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director’s


MESSAGE


It’s that exciting time of year once more— UNCG is back in session, the McDowell Gallery is again available (after our vault renovation) for special exhibitions, school and adult tour groups are signing up as quickly as we can schedule them, and temperatures are cooling.


The fall exhibition calendar offers a variety of compelling exhibitions, all of which are discussed further in this issue. Art on Paper is back for its 43rd incarnation. If you haven’t already marked your calendars, be sure to note that the AOP Preview Party takes place on Saturday, September 27. Following a cocktail preview and gallery talk by Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden, a party catered by Painted Plate will take place in the atrium. Monica Johnston and Leslie Ketner are party co-chairs, a dynamic duo if there ever was one; if you know them, you know it will be a terrific evening.


Also on the schedule is the Falk Visiting Artist exhibition, Lesley Dill: Faith & The Devil, an installation marked by Dill’s continued engagement with pairing texts and images and with philosophical issues around the struggle between faith and evil. A new exhibition from the collection looks at the relationship between artists Al Held and Robert Mangold, while another focuses on innovations in painting, and a third highlights gifts from the legendary art gallerist, Virginia Dwan.


As you look at some of the photos in this issue, you’ll see that the Weatherspoon has hosted some highly successful events. Art from the Heart was a sold-out evening of art and merriment, despite


being postponed due to a snowstorm. The appearance at the Annual Meeting of the artist known as Fallen Fruit set the stage for our Food for Thought exhibition, which opened on June 20 at our 10th Annual Summer Solstice Party.


The Solstice Party has become a signature event at WAM. Publicity for it and other projects is often spread broadly on social media, calling wide attention to the museum. We were, naturally, delighted to have appeared on Buzzfeed’s list of 18 “hidden gems around the world that you need to see.” More than a hundred million people follow Buzzfeed, and I hope you’ll encourage your friends and neighbors to follow the Weatherspoon. Just tell them that we’re practically a wonder of the world!


— Nancy Doll, Director


Cover, clockwise from upper right: Lucy Fradkin, Pink Moss, 2013, Courtesy of the artist; Lily Prince, San Giovanni d'Asso #1, 2013, Courtesy of the artist; Sandra Cinto, Untitled (After Encounter of Water), 2012, Courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; William O’Brien, Untitled, 2014, Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Travis Head, Reading List_Graphite Reactor, 2013, Courtesy of the artist.


welcome new and renewing members:


Jeff Akers, Marilynn G. Barr, Bill Brown, Pam K. Brown, Carolyn Bucknall, Jennifer Campe, Jennie Carlisle, Eric Cash, Kimberly Clark, Madison Clark, Dottie Cooke, Betsey Davis, Brian Dowtin, Dana Lou Dunn and Bruce Conaway, Kimberly Fasczewski, Alvin Fuentes, Aaron Gibbons, Ronnie Grabon, Adriene Greenup, Forest Harger, Louise Harrison, Oliva Hock, Kathie Huff, Jennifer Jennette, Dave Jones, Frankie Jones, Setsuya Kotani, Mary Lacklen, Mariana Lehoucq, Mike Lowrey, Isabel Lu, Rachel Luce, Stephen Mannino, Bryson Maynard, Tiara Mebane, Arthur R. Morris, Ken Murczek, Katherine Nelson, Linda G. Nelson, Elizabeth Parke, Craig Parkes, Angel Parpard-Jacke, Luxme Patel, Y Pham, Callie Phillips, Alina Phongsavanh, Roy Prewett Jr., Erin Reifsteck, Joseph Rosenblum, Jennifer Schachner, Teri Schlosser, Carolyn Schneider, Jacqueline Secoy, Sharon Sherrill and Sydney Spann, Damian H. Stamer, Melissa Staples, Virginia Summerell, Lucas Swift, David K. Taylor, Katie Thompson, Eric Tucker, Rachel Tucker, Mary Wessling, Dr. Kathleen Whitmire and Dr. Herbert Baum, Jill Wierzba, David Wilkenfeld, Stewart Williams, Matthew Wittstein, Catherine Wright, Katie Wurst, Nicole Yard, and Edwin and Chandra Young.


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