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  • Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets

    Posted: Friday, August 29 This exhibition, curated by Professor of Philosophy Brian Butler, showcases the work of the lyrical abstract expressionist painter Dan Rice, a key figure in the ‘40s and ‘50s at Black Mountain College and in the art world centered on New York’s legendary Cedar Tavern.

    September 5, 2014 - January 10, 2015

    Opening Reception - Friday September 5, 2014, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, FREE 

    Gallery talk by the curator at 7:00pm

    Rice's friends included fellow artists de Kooning, Kline, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and many others, along with poets such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson. Rice’s work, among the best of his adventurous generation, is long overdue for re-evaluation and renewed recognition. Curated by Brian E. Butler

    A full color, 72-page catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

    This show, mainly works on paper, will serve as the visual counterpoint to the BMCM+AC’s 6th annual conference, ReVIEWING BMC 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College.


    PANEL DISCUSSION - Saturday, September 6, 2:00pm
    Dan Rice and the Poetics of Painting 
    Five people who studied painting with Dan Rice will explore his legacy: Christina Maile, artist and landscape architect; Ed Casey, renowned philosopher; Parviz Mohassel, philosopher and architect; Gwen Gunn, poet and playwright, is the fifth panelist; and Virginia Foster, Rice's partner for more than 20 years. FREE for BMCM+AC members + UNC Asheville students w/ID / $5 for non-members.

    CONFERENCE - September 26 - 28
    ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College
    Co-hosted by BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville, the three-day program, open to the public, will focus on the rich legacy of the writers of Black Mountain College with a full schedule of speakers, panels and performances. More Info>>
    With support from: AVL Technologies, North Carolina Arts Council, The Peter and Karen Klacsmann Charitable Fund and UNC Asheville.

    PERFORMANCE - Sunday, September 28, 7:30pm
    A reading of RED, the Tony Award-winning play by John Logan about painter Mark Rothko and his assistant (loosely based on BMC artist Dan Rice) at NC Stage Company. One performance only!

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE - Saturday, October 11, 8:00pm
    Performance by 10-can percussion, a North Carolina-based ensemble committed to the performance of new and classic works for percussion. With Corey Denham, Emory Hensley and Justin Mabry. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

    PRESENTATION - Friday, October 24, 12:00 - 1:30pm
    Ideas Without Walls / In-Between the Spaces 
    Thriving in Chaos: Why this is the Best Time in History to be a Designer 
    The rate of disruptive change has become so great that constant chaos is now business as usual. From this chaos comes great opportunity. Primal Screen founder, Doug Grimmett, will show how designers can predict disruptions by identifying disconnects and converging developments. Co-sponsored by the Western Carolina University Design Development Foundation. FREE for BMCM+AC members & students / $7 for non-members.

    FILM SCREENING - Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm
    Painters Painting: A Candid History of the New York Art Scene, 1940-1970
    This film by Emile de Antonio examines a pivotal time in the history of American art and includes rare footage of some of the giants of the New York scene including de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Pollock, Hoffman, Johns, Frankenthaler, Warhol and more. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

    POETRY READING - Saturday, November 15, 8:00pm
    Five Themes, with poets Chall Gray, Michael Boyko, Lisa McCool-Grime, Ashley Steineger and Gary Hawkins. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

    Citation: Dan Rice, Untitled, 1960, mixed media on paper, 23.875 x 17.875 inches. Collection of Hilary D. Rice.

    Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: AVL Technologies; Jack and Helga Beam; The Beattie Foundation; Robert Bliss; Ralph Ditano; Elizabeth Holden; The Peter and Karen Klacsmann Charitable Fund; The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; Carol E. Pennell; Hilary D. Rice; O'Shaugnnessy Rice; and UNC Asheville. Additional support from All Souls Pizza, BlackBird Frame & Art, Henco Reprographics and Highland Brewing Co.

    Special thanks: Susan Rhew Design

  • Forum on Ferguson Set for Sept. 3

    Posted: Friday, August 29 A "Forum on Ferguson" will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 11:25 a.m. in Highsmith 223/224. Professors Keith Bramlett, Marcus Harvey, and Dwight Mullen will be featured in an interactive discussion on racism and structural violence in America.

