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On View 

Mirror/Mentor

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Jan

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Mar

12

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Jan

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Mar

12

When

Jan 20, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

line drawn illustration in all gold of four portraits, all connected through the same line, over white.

Photo credit:

Photo credit:

Lara Nguyen, Connective Contours (Lara, Steven, Sather, Jess), Digital illustration. Image courtesy of the artist.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Mirror/Mentor

On view

Jan

20

Mar

12

Through

Jan

20

Mar

12

When

Jan 20, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

line drawn illustration in all gold of four portraits, all connected through the same line, over white.

Photo credit:

Photo credit:

Lara Nguyen, Connective Contours (Lara, Steven, Sather, Jess), Digital illustration. Image courtesy of the artist.

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Mirror/Mentor brings together work by Warren Wilson College Art professor Lara Nguyen and three of her former students, Steven Horton Jr. (class of 2017),  Sather Robinson-Waters (class of 2018), and Jess Self (class of 2014).

The diversity of media, styles, and themes in the art on view reflects Lara’s philosophy of teaching and mentoring. For Lara, the idea of being a mentor who is a mirror does not mean producing students whose work mimics her own. Instead she follows the advice of her mother, who told her to set an example for her four younger siblings--mirror for them how to live fully in this world. As she worked, and sometimes struggled, to integrate the different layers of her own very full life, Lara discovered her students were as curious about this art of living as they were about learning artistic techniques and handling different media.

The terms of Lara’s life changed when she was diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma cancer (uLMS) in 2018. Her works in this exhibition hold up a mirror to teach us her new reality: stage 4 cancer, incurable and terminal. The photo series Un-Broken pictures the scars from her own surgeries and the healed wounds of family and friends embellished in gold as a means of adornment and repair in the vein of the Japanese art of kintsugi. In Brushes with Death, the artist creates new tools from her own hair lost due to chemotherapy. The mixed media sculpture Forbidden Grapefruit is a new iteration of a poem written about her mother’s journey, which became a series of performances and installations. 

The body as vessel, trauma, a daily artistic practice, making as a means of social justice, and repurposing and repairing with the hopes of reemergence are among the overlapping themes that connect the works of these four artists--teacher and students.

How To View

Virtual Tour

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6-7 pm EST.

Online visitors can register to attend a virtual tour of this exhibition featuring Curator Julie Caro in conversation with Exhibiting Artist Lara Nguyen. This is a free event. A $5-10 donation at time of registration is recommended.

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In-Person

The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can reserve a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities. The Center is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 11 am - 5 pm. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

Center for Craft is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on the community and following the instruction of federal, state, and local health departments. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our staff, coworkers, and visitors. At this time, the Center can only allow a maximum of five guests in its public space at once and will require the use of masks or face coverings by all visitors, including children. The Center reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor that will not comply.

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Center for Craft, John Cram Partner Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville NC 28801

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Curated by Julie Levin Caro, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Warren Wilson College.

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Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

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Mirror/Mentor

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Curated by Julie Levin Caro, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Warren Wilson College.

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Since its inception in 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has imagined and executed an innovative vision for arts development that touches every corner of our state — all 100 counties — from the mountains to the coast.

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UNC Asheville transforms lives through leadership and education. The designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC System and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville enrolls 3,600 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. UNC Asheville also encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

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A liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, where hard work and community are more than just words.

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