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  • FreeWheeling

    GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: May 11, 2021
    THROUGH: August 21, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Various
    GUEST CURATOR(S): Knight Martorell

    This special exhibition is presented in partnership with Highlands Motoring Festival in the Bascom’s Bunzl Gallery. FreeWheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art, will feature works of renowned international automotive artists, including canvas, paper, and sculpture. Additionally, there will be a rotating display of extremely rare and special automobiles in the Gallery that are a testament to the concept of the automobile itself as art.

    For more information:

    In addition to our presenting partners, The Bascom wishes to thank the following sponsors for helping to make this exhibition possible:


    TBS HennesyAuto


  • Members Challenge: PLAY!

    GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: July 20, 2021
    THROUGH: September 4, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Various

    This year’s members challenge is based on our 2021 annual theme: PLAY! Bascom member artists are asked to submit an original piece of art that they feel best encompasses what the term means to them. The members challenge is our longest running exhibition and this year marks the fifth year with juror selection.



  • SKATE show

    GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: April 6, 2021
    THROUGH: July 3, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Various
    GUEST CURATOR(S): Didi Dunphy

    Tricks and transportation

    Cruising, gliding, sidewalk surfing

    Subculture to the Olympics. Hey, Tony Hawk on MasterClass

    Hi! I am delighted to have organized SKATE at The Bascom. My curatorial approach, as well as my studio practice, is one of invitation, cooperation, and serious play. Intentional play. Yes, there is imagination and enjoyment but with attention to building shared experience through the engagement of art. As Dr. Seuss says – “It is fun to have fun but you’ve got to know how.”

    The origins and motivation of the sub-culture of skateboarding have always supported individuality, creativity both through design and the physical, alternate thinking, questioning the norm with a bit of anarchy. Examining the physical world as material for expression. A rail on a stair becomes a platform for motion, an empty pool becomes an invention stage. Skate design can range from boards with layers of rough worn stickers to elegant engineering but always the potential for energy fueled action and a bit of a revolutionary spirit.

    I consider these qualities to also define an artistic practice. For this exhibit, I invited and in some cases commissioned, these artists to interpret the world of skateboarding with ingenuity, whimsy, and their unique style. Some used traditional art tools, a brush and paint, camera lens, fabric, and ceramic, or in some cases, a couple of wheels and a piece of wood. 

    Not all of us are skateboarders, though are excited to try out Highlands' new skate park along with a visit to the gallery.

    Thank you for skating/playing with us!

                                       -Didi Dunphy, guest curator

  • W.R.A.P. Kyle Kelsey

    GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Kyle Kelsey
    ON DISPLAY: January 12, 2021
    THROUGH: March 20, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Various

    The Bascom Winter Resident Artist Program, better known as the W.R.A.P., calls on Students or Faculty from the surrounding universities to submit site-specific installation proposals for The Bascom’s unique and beautiful Thompson Gallery.

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