Sixteen of UNCG’s studio art faculty members will show their work in the 2017 Faculty Biennial exhibition, opening Sept. 2 in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The exhibition is a chance for UNCG students and the community to become acquainted with faculty art work, and a chance for faculty to display new pieces or those that have not been exhibited widely or ever before.
Organized by Curator of Exhibitions Dr. Emily Stamey, the collection includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, video installations and more.
Patricia Wasserboehr, who has shown work in the biennial exhibition since she came to UNCG in 1982, will give her sculpture “Plumb” its Greensboro debut. Leah Sobsey’s recent “Collections” photographs display specimens from national parks and Sheryl Oring’s “Travel Desk Drawings” feature travel stories from participants in performances at the San Diego International Airport. Michael Ananian’s self portrait “Communitas” shows the artist playing an antebellum-era gourd banjo that he built himself.
Mariam Aziza Stephan, Jennifer Meanley, Barbara Campbell Thomas and Christopher Thomas will show work that Stamey says displays connections to their pieces in the recent “Art on Paper” exhibition.
“There are distinct similarities, but you’ll get to see interesting shifts in how they approach their style and subject matter,” Stamey said.
Along with the work of many returning faculty, the exhibition features pieces by new studio art faculty Rachele Riley and Dane Winkler.
The opening reception for the Faculty Biennial is Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Stamey has also organized a series of talks by the art history faculty throughout the semester (listed below; includes new faculty member Andrew Wasserman).
By Susan Kirby-Smith
Visual: Patricia Wasserboehr, “Plumb”, 2016.