January 18, 2011
UNC Asheville’s Craft Studies Initiative will continue its series, “Meet the Maker: Conversations of Meaning with Craftspeople,” with a presentation by Windgate Fellowship recipients Andrea Donnelly and Dustin Farnsworth. The evening will include a lecture and reception, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Owen Hall, room 302.
Donnelly’s work in textiles has been exhibited across the United States and Turkey. Her upcoming exhibit, “Andrea Donnelly: Mindbody,” will open in February at Artspace Gallery in Raleigh. Her work will also be included in the 2011 Rijswijk Textile Biennial exhibit in the Netherlands. Donnelly currently lives in Virginia, where she operates a hand-woven scarf business.
Farnsworth’s work includes woodworking, functional art and printmaking, and has been featured in over 30 shows across the United States, as well as Woodwork Magazine, Sculptural Pursuit, and I.D. Magazine. Two of Farnsworth’s pieces were published in “500 Cabinets” (Lark Books, 2010).
Farnsworth received the prestigious Windgate Fellowship in 2010 while a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Donnelly received hers in 2007 after graduating from North Carolina State University in December of 2006. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, located in Hendersonville, and is awarded to undergraduate students whose work relates to craft.
Two additional “Meet the Maker” lectures will be held during the spring semester. Ann Millett-Gallant, educator and author of “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art,” will speak on Thursday, March 17. Millett-Gallant is a lecturer at UNC Greensboro. Her research analyzes the work of disabled artists and the representation of disability in visual culture. Amy Tavern and Daniel Marinelli, resident artists at Penland School of Crafts, will present their work on Monday, April 4. Both events will include a lecture and reception, and will begin at 6:30 p.m., in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall, room 302.
For more information about this series, visit the "Meet the Maker" Web site, or call 828.250.2392.