    The event will be an important opportunity for students and faculty to come together and reflect critically in an interdisciplinary setting on the complexities of the violence in Ferguson, the subsequent protests in the community and around the country, and the potential for productive responses to chronic injustice.

    Below are a few resources that may be helpful for engaging students on these issues in the classroom. Several are geared toward a social science audience, but many of them could be useful for multiple types of courses. We hope to see you next week.

    Possible Course Readings & Teaching Resources:
 (note: this piece was shared by a recent UNCA grad and military veteran)
  • Student Volunteer Opportunity for Our VOICE 40th Anniversary Event

    Posted: Tuesday, August 26 “40 Years of Starting Conversations,” will be held at the Diana Wortham Theatre and feature keynote speaker Anita Hill, professor of law at Brandeis University.

    More than 25 UNC Asheville students have signed up to volunteer at the Our Voice 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 4, 2014. 

    Additional volunteer opportunities are available, and students interested in working at the event should contact Melanie Fox, associate dean of students, at or 828-251-6700. 

    Our VOICE Inc. is a nonprofit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County.

  • Generative Beauty Workshop on September 12

    Posted: Tuesday, August 26 Takashi Iba of Japan (and some of his grad students) will be visiting UNC Asheville to work with UNC Asheville Management Professor Mary Lynn Manns on their mutual interest in pattern languages. One of the rather unique ways Takashi and his team uses a pattern language is to document concepts of beauty. He has kindly agreed to offer a workshop on this topic while he is on campus.

    Generative Beauty Workshop

    to “live your beautiful life to the fullest”

    Takashi Iba, Alice Sasabe, Sakurako Kogure, Yuma Akado, and Jei-Hee Hong
    Generative Beauty Project, Keio University

    UNC Asheville
    September 12, 2014
    11:30 until 1:30
    Location:  Sherrill Center room 407

    Open to all UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff. Space is limited - as of Aug. 26, only 11 open seats remain - please email Mary Lynn Manns to reserve your space if you are interested in attending.

    Here is a short summary of the workshop:

    There are many people who want to live a beautiful life to its fullest, but in many cases they do not know how. This workshop is a place to address challenges and share ideas surrounding the notion of “beauty” and a beautiful life.  You can uncover ideas for “living your beautiful life to the fullest” that you may not be able to find by yourself. The themes range from (but are not limited to) outer beauty such as make-up or fashion, to inner beauty such as health & wellness, the source of power and time management. 

    In addition, participants will experience a new way of innovative thinking. You will dig into your daily problems and discuss potential solutions. Everyone has their strategies for living a “beautiful” life, but these often become trivial for the person, and thus are rarely shared.  Yet, one person’s daily routines can become someone else’s new way of living. This workshop will make it possible to mine these embedded strategies. By organizing them into the form of a pattern language, they can be shared and used by a wider variety of people.

    Commonly used in the world of architecture design and software design, “pattern language” is a method for mining, capturing and communicating common patterns of success. The Generative Beauty project is using pattern languages to uncover and share strategies for living a beautiful life.

    Generative Beauty Project is a collaboration of the Iba Laboratory from Keio University SFC and Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. (Kao Corporation).   More information can be found at:

    For more information on the workshop presenter, Takashi Iba:

    Takashi Iba, a trans-disciplinary researcher, creator, and writer, explores the nature of creativity and works to build media to nurture it. He is an associate professor at the Faculty of Policy Management and the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University, Japan. Dr. Iba has created many pattern languages concerning human actions, including learning, presentations, collaboration, education, entrepreneurship, and beauty in daily life, with his collaborators. He received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University in 2003, and continued on as a visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, 2009-2010. He authored multiple scientific textbooks such as the bestselling Introduction to Complex Systems: An Adventure to the Frontier of Knowledge (1998, in Japanese), and many others including Pattern Languages (2013, in Japanese), Presentation Patterns (2013, in Japanese), and Social Systems Theory (2011, in Japanese).

