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Visual Art & Film

Over the decades Asheville and Western North Carolina have become a haven for the visual artist whether creating glassware, painting, sculpture, metalwork, fiber work or American craft,etc. So, the talent in our region is boundless and the galleries overflow with amazingly beautiful art.
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BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Art of Classes of All Kinds

We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.


TONI FRISSELL PHOTOGRAPHY: Magnificent Pictures Captured By One Of The Influential Female Photographer Of The 20th Century

By Jacob Aberto in BYGONELY

On the lists of great photographers of the 20th century, the names are usually male, Guy BourdinAddison ScurlockPhilippe Halsman, and  Norman Parkinson. There are exceptions such as Arbus, Vivian MaierNina Leen? Some of these artists are not admired for their work or they are considered as portrait photographer or fashion photographer.


IT’S A WRAP! Youth Media Academy Summer 2020!

It’s a wrap! In an inspirational and tear-worthy closing ceremony held last week, we celebrated sixty-six remarkable student filmmakers from coast to coast and the conclusion of our Summer 2020 virtual Youth Media Academy (YMA)—our free, four-week program training underrepresented youth in filmmaking and gender activism. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing during a global pandemic, in our opinion, the young participants rocked it! 


WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT UNC Asheville to Feature Documentary on Film-Making Pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché and Talks on the Southern Women’s Rights Movements

To mark Women’s History Month 2020, in March, UNC Asheville will present a documentary narrated by Jodie Foster about one of cinema’s pioneers, Alice Guy-Blaché, and a series of talks about suffrage and feminism in different times and places in the South. All Women’s History Month events are free and open to everyone.


FEMALE ARTISTS Made Little Progress in Museums Since 2008, Survey Finds

By Julia Jacobs in The New York Times

Over the past decade, there has been a sense in the art world that gender equity was on the horizon: Emerging female artists were landing high-profile solo shows, museums were staging women-themed exhibitions, grants were being awarded to boost female artists, and long-neglected artists were being given overdue recognition.


ARTISTS FOR EQUITY at PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFT

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thrilled to hear a strong demand for more opportunities for Black artists and students of color at Penland.

This desire has already resulted in the addition of three new summer 2021 scholarships to our list of scholarships for people of color. They were funded by Penland’s staff, team of directors, and Board of Trustees, respectively. Our staff wanted to make these opportunities as accessible as possible, so each scholarship will cover 100% of tuition, room, and board and also include a stipend for travel and materials.


An Exhibition Made for and by the Afro-Latinx Angeleno Community

By Elisa Wouk Almino in Hyperallergic

Since 2018, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American museum and cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, has been planning an exhibition on the culture and history of Afro-Latinx Angelenos. From the project’s inception, the lead curator, Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, wanted the show to be realized by the local community. Over the course of several months, the museum put out open calls for local Afro-Latinx families and individuals to share their stories and artifacts, and received a wonderful range of submissions, from family photos and recipes to handmade jewelry, instruments, and orixa dolls. The result, afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city, opened in late February of this year. CICK TO CONTINUE


THE ART WORLD NEEDS MORE WOMEN

By The Representation Project

Last year, the Baltimore Museum of Art made a major announcement that was met with both criticism and applause: they decided in 2020 they would only be purchasing art made by women. In an interview with AFP, Museum Director Christopher Bedford said that of the museum’s 95,000 works, only 4% were made by female artists. This inequality in artist representation spans beyond the Baltimore Museum of Art – it’s a nationwide norm. An article published by the New York Times revealed that between 2008 and 2018, only 11% of work acquired by America’s top art museums were created by women. To put these percentages into numbers, that’s only 29,247 pieces out of the 260,470 total acquired works. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


Why Have There Been No Great Women Cinematographers (According to Hollywood)?

By Justine Smith in Hyperallergic

As the Cinémathèque Québécoise pays homage to some of the notable women who have stepped behind the camera and “painted with light,” critic Justine Smith considers why their work is often underrecognized.

In Claire Denis’s Beau Travail, soldiers train in the desert. The sky, bleached white, encases their moving bodies. The camera, intimate and up-close, is handheld.


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