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Academic Programming News

FACULTY VOICES: SCIENCE FICTION

What if we lived in a world without prisons? What if humans lost the ability to speak? What if our world mechanically folded in on itself? The Residential College core curriculum seminar Science Fiction: Literature of Change is a class about questions. These questions catch one off guard, but as students discuss them, they also start talking about how policing, voice, and social classes work in their lives right now.

One of the highlights of the semester was when I partnered with the Weatherspoon Art Museum to look at the work of Saya Woolfalk, an artist who uses science fiction to re-imagine the world. My students and I listened to her TED talk about her fantastical creations, then came to the museum to see her figurative collage, Untitled #3. It was as if her world came to life for students as they closely observed her work.

Then, working with museum staff, the students did a writing exercise that allowed them to build a narrative from Woolfalk’s creation, priming them for their final class project—writing their own science fiction short story and working as a team to create, name, and publish the stories in a class magazine. Our time spent in the Weatherspoon not only got us thinking outside of our classroom space but added depth and creativity to the student work.

DR. SARAH E. COLONNA
Associate Faculty Chair, Grogan Residential College

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SPOTLIGHT 2021: STUDENT INTERN + GRAUDATE ASSISTANTS

“I am a Museum Assistant at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. I assist visitors, staff, and others who may need my help. I enjoy greeting our visitors and helping the staff as much as possible. I find it very rewarding and beneficial working here at the Weatherspoon.”

YESENIA CRUZ DELASANCHA
UNCG Pre-Nursing

“I am a UNCG student intern working with the Weatherspoon's registrar to monitor, move, and document the art collection. I like how the museum has such a great, varied collection of art and a friendly staff who are excellent at what they do.”

EVAN WILLIAMS
UNCG History, M.A. Museum Studies


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CO-WAM! EXPLORE, ENGAGE, EXPERIMENT AT THE WEATHERSPOON

The Weatherspoon Art Museum staff is committed to the expansion of student agency and engagement with the museum and its collections. As a student learning how to use cross-disciplinary resources to expand ideas and social networks in the undergraduate community, my experience as an intern at the Weatherspoon has been invaluable.

With the goal to connect students from across UNC Greensboro, I designed, promoted, and facilitated the virtual pilot program, Co-WAM! Explore, Engage, Experiment at the Weatherspoon for eight weeks in the spring semester. The Weatherspoon staff graciously supported my work while ensuring it remained in my hands and those of the participating students.

Using Zoom to bring everyone together safely, this eight-week program sought to connect students with each other and the museum. With the goal to provide an informal space to learn how the Weatherspoon can offer academic and social resources, students enthusiastically experimented with museum’s offerings to fit their wants and needs.

Creating an open environment for students to meet museum staff and engage with its resources as a group, the program culminated in a student-curated playlist paired with the current exhibition Vibrant: Artists Engage with Color. Access to the playlist is free and publicly available on Spotify by visiting the Vibrant: Artists Engage with Color exhibition page, or by following our new Spotify channel WAMUNCG.

Though the initial Zoom sessions wrapped up at the end of March, students have been eager to continue participating in Weatherspoon programs. With the generous support of Weatherspoon staff and an iBelong grant from the UNC Greensboro Division of Student Affairs to create this pilot program, students, Weatherspoon staff, and I are excited to continue expanding initiatives such as Co-WAM! in the fall.

LAURA LEVIN
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Art History
Programs and Engagement Intern, Class of 202
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DISCOVER EKPHRASIS WITH ANNA ABHAU ELLIOTT

Anna Abhau Elliott is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) student in UNC Greensboro’s Department of Art. As a graduate assistant in the Weatherspoon’s education program, she has spent the semester developing ekphrasis (writing about art) resources for Guilford County School teachers and students. Anna has made great use of Weatherspoon’s new mobile tour technology. Check Weatherspoon’s K-12 Education page to view her recently completed video focusing on Alison Saar’s Compton Nocturne.
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FACULTY VOICES: HONORS COLLOQUIUM

In pursuing its mission to “provide [students] with an enhanced and supportive intellectual and social experience that acculturates them to the life of the mind and helps them to become critical, independent thinkers….,” Lloyd International Honors College has found an ideal campus partner in the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Honors Colloquium sections have been visiting the Weatherspoon as a critical part of their curriculum since 2010. The course serves first-year students in the International Honors Program and aims to ease the transition to the UNCG community while also preparing students for lives dedicated to civic engagement.

The Weatherspoon plays an integral role in that preparation. During our visits, a Weatherspoon docent teaches students the difference between objective and subjective viewing and encourages students to practice their new skills in a current exhibition. Discussions moderated by the docent help students identify overarching themes in the works and can help reveal some of the goals and aims of the artist.

Many students are unaware that UNC Greensboro has an art museum before they arrive on campus, and their visit with their Colloquium section is often the student’s first introduction to the space, the collections, and the dedication to student learning. For ten years, Colloquium students have been routinely ranking the visit to the Weatherspoon as high on their list of impactful activities they do in Colloquium. The Weatherspoon does an exceptional job of making the space welcoming to community members of all ages and making room in discourse about art for novices and experts alike.

Rebecca Muich, PhD
Assistant Dean, Lloyd International; Honors College, UNCG

Image: Weatherspoon docent Marge Cromer leads a conversation in To the Hoop with students enrolled in the Honors Colloquium, October 2020.
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SPOTLIGHT 2020: STUDENT INTERN + GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

“I am a work-study student gallery attendant. I assist the security team in making sure the art is enjoyed safely and responsibly. I enjoy getting to experience the wonderful art and welcoming staff.”

BRANDON ALLOWAY
UNCG Anthropology

“I am currently a Museum Assistant. In the gallery, I help staff with tasks they may not have time to do, whether it’s creating make and take art kits or running errands around campus. Most of the time I’m usually spot-checking and filing documents for the University Archives at the library. What I like most about the job is probably the quiet and calm atmosphere—it makes it easier to connect with gallery viewers and it’s a good space to study!”

CHRISTOPHER FOWLER
UNCG Art Administration

“As an intern at the Weatherspoon I have been able to assist Dr. Emily Stamey with a variety of activities including the organization of the museum's artist files, researching artists, and creating labels for the upcoming Art on Paper exhibition. What I like about working at the Weatherspoon is the ability to ask questions to museum staff and learn more about the procedures and activities within a museum. I am glad to be a part of an environment where I constantly learn new things.”

RIVER WALLS
UNCG Arts Administration, with a concentration in Museum Studies and minors in Art History and Interdisciplinary Arts & Social Practice, 2021


“My name is Billy Dee. I am an MFA candidate in studio arts and a graduate assistant at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. I love having the chance to interact with visitors and learning more about why they have decided to visit. I am fascinated by the ways in which WAM offers a space for reflection and quiet, for connection with art, and a space to engage deep curiosity about how artworks live in the world.”

BILLY DEE
UNCG MFA Candidate, Studio Arts, 2021


"I am completing my Graduate Assistantship with the education department at WAM, working with Terri Dowell-Dennis to create professional development resources for Guilford County Schools. For the fall, that means creating a podcast with fellow GA Billy Dee. My time at WAM is a great opportunity to both articulate what I do more clearly to myself, and to create tools for others to use. I look forward to delving deeper into WAