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Lasting Impressions:  Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection

Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection

Sep 10 - Dec 3, 2022 in the Bunzl Gallery

Like No Other Place:  Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Like No Other Place: Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

July 16 - Dec 31, 2022 in the Joel Gallery

Outdoor Sculpture 2022-2023

Outdoor Sculpture 2022-2023

Now on display through April 2023 along the Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail

Past Exhibitions

We are working on creating a digital archive of all our past exhibitions that you can browse by artist, gallery, medium, exhibition date and more. As you might guess, this is a lot of information, so stay tuned and check back often as we work on bringing our rich legacy of exhibitions to the public.

GALLERY: Archives
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: September 13, 2021
THROUGH: December 30, 2021
MEDIUM(S): Sculpture

Regarding play...it starts out innocent enough (fun and games as they say) — infants with a rattler, toddlers with blocks, and things progress from there — tag-you’re-it as children, strumming the guitar as kids, competing in sports as teens, performing in a theatrical play in high school— then on to playing quarters, getting played, being a player, and finally — getting played out.

Re: Play

GALLERY: Joel Gallery
ARTIST(S): Deborah Shannan
ON DISPLAY: April 3, 2021
THROUGH: May 29, 2021
MEDIUM(S): Photography
In its 5th year, The Bascom’s photography residency has grown as an essential component of the organization’s mission. Attracting photographers from across the country, this unique residency opportunity not only benefits the resident artist through a variety of professional development opportunities, but also serves the community through important education programs for local students and adults.
2021's Bascom Photography Resident is Deborah Shannan. 
"The complexity and chaos inherent in nature makes us all pattern seekers as our brains attempt to create order and understanding of the natural world. Upon closer inspection we see individual threads of patterns repeated at different scales throughout nature.  
Rivers flow down from mountains in branching formations. Turbulent water broils in repetition, forever shifting and disintegrating. Branching patterns extend from tree roots up through the trunk to the veining tapestry of the leaves, becoming chaotic as growth is influenced by weather patterns and competition for light. Spiral patterns are woven within the arrangement of petals and leaves on a stem, as well as the scales on a pine cone. Tiling and cracking are visible in tree bark. As the tree ages, growing wider, its' protective outer layers crack, forming distinctive patterns. Spots and stripes in plants result from pigmentation changes offering improved visibility for insects, increasing the likelihood of pollination. Symbiotic relationships among plants create diversified patterns from the spherical mistletoe growing amongst the branching tree limbs to the fractal patterns of lichen growth on trunks.  
 Each thread of nature's tapestry serves to create a pattern that expresses the rich interconnectedness surrounding us in the natural world. The observation of which brings me raw delight." - Deborah Shannan
GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
ARTIST(S): Colin Dawson
ON DISPLAY: January 11, 2022
THROUGH: April 2, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Multimedia

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.

GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: September 18, 2021
THROUGH: December 23, 2021
MEDIUM(S): Mosaics

Mosaic: A picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard materials such as stone, tile, or glass. It is a name of English origin meaning pattern of pieces. A combination of many different parts forming one thing.

GALLERY: Joel Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: January 9, 2021
THROUGH: March 27, 2021
MEDIUM(S): Various

With over 100 works in our permanent collection, each installment promises to be a unique experience in the Joel Gallery.

GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: January 15, 2022
THROUGH: April 30, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Various

The Bascom is proud to present our third annual Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs, formerly known as 100 Miles.

GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: January 26, 2021
THROUGH: April 24, 2021
MEDIUM(S): Various

After a successful inaugural exhibition in 2020, 100 Miles II continues the tradition of showcasing new artwork by faculty and their students from surrounding colleges and universities. This diverse exhibition provides emerging artists and established instructors the opportunity to come together for professional development in a gallery setting.

GALLERY: Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: April 26, 2021
THROUGH: April 30, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Sculpture

2021 marks the beginning of an annual outdoor sculpture switch out on The Bascom Campus. Every year, we will select a handful of sculptors to install their work throughout our 6 acre campus. 

Coming Soon






Dan + Marty Boone, Hillary Cone, Margaret + Dallas Denny, Lynn DeVault + Glo Ghegan, Lisa + Carlos Evans, Carol Misner + Ann Huckstep, Jane Jerry, Lucy + Jack Kuhne, Nancy + Charles Lichtman, Marianne + Mark Mahaffey, Butchie + Alan Neely, C. Marie Sharpe, Marcia + Charlie Weber, Woodcrest Foundation, Ann Wrobleski + Phil Truluck

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