“Drawing Discourse,” Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Drawing, Opens January 17 at UNC Asheville

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Culture of Adoration by Tim Lowly
The UNC Asheville Department of Art will open "Drawing Discourse," the university's fifth annual national juried exhibition of contemporary drawing, with a lecture by juror Tim Lowly at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Humanities Lecture Hall on campus.

An opening reception will follow from 6-8 p.m. in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall. These events are free and open to the public.

Juror Tim Lowly, a Hendersonville, North Carolina native, is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and professor who is known for his egg tempera pictures of disabled children. Lowly selected 37 works for this exhibit from among more than 1,100 entries submitted by 402 artists.

Lowly’s work has been featured in shows and galleries around the world, including Fundacion Pons in Madrid, Spain, Art Space in Seoul, South Korea and Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles. His current exhibition, “Trying to Get a Sense of Scale,” is on display at the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion in South Dakota. He is the recipient of two fellowships in visual art from the Illinois Arts Council, and is gallery director, professor and artist-in-residence at North Park University in Chicago.

Among the works selected by Lowly for this exhibit is the 14.5-foot wide "Floodwater" by Jean Ormaza (pictured below). The graphite drawing is based on a cropped and magnified image of a river in flood stage, and explores the power of nature in an extreme weather pattern through exaggerated scale and laborious process.

The artists presenting are Timur (Isaack) Azaev, David Allison, Aaron Bernard, Sue Bryan, Julie Comnick, Rachael Davis, Camille Demarinis, Firat Erdim, Jeffrey Fichera, Krystal Harper, Zoe Hawk, Benjamin Hersh, Karen Hillier, Gillian Lambert, Chris LaPorte, Laura Lark, Michael Nichols, Lynda Nugent, Anne McCauley, Jean Ormaza, Anthony Pessler, Elena Peteva, Serena Potter, Haley Prestifilippo, Esther Randall, Evie Woltil Richner, Janvier Rollande, James Rose, Brian Simpson, Robin Smith, Justin Sorensen, David Stanger, Cliff Tierney, and Art Venti.

UNC Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery is free and open to the public, and the "Drawing Discourse," exhibit will be on view from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, through March 17. For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call 828.251.6559.