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15th Annual International Drawing Discourse Exhibition


Owen Hall

January 19 @ 8:00 am - February 20 @ 5:00 pm

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UNC Asheville will host its annual juried international exhibition, Drawing Discourse, from January 19 through February 16 in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall. The exhibition features 49 works of contemporary drawing selected from 1358 submissions by 407 artists in 6 nations.

An opening reception with exhibition juror Phong Bui will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 19 in the gallery and via livestream.

Bui will also provide a virtual webinar lecture about his practice from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 19 in Owen Hall, room 102, and via livestream.

Additionally, internationally recognized artist Carol Prusa will discuss her work at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 20 with “Conversations and Coffee” in Owen Hall, room 102. 

Bui is an artist; writer; independent curator; and co-founder, publisher and artistic director of the Brooklyn Rail, Rail Editions, River Rail and Rail Curatorial Projects. Bui has organized more than sixty exhibitions since 2000. In 2014, Bui was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, and in 2015, the New York Observer dubbed him a “ringmaster” of the Kings County art world. 

From 2007 to 2010 Bui served as curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1. He was a senior critic at Yale MFA, Columbia University MFA, and University of Pennsylvania MFA, and has taught graduate seminars in MFA Writing and Criticism and MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts. Bui was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts in 2020 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

Additional programming includes a collaboration with Suggested Donation Podcast which will host a special drawing edition with guest artist, Christopher Gallego.

Additional Zoom studio visits associated with the exhibition will be forthcoming and announced on the UNC Asheville Department of Art & Art History website.


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January 19 @ 8:00 am
February 20 @ 5:00 pm


Department of Art and Art History


Owen Hall