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Lasting Impressions:  Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection

Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection

Sep 10 - Dec 3, 2022 in the Bunzl Gallery

Like No Other Place:  Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Like No Other Place: Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

July 16 - Dec 31, 2022 in the Joel Gallery

Outdoor Sculpture 2022-2023

Outdoor Sculpture 2022-2023

Now on display through April 2023 along the Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail

Now On Display

The Bascom’s major exhibitions highlight the work of the artists who live and work in our region, Bascom instructors and students, Artist Fellows and Residents, as well as world-renowned artists whose work might not otherwise be seen in this region. The Bascom's 3 galleries and the Winkler Sculpture and Nature Trail are host to approximately 10 exhibitions each year, which pair with our Outreach and Education departments to attract 20,000 visitors to The Bascom. Free guided tours are available upon advanced request.

The Bascom Annual Theme: Place

As makers and creators, human beings experience the world as both a place given to them and as a place they can mark, shape, and mold. The places that become homes to us offer familiarity, comfort, and even companionship. Places seem to have their own identities – they act on us, call us to them, invite response. Many creative acts seem to emanate from the experience of place – a stunning landscape or a quiet interior can express or even recall the sense of a place.

Art itself can both represent a place (e.g., Monet’s Giverny) or become part of a place-making activity (e.g.,Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands). The act of place-making can be both literal (building a house) and imaginative (Alice in Wonderland).

The year’s theme invites us to consider place and places as sources of beauty, as generators of community and belonging, as locations that invite response. Works shared this year celebrate the human experience of place and its resonance in art forms.

The theme of place also invites us to consider places as sources of longing, loss, separation, and dis-placement. As such, viewers are able to consider the ambivalence of the places we love – the ways in which we are too attached, or too detached from the land, the people, and the communities we inhabit.

As you consider the theme of place this year, we invite you to find moments to see, think, do, and be, in this place, our Bascom home in the western mountains of North Carolina.

GALLERY: Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: April 22, 2022
THROUGH: April 22, 2023
MEDIUM(S): Sculpture

2022 marks the second year of annual outdoor sculpture exhibit outside on The Bascom Campus.

GALLERY: Joel Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: July 16, 2022
THROUGH: December 31, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Photography
GUEST CURATOR(S): Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Explore The Bascom's 2022 theme of "Place" through the lens of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust properties.

Our mountains are among some of the oldest in the world. Over time, geologic processes have resulted in a complex landscape that is home to a great diversity of habitats for plants and animals. Home to more flowering plant species than anywhere else in the temperate zone, 250 are found nowhere else but here.

GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: September 10, 2022
THROUGH: December 3, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Woodblock Prints
GUEST CURATOR(S): Gibbes Museum

Lasting Impressions presents sixty of the finest Japanese prints in the Read-Simms Collection at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

GALLERY: Thompson Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: September 24, 2022
THROUGH: December 23, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Musical Instruments

Our fifth installment in our Craft to Art series covers Musical Instruments and their history of use, importance in defining regional culture, material construction, and evolution of design in Southern Appalachia.

Coming Soon

Listening to the Land

Listening to the Land is a nine-month photography exploration of the Bartram Trail near Highlands, NC. Influenced by the legacy of William Bartram, photographers of all...

W.R.A.P. - 2022-2023

The Bascom Winter Resident Artist Program, better known as the W.R.A.P., calls on Students or Faculty from the surrounding universities to submit site-specific installation...

Photography Artist in Residence Spring 2023

Each year The Bascom’s Photography Artist in Residence Program brings in educator-artists who offer new insights to our signature STEAM-focused curriculum, integrating basic...

Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs 2023

The Bascom is proud to present our fourth annual Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs, formerly known as 100 Miles.






Dan + Marty Boone, Hillary Cone, Margaret + Dallas Denny, Lynn DeVault + Glo Ghegan, Lisa + Carlos Evans, Carol Misner + Ann Huckstep, Jane Jerry, Lucy + Jack Kuhne, Nancy + Charles Lichtman, Marianne + Mark Mahaffey, Butchie + Alan Neely, C. Marie Sharpe, Marcia + Charlie Weber, Woodcrest Foundation, Ann Wrobleski + Phil Truluck

Share Your Bascom Experience with Us!

Whether you fell in love with a piece or were moved by an exhibit, inspired by an instructor, had a blast in our smART Space, or any other wonderful experience at The Bascom, we want to hear about it!

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at http://www.ncarts.org.

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Funded in part by a grant from South Arts
in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.