Up for Discussion

Up for Discussion is an event series that gives Museum Members and visitors the opportunity to hear from and interact with artists, writers, filmmakers, performing artists, poets and many other inspiring special guests within the walls of the Museum. Many Up for Discussions programs are held after hours in an intimate Museum studio setting. The format and topic of each event are coordinated to reflect our current exhibitions on view at the Museum. Audience discussion and interaction are always encouraged. Up for Discussion is free with Museum Membership or admission.

Summer 2015 Programs

Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum with Sarah Stacke
MAY 8 — Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Stacke, guest curator of Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, will present a lecture on Hugh Mangum’s life and work. Stacke is a documentary photographer dedicated to developing intimate stories about intersections of culture, history and geography that create marginalized communities. Stacke is currently a Lewis Hine Fellow in New York City working in collaboration with exalt youth to create documentary work concerned with the criminal justice system.

Opening Reception + Gallery Talk with Martha Severens
MAY 17 — Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason and enjoy a special gallery talk with Martha Severens. Severens is a distinguished author, curator and scholar. Her career includes serving as curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, the Portland Museum of Art in ME and the Greenville County Museum of Art in SC. She received her MA from Johns Hopkins University and has written numerous studies on a variety of Southeastern artists including Charles Fraser, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, William Halsey and Mary Whyte. Her most recent book, From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason, was published by The Johnson Collection in association with University of South Carolina Press. Following the talk, the Museum is hosting a reception until 5:00 p.m.

Form and Function: Panel Discussion on Studio Craft Jewelry
JULY 11 — Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The Museum is delighted to host a panel discussion on the creation, exhibition and function of studio craft jewelry. The panel will include the voices and experiences of artists, collectors and curators, and will feature jewelry artist Bob Ebendorf, whose work is on view in Flourish: Selected Jewelry From the Daphne Farago Collection.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Ken Abbott
JULY 24 — Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m

The Museum is pleased to welcome photographer Ken Abbott for a gallery talk about his work in Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Abbott received his MFA in photography from Yale University in 1987 and received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award for his photography at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in 2006. Prior to moving to Asheville, he was the Chief Photographer for the University of Colorado at Boulder. His work has been published and exhibited widely and is in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Yale University Art Gallery. He lives in Asheville with his wife and two children.

A reception will follow the talk until 7:00 p.m.

Male Quilter Roger Winchell
AUGUST 13 — Thursday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion and show-and-tell with local male-quilter, Roger Winchell. Winchell has only been quilting for five years, but in that short period he won the Viewers’ Choice Award at the Asheville Quilt Show with his very first quilt, which was later exhibited at the Folk Art Center. His quilts have won local awards and several have been accepted into national juried shows. Prior to his career in quilting, Roger was a computer systems analyst at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. Held in conjunction with Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters.