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Wesley Clark, My Big Black America, 2015, stain, spray paint, latex, and salvaged wood, 192 × 120 × 14 inches. Museum purchase with major support from 2017 A.R.T. members Ron & Nancy Edgerton, Kevin Click, Butch & Kathy Patrick, Rick & Maggi Swanson, and Monty McCutchen & Terri Sigler, and additional contributions from 2017 A.R.T. members Miller & Constance Williams, 2017.39.01. © Wesley Clark, image 1982 Creative Studios.

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Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums – POSTPONED

Saturday, April 4, 2020
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free for Members or included with Museum admission

Today’s symposium has been postponed until fall 2020.

The Museum’s 2020 interdisciplinary symposium reflects on questions of importance to small to midsize public institutions around the country: How is diversity defined? What is the importance of diversity for museums, science centers, historic houses, and other collecting institutions? How have they addressed questions of diversity? For this convening, undergraduate and graduate students present short presentations that consider these questions and more from a variety of perspectives.

Presentations include:

  • Keynote: Darin Waters, PhD, UNC Asheville’s executive director of community engagement, assistant professor of history, and special assistant to the chancellor for community outreach and engagement
  • Joel Crothers, BA candidate, Appalachian State University: “The Importance of Collections in Local Museums”
  • Megan Flattley, PhD candidate, Tulane University: “Diversity Through Engagement: A Community-Driven Exhibition at the Newcomb Art Museum”
  • Eliana Kotsias, AFA candidate, Blue Ridge Community College: “A Path to Universal Representation in the Arts and Arts Education”
  • Kyrie Mason, BA candidate, North Carolina Central University: “Looking Through Our Eyes: An Ethnography of Black North Carolinian Artists and the Perspectives on Our Place in the Art World”
  • Alicia Rosario, BFA candidate, Appalachian State University: “Diversification as a Crucial Museum Practice”
  • Lydia See, MFA candidate, Western Carolina University: “Decolonizing the Archive for Museum Diversity: Engaging Marginalized Narratives within Collections for Wider Representation in Museums and Archives”
  • Virginia Weaver, BA candidate, UNC Asheville: “Difficult Transitions: Curating Transsexuality, and the Purpose of Uncertainty”

Check back here in March for the full schedule.

Presented in conjunction with Intersections in American Art.


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