New WCU art installation

The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will present “LINING: SHEATHING” through May 4, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 19 in Cullowhee.

“LINING: SHEATHING” is a large-scale installation about the tactile and protective qualities of textiles by collaborators Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running. This installation was developed in residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Constellation Studios, and Small Craft Advisory Press. 

The focal point of the installation is a room-size tent suspended beneath a skylight. The tent is made from large printed and dyed textile panels which create a space that viewers can enter. Viewers are invited to try on one of the handmade garments and view the series of eight queen bed sized woodblock prints on handmade paper. The artists have been working together for five years, creating installations and artist books that include printed fabric, handmade paper, woodblock prints, custom garments and embroidery.

In addition to the installation and exhibition inside the WCU Fine Art Museum, Bookwalter and Running have also created a three-story site-specific window installation in the Star Atrium at Bardo Arts Center. The installation is particularly engaging when viewed during the afternoon as sunlight filters through the windows at Bardo Arts Center creating a dynamic array of shadows throughout the space. Lee Running is a visual artist from Grinell College in Iowa and Denise Bookwalter is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University. 

The WCU Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. 

Open year-round, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center features a growing permanent collection and exhibitions highlighting regional, national, and international artists. The museum facilitates scholarly research and provides life-long learning opportunities for individuals of all ages by collecting, interpreting, and showcasing cross-cultural innovation in contemporary art. 

For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.2505. 

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