  • Welcome Reception for Interim Chancellor Doug Orr

    Posted: Monday, August 25 Celebrate the beginning of the semester by joining with your colleagues to welcome Doug Orr, who takes over as interim chancellor on September 1. A welcome reception will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1 in Curry Courtyard. It's a UNC Asheville-style welcome with watermelon, iced tea and a book swap.

    Did you read a great book over the summer? Would you like to share it with others and pick up a new one? Bring a book or two with you to the reception, or drop them off at Human Resources in Phillips Hall. Any remaining books will be donated to the Literacy Council of Bumcombe County.

  • International Photo Contest

    Posted: Thursday, August 21 Have stories about your international adventures? Have pictures to go along with them? Submit photos (limit one per category) for this year's International Photo Contest.

    Submit photos (limit one per category) for this year's International Photo Contest

    For submission information: or attached application.

    Deadline: October 1

    Winning photos will be on display in Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library in April 2015 and a reception will be held for participants to relay stories about their travels and photos.  Photos will be placed on permanent display on campus after the exhibition. 

  • Get Connected at the Key Center’s Engagement Fair

    Posted: Thursday, August 21 Interested in volunteering? Looking for a Community Partner for your Service-Learning class? Need community service hours for your organization?

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014, On the Quad, 11:00AM-1:00PM ( (Rain Location: Alumni Hall). 

    First 50 students get a free Key Center T-Shirt!

    Meet with Community Partners from around Asheville and Western North Carolina and learn how you can get involved.



  • Campus Accessibility Survey

    Posted: Tuesday, June 10 As part of UNC Asheville's ADA Compliance Committee's ongoing work, Disability Partners will be on campus this summer performing an accessibility survey.

    Their work began Monday, June 2, and will continue for three months.  During that time, Disability Partners will assess our campus buildings, parking facilities, and hard-surface pedestrian pathways for their ADA compliance.  Please accommodate the needs of the surveyors should they make a request to you or your department. 

    A public presentation will be given by Disability Partners during the fall semester, in which the campus community will be invited to attend. The findings of this survey will be used to plan and prioritize improvements to campus over the coming years. 

  • Robert Tynes Solo Exhibition in Raleigh

    Posted: Tuesday, May 13 Robert Tynes, professor of art at UNC Asheville, has a solo exhibition of his illusionistic paintings currently on display at the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Lee Hansley, of Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, represents Robert Tynes and curated the exhibition of 17 paintings. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue through September 28, 2014.

    Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery
    Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

    (and when performances occur)
    Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
    2 East South Street
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    May 1 – September 28, 2014

    The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is a downtown arts complex, which houses one of the largest suites of live-performance venues in the Southeast. The downtown Raleigh entertainment center is the main scene for theater, dance, and classical and popular music in Raleigh. Some of the various components of the center include Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater, Kennedy Theater, and the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery.

    Artist’s Statement: “In recent years, I have been working on a series of 'cutout' panel paintings in which the illusion of the object is intensified. This is achieved by allowing the trompe l'oeil painting of objects to extend beyond the perimeter of the painting's perceived boundary. Using large, single sheets of birch plywood as the support, the panels are carefully cut and shaped to create this added effect. Such construction allows the illusion of the objects to move beyond merely projecting toward the viewer, to extending outside the periphery of the paintings, including casting shadows on the wall. When properly lighted, the actual shadows falling on the wall match up with the painted shadows to enhance the illusion.

    My paintings combine abstract brush marks with trompe l'oeil illusionism. The juxtaposition of these opposite ways of working results in a dialectic approach to painting. The visual tension that exists in the work reflects the dualities and paradoxical nature of the world as I see it. The paintings can be seen as simultaneously abstract and hyperrealistic, active yet calm, or both contemplative and humorous.

    Reconciling different technical approaches to painting allows each method to contribute to the overall mood and feeling of a work. Through the use of illusion, the paintings convey both a sense of mystery and humor, and reflect my longtime interests in Surrealism, as well as the psychology of perception."

    For more information, visit the Department of Art website.