Cultural Arts Building Gallery

Past Exhibitions

 CAB Art Gallery - Cultural Arts Building


NOTE: Due to the precautions necessitated by the COVID pandemic, in-person exhibitions in the gallery were suspended from March of 2020 until the end of Fall 2021. Exhibitions during that period have links to digital content, where available.

 Fall 2022 Senior Exhibition

Fall 2022 Senior Exhibition
November 17 - December 16, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30

The Fall 2022 Senior Exhibition is a capstone requirement for UNCW seniors graduating with a degree in Studio Art. This exhibition features artwork from 12 graduating seniors: 

Kase Call 

Karis Finn 

Olivia Froelich 

Claire Golder 

Amanda Heitchue 

Hannah Iovanna 

Ricky Lopez 

Shae Norton 

Kevin Paradis 

Hailey Randall 

Charlotte Sperry 

Tailore Wornom 

Through a wide variety of mediums and content, Kase Call uses different materials to create visual discussions about incarceration and intergenerational trauma. Amanda Heitchue is a ceramicist whose wheel-thrown pieces explore the representation and expression of worldly topics. Kevin Paradis bridges reality and concept through contemplative animations. Karis Finn creates organic and non-organic mixed media installations to shed light on different forms of love. Ricky Lopez takes on the concept of martial art and cartoon action with his print piece. Shae Norton is an animator that brings to light controversial topics and in turn makes them more socially understood. Using sandpaper to grind charcoal into layers of thick paper, Olivia Froelich creates vulnerable self-portraits as a way to confront and process her own trauma. Hailey Randall is an artist and graphic designer who draws inspiration through her experience with anxiety and fears. Claire Golder combines her interests in creative writing, theatrical design, and the fine arts into pieces which explore the possibilities of storytelling through art. By using charcoal and gray tone soft pastels, Tailore Wornom expresses what it is like to be a woman struggling with the dark emotions caused by shame and high expectations. Hannah Iovanna experiments with the visual language of femininity through her intimate still life paintings. Lastly, combining mixed media and Pop-art flair, Charlotte Sperry celebrates artists who passed away at the height of their musical career due to their respective struggles with substance abuse. 

Press Release


 Subtropical Wrecks

Kathryn Baczeski: Subtropical Wrecks
October 10 - November 11
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 27, beginning at 5 PM, UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Rm. 2033

Subtropical Wrecks explores the landscape of Wilmington, North Carolina where the rural meets the coastline. Thinking about waterways, beaches, sea shores, and canals; this exhibition highlights the colliding of water and land, creating erosion and a subtropical climate that allows strange and unusual life to thrive, decompose and transform yet again. Materials are sourced from local areas and arranged for an interactive experience in the gallery space. Here, the viewer is invited to think about the rural landscape in an art context and art in a rural context and to leave their impressions.Kathryn Baczeski is a clay-based artist and a professor of ceramics at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, Louisiana, where she teaches introductory to intermediate and advanced level courses. She earned her BFA in Sculpture at the University of Connecticut in 2009 and her MFA in Ceramics from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016.

Her residencies and exhibitions include Guldagergaard in Denmark, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and the Iowa Ceramics & Glass Studio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Press Release

Artist's website: https://www.kathrynagnesbaczeski.com


 Madison Creech Exhibition

Madison Creech: There But Not There
August 25 – September 30, 2022Opening Reception: Thursday, August 25, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

The CAB Art Gallery’s new exhibition, "There But Not There" by Madison Creech, traces abrasive interactions between animal and human. The work was created in response to a few visits to the Virginia Department of Transportation's animal carcass composting sites. Decadent and whimsical textiles conceal a decaying subject matter. 

Madison Creech is a UNCW Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History teaching graphic design and art foundation courses. She was a co-founder of Fresh As Fruit Gallery in DeLand, FL, and currently co-runs Fried Fruit Art Gallery in the Cargo District in Wilmington, NC.

Please click here to view the press release and artist's biography.


Pandemic Alumni Exhibit
June 8 – August 19, 2022
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

UNCW Studio Art Alumni from the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters have been invited to exhibit their artwork, as they were not able to have an in-person exhibition at the CAB Art Gallery due to the COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols at that time. 

The exhibition features the following exhibiting artists:

Kathryn Bertram 
Alaina Bubeck 
Madison Desmone 
Nikki Dinkins 
Shannon Kerrigan 
Rilee Knott 
Morgan Mcmahan 
Susan E. Murphy 
Sierra Pasch 
Willow Rea 
Courtney Rivenbark 
Savannah Roberts 
Loraine Scalamoni 
Melissa Spivey 
Jamal Taylor 

The exhibition features a variety of subjects ranging from portraits to nature, as well as fashion designs, everyday life, and abstract and whimsical forms.

Pandemic Alumni Exhibition



Spring 2022 Senior Exhibition

April 7 – May 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Spring 2022 Senior Art Exhibition opened April 7th, with a reception from 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., and on display until May 14. The show wass located both in and out of the Art Gallery, as well as upstairs in the Mezzanine Gallery at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Both the reception and gallery are free and open to the public.

This juried show features 23 graduating seniors majoring in Studio Art including Hunter Anthony, Ella Barnes, Zoe Chambers, Akira Collins, Montana Donahue, Wil Fell, Haydee Gonzalez, Tarina Hendershot, Hunter Herndon, Abbey Hunt, Lindsey Hurst, Andy Jackson, Hanna Keshk, Vicky Long, Hayden Melchor, Hunter Owens, Javon Pemberton, Sophia Pruett, Maxwell Reinbachs, Alexis Smith, Maggie Sudek, Aly Tarr, and Gloria Zarate-dominguez. The Senior Art Exhibition is a capstone requirement for UNCW seniors graduating with a degree in Studio Art.

The artists' work range in mediums such as pastels, acrylic and oil painting, paper making, ceramics and sculpture. Pieces from artists in photography, drawing, digital painting, typography, and laser-cut works will also be featured.

The exhibition features a variety of subjects ranging from portraits to nature, as well as fashion designs, everyday life, and abstract and whimsical forms.

The gallery is located in the Cultural Arts Building at the corner of Randall Drive and Reynolds Drive.

 Spring 2022 Senior Exhibit


Protest Signs: Projected Voices in the Community
In-person Exhibition
February 24 – April 1
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 24, 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Virtual Lecture by Dr. Travis Williams: Thursday, February 24 at 6 PM | Click here to view video recording

Protest Signs: Projected Voices in the Community is a juried exhibition by Dr. Travis Williams, a sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

The original call to artist stated: “Anger and grief have gripped our city, our state, and our country. Voices have risen, our community has protested, and demonstrators have created passionate, poignant messages that are projected through their signs. Handmade, printed, painted, drawn with a marker, put on a board…these signs tell a powerful story. It is the time for these stories to be heard.” 

Dr. Williams is full-time teaching faculty in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Science & Technology in Society at Virginia Tech from 2012 to 2014. His research areas include Environmental Racism, Racial Capitalism, Risk Society, Social Movements, and Non-profit Industrial Complex. 

77 works were on view from 46 nationwide artists.

Protest Signs Poster


Donald Furst: Ways
In-person Exhibition
January 13 – February 19, 2022 

A member of the faculty since 1985, Furst is Professor of Art and former chair (2002-2009) of the UNCW Department of Art and Art History. He has received the following recognitions for teaching: University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999; University Distinguished Professorship, UNCW, 1996-98; Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, UNCW, 1996; College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching, UNCW, 1992. 

Furst currently operates Ars Longa Press, a fine print atelier specializing in mezzotint and other forms of intaglio printmaking. He has shown widely in national and international exhibitions, including the International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland; Norwegian International Print Triennial; Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan, the Macedonia International Print Triennial, and the British International Miniature Print Exhibition. 

In this exhibition Furst exhibits new works on paper, featuring soft pastel and monotype.

Along the Way by Don Furst

Donald Furst, Along the Way, Pastel


Fall Senior Exhibition
In-person & Virtual Exhibition
November 11 – December 11, 2021 

The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the capstone event for studio art majors. Fourteen students graduated with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art presented their final work in the CAB Art Gallery, along with a virtual exhibition, catalog, and website. The exhibition included drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and digital works

Meet the graduating SeniorsClick here to visit pages featuring each of the graduating senior's work and artist's statement, including a self-authored video.

Spring Senior Exhibition
Virtual Exhibition
April – May, 2021
The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the capstone event for studio art majors. Sixteen students graduated with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art presented their final work in the CAB Art Gallery, along with a virtual exhibition, catalog, and website. The exhibition included drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and digital works.  

Artists exhibited were: Magdalene Bamber, Taryn Breathwaite, Alaina Bubeck, Anne-Conley Edwards, Ty Gadsden, Holly Jacobs, Rachel Johanningsmeier, Lari Johnson, Shannon Kerrigan, Rilee Knott, Julia Lutton, Hannah Martin, Cate Matthews, Samantha Motsay, Susan Elizabeth Murphy, and Savannah Roberts. 

Meet the graduating SeniorsClick here to visit pages featuring each of the graduating senior's work and artist's statement, including a self-authored video.


XX: Women, 2020
January 21, 2021
Virtual Exhibition (No longer active)
An all-woman show juried by Beverly McIver.

The year 2020 marks a milestone in women’s history – the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment guaranteeing a woman’s constitutional right to vote. To celebrate the power of women’s voices and to spotlight women’s contributions to the visual arts, XX: Women 2020 will showcase the breadth and diversity of work created by contemporary self-identified women artists.

Fall Senior Exhibition
Virtual Exhibition 
Fall, 2020

The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It is the capstone event for studio art majors. 

The Fall 2020 semester had eight graduating seniors: Kat Yoshie Bertram, Nikki M. Dinkins, Morgan Joseph Bair McMahan, Arianne N. Murray, Mary Grace Norris, Ian H. Schulte, Melissa N. Spivey, and (Jack) John Thomas Williams III.
Meet the graduating Seniors: Click here to visit pages featuring each of the graduating senior's work and artist's statement, including a self-authored video.

Art in the Age of Social Distancing
Virtual Exhibition (No longer active)
A Collection of Work from UNCW Art Students ~ 2020
During this time of isolation, students around the world have been forced to adjust their studies and try to continue their education in a new way. This exhibition highlights the UNCW Art students by featuring their work that has come from this confusing and stressful time.

The interactive exhibition also featured UNCW Digital Arts Senior Showcase. The images for these students were connected to a link to a website that will allowed you to explore virtual reality, 3D modeling, web development/graphic design, technical prototypes, and topographical simulation. The website is no longer available.

 


Power to the Zine!

This show closed due to Covid-19

February 27 – March, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27, 5:30–7 p.m.
Zines (shortened from the word “magazines”) are small, independent publications that come in the form of mini pamphlets or DIY magazines and have long been an underground or counter-cultural vehicle for personal and political expression. This exhibit celebrates zines from a variety of sources and collections.

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The Self-Portrait
January 16 – February 23, 2020
What is a self-portrait? Is it a mirror image of the artist, a psychological reflection? In Contemporary Art, the self-portrait has freed itself from the figural and literal to delve into the abstract, digital, conceptual and beyond traditional mediums. This exhibition will take a journey into the experience of ‘self’ and the boundless ways this can be expressed.

 self portrait poster sarah knouse sculpture


Fall Senior Exhibition
November 21 – December 13, 2019
The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art. The exhibition is
juried by the studio art faculty and mounted by graduating seniors. It is the
capstone event for studio art majors.

Allen Rodgers, Breach
Allen Rodgers, Breach, Oil on Canvas


BIENNIAL FACULTY EXHIBITION
October 24 – November 15, 2019
This exhibition featured current work by University of North Carolina Wilmington studio art faculty members: Donald Furst, Ned Irvine, Courtney Johnson, Anne Lindberg, Casey Scharling, Jeremy Millard, Andi Steele, Pam Toll, Gene Felice, Shannon Bourne, Rebecca Chappelear and Aaron Wilcox.

Pam Toll, Spiraling Oak


Glasswork
September 13 – October 17, 2019
Glasswork featured a variety of techniques and approaches that define contemporary glass making. This group exhibition will show how design and process are broken apart to reveal the state of glasswork today. A series of work by North Carolina glass artists representing various approaches to a challenging material - conceptual, textured, pate de verre and traditional murrine are some of the techniques featured in this show.

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Stormie Burns, Vessels, 2019

 


Courtney Johnson: Moons
July 16 – August 30, 2019

Moons is a series of photographs of real and artificial moons. In addition to photographs of the earth’s moon, photographs were made of temporary sculptures of sand, dirt, flour, dough, papier-mâché, and clay, as well as camera-less digital and analog photographs made with moonlight. The images emphasize photography’s ability to deceive, raising questions about collective memory, belief, and reality. Moons, which explores cycles from light to dark, warm to cool, birth to death, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch.

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UNCW 2019 Printfest Exhibition
June 6 – July 3, 2019

Over the past several years, UNCW’s Art & Art History Department has hosted a biennial event called “Printfest”. Printfest is a daylong public printmaking showcase on the UNCW campus.  Using a two-ton construction paving roller and an unlikely press bed – the parking lot of the Cultural Arts building – a team of artists and volunteers work collaboratively to print large-scale woodcuts throughout the day. For each of the Printfest events held during 2014, 2015 & 2017, dozens of independent artists and multiple colleges from across North Carolina carved designs into 4’ x 6’ wood, which were then inked and printed on muslin before a live audience.  The theme of the woodcut designs each year is based on the work of local non-profits. The 2019 edition of Printfest was based on the theme of Ocean Pollution in collaboration with Plastic Ocean Project. The exhibition will highlight the work produced during the UNCW 2019 Printfest held on April 13, 2019 as well as feature the woodblocks used during the event, photographs, video and tools used by the artists.

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Visiting Artist: Nathaniel Ober, Recent Sound Projects
May 16 – May 31, 2019

Wood harps by Nathan Ober


Spring Senior Exhibition 2019
April 11 - May 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7 p.m.

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artwork by kyle kelsey


Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror
Curated by Dr. Sarah L. Webb
February 28 – April 5, 2019

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Consort by Camille Hotffman
 


Gene A. Felice II
Solo Exhibition: Art & Science in Conversation
January 17 - February 22, 2019

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Image of work by Gene Felice entitled  Rapid Progression, Valium


Aaron Wilcox: Swimmers
July 12 - August 24, 2018 
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 5:30–7 p.m.

Swimmers is an exhibition of portraits, artifacts and text that tell the story of a group of warriors and explorers through the Warring States Period and the early Unification of China during the Qin Dynasty. Seen through the eyes of the archaeologist who made the discovery, the exhibition weaves the swimmers into the rich fabric of Chinese history.

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Aaron Wilcox,  Sentry Swimmer,  stoneware, 2017


Michael Aurbach: Solo Exhibition
August 30 - September 30, 2018 
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30, 5:30–7 p.m.

Michael Aurbach is a Professor of Art, Emeritus at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. For the last three decades, his socially inspired sculpture has addressed issues associated with identity, death, institutional power and contemporary forms of scholarship. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including support from National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. 

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Michael Aurbach, Cassandra,  mixed media, 2016