Exhibition of Works by Penland School of Crafts Resident Artists Opens at UNC Asheville September 25

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Members of Penland School of Crafts’ resident artist program will exhibit their works from September 25-November 4 in UNC Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will include works in textiles, glass, metal, paper, print, photography, drawing, wood and mixed media. An opening reception with the artists will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the gallery.

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education. Penland's resident artists are full-time artists who spend three years living and working in Penland's school community, where they develop their studio practice, push technical and conceptual boundaries and explore new directions in their work.

Micah Evans, a glass artist, describes his work as “a combination of things I want to make and things I cannot help but make.” His works range from bourbon glasses to ornate glass sculptures of birds and sewing machines.

Annie Evelyn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. Evelyn’s art includes furniture "upholstered" with wood, metal and glass, creating soft, giving seats from a variety of hard materials. Her unique furniture has been featured on the cover of American Craft Magazine.

Sculpture artist Dustin Farnsworth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design. Farnsworth has participated in over 35 exhibitions, and has been awarded "A More Sophisticated Form of Chaos" by Dustin Farnsworthtwo first-prize awards in statewide juried exhibitions in Michigan. Layers, depth, structure, space, opposition, and detail in Farnsworth’s sculptures invite the viewer to experience immersion in visual narrative.

Andrew Hayes studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University and worked in the industrial welding trade. His work combines metal and altered books to explore the book as an object, rather than its content, and create a new form.

Mercedes Jelinek is a black-and-white photographer whose tools of choice consist of multiple film-based cameras, a homemade photo booth backdrop, and a sign that reads, “Photographs for Neighborhood Photo Project.” Jelinek uses traditional black-and-white film and a wet darkroom printing process to produce the final portraits.

Rachel Meginnes, a textile artist, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in fibers from the University of Washington. She has studied the traditional crafts of ikat and indigo dyeing in Japan, and apprenticed as a rug weaver. Her paintings are alterations of structures and materials, and employ traditional textile techniques at a variety of scales.

Jaydan Moore, who works in metal and print, holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. Moore’s work includes deconstructing and reassembling found-objects, such as silver-plated tableware, to explore the object’s historical and sentimental value.

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.