme of Things, an installation incorporating paintings by Ann DerGara and sculptures by Christine Kosiba, artists from Brevard. Experience this fascinating work via a meandering moss path in the Loft Gallery.


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Do Tell: Patrick Dougherty Environmental Sculpture

June 2011 - October 2012

Internationally recognized sculptor Patrick Dougherty constructed a monumental site-specific work using saplings as his construction material. Visitors were invited to stop by the campus to watch the creative process as Dougherty combined primitive construction techniques with his love of nature to build a one-of-a-kind sculpture on The Bascom campus. This sculpture installation is generously sponsored by Mary Ann and Knox Massey, with exclusive media partner Our State magazine.

Collections: The Bascom and The Hudson Library

January 7 - February 12, 2011

The Bascom  and The Hudson Library collections consist of primarily 20th and 21st century American art encompassing paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, wood, fiber, printmaking and drawings. Some of the prominent artists represented are Linda Anderson, Cynthia Bringle, The Moulthrop family, Mark Piser, Will Henry Stevens and Billy Ruth Sudduth.

Out Back and Down Under
January 14 - March 25, 2011

Recent photographic works by photographer Greg Newington. Works included will be from his recent Aussie tour, down under and images from out back on our mountain plateau. Newington is an internationally known photo journalist who has worked around the world in the newspaper and publishing industry winning multiple awards for his captivating images.

Regional Art Organizations, Selected Works

February 19 - April 9, 2011

This initiative is to show our support for the work of individual artists and arts organizations in the region surrounding our mountain plateau. Plan to join us as we celebrate this inspiring endeavor and the art and artists who enrich our community.

The Bascom Instructors

April 1 - June 12, 2011

The gift of creating works of art, sharing and mentoring are the common threads amongst these artists. Get a preview of works by these nationally acclaimed artists who will be teaching at The Bascom this summer.

The American Still Life: Yesterday and Today

April 16 - July 4, 2011

A competition, juried by Kevin Grogan from the Morris Museum,  which will include a combination of works by contemporary American artists selected by our juror and historical still life examples borrowed from museums. Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition explores the historical precedent and the evolution of the practice in the work of portraying inanimate objects and presents some of the innovative ways artists today are exploring this traditional genre. 

Richard Ritter: Glass

May 20 - June 26, 2011

Each piece of glass in this presentation captures a moment in Ritter's eventful career. As a young man, Ritter was involved in the growth of the American studio glass movement and studied with many of the early artists leading the way. Today, he continues to inspire and influence as an artist and teacher. This exhibition, traveling to Highlands, will include current and retrospective works by Ritter beginning in the 1960s. Ritter's work can be found in the Permanent Collection of the Vice President's Residence in Washington, D.C. and his work was also included in the first permanent White House Crafts Collection. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant and his work has been included in multiple exhibitions of prestigious art centers and museums.

Artist and Instructor

June 18 - August 17, 2011

The gift of creating works of art and teaching are the common threads amongst these artists. Get a preview of works by these nationally acclaimed artists who will be teaching at The Bascom this summer.

Grounded in Nature: Paper

July 1 - September 4, 2011

Handcrafted paper sculpture by Charleston based artist Jocelyn Chateauvert. A recent research project, awarded through the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, sent Chateauvert to Guyana, South America to study and document the sculptural qualities of the diverse and stunning plant species of this sparsely populated Amazon rainforest. Chateauvert is the first artist in a craft media to be granted the award and the first to study in Guyana. Three dimensional compositions in paper inspired by this research will fill the gallery. This renowned artist has been included in exhibitions internationally and nationwide including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C. where two of her works can be found in their permanent collection. Sponsored by Frances Bunzl.

Frank Stella: American Master

July 8 - September 25, 2011

Frank Stella (b. 1936) is one of America’s great, internationally known artists. He is a painter, printer, printmaker and sculptor whose work follows an evolutionary path from a minimalist geometric style to a more dynamic expressionism. This exhibition includes works on loan from Florida collector Preston Haskell and Albright-Knox Museum, New York. Monumental printmaking, mixed media and sculptural works will be displayed with a catalog including essays by Dr. Kahren Arbitman, former executive director, Cummer Museum of Art, Florida and Ron Platt, curator, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama. Sponsored by anonymous patrons, Norman Askins, Gail and Tim Hughes and Beth and Jim Nellis.

Bascom Members Challenge: Journey

August 20 - September 17, 2011

Each year The Bascom showcases the artistic talent of member artists to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work done by artists who also support our mission through membership. This year's challenge is to create a work of art inspired by a journey, imaginary or real! Join us in celebrating the artistic talents of our members. 

Irony: Wilby Coleman  

August 20 - October 22, 2011

No computer wizardry here. This exhibition of metal sculpture on the terrace and grounds of The Bascom is about retro-technology to stimulate an understanding and appreciation of humor and motion. Objects can be interpreted on both the objective and subjective levels and may be about pure invention and the joyfulness in the heart of its creator. These  sculptures crafted by Wilby Coleman use a variety of materials and techniques to create one-of-a-kind  works of art with individual characteristics  which have a particular choreographic response. Sponsored by Betsy and Wright Turner.

Tools in Motion

September 17 - December 23, 2011

An extraordinary selection of artworks celebrating repetition and motion in common, everyday tools and hardware. This witty traveling exhibition, chosen from The Hechinger Collection, will spark your imagination and prompt a deeper engagement with each work's possible meaning, as you reconsider the ordinary as extraordinary. The artworks range in material from wood, paper, metal, stone, neon, and video and features work by Arman, Jim Dine, Jacob Lawrence, Claes Oldenburg and many more. Sponsored by The Alma Lee and H.N. Saurage Fund, Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Fay and Barrett Howell; Marsha and English Robinson and Valerie and Peter Whitcup.

Ben Owen: Ceramics

September 10 - December 3, 2011

Born and educated in North Carolina, with educational travels in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Owen has garnered a national reputation as artist, teacher and speaker. The Owen family immigrated from Great Britain in the mid 18th century to central North Carolina finding clay suitable for continuing their European pottery traditions and Ben still carries on the tradition today. Honored in our own state as a "North Carolina Living Treasure", Ben Owen has also received the Governor's Business Awards in the Arts and Humanities. Owen's pottery can be found in international and nationally recognized collections, periodicals and multiple books. Current works by renowned potter Ben Owens will be on display in the Loft Gallery. Sponsored by Ginger Kennedy and Kevin Naylor.

Giving Trees and Nog Off

November 12 - January 3, 2011

With over 25 participating local non-profits, The Bascom’s Giving Trees exhibition will amaze visitors with a stunning showcase of festive holiday trees. Best of all, donations made for the Giving Trees, at The Bascom from November 12-January 3, will benefit the participating non-profit organizations.


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An Artist in Construction

May 15 - May 29, 2010 

Designing, planning and fabrication are common in the process of constructing pottery and architecture. Dr. Patrick Taylor shares his images of The Bascom building project and ceramics fro his studio.

Recent Works: Chad Awalt

May 15 - June 20, 2010 

Take a glimpse into the current work of artists from The Bascom collection in this series. Awalt's carved wood sculptures combine the expressiveness of human figures with the sensitivity and warmth of wood.

On View: Artists-in-Residence and Ceramic Wine Goblets

May 15 - June 6, 2010 

Artists-in-Residence: Janet Filer, painter; Sandy Webster, book arts; Judy Richardson, sculpture; and Bill van Gilder, ceramist.

Ceramic Wine Goblets and cups are symbolic of celebration. Join us and raise a glass to celebrate the artistic craftsmanship of various contemporary ceramists.

Student Works: Regional High Schools

May 15 -  May 29, 2010 

The Bascom is pleased to partner with regional high schools to provide the opportunity for students to display their talent and exhibit their accomplishments in a professional environment.

Mud to Music, Ceramic Instruments

May 15 - July 4, 2010

Explore an array of instruments and sound sculptures made from clay by nationally recognized ceramic innovators. Curators: Barry Hall and Brian Ramson.

