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Drawing Discourse Online Exhibition Opening, Juror Lecture, and Special Podcast

January 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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poster with event info includes drawing of peopleDrawing Discourse, UNC Asheville’s annual juried international exhibition of contemporary drawing, will have its 12th renewal online and in paper this year, opening virtually at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 with a lecture by juror Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. Pre-registration for the talk is required (at this link), and admission is free but limited.

The exhibition can be viewed online beginning Jan. 22 at UNC Asheville’s Department of Art and Art History website.

This 12th annual exhibition drew 1931 submissions from 566 artists from 11 different nations.

The Suggested Donation podcast will present a special program on drawing, with special guest Peter Van Dyke, timed to coincide with the exhibition opening.

JUROR: The work of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (b. Mochudi, Botswana; lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ontario, Canada) is grounded in drawing, but also encompasses installation, animation, and performance. Her practice is often rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. She received a B.A. with highest honors in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 and an M.F.A. from the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. Key exhibitions and performances include Tiwani Contemporary, London (2016), Cinematek (the Brussels Art Film Festival) at the 2016 Art Brussels, the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) Johannesburg (2015), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (2015), Michaelis Gallery at the University of Cape Town (2015), the Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa (2013), the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, Charlotte, NC, USA (2013), FRAC Pays de Loire, France (2013), the 2012 Havana Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Artists (MoCADA), New York (2011), the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston.


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January 22, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Department of Art and Art History