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Program Announcement: Weatherspoon Art Museum Summer 2017 Programs

Release date: May 15, 2017

THIS SUMMER AT THE WEATHERSPOON!

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Wednesdays: May 17, June 21, July 26, 11am-12pm

CREATIVES ON CALL
Thursdays: June 15, July 13, August 10, 6-7:30pm

13th ANNUAL WAM SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY
Friday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm


The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro presents two new summer learning programs, plus the return of the very popular Summer Solstice Party!

More Than Meets the Eye
Wednesdays, May 17, June 21, July 26, 11am-12pm, Reservations required.
Looking is just the first step to seeing. Inspired by the book “On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” by Alexandra Horowitz and WAM’s “Art of Seeing” Program, Curator of Education Ann Grimaldi leads visitors on an interactive tour about building visual awareness. Guided discussions in the galleries along with a simple sketching or writing activity are included. The program is free for adults, but reservations are required. Sign up for one, two, or all three dates. Please contact Ann Grimaldi at ann_grimaldi@uncg.edu or call 336-256-1448 to reserve a space. 

Creatives on Call
Thursdays, June 15, July 13, August 10, 6-7:30pm, Drop-In. No reservations required.
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. 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.  Artists “on call” include: Lien Truong (June 15); Jina Valentine (July 13); and Barbara Campbell Thomas and Christopher Thomas (August 10). 

13th Annual Summer Solstice Party
Friday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm, Free admission; food and drinks available for purchase.
Get ready for the Solstice Party! The band Gipsy Danger is back by popular demand along with a photo booth, face painting, art activities, and more.  

For additional information about the museum, visit http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Mission
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.

History
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 1950 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 Association of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005.

Collections + Exhibitions
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is considered to be 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 nearly 6,000 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Al Held, Alex Katz, Henry 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 fifteen to eighteen 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, weatherspoon@uncg.edu

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Loring Mortensen, 336-256-1451, lamorten@uncg.edu

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