UNCW to Host Inaugural Campus Art Walk on Jan. 12

Monday, December 19, 2016

Arts leaders at UNCW are proud to announce and host the first Campus Art Walk on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Modeled after Wilmington’s successful “Fourth Friday” gallery walks, the Campus Art Walk is a showcase celebration of the ongoing diverse cultural activities at UNCW. Members of the general public are welcome and refreshments will be served.

“Campus Life is excited to collaborate with campus partners for a fun, interactive event for students, faculty, staff and the community and to highlight the amazing work that goes on in these spaces throughout the year,” said Stefanie Norris, director of Campus Life Arts and Programs, who conceptualized the art walk.

The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the CAB Gallery in the Cultural Arts Building with the opening reception for the Biennial Faculty Exhibition. The exhibition features current work by UNCW studio art teaching faculty.

Kristen Brogdon, director of UNCW's Office of the Arts, and Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of The Arts Council of Wilmington, will then lead a guided tour to Randall Library for “NC Living Treasures: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft.” Ruth Heath, daughter of the late Gerald Shinn (founder of North Carolina Living Treasures), will speak about her father’s legacy at 6:30 p.m.

After the library visit, designated tour guides will take participants to the Fisher University Union for the opening receptions of “Success Beyond the Scholarship: A Retrospective,” a celebration of former Boseman Gallery Scholarship recipients, and “Unspoken,” a collection of artwork by Gemynii, a self-taught painter, poet and community activist, hosted by the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Artists will speak at 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

The walk is also an opportunity for students to engage in networking and career development opportunities at each location.

“In addition to being a visual feast, the gallery walk will show students the many facets of professional life in the arts,” said Brogdon. “They’ll meet working artists and other creative professionals, many of whom are UNCW alumni.”

Between the two galleries in the Fisher University Union, UNCW Career Center representatives will be be on hand with tips and resources to pursue art as a profession.

-- Caroline Cropp