Exhibition Announcement

Art on Paper 2019


The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro proudly presents the 45th Art on Paper exhibition. Since 1965, this dynamic survey has uniquely taken the pulse of contemporary art by showcasing artworks made on or with paper. This year’s installation features compelling new work by twenty-four artists from across the country. In keeping with the exhibition’s parameters, all have created, within the last two years, one-of-a-kind artworks using paper as their medium. Each artist is represented by multiple works, offering visitors a deeper look into his/her/their interests, processes, and skills.
In their hands the medium’s flexibility and facility have been used to explore a breadth of themes—from direct observations of nature to sorrowful tributes of loss, and from studies of pure abstraction to inquiries into the inner self and institutional inequities. Visitors are sure to encounter works that both resonate with personal experiences and inspire new ways of thinking.

Art on Paper offers community members the exciting opportunity to purchase art, as all works in the show are for sale. Proceeds go directly to the artists and their galleries. The Dillard Fund/xpedx generously provides funding for the Weatherspoon to acquire selections from each Art on Paper exhibition for the museum’s Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, which now numbers 570 works of art. The collection includes noteworthy and established artists such as Robert Smithson, Louise Bourgeois, and Lee Krasner as well as contemporary artists Amy Cutler, Elliott Hundley, Diana al-Hadid, and Rosemarie Fiore.

This year’s artists include: 

Elizabeth Alexander, www.elizabethalexanderstudio.com
Arden Bendler Browning, www.ardenbendlerbrowning.com
Alexandra Chiou, www.alexandrachiou.com
Drew Conrad, www.drewconradart.com
Daisy Craddock, www.garveysimon.com/artists/daisy-craddock
Sara Farrington, www.sara-farrington.com
Leslie Fry, www.lesliefry.com
Richard Garrison, www.richgarrison.com
Kate Gordon, www.kate-gordon.com
Laura Tanner Graham, www.lauratannerart.com
Thomas Huber, www.thomashuberart.com/
Sharka Hyland, www.sharkahyland.com
Karey Kessler, www.kareykessler.com
Suyeon Na, www.suyeonna.com
Sheryl Oring, www.sheryloring.org
Mary Porterfield, www.maryporterfield.com
Dorothy Robinson, www.dorothyrobinsonart.com
Charlotte Schulz, www.charlotteschulz.com
Hyeyoung Shin, www.hyeyoung-shin.com
Tanja Softić, www.tanjasoftic.com
Jerry Walden, www.jerrywalden.com
Antoine Williams, www.antoinewilliamsart.com
Elizabeth Williams, www.williamselizabeth.com
Sung Won Yun, www.garveysimon.com/artists/sung-won-yun

The Art on Paper 2019 catalogue has been kindly supported by a grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

Image credit: Arden Bendler Browning, Gippsland, 2018, Watercolor and gouache on handmade watercolor paper, 10 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Related Public Programming:

Art on Paper Preview Party
Saturday, February 2, 6:30-9 pm

Museum Director Nancy Doll and the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association invite you to a special event in celebration of Art on Paper 2019. Attendees will be the first to see and purchase works of art from the exhibition, join the curator on a tour, mingle with the artists, enjoy tasty treats and libations, and have great fun with fellow guests. Tickets go on sale December 1st with a deadline of January 25 for pre-party purchase: $75 members/$90 non-members. RSVPWAM@uncg.edu or call (336) 256-1450.

Artists & Curator Talk
Thursday, February 21, 4 pm

Join Art on Paper curator Elaine Gustafson in conversation with participating North Carolina artists Sara Farrington, Kate Gordon, and Antoine Williams for insights into their working processes and inspirations. 

Spring Educators Workshop: Paper Practices
Saturday, February 23, 10 am-3:30 pm

$20 WAM members; $35 nonmembers
Artist Elizabeth Alexander and writer Julia Ridley Smith will inspire educators and teaching artists with approaches to art-making and writing. The program takes place in UNCG’s art studios and the museum. For information and to pre-register, contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at t_dowell@uncg.edu or call (336) 256-1449.

Evening Exhibition Tour: Art on Paper 2019
Thursday, February 28, 5:30 pm

Art Journal Workshop
Thursday, February 28, 6-7 pm

Join Reconsidered Goods for an evening of art journaling. We’ll supply you with fun reusable materials to create a personal art journal. To kickstart your artistic adventure, we’ll teach a few techniques on journaling using stamps, markers, found objects, books and ephemera. Reconsidered Goods is a non-profit creative reuse center that takes donated materials from manufacturers and individuals and helps divert them from the landfill. Recommended for teens and adults.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour
Tuesday, March 12, 12 pm

Noon @ the ‘Spoon features a 20-minute docent-led tour of a new exhibition. Offered every second Tuesday of the month. This month’s tour will feature the Art on Paper 2019 exhibition.

Art Collecting 101
Thursday, April 11, 7-8 pm

Say goodbye to old dorm room posters and hello to original art. Panelists and art lovers Elizabeth Harry (GreenHill Center), Stacy Bloom Rexrode (Raleigh Arts), and Lauren Sanford (Leland Little Auctions) will share tips for making collecting fun and affordable. Learn how to buy from artists, galleries, or auctions and equip yourself with basic art shopping vocabulary. Moderated by Art on Paper 2019 curator Elaine Gustafson. Reception follows. Co-presented with GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art.

Guided + Self-Guided Visits
School and community groups are invited to visit the museum on their own or via a docent-led tour. Admission and tours are free. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance to schedule your visit, (336) 334-5770 or weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro enriches the lives of diverse individuals and connects multiple communities, both on and off campus, by presenting, interpreting, and collecting modern and contemporary art. In recognizing its paramount role of public service, the Weatherspoon fosters an appreciation of the ability of art to positively impact lives.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro was founded by Gregory Ivy in 1941 and is the earliest of any art facilities within the UNC system. The museum was founded as a resource for the campus, community, and region and its early leadership developed an emphasis—maintained to this day—on presenting and acquiring modern and contemporary works of art. A 1950 bequest from the renowned collection of Claribel and Etta Cone, which included prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse and other works on paper by American and European modernists, helped to establish the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection.

In 1989, the museum moved into its present location in The Anne and Benjamin Cone Building designed by the architectural firm Mitchell Giurgula. The museum has six galleries and a sculpture courtyard with over 17,000 square feet of exhibition space. The American Alliance of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005 and 2015.

Collections + Exhibitions
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is considered to be one of the foremost of its kind in the Southeast. It represents all major art movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Among the nearly 6,200 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Edward Weston, Joseph Stella, David Smith, Jackson Pollock, Elizabeth Catlett, Louise Nevelson, Gordon Parks, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Adrian Piper, Betye Saar, Amy Silman, Nick Cave, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Sanford Biggers. The museum regularly lends to major exhibitions nationally and internationally.

The Weatherspoon also is known for its dynamic exhibition program. Through a lively annual calendar of exhibitions and a multi-disciplinary educational program for audiences of all ages, the museum provides an opportunity for visitors to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time—enriching the life of our university, community, and region.

UNC Greensboro
Located in North Carolina’s third largest city, UNC Greensboro is among the most diverse, learner-centered public research universities in the state, with nearly 18,000 students in eight colleges and schools pursuing more than 150 areas of undergraduate and over 200 areas of graduate study. UNCG continues to be recognized nationally for academic excellence, access, and affordability. UNCG is ranked No. 1 most affordable institution in North Carolina for net cost by the N.Y. Times and No. 1 in North Carolina for social mobility by The Wall Street Journal — helping first-generation and lower-income students find paths to prosperity. Designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, UNCG is a community-engaged research institution with a portfolio of more than $67M in research and creative activity. The University’s 1,100 faculty and 1,700 staff help create an annual economic impact for the Piedmont Triad region in excess of $1B. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Weatherspoon Art Museum
UNC Greensboro
1005 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412, (336) 334-5770, weatherspoon@uncg.edu

For more information or press images, contact:
Loring Mortensen, (336) 256-1451, lamorten@uncg.edu