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Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs

Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs

January 15 - April 30, 2022 in the Bunzl Gallery

W.R.A.P. Appalachian Intersection

W.R.A.P. Appalachian Intersection

January 11 - April 2, 2022 in the Thompson Gallery

Outdoor / Public Sculpture

Outdoor / Public Sculpture

Now on display through April 22, 2022 along the Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail

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 us 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 the relationships between place sources of longing, loss, separation, and dis-placement. As such, viewers are asked 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: Thompson Gallery
ARTIST(S): Colin Dawson
ON DISPLAY: January 11, 2022
THROUGH: April 2, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Multimedia

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 proposals for The Bascom’s unique and beautiful Thompson Gallery.

GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: January 15, 2022
THROUGH: April 30, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Various

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

GALLERY: Horst Winkler Sculpture Trail
ARTIST(S): Various
ON DISPLAY: April 26, 2021
THROUGH: April 30, 2022
MEDIUM(S): Sculpture

2021 marks the beginning of an annual outdoor sculpture switch out on The Bascom Campus. Every year, we will select a handful of sculptors to install their work throughout our 6 acre campus. 

Coming Soon

Selections from Our Permanent Collection

With over 100 works in our permanent collection, each installment promises to be a unique experience in the Joel Gallery.


Outdoor/Public Sculpture

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

The Bascom Photography Resident

In its sixth year, The Bascom Photo Residency now provides a solo exhibition opportunity in our Joel Gallery.

Imaginary Landscapes: Stories from the American South

The works selected for this exhibition break down the barrier between stereotypes, folklore, and lived experience.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

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



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Lorena D. Bayless, Dan + Marty Boone, Elva + Tom Brady, Lynn DeVault + Glo Ghegan, Dimmitt Chevrolet, Martha + Michael Dupuis
Ruthie Edwards, Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Jane Jerry, Madeline + Fred Knox, Ione + John Lee, Bert Mobley, Stephanie + William Reeves
Schulzman-Neri Foundation, Marie Sharpe, Martha Sutherland-Wright, Beth Townsend: Mckee Properties Cashiers, Betsy + Wright Turner

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
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