Music lovers of all ages will enjoy free concerts at UNC Asheville’s 28th annual Concerts on the Quad summer music series. Concerts get under way at 7 p.m. each Monday evening June 14-July 21 on UNC Asheville’s Quad. The series will conclude with special, ticketed performances of the Folkmoot USA Festival on July 24-25.
UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the recent launch of its online literary journal, "The Great Smokies Review," with a reading by local authors at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16. The free event will be held at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville.
"Impressions," an exhibition of 40 pieces of functional, wood-fired ceramics by UNC Asheville senior Chelsea Mahan, will be on view in the UNC Asheville Highsmith University Union Gallery from May 14-25. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 14, in the gallery.
The UNC Asheville Music Department will wrap up the spring concert season with its annual Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert will include performances from various UNC Asheville musical ensembles, from a string quartet to a vocal jazz ensemble. Tickets are $5 at the door.
UNC Asheville's Art Department will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in UNC Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is free and open to the public.
Four UNC Asheville senior will hold art exhibitions in Owen Hall April 30-May 11. Exhibitions on view in Owen Hall's Second Floor Gallery include printmaking works by Melanie Carrick, sculpture by Nicolette Carter, and paintings and drawings by James Stickney. The shows are a culmination of the students' work toward a bachelor’s degree or art minor at UNC Asheville.
Two solo art exhibitions by UNC Asheville seniors will open April 30 on campus. An opening reception for Amber Harrelson-Williams' exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Blowers Gallery in Ramsey Library followed by a reception for Christina Foosness' exhibition from 7-9 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.
The UNC Asheville Electronic Music Ensemble will present a concert of original experimental electronic music compositions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Boiler Room, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. The concert will include a special appearance by Roy "Futureman" Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
Virginia Derryberry, a noted painter and UNC Asheville art professor, has been named a visiting artist at the prestigious American Academy in Rome. She will spend a two-week residency at the Academy in June producing new works. Derryberry plans to use resources found in the Academy's newly renovated Janet C. Ross Library as well as specific collections of Caravaggio paintings in the Italian city to inform her personal investigation of the intersection of art and alchemy. Founded in 1894, the Academy fosters the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities.