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A groundbreaking event (literally)

Penland groundbreaking ceremony

Penland School of Crafts had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new dormitory on Thursday, August 25. The three-story, 8,200 square-foot facility will provide flexible housing options for up to 42 students in 19 bedrooms. The building is designed to be energy efficient and accessible, and to provide support for year-round programming at the school.

The schematic design was prepared by Chapel Hill architect Dail Dixon with construction documents and construction oversight handled by Bowers, Ellis, and Watson of Asheville, NC. The building will be built by Davie Construction of Advance, NC.The building will be located downhill from the balcony side of Heaven’s Above.

Construction of this building is being made possible by a loan from the U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Loan Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Penland groundbreaking

Left to right: Pamela Hysong, USDA; Jean McLaughlin, Penland director; Marvin Hutchison, USDA; Scott Klein, Penland facilities director; Laura Taft Paulsen, Penland trustee; Mike Watson, Bowers, Ellis and Watson; Carl Carney, Davie Construction; Rob Pulleyn, Penland trustee; Blair Bricken, Bowers, Ellis and Watson; Clay Mooney, landscape architect.

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“Crafting Exhibitions,” Sunday, August 22

Ingrid Schaffner
Ingrid Schaffner

Curator and arts writer Ingrid Schaffner will give a talk at the Northlight building at Penland School of Crafts at 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 22. Titled, Crafting Exhibitions, her talk will be a survey of her work as a curator, covering her interests in feminism, photography, and historic surrealism. Andrew Glasgow, the former director of the American Crafts Council, will lead a discussion with Schaffner and the audience after her talk. Schaffner is the senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and her talk takes place during her participation in Penland’s new Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency.

Ingrid Schaffner has been working in contemporary art since the mid-1980s and has developed an exceptional body of work around three themes: surrealism, collecting, and photography. Among her many projects, Deep Storage was a major international survey of 50 contemporary artists which represented issues and images of collecting, storage, and archiving. Other exhibitions include Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, More … on collecting, Richard Tuttle, In Parts, 1998-2001, and The Photogenic: Photography Through its Metaphor. She has numerous publications on 20th century art, art reviews in Artforum, and catalog essays.

Directions to Penland are here.

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Arthur Gonzalez comes through town

chalkboard by Arthur Gonzalez

The editor of this blog was out of town for a few days and now we are all going nuts putting on the annual benefit auction so there hasn’t been much time to post. But we didn’t want anyone to miss this great drawing that instructor Arthur Gonzalez made on the chalkboard in the Pines last session. Click on this one to see it bigger.

t-shirt by Arthur Gonzalez

And while we’re on the subject of Arthur, here’s a Penland iron T-shirt that he modified for sale in the end-of-session scholarship auction. Thanks, everyone, for a great session.