Treasures of Private Collections

June 5 - August 1, 2010 

View selected works from diverse collections. The exhibition comprises glass by Dale Chihuly, photography by Dorothea Lange, sculpture from Indonesia, prayer carpets, handcrafted rifles and decoys, and paintings by emerging contemporary artists. Engage with these collectors as they share an insight into their personal choices.

Recent Works: Sid Luck

June 26 - August 8, 2010 

Take a glimpse into the current work of artists from The Bascom collection in this series. North Carolina treasure Sid Luck continues the ancient art of wheel-thrown pottery in Sea Grove, NC, where he is the fifth generation of the Luck pottery tradition.

On View: Artists In Residence and Toe River Potters

July 24 - August 22, 2010 

Artists in Residence: Matt Liddle, printmaker and bookarts; Holly Hanessian, ceramics; Lewis Knauss, fiber; Mira Lehr, mixed media; Tom Turner, ceramist; Phillip Garrett, painter. Toe River Potters: Norm Schulmann, Claudia Dunaway, Ken Sedberry, Mark Peters and Courtney Martin.

Heroes of Horticulture

July 8 - September 5, 2010 

The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, in conjunction with The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington D.C., commissioned 12 celebrated photographers to visually preserve significant landscapes designated as at risk. These sites are sole witnesses to some of the nation’s greatest people and most significant moments. The results of this commission, color and black and white photography, will be on view. 

Bascom Members Challenge: Small Works

August 14 - September 12, 2010

A survey of contemporary visual works. Members of The Bascom are invited to submit recently created, small works of art.;

Kick-start! American Motorcycle Design

August 7 - September 26, 2010

Motorcycles are iconic images in American culture and reflect their historical context in design. Follow the aesthetic evolution in two-wheel transportation through vintage cycles. This extraordinary collection will be on loan from the Wheels Through Time Museum and collector Dale Walksler. 

On View: Artists In Residence and Three Weavers

August 28 - October 3, 2010  

Artists in Residence: Harriet Shorr, painter; Matt Kelleher, ceramics; Shoko Teruyama, ceramics.Three Weavers: Suzanne Gernandt, Kathy Roig and Amy Putansu.

Fire and Heat by Three

September 11 - November 6, 2010

Gunpowder, furnaces and kilns are used by the three featured artists: glass artist Alex Bernstein, mixed media artist Mira Lehr and ceramist Tom Turner. Experience traditional and innovative uses of materials and processes employed in the making of these contemporary works of art. 

Recent Works: Aaron Yakim and Cynthia Taylor

September 18 - November 27, 2010

Take a glimpse into the current work of artists from The Bascom collection in this series. Masters of tradition, basketmakers Yakim and Taylor make these traditional Appalachian white oak baskets straight from the tree. 

American Craft Today

October 2 - December 18, 2010

This national competition features original works in all craft media: ceramics, metal, wood, glass, fiber, book arts, etc. This year's juror, Carol Sauvion is the executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated "Craft in America" PBS television series, as well as creator and director of Craft in America Inc., an organization dedicated to presenting the history, practitioners and techniques of craft in the United States and their impact on our nation's cultural heritage. Sponsored by Frances Bunzl and Family and Julia and Bill Grumbles.

A Stitch in Time Quilts

November 13 - December 18, 2010

An opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art. Quilts embody the love and care of family, as they were originally created for warmth and protection in our mountain heritage. Today, these once-practical objects are treasured and collected by family and fiber enthusiasts. Sponsored by Alice and Kent Nelson and Sieglinde and Jack Gillfillan in memory of Jody Sitz. Exhibition partner Highlands Historical Society.



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Cheers! Handcrafted Glass Stemware

May 30 - June 6, 2009

Cheers! features a grand gathering of drinking vessels focusing on the accomplishments and "voices" of individual artists such as Wendy Besett, Jeff Crandall, Shane Fero, John Geci, Kenny Pieper, Charles Savoie and many other contemporary glass craftsmen. Exploiting the inherent properties of glass-transparency, fluidity, sharpness, fragility and reflection-the objects in this exhibition are mysterious, sensuous and colorful.

The Three Potters Exhibition

June 13 - July 11, 2009 

Wheel-thrown and hand built work, some 30-40 pieces, by master artists Cynthia Bringle, Mark Hewitt and David Stuempfle will constitute this very special inaugural exhibition. The potters will be on hand for public programs and studio instruction.

Architectural Ceramics | Outdoors

July 7 - August 1, 2009

A selection of large-scale vessels, curated by landscape architect Marcia S. Weber, was on display outdoors near The Bascom's headquarters building and on its new pastoral Nature Trail. Weber selected work by North Carolina artists Chad Brown, Daniel Johnston and Matt Jones. These clay works complemented the Mountains in Bloom garden festival, July 7 - 11, 2009.

Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field Painters

June 18 - August 15, 2009

The Bascom's own 1978 Frankenthaler untitled 96-inch-high stain painting will create a vibrant centerpiece for this exhibition that will also include loans of paintings by Hans Hofmann, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitsky from museums and private collectors. This will be a celebration of not only non-objective imagery and mid-20th c. modernism, but also it pays homage to Frankenthaler herself who recently celebrated her 80th year.

Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners

July 18 - August 29, 2009

Some 45 post-1950 turned wood works will be displayed in a grand 17 x 40 foot loft gallery that is appointed with rough-hewn posts and beams and clean white walls. Some works will be on loan from the artists and other pieces from collectors. This show of lathe-made pieces will convey the widely acclaimed talents of Matt and Phillip and their late father Edward, who comprise an esteemed family of Georgia craftsman. Critics have long said that Ed Moulthrop (1916-2003), trained as an architect, self taught as a craftsman, changed the course of woodworking in America.

Cat Chow: Beyond Fiber Art

Sept. 5 - October 10, 2009

The artist's site specific installation will be on view in The Bascom's new loft gallery. Chow (born 1973; produces mixed media pieces and draws on her training in fashion design. With work sometimes incorporating zippers, measuring tapes, fish line, and buttons, her pieces are an ode to repetition and scale and a tension between the conceptual and the material. (Among her favorite artists are Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, and Sol LeWitt.) This NYC artist is being touted by art critics and in major publications. The New Yorker called her one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years.

Southern Landscapes by Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens

August 22 - October 17, 2009

Bascom guest curators have selected paintings, pastels and drawings by the American masters Will Henry Stevens (1881-1946) and Lamar Dodd (1909-1996) that exemplify an affinity for nature as embodied in landscape. Stevens and Dodd were famous university teachers and still have a tremendous following among artists, art students and art collectors. Stevens won fame as an instructor at the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans, Louisiana, part of Tulane University, and Dodd at The University of Georgia, Athens, where the Lamar Dodd School of Art bears his name. The landscape theme is in tribute not only to Stevens' love of the highlands of Appalachia and lowlands of Louisiana and Dodd's love of Monhegan Island, Maine, and the red-clay terrain of Georgia, but also to the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust's 100th anniversary. The Trust's mission of preserving natural areas, scenic beauty and green spaces echo the visions of Stevens and Dodd. Produced for Heart of the High Country TV show, courtesy of Time Capsule Video.

Dave Russell: Stacked Stone Sculpture | Outdoors

August 6 - October 30, 2009

Dave Russell, sculptor, says that Western North Carolina is blessed with good rocks; granite is one example of a plentiful material. He is drawn to rocks that have the edges, irregularities and "grippiness" that he needs for making his signature stacked stone sculptures. Russell collects stones from farms, dumps, riverbeds and many other locations (with permission from owners) and makes stacked assemblages from these found rocks. The parts of his works are held together with gravity and friction. His pieces form arches or sometimes pedestals or totem shapes. By day, Dave is the letters editor for the Asheville Citizen-Times. He sees his sculpture as turbocharging nature, or making moments in time that would not ordinarily occur. Watch for his stone installations along The Bascom's nature trail and around the campus. These stacked stone works of art celebrate the unblemished green spaces that form the landscape west and north of The Bascom's new headquarters building; signal the art center's commitment to ecology and "green" practices; and celebrate the wealth of regional and national artists who produce works that compliment the landscape.

