April 26, 2017

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Announces 2017 CCCD Windgate Fellows and Project Grant recipients

Each year, the Windgate Fellowship identifies ten undergraduate seniors with exemplary skill in craft. Awardees receive $15,000 - one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. 

Now in it’s twelfth year, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) Windgate Fellowship marks $1.8 million awarded to 120 emerging craft artists nationwide. Nominated from a national network of 104 university art programs, these makers represent a skilled and motivated next generation for craft. 


The final four CCCD Windgate Project Grants were awarded this year to:
Josh Copus, 2006 Windgate Fellow, Ceramics, Marshall, NC
Brian Fleetwood, 2012 Windgate Fellow, Jewelry, La Mesilla, NM
Ani Geragosian, 2009 Windgate Fellow, Fiber, Salem, MA
Adam Ledford, 2011 Windgate Fellow, Ceramics, Philadelphia, PA

The 2017 CCCD Windgate Fellows are:
Audrey An, Alfred University, Ceramics
Rachel Chalik, The University of the Arts, Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Esther Cho, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wood/Furniture
Emelie Cleveland, Parsons, The New School of Design, Fiber/Textiles
Christina Dietz, Pennsylvania State University, Sculpture/Psychology
Christina Glover, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fiber/Textiles
Breana Hendricks, State University of New York at New Paltz, Ceramics
Amy Hoagland, University of Kentucky, Glass/Sculpture/Paper/Extended Media
Steven Kaplan-Pistiner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Rosa Novak, California College of the Arts, Ceramics/Fiber

This Week at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Apr 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM - SCHOLARS and SCONES:  The Steel Rails That Opened the High Country. Join Johnny Graybeal as he tells the story of the ET and WNC and the little engine known as "Tweetsie"; The railroad that transformed the High Country of Western North Carolina.

One hundred years ago the Lost Provinces of northwestern North Carolina were somewhat isolated from the rest of the country. It took steel rails coming from East Tennessee to open up the area to the outside world. The narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad and its sister company, the Linville River Railway, eventually connected Johnson City, TN, with the North Carolina towns of Elk Park, Newland, Linville, Foscoe, Shulls Mills, and Boone. Best known by its nickname "Tweetsie", this little train wound its way along rivers and ridges, and into the hearts of the people it served.

Economics and floodwater closed the railroad, but it came back as a theme park tourist attraction. Come hear the story of how a little train changed the destiny of the High Country forever The talk will be accompanied by locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchet Coffee Company.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC.

March 28, 2017

Support Public Investment in the Arts

submitted by Pamela L. Myers Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum 

Support Public Investment in the Arts 

We believe the arts make a difference in our lives and in our community. Art inspires, enriches and enlivens us; it gives hope for the future and reminds us of our shared humanity. We know that you feel the same way. 

Dear Arts Supporter,

President Trump's proposed budget cuts all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), among other agencies and programs. These cuts would have serious negative implications for the Asheville Art Museum and its ability to fulfill its mission to transform lives through art with innovative exhibitions and programming.

Please consider contacting your elected officials to let them know how important the arts are to our communities. Share your passion for the arts and include some of the facts below. We also encourage you to share this information with your social media networks to help spread the word that the arts matter.

Funding that Supports the Asheville Art Museum

From 2007-2017, the Asheville Art Museum received the following amounts from federal funding sources -- funds that are critical to the Museum's mission:
  •         NEA – $135,000
  •         IMLS -- $93,355
  •         NEH -- $4,839
Below is some additional information from the Association of Art Museum Directors:

Reach of the NEA / NEH / IMLS
  • No other arts funder -- public or private -- sends funds to every congressional district in every state and to all the U.S. territories.
  • The NEA and NEH don't tell states what to do with the funds they receive. The states set their own priorities.
  • The NEA and NEH's investment in state and regional arts organizations helps to bolster a strong arts and culture ecosystem in United States. 
  • The loss of the NEA / NEH / IMLS would have the greatest impact on rural areas, low-income areas, and schoolchildren, seniors, and veterans.
Economic Factors 
  • Taxpayer investment in the NEA and NEH is minimal, just 94 cents per capita, less than the cost of one cup of coffee each year.
  • The NEA has a huge impact for that minimal investment. On average, each dollar awarded by the NEA to an arts organization enables that organization to leverage nine dollars from other sources. 
  • This makes the NEA an economic driver, generating more than $600 million annually in these matching funds.
Thank you for your support of the arts.

Sincerely,
Pamela L. Myers
Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum 

March 14, 2017

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Announces 2017 Movies at the Museum Film Series

March 13, 2017 - Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM), 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC, introduces the 2017 Movies at the Museum film series.  Movies at the Museum features films by North Carolina filmmakers, films about the arts and films about the history and culture of the Appalachian region. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, and the film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a special guest speaker.

March 23 at 7 PM:  America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. America's First Forest tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The documentary film is produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films. The speaker for the movie is Bill Alexander, Landscape and Forest Historian at the Biltmore Estate. GET MORE INFORMATION HERE.


Enjoy a Thursday night in Blowing Rock with dinner and a movie. Here’s how it works: pick up your ticket anytime during museum hours on the day of the film, and present it at Bistro Roca for a 10% discount on your meal (offer only valid the day of the film). Then, come on over to BRAHM for a film and discussion.

 Additional March Events at BRAHM:



March 21 at 11 AM - Coffee with the Curator, featuring Selections from the Collection



March 20 at 11 AM -  Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, North Carolina.