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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Film: Fully Awake - Black Mountain College

Dina’s Place / DiGiorgio Campus Center
FREE - cultural event - open to the public

Presented by Winthrop University Galleries with the support of the DiGiorgio Student Union

This screening is part of the educational programming for the Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft and Design Exhibition on display in the Rutledge Gallery Feb. 3 - Mar. 28, 2014.

"Fully Awake: Black Mountain College" is a 2007 documentary about the experimental college in North Carolina from 1933 to 1957, and how its progressive pedagogy influenced many of America's most important twentieth-century artists and designers. (60 minutes)

“Fully Awake reflects on the unique educational style and long-term significance of the school using archive photography, interviews with students, teachers, historians, current artists, and narration.  While popularly known as the location for such events as Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome, John Cage's first 'happening', and the publishing of the Black Mountain Review, the film focuses on the unique educational approach of Black Mountain College to balance academics, art, manual labor, and communal living to educate the whole person--head, hand, and heart.” - SMoCA

"FULLY AWAKE" (2007) is a documentary film exploring the college's progressive pedagogy and radical approach to arts education. Highly democratic and faculty-owned, the school promoted educational of the whole person: head, heart, and hand. Practical responsibilities and the creative arts were viewed as equally important components to intellectual development. During WWII, Black Mountain College was a haven for refugee European artists such as Josef and Anni Albers who arrived from the Bauhaus in Germany. In the socially conservative 1940s and 50s, the college also became a refuge for the American avant-garde, (Franz Kline, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Robert Creeley, Jacob Lawrence, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and M.C. Richards). FULLY AWAKE explores how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model." -

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Talk:  Sandra Neels, Dr. Ron Parks, and Dr. Seymour Simmons

120 Conservatory of Music

Back to the Future - Black Mountain College (BMC) as a Model of Innovative, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Three Winthrop faculty will discuss the collaborative model of Black Mountain College based on their connections to former professors and educational philosophy of the institution. Sandra Neels, associate professor of Dance, who has taught at Winthrop since 1990, performed all over the world with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and now reconstructs/stages his repertoire for the Cunningham Trust in New York City. Ron Parks, associate professor of Music Composition, is a composer whose diverse output includes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, vocal music, digital media, interactive computer music, and collaborative video works. Seymour Simmons, associate professor of Fine Arts, is connected to Black Mountain College through studying drawing in graduate school with a student of Josef Albers, in a course that used Albers' methods; he has also done several presentations at Black Mountain College conferences. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Talk: Mary Emma Harris

119 Rutledge Building

Independent scholar, Director of the Black Mountain College Project, and author of The Arts at Black Mountain College

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Talk:  Charles Ladson

Exhibiting in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery / 119 Rutledge Building 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Talk:  Katie Lee Koven
119 Rutledge Building

Curator of Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design and gallery director at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University

Katie Lee Koven is the Director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. In addition to serving as Director, Lee Koven has curated numerous exhibitions of work by artists and designers both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design (2013), Topographies: Recording Place - Mapping Surface, a solo exhibition of work by UK-based fiber artist Ismini Samanidou, (2012-13, The Craft Studies Center, Farnham, UK, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, NC, and Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, UT), and Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today, an exhibition exploring the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative and unusual ways (2012-13, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, NC, 701 Contemporary Art Space, SC, Storrs Gallery, |UNC Charlotte, and Woodson Art Museum, WI). As a curator, Lee Koven has brought visibility to artists whose artistic processes are often underrepresented in contemporary art, especially those associated with traditional craft or applied arts.

Prior to serving as the Director of Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art she was Director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Assistant Director of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and Assistant Director and Curator at the College of Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. In addition to her curatorial work, she has organized international artist residencies, administered the national Craft Research Fund grant program, and led the curriculum development team for the textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft.

Additionally, she serves on the Ogden City Arts Committee and the Board of Directors for the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center in Asheville, NC. Katie has a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston and an Intercultural M.A. in Art History from Richmond, The American International University in London.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8 p.m.
WUG Artist Talk:  The Trust

Exhibiting in “FOUR” in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery / Rutledge Building

Find out more information about this talk (pdf - 608 KB).

Fall 2013 - Group Perf Piece Med

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 8 p.m.
WUG Artist Talk:  Taiyo la Paix

Exhibiting in the Rutledge Gallery / Rutledge Building

Find out more information about this talk (pdf - 58.86 KB).

Fall 2013 - Paix Town Howls At Dusk Large

Town Howls At Dusk, 2008
Taiyo la Paix
Oil on Canvas
56 x 79

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8 p.m.
WUG Artist Talk:  Mitchell Kearney

Exhibiting “Inside Out” in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery / Rutledge Building

Find out more information about this talk (pdf - 82 KB).

Fall 2013 - Kearney Junior Astronomers Large

Mitchell Kearney
Junior Astronomers, 2013
Digital print