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Exhibition Announcement - “Art on Paper 2017: The 44th Exhibition"

Release date: April 25, 2017

Exhibition Announcement - “Art on Paper 2017: The 44th Exhibition

May 21 - September 3, 2017

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The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro proudly presents the 44th Art on Paper exhibition. Since 1965, this dynamic survey has uniquely taken the pulse of contemporary art by showcasing artworks made on or with paper. This year’s installation features compelling new work by twenty-five artists from across the country. From exquisitely rendered ink drawings and densely layered collages to embroidered pages and “plucked” paper constructions, each artist has taken full advantage of paper’s astonishing possibilities as both surface and structure. In their hands the medium’s flexibility and facility has been used to explore a breadth of themes—from family relationships to geography, science fiction to ancient history, the natural world to digital technology. Visitors are sure to encounter works that both resonate with personal experiences and inspire new ways of thinking.

This year’s exhibition is unique in a number of ways. First, after a hiatus to accommodate celebrations of the Weatherspoon’s 75th anniversary last year, Art on Paper returns in a new summer time slot. We anticipate that the show will have great appeal to community members on “staycation” and tourists visiting during the summer months. And, the show will remain on view for students to benefit from in the first weeks of the fall semester. Second, rather than holding the usual ticketed Preview Party, WAM will host a First View Members Reception followed by a public opening on Saturday, May 20. We are excited to welcome more people to this opening celebration. Finally, this will be the first Art on Paper curated by the Weatherspoon’s curator of exhibitions, Dr. Emily Stamey, who arrived in Greensboro in October 2015.

Art on Paper offers community members the exciting opportunity to purchase art, as all works in the show are for sale. Proceeds go directly to the artists and their galleries. The Dillard Fund/xpedx generously provides funding for the Weatherspoon to acquire selections from each Art on Paper exhibition for the museum’s Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, which now numbers more than 500 works of art. That collection includes noteworthy and established artists such as Robert Smithson, Howardena Pindell, Joseph Stella, Louise Bourgeois, and Lee Krasner. Contemporary artists added to the collection through Art on Paper include Amy Cutler, Elliott Hundley, Diana al-Hadid, and Rosemarie Fiore.

This year's artists:  Julie AlpertGerry BannanMarianne BarcellonaMaria BerrioPamela CardwellMartha Clippinger,Steven M. CozartVandorn HinnantMatthew KluberAnnie LopezJennifer MeanleyTracy MillerToyin Ojih OdutolaRenzo OrtegaAndrew Scott RossMariam Aziza StephanCaleb TaylorBarbara Campbell ThomasChristopher ThomasLien TruongJina ValentineLaura VandenburghNeha VedpathakAmanda Wagstaff, and Saya Woolfalk.

The Art on Paper 2017 exhibition has been kindly supported in part by a grant from the F. M. Kirby Foundation. Its catalogue is made possible in part by the generosity of the Lincoln Foundation.

Image: Saya Woolfalk, Untitled #3, 2014, from the series ChimaTEK, mixed media collage on paper, 45 5/8 x 32 3/4 in. © Saya Woolfalk. Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

Related Programs 

Art on Paper First View Members Preview and Public Reception
Saturday, May 20, 5:30-8 pm
5:30-6:30 pm: First View Members Preview
6:30 pm: Public Reception

Museum Director Nancy Doll and the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association invite you to a special event in celebration of Art on Paper 2017. First View Members Preview: be the first to see and purchase works of art from the exhibition, join the curator on a tour, mingle with the artists, enjoy tasty treats and libations, and have great fun with fellow WAM members. Kindly reply by May 10 to:, or call (336) 256-1450. Public Reception: Join the party and be part of a great WAM tradition. No RSVP necessary; Free; Cash Bar.  

Creatives on Call
Thursdays, June 15, July 13, August 10, 6-7:30 pm
June 15: Lien Truong; July 13: Jina Valentine; August 10:  Barbara Campbell Thomas and Chris Thomas

How was that made? Why was that placed there? What's the point of all this? If you've ever wandered through an exhibition and wished you had the artist or curator on hand to answer your questions, now's your chance. Thursday evenings this summer, Curator of Exhibitions Emily Stamey and participating Art on Paper artists will be hanging out in the gallery, ready for questions of any sort: technical or aesthetic, smart or silly, mundane or metaphysical. Answers are likely; good conversation is assured. Drop by and join the fun. Free and open to the public.  

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Exhibition Tour
Tuesday, August 8, 12 pm
Noon @ the 'Spoon features a 20-minute tour of a new exhibition. Offered every second Tuesday of the month. Free.  

For a complete, updated list of programs, visit:

Guided + Self-Guided Visits
School and community groups are invited to visit the museum on their own or via a docent-led tour. Admission and tours are free. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance to schedule your visit, 336.334.5770 or

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded by Gregory Ivy in 1941 and is the earliest of any art facilities within the UNC system.  The museum was founded as a resource for the campus, community, and region and its early leadership developed an emphasis—maintained to this day—on presenting and acquiring modern and contemporary works of art. A 1949 bequest from the renowned collection of Claribel and Etta Cone, which included prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse and other works on paper by American and European modernists, helped to establish the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection. Other prescient acquisitions during Ivy’s tenure included a 1951 suspended mobile by Alexander Calder, Woman by Willem de Kooning—a pivotal work in the artist’s career that was purchased in 1954, and the first drawings by Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson to enter a museum collection.
In 1989, the museum moved into its present location in The Anne and Benjamin Cone Building designed by the architectural firm Mitchell/Giurgola. The museum has six galleries and a sculpture courtyard with over 17,000 square feet of exhibition space. The American Alliance of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005 and 2015.

Collections + Exhibitions
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is one of the foremost of its kind in the Southeast.  It represents all major art movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Of the more than 6,000 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Al Held, Alex Katz, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Deborah Butterfield, and Robert Rauschenberg. The museum regularly lends to major exhibitions nationally and internationally.

The Weatherspoon also is known for its adventurous and innovative exhibition program. Through a dynamic annual calendar of twelve to fourteen or more exhibitions and a multi-disciplinary educational program for audiences of all ages, the museum provides an opportunity for audiences to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time and enriches the life of our university, community, and region.


Weatherspoon Art Museum
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Spring Garden and Tate Streets, PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170, 336.334.5770,

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