UNC Asheville Hosts Invitational Art Exhibition Featuring Alumni

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Metamorphosis by Hunter Stamps

UNC Asheville’s Invitational Art Exhibition, featuring four UNC Asheville alumni artists invited to exhibit by the Department of Art faculty, will be on display through April 8 at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery on the campus. There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 4. The show features works by alumni Kyle Carpenter, Amelia Stamps, Hunter Stamps and Matt West.

Carpenter, who graduated in 2000, constructed his own studio and salt-kiln at his Vase by Kyle CarpenterAsheville home, and sells his wares at craft fairs, galleries and online. As a contemporary potter, he often looks to past traditions for inspiration, and his work reflects his interest in folk pottery of many origins.

Amelia Stamps, a class of 2002 graduate, is a full-time studio potter in Lexington, Ky., and is the recipient of multiple artist grants and awards, including a recent Award of Excellence from Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Her work has been featured in Lark Book’s prestigious 500 series.

Hunter Stamps, also of the class of 2002, currently serves at associate professor of ceramic sculpture in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky. He has been featured in over one hundred juried, invitational and solo exhibitions around the world, and his work has been in publications such as Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly.

West is a sculpture artist who graduated in 1999, and now serves as a lecturer in UNC Asheville’s Department of Art, teaching sculpture and ceramics and serving as safety and studio technician for both areas. He has work on permanent display in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and on UNC Asheville’s campus. He most recently exhibited his work in the 34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition and the Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show in 2013.

Located on the first floor of Owen Hall, the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit the Department of Art website, or call 828.251.6559.