Across North Carolina a plethora of exhibitions are on view including a groundbreaking show of women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement at the Mint Museum, a contemporary clay show that surveys American ceramics at Western Carolina University to the work of 60 artists that explore southern identity in the exhibition Southern Accent at the Nasher Museum at Duke University.
A site-specific installation at the Contemporary Art Museum by Raleigh artist Thomas Sayre showcases the cotton industry in the American south and the artist’s respect and reverence for the land and labor from which the cotton grows.
There’s also a show about the humble flour sack, Art From Flour: Barrel to Bag, an important and thought-provoking look at how a food staple became a reflection of art and life in America.
Below is a list of some of the exhibitions, arranged by region, on view now through early spring. Exciting related programming is planned at many of the art museums so be sure to visit the exhibition event calendars.
Women of Abstract Expressionism
Mint Museum, Uptown Charlotte
Through January, 22 2017
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement between 1945 and 1960. The exhibition is organized by the Denver Art Museum and beautifully presented by the Mint Museum, celebrating their 80 anniversary this year. The show features approximately 50 major works of art by twelve of the key women involved with the movement on both the East and West Coasts. The large-scale, colorful, and energy-filled canvases in the show, lent by major museums, private collectors, and artist estates is a once in a lifetime visual arts experience for visitors. Women of Abstract Expressionism includes canvases by such well-known artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Grace Hartigan, as well as works by their colleagues Perle Fine, Jay DeFeo, Sonia Getchoff, Deborah Remington, Ethel Schwabacher, and
Mary Abbottn. The exhibition focuses on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and innovative artistic process that was at the core of the movement, while exploring each artist’s highly personal response to particular memories and experiences.
Also at the Mint Museum, Uptown Charlotte
Fired Up: Women in Glass
Through Feb. 26
This show is a collaboration between The Mint Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art that presents work in glass by women through new, highly engaging interpretive strategies.
Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation
Through Jan. 16, 2017
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, Uptown Charlotte
This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look back at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative and artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form. Quilts have long been used in African American life as both functional and symbolic objects, and catalysts for social interaction among women. Traditional quilt making has evolved into artistic expression, hung from walls rather than covering beds, and many fine artists have been inspired by them.
Also at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, Uptown Charlotte
Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes
Through Jan. 16, 2017
The exhibition features 30 newly crafted mixed-media works by renowned self-taught artist Nellie Ashford, a Charlotte native. She is a self-proclaimed folk artist whose work expresses cultural identity, shared community values and aesthetics.
Bechtler Collection: Relaunched and Rediscovered
Through April 23, 2017
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte
The exhibition features 134 works from the museum’s permanent collection by 40 different artists. Approximately 48 of the works have never been on display to the public in North America. The galleries are arranged thematically, beginning with an introductory gallery dedicated to the Bechtler family and the artists with whom they were close including Joan Miró, Gustave Singier and Eduardo Chillida.
Friday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, January 7, 2017
McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte
Charlotte-based Alumnus Artist Ivan Toth Depeña manipulates perception to collapse time, creating a multi-dimensional present. The exhibition consists of a mixed media installation encompassing drawing, painting, sculpture, audio, and video. In conjunction with the physical objects created with the media, Depeña also incorporates a groundbreaking augmented reality mobile application that exists in various locations throughout the site.
Positioning the Splendid: Brent Skidmore & Robert Campbell
December 14 – February 17, 2017
Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City, Charlotte
Sculptor and craft educator Brent Skidmore is a professor in the Department of Art & Art History at UNC Asheville. His carefully balanced sculptural objects and furniture pieces defy gravity, exposing the precariousness and fragility of life. Robert (Bobby) Campbell, associate professor of graphic design at UNC Charlotte, is a painter and designer who recasts the overwhelming stimulus of today’s popular culture into tightly woven vector images on plastic, with which he creates wall-size installations of tumbling shapes.
