2017 Western Carolina University Master of Fine Arts Exhibition:
The Magic Starts Here
January 13 - February 25
Reception: Friday, February 10, 2 - 4 pm
The third annual group exhibition of Master of Fine Arts candidates at Western Carolina University is sure to bring novelty and cutting edge contemporary practice into The Bascom’s main gallery. Artists and WCU faculty, Tom Ashcraft and Morgan Kennedy, provide students with experience in exhibition planning, designing, and installation techniques.
Title: ‘THE MAGIC STARTS HERE”
WCU Master of Fine Arts Students
A selection of current works will be chosen from each student. Tom Ashcraft and Morgan Kennedy lead the selection of the works along other invited artisits.
Tom Ashcraft Bio
Tom Ashcraft is a serial collaborator who navigates his practice in and out of the public realm with a combination of skilled object making and purposeful inquiry-based wandering. As artist, builder, educator, and a founding member of Dog Dream Project and Workingman Collective his subject matter is rooted in the curiosities and rituals of everyday life. Born in Long Beach California, raised by a family of storytellers, bbq masters, and alligator wrestlers in Nevada and Florida, Tom somehow managed to earn an MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University, BA from University of South Florida, and an AA from Miami Dade CC. Tom’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Yaddo Fellowship, a NY State Arts Grant, a Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts Award, and the Mabel Pew Grant. He has exhibited and produced work in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Tom is a Distinguished Professor of Art and the MFA Director at Western Carolina University, North Carolina, and is represented by Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC
J. Morgan Kennedy Bio
Kennedy works predominantly in the medium of sculpture and installation. Solo works and collaborative projects attempt to find new relationships between culture, history, anthropology, craft and form. He has exhibited and produced works in the US and Europe. He has attended the Kohler Arts Industry program and the Bemis Art Residencies. His works have received several artist merits including the Eben Demarest Trust, the Virginia Professional artist award for sculpture and the Maryland Arts Council award.
Born in Roanoke Virginia, raised in Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. Morgan earned his MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, BA from George Mason University, and an AA from Northern Virginia Community College. He lives and works in Glenville, North Carolina.