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Title: Executive Director
Email: kpeterson@thebascom.org

Karin Peterson is Executive Director of The Bascom: A Visual Arts Center. A sociologist of art, Dr. Peterson brings an interdisciplinary approach to visual culture and an appreciation for the resonating power of art for individuals and communities. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville), an advanced degree from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), and is an alumna of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (Lynchburg, Virginia).

Peterson is a career-long educator and has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville for the past two decades. Recently, she served as Interim Provost of UNC School of the Arts, and previously held the same role at UNC Asheville. She is excited about The Bascom’s strategic plan, whose realization will allow the organization to serve the multiple communities in our region with innovative programming that impacts people of all ages, and that addresses the connections between the arts, education, and wellbeing.

Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (828) 787-2884
Email: tgihl@thebascom.org

Tracy joined The Bascom as CFO in September 2014. Tracy comes to the Bascom with over 25 years of experience in Finance. A certified public accountant, Tracy joined The Bascom from Angel Medical Center where she served in the roles of Controller and CFO. Tracy is responsible for all of the Accounting and Finance functions of The Bascom. 

Tracy began her career as an auditor with KPMG in Atlanta, GA. There she worked with clients from diverse industries, but mainly concentrated in Real Estate, Insurance, Healthcare and other non-profits. After working in Atlanta for many years, the opportunity to return to her mountain hometown presented itself and, as the saying goes, “the rest is history”. 

Tracy is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is active in her church and also serves as the Treasurer there. 

In her free time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter enjoying the beautiful mountains of Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina. 

Title: Creative Director
Phone: (828) 787-2881
Email: blove@thebascom.org

Billy Love is an Education and Non-Profit professional with 20 years of experience working in the arts, education, and sales and marketing.  Always avoiding idle hands, Billy is constantly exploring new forms of creative expression and innovation.  A self-proclaimed "maker of things," Billy's creative interests reach far and wide. As a professional muralist, he has completed over 30 murals, both individually and collaboratively, including work on the "Milltown Murals" project in Lakeland, GA. The "Milltown Murals" project has been recognized as a historic landmark by the State of Georgia.

Billy is an art educator who has instructed figure drawing and art education courses at Western Carolina University. He has instructed at the high school level and has conducted several youth and adult art workshops in Western NC. Billy also has experience with the theater arts, including scenic design, set and prop construction, and scenic painting. Currently, he is exploring work in digital photography. Billy received his Bachelors in Studio Art from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and his Masters in Art Education from Western Carolina University.

Originally from Columbia, SC, Billy spent many summers in the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina with his family and is happy to have permanently relocated to the cool beauty of the southern Appalachian mountains.

Title: Director of Ceramics
Phone: (828) 787-2892
Email: fvickery@thebascom.org

Frank Vickery has been working in clay for over 20 years with multiple years devoted to instruction in clay arts. His personal art works are concentrated in wheel throwing but Frank also has extensive experience in hand building and creating and embellishing clay forms.

Frank has a Bachelors in Art Education and Bachelors in Fine Art from Winthrop University and a Masters of Fine Art from Western Carolina University.

Title: IT & Facilities Manager
Phone: (828) 787-2884
Email: mladeroot@thebascom.org

Maurice has been a contractor, a custom wood-worker, and a property manager in Highlands for 35 years. He enjoys camping and fishing with his three sons and spending time with his family. He has developed a passion for keeping the climate right at The Bascom, and also all of the IT up and running. He attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and lives in Scaly Mountain.

Title: Exhibitions Manager
Phone: (828) 787-2878
Email: zrogers@thebascom.org

Born and raised in Laurinburg, NC, Zachary is an artist with a knack for creative problem solving. After earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2013, he stuck around Greenville, NC for a couple of years working in a few of the art galleries and as a studio tech at Pitt Community College.

Zachary moved to the North Carolina mountains to attend Western Carolina University and received his Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Western Carolina University in 2018. Zachary has instructed art history lecture classes, 3-D design studios, and Sculpture courses. While in graduate school he began to incorporate his interest in archaeology and museum studies in his sculptures and wrote his thesis on shifting museum dynamics and their relationship with the viewer.

Since starting at The Bascom as the Exhibition Manager in May 2018, Zachary is able to continue utilizing his skills to create on both sides of the gallery wall and remain engaged in the artistic community.

The Bascom Board of Directors

Dedicated Leadership, Informed Guidance

The Bascom operates in cooperation with a Board of Directors. Each of the twenty-one members works towards the betterment of our institution, as well as serves on focused committees that further the individual goals of our mission. 

Board Photo 2


Bill Reeves


Brad Armstrong


Martha Sutherland-Wright


Jo Hill

Margaret Denny, Ruthie Edwards, Bob Gross, Kathleen Hohlstein, Myron Mall, Heath Massey, Carol Misner, Sue Ratliff, Bev Seinsheimer, C. Marie Sharpe, Susan Tarver, Mary Thompson, Ansley Tolleson, Kathy Young, Hilary Wilkes, Ann Wrobleski

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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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Exhibitions & Shop:
Tuesday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm

Ceramics Studio:
Monday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm
Sunday; 12pm/Noon - 5pm

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Visit: 323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741 (Map It)

Call: 828-526-4949 (Main)
828-787-2892 (Ceramics Studio)

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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.