Bascom Members Challenge

October 16 - November 7, 2009

Featuring work by current members of The Bascom.

The Shopping Bag: Exemplary Art and Design

November 14 - December 18, 2009

The bags chosen for this special exhibition, celebrating the coming holidays, will be on loan to The Bascom from The Newark (NJ) Public Library, whose rich and robust holdings boast hundreds of unforgettable, iconic carry-alls.

American Art Today, Juried Works

October 24 - December 18, 2009

Dr. Annette Blaugrund, former director, National Academy of Design Museum and Art School, serves as juror of this exhibition, featuring established and emerging artists in the southeast and beyond. Cash awards will be made. 

Best in Show:Dana Brown for "Passages," a watercolor
First place: Tracy Deniszcuk for "Spirit Cradle I," mixed media
Second place: Denise Stewart-Sanabria for "Donut Distress," oil on canvas
Third place: Sean Meyers for "Dhuhr Salah," photography on canvas
Fourth place: Sallie Taylor for "Seven Eggs and Shadows," oil on canvas
Juror's Honorable Mention: Jerome Grimmer for "Grounded," acrylic on canvas



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Art Leagues of the Region

January 12 - January 26, 2008 

An exhibition featuring the Highlands Art League and the Art Association of Macon County.

Young Artists Program Exhibition

April 5 - April 12, 2008 

Young at art! This exhibition featured artworks by students in the Young Artists Programs at The Bascom.

Regional High School Exhibition

April 29 - April 26, 2008

Exhibition featuring art works created by regional high school students.

Dovetail and Nail, Southern Furniture

May 10 - June 12, 2008 

Furniture, the stuff of everyday life, becomes our treasured connection to the past, providing an insight into our southern culture. This exhibition included furniture from the southeastern United States and was a joint venture with Western Carolina University Gallery, Mountain Heritage Center and the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers, NC.

Middle of Nowhere

June 21 - July 12, 2008

Welcome to nowhere... and everywhere! Visual music, landscapes that do not exist in nature, and a variety of other artworks were included in this exhibition. All of these works sprung from the imagination through the expertise of artists who have mastered state-of-the-art drawing and painting tools. Ten years ago, these creations could not exist. Recent technology has made them possible. This exhibition was a sight and sound revolution.

Portraits and Figures

July 19 - August 14, 2008 

Artists create portraits and figures for a variety of reasons, sometimes to capture a likeness, sometimes to evoke a response from the viewer about the human form, or sometimes to immortalize an historical figure. This exhibition of art works from multiple collections explored the artist’s approach to the portrait and figure.

Contemporary Folk Art

August 23 - September 18, 2008 

For decades, contemporary folk art was defined as work created by rural or small town untrained individuals. In more recent years the field of contemporary folk art has expanded to include works produced in big cities and suburbs across the country. Folk art and its artists have been referred to as stimulating, naive, self-taught, primitive, amateur, visionary, intuitive and always creative. Contemporary folk artists, and their innovative use of materials, was the heart and soul of this exhibition.

2008 Juried Art Exhibition

October 11 - November 13, 2008

Artists from all over the southeastern United States compete through a juried process for representation in this highly acclaimed exhibition. Cash awards for the top winners add to the excitement and incentive to participate. The Bascom’s visitors have the opportunity to experience some of the finest art works produced in the region and beyond. We are proud to announce that Fay Gold, of Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, served as this year's juror.

Congratulations to the winners of 2008 Juried Art

Best of Show: Jean Banas
First Place: Charles Caldemeyer
Second Place: Karen Fields
Third Place: Janet Whitehead
Fourth Place: Lee Sipe
Honorable Mention: Sandy Donn, Zada Jackson, Carol Rollick, Hilda Spain-Owen and Jack Stern

Winter Landscapes

November 29 - December 23, 2008 

The quiet beauty of a mountain winter was showcased in this exhibition that featured off-season landscape paintings by artists Deborah Squier and John Mac Kah. Mac Kah was The Bascom's first artist-in-residence in 2008. He braved the icy weather and winter winds to create the work he will be presenting in this exhibition. Mac Kah, who has a studio in Swannanoa, was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ringling School of Art & Design. He is on the faculty of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas and teaches all over the region. He has been a freelance artist and has had a private studio since 1984. He works primarily in oils and acrylics and is represented by John Collette Fine Art in Highlands, Linville Gallery in Banner Elk, 16 Patton Gallery in Asheville and Blackbird Frame & Art in Asheville (limited edition prints only). His painting can be described as 20th century naturalism.

Squier, who has a studio in Asheville, was born in Newton, Mass., and was a student of the late Donald Gordon Squier, landscape painter and family portraitist for General George S. Patton and family, and a student at the Boston Museum School, Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is represented by Summit One Gallery in Highlands, Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, Pinkney Simons Gallery in Columbia, S.C., and Hanson Gallery in Knoxville, Tenn. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions and is in private collections locally and elsewhere in the nation.

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Southeastern Invitational Craft Exhibition

June 16 - July 14, 2007

Guest curator, Mark Leach from the Mint Museum of Craft and Design has invited 12 of the most outstanding artists to participate in this exhibition celebrating the crafts of the Southeastern United States.   

Way Down South, Southern Photography

July 21 - August 16, 2007

The Southern voice speaks through the photography collection of Arnell, Golden and Gregory and an outstanding photographer from the Highlands plateau. 

The Art of Basketry

June 16 - July 14, 2007

Baskets as sculptural forms - A diverse gathering of America’s finest artists working in fiber, metal, leather, fishskin, and more – our first national exhibition.

Cover Art

December 1 - December 20, 2007

A review of fine painting, drawing, and photography from regional artists that have appeared on Laurel Magazine covers.

Out of Africa

May 6 - May 25, 2006 

An exhibition of works from the collection of C.L. Moorehead, Jr. The extensive collection of African Cameroon art procured by missionaries, Alma Henderson and her late husband, was purchased by C.L. Moorehead to bequeath to the University of Georgia. The Bascom was the first venue for its public exhibition.  

The Art of Sound

July 1 - August 3, 2006

Beautifully turned rosewood and ebony, carved birch and maple with inlaid ivory, and other creations of exotic woods gave viewers a double delight… seeing and hearing music. Works of art, inspired by music were interspersed amongst displays of instruments. Recorded music to match the mood and tone complemented the exhibition for an innovative, interactive musical presentation.

Harvey Littleton Studio

June 25 - July 20, 2005 

Harvey Littleton is the father of the studio glass movement. He and many other renowned glass artists were the focus of this beautiful presentation of two- and three-dimensional sculptural glass works and vitreographs.

Wood Works

July 30 - August 25, 2005

Wood is an ancient, vibrant, ever-changing medium, alive with movement and possibility. Artists from all over the Southeast contributed three-dimensional works to this exhibition.

Folk Art and Outsider Art from the Collection of Jonathan Williams

May 15 - June 17, 2004 

Sculptures, all manner of carved canes, painted wooden animals and dolls, papier-mache and masks, with bodacious names like Devil’s Weenie Roast, Miss Fits, and Duck Woman of Orpliss were the focus of this delightful exhibition of regional folk art. Jonathan Williams, author and exhibition collector, sums it up by saying the South has two faces, one represented by a quote from Tom Waits, “The Devil’s just God when he’s drunk.” The other, summed up in an old Blue Ridge invitation, “Boys, take >

chairs. Stay all night.”

Interact / React

September 3 - September 25, 2004 

Diane McPhail, ever on the cutting edge of art happenings, created life size books. Other artists created works in reaction to her exhibited pieces. One thing inspired another… art creates art creates art, resulting in a delightful, often powerful interaction of artists and ideas.

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