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“Through,” a print by Alexandra Kirtley, is part of a student exhibition from April 7 to May 6 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.It’s a busy spring at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, with exhibits, receptions and a sale of handmade items all in April. The annual juried exhibit of artwork by WCU students will run from Thursday, April 7, to Friday, May 6, at the museum. An opening reception and award ceremony for that exhibit will be held at 4 p.m. April 7 in the Star Lobby adjacent to the museum, located in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The exhibit will feature innovative and lively art by WCU undergraduate and graduate students and includes ceramics, drawing, graphic and interior design, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Judging the competition is Jolene Mechanic, director and co-founder of the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, and Cameron Campbell-Wilkens, the founder of Patina Brand Development who has worked for some of the top design firms in the world.

Also launching April 7 and running through Friday, April 22, is the next set of videos in the museum’s Video Art screening series, “Now” by Lynda Benglis (1973, color/sound, 12 minutes) and “Super-8 Shorts” by Marth Rosler (1974, color/silent, 14 minutes and 50 seconds).

These works are on loan from Electronic Arts Intermix of New York and co-curated by Seth McCormick, assistant professor of art history at WCU. The video screenings will run throughout the spring semester; next up is “Hannah Wilke through the Large Glass” by Hannah Wilke (1976, color/silent, 10 minutes) and “Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy” by Joan Jonas (1972, black-and-white/sound, 17 minutes and 24 seconds). These films will run Thursday, April 28, through Friday, May 13.

Finally, in time for Mother’s Day and spring commencement ceremonies, the Fine Art Museum will host a Handmade Springtime Sale from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Star Lobby, with a wine and appetizer reception from 5 to 6 p.m. A selection of handmade items by WCU students and staff will be for sale, including ceramics, jewelry, cards, scarves and more.

These events are free and open to the public. The Fine Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The museum follows the university schedule and is closed holidays.

For more information, contact Denise Drury, museum interim director, at 828-227-3591 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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