UNC Asheville’s Music Department will present a varied program of concerts on the campus this fall by student musicians with faculty and other special guests. Six performances are scheduled in October, three in November, and the series will conclude with the annual Holiday Concert in December. Admission is $5 at the door for each performance, with students and children free.
UNC Asheville’s 2nd Annual Invitational Art Exhibition, featuring 18 artists invited to exhibit by the Art Department faculty, opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery on the campus. The show will remain on display through October 25 and includes works in the six concentrations offered in the Art Department: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, UNC Asheville will host a series of special events, including appearances by writers Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Gabriela Garcia Medina, and a talk by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro.
Poet Susan Lefler and nonfiction writer Jennifer McGaha will kick off the Writers at Home fall series with a reading at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The Writers at Home series, sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, is free and open to the public.
Adrian Grenier will host a screening of his documentary film, “Teenage Paparazzo,” and take questions from the audience at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium, on Saturday, Sept. 24. The film begins at 6:30 p.m. with discussion to follow after the film and an art reception with Grenier at approximately 9 p.m.
The history and techniques of book art will be the subject of a gallery talk and reception at Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The event will highlight the closing day of the Blowers Gallery exhibit, “Art of the Book: Process, Product and Community at Asheville BookWorks.”
With a bang of the steel pans, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra will kick off the 2011-2012 season of UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Distinguished Speaker Series. This high-energy performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Highsmith University Union Grotto. The concert is free and open to the public, but there is limited café-style seating, so early arrival is suggested.
An interactive sculpture exhibit, "A Rapid Progression," by artist Gene Felice, will open September 12 at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery. Felice designed the forms through the process of three-dimensional modeling, and then used printers and rapid prototyping machines to give the designs solid form. This exhibit also includes an electricity-generating bicycle which viewers can pedal to power other exhibited works, and an interactive, solar-powered LED lighting system. "A Rapid Progression" will remain on display through October 4.
The fall music season at UNC Asheville begins with free midday presentations by the two newest members of the Music Department faculty, William Bares and Brian Felix, both assistant professors, and both keyboard artists.