Contemporary Clay, a Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics
Through Friday, Dec. 16
Western Carolina University, Fine Art Museum
The exhibition examines the expanding and evolving use of clay through the work of 25 artists, such as Cristina Cordova and Thomas Schmidt, both recipients of a North Carolina Artists Fellowship in visual arts. The other exhibiting artists are A. Blair Clemo, Linda Cordell, Paul Donnelly, Teri Frame, Lauren Gallaspy, Amber Ginsburg, Gerit Grimm, Del Harrow, Mike Helke, Aaron Hughes, Beth Katleman, Paul Kotula, Linda Lopez, Roberto Lugo, Jeannine Marchand, Walter McConnell, Brooks Oliver, Denise Pelletier, Jeanne Quinn, Anders Ruhwald, Kevin Snipes, Albion Stafford and Colleen Toledano. The exhibition was supported by the N.C. Arts Council.
Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum
On view at 175 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
Through December 2016
The Asheville Museum of Art Pack Square location is undergoing a major construction so drop by the temporary Asheville Art Museum On the Slope located at 175 Biltmore Avenue to get a glimpse into the day-to-day activities of the Museum’s curatorial department in a new exhibition Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum. Vault Visible will give visitors the chance to observe museum professionals at work in the galleries as they carry out an inventory of the Permanent Collection. Accompanying displays and programming will reveal the compelling stories behind the Museum’s Collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art, while also helping visitors learn how to care for works of art, identify various mediums, and, in short, think like a curator.
Displays will change during the run of the exhibition to highlight the exciting discoveries made as the inventory unfolds.
The Painters of Black Mountain College: Selections from Southern Collections
Through December 31, 2016 at 69 Broadway
Black Mountain College, Asheville
The list of painters associated with Black Mountain College is a who’s who of mid-20th century artists. From influential and groundbreaking Europeans like Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, and Theodoros Stamos to profoundly original Americans including Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Elaine de Kooning, Kenneth Noland, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly and Robert De Niro, Sr., the cumulative impact these painters have had on the history of art is remarkable. This exhibition consists of work by many of the painters of Black Mountain College, both famous and lesser known, with work drawn from the museum’s collection and borrowed from other collections in the South.
The Future of Fixing
Through January 7, 2017
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville
The Future of Fixing features 16 internationally based design studios and artists whose work addresses the concept of repair. Fixings offers a craft-centered response to our increasingly disposable commodity culture. The works on view offer a range of propositions for improving the future through repair-from fixing an object, like Humade’s New Kintsugikit, to fixing the entire design system, like the Royal Society of Art’s The Great Recovery project, which offers a redesigned production process to minimize waste.
The exhibition features sixteen international and national design studios and artists whose work addresses the concept of repair, either through fixing things, materials, process, systems, or attitudes. The gallery also includes a Maker Library where visitors can seek inspiration and information about fixing and a hands-on Fixshop where visitors can take their fixing knowledge and put it into practice.
Selected works by: A Parede (Berlin, Germany), Amy Twigger Holroyd (Leeds, UK), Fixperts (London, UK) featuring projects by Kyoto Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto, Japan) and the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland), Hans Stofer (London, UK), Humade (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Micaella Pedros (London, UK), Michael Swaine (Seattle, Washington, USA), Nathan Lynch (San Francisco, California, USA), Re-do Studio (Paris, France), and ReKindle (Christchurch, New Zealand).
Grant Wood and the American Farm
Through December 31, 2016
Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
This exhibition explores the central role of the family farm in American identity. Grant Wood and the American Farm is an examination of the American farm is particularly appropriate for Reynolda House Museum of American Art because the history provides an early example of the passion for “farm to table.” The Museum occupies the center of a former 1,000-acre estate created in the early years of the 20th century by Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of tobacco magnate Richard Joshua (R.J.) Reynolds. Katharine Reynolds’s vision for the Reynolda estate included a large vegetable garden and a model farm intended to demonstrate the most progressive techniques in farming, dairying, and animal husbandry. Grant Wood and the American Farm was organized by Reynolda House Museum of American Art, which is its only venue.
HOMECOMING: Folk Stories On Canvas
Through Saturday, January 14, 2017
Delta Arts Center, Winston-Salem
The exhibit is the second in Delta Arts Center’s Deep Roots Series of 2016-2017 and highlights 2D works from private collections by folk art collectors Ruth Russell Williams and Wanda Clark.
Winter Show 2016
December 4, 2016 – January 13, 2017
GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro
Winter Show features over 120 artists from across North Carolina and constitutes a comprehensive survey of the finest art and craft being produced in the state. A mix of mediums are included in the show, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramic, jewelry, woodwork and fiber works, all within a harmonious installation. With over 500 works all available for sale, Winter Show is the quintessential showing of art produced by North Carolina artists today. There is abundant related programming for all ages and families.
The Busbee Legacy: Jugtown & Beyond, 1917-2017
November 12, 2016 – April 22, 2017
North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove
The Busbee Legacy marks one hundred years of the Busbees’ influence on North Carolina’s pottery heritage. Jacques and Juliana Busbee introduced classical ceramics from around the world to local Seagrove potters and fundamentally changed how Seagrove pots were designed, made, and marketed. Their new ideas were essential to the survival of Seagrove pottery in the first half of the 20th century and are still relevant to potters and collectors today.
Through Feb. 19, 2017
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Dispatches generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 to the present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time. The art works range from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. The exhibition is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election. An array of public programs feature artist talks and live performances.
ART& – An Experiment in Art & Community
Through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
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Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill
ART& is an innovative project centered on art and community and features a dedicated section of the Ackland. The ART& space features three consecutive site-specific commissions by prominent area artists Derek Toomes, Heather Gordon, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. The space is an opportunity for visitors to make the museum their own—whether you are looking for a date spot, a place to gather and converse with friends and classmates, or a quiet spot for a cup of coffee. Programs include film screenings, performances, artist talks and art-making.
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
Through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
This exhibition creates a composite portrait of southern identity through the work of 60 artists, including Romare Bearden, Barkley L. Hendricks, Skylar Fein, Michael Galinsky, Theaster Gates, Deborah Grant, Jessica Ingram and Kerry James Marshall, Andy Warhol and Jeff Whetstone, for example. This unprecedented exhibition addresses and complicates the many realities, fantasies and myths that have long captured the public’s imagination about the American South. The art reflects upon and pulls apart the dynamic nature of the South’s social, political and cultural landscape
Through Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Raleigh
White Gold, a site-specific installation by Thomas Sayre, refers to the cotton industry in the American south, and the artist’s respect and reverence for the land and labor from which the cotton grows. The installation at CAM draws the viewer into a familiar eastern North Carolina setting.
Through Jan. 15, 2017
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington
Unbound Narrative looks at the work of nine contemporary artists who utilize the book as medium and inspiration to create their visual narrative. The book, like art, represents the desire to document, communicate and understand the details of human existence. Artist in the exhibition include James Allen (Portland, Oregon), Doug Beube (New York, N.Y.), Andrew Hayes (Penland, N.C.), Guy Laramée (Montreal, Canada), Math Monahan (Boston, Mass.), Tom Phillips (London, England), Susan Porteous (Bend, Oregon), Diana Fonseca Quiñones (Havana, Cuba) and Tim Rollins and K.O.S (New York, N.Y.).
Also at the Cameron Art Museum
Art From Flour: Barrel To Bag
Through February 12, 2017
Examining the history of the humble flour sack, Art From Flour: Barrel to Bag illustrates how a food staple became a reflection of art and life in America. Through the efforts of creative citizens, designers and American resourcefulness, this everyday object has been transformed into examples of grass roots design through necessity and ultimately into a unique art form that reveals our history and shared visual culture.