Nine Lives: Zombies for Art

Press Release:

Thesis Art Exhibition of Nine Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates

Fine and Performing Art Center Museum Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Opening Reception: Monday, November 10, 4-6 pm.

Show runs through November 25.

Contact: Marya Roland 828-227-3593

Are you feeling like a zombie? Nine of Western Carolina University’s art “zombies” – senior fine arts students will present their thesis exhibition, Nine Lives: Zombies for Art. There will be an opening reception on Monday November 10, at 6 PM which will feature art work in ceramics, graphic arts, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

“These art zombies are making some surprisingly lively art – for zombies”- said Marya Roland who teaches Portfolio, a class in professional practices.

NINE! Participating Students:

1. Jeremy Aversa, Graphic Design

2. Jessica Capps, ceramics, Danberry, NC

3. Susan Cloer, sculpture, Franklin, NC

4. Christine Elder, painting

5. Emily Gingrass Graphic Design/Graphic Art, Matthew, NC (E. Mecklenberg HS)

6. Meredith Harbin, painting, Lake Toxaway, NC

(Rosman HS)

7. Kristen Meredith Poston, printmaking, Charleston, SC

8. Misty Norris, drawing, Gastonia, NC

9. Jennifer Toledo, painting, Sylva, NC

Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 10AM – 4PM, Saturday 1-4 PM (closed Sunday and Monday)

Museum information 828-227-3591

The kitsch colorful sculpture work of Susan Cloer will unveil your worst most deeply buried fear of having an affinity for Astroturf, while the paintings of Christine Elder will enter your soul and open the shutters therein, displaying a desolate landscape of deep puddles, reflected light and murky plains. Meredith Poston can be found here as well, in the realm of dreams, nightmares and fairy tales. If you’re afraid of the scaled black and white wings of flying pigs or fat ladies singing in monochromatic lines, you may want to keep that lucky chomper under your pillow so the tooth fairy can save you. Fear not, for the vibrantly violent graphic images of Emily Gingrass will bring you back to reality, albeit not the one you probably came from. If you find yourself lost, wondering or frightened, memory is always a safe retreat. Meredith Harbin takes you to a pleasant history of remembered pre-Zombie family travels from Niagara Falls with father to the rock formations of Colorado. Careful, though, the nymphs of lush paint and dark shadows beckon and you may never return. If you manage to survive, however, you should proceed to the cute and adorable owl drawings of Jeremy Aversa, which totally defy the laws of Zombie motor skills, not completely unrelated to the somewhat larger and emotionally forward ink Foxes of Misty Norris. At this point, if you are starting to feel completely disjointed from reality, the fragmented oil paintings of Jennifer Toledo will not make you feel much better, with their deer skulls, umbrellas, and detached women, though the candy colors will tempt you to start eating paint chips, at which point you should probably visit the most solid work, no pun intended, of the night’s exhibition; Jessica Wood Capps’ narrative, oceanic earthenware sculptures and story-telling tiles.

And beware, these Zombies like to cook, so there will be victuals and beverages available throughout the evening.