Art in the Area: The Bascom Center for Visual Arts

Bascom Center for the Arts in HighlandsHigh on a mountain plateau, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions, studio art instruction and other cultural experiences. Their six-building, six-acre campus in Highlands, North Carolina offers you and your family and friends a community gathering-place amid art and nature, along with a variety of program offerings. This year's summer programming includes exciting exhibitions from local and internationally known artists.

The Bascom Center for the Arts is open year-found and admission is free!

Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface

May 24 through August 17

Opening Reception: May 24, 5-7:00 pm

Artist Talk: 6:00 pm

Emmy and Academy Award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the North Carolina mountains. His style emphasizes the sculptor's presence, and is characterized by a dynamic use of form and texture. ln this exhibition, Wofford explores the expression of human emotions often kept well beneath the surface.

Out of the Ordinary

April 5 through June 15.

Bunzl Gallery Artists Panel Discussion: May 31. 5-6:00 pm

Closing Reception: May 31, 6-7:00 pm

Rebecca Dimling Cochran is the guest curator tor Out of the Ordinary, an exhibition that will focus on contemporary artists, including Long-Bin Chen, Willie Cole, Chakaia Booker, Matthew Brandt, Mary Engel, Guerra de la Paz, and Vik Muniz, who select and use materials specifically for the symbolism or iconography that adds to their work. She will moderate a panel discussion of artists whose works are in this exhibition.

Elsa Norris Dodd Remembered

April 12 to August 3

Joel Balcony Gallery

Opening Reception: April12, 5 to 7 pm

Friends Remembered: 6 pm

Elsa Dodd was a favorite character of Highlands, known by many to be a talented artist who promoted the arts in Highlands early on. Members of the Highlands Art League, in collaboration with The Bascom, have curated this exhibition of Dodd's work that will present a retrospective of her life's work.


April 19 to December 7.

On Campus Opening Reception: April 19, 5-7:00 pm

Artist Talk: 6:00 pm

Brandon Reese's works are predominantly known for their simple, familiar forms created by a variety of methods and at such large scales that they push the traditional boundaries of ceramic art. Reese is an associate professor of ceramics at Oklahoma State University, who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. He has had the privilege of working with the artists Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz, and Peter Voulkos. The Bascom is pleased to have Circles on campus this year.

Exhibition, Galleries & The Shop Monday—Saturday | 10am—5pm Sunday | 12 noon—5pm Administrative Offices Monday—Friday | 9 am—5 pm

Free and open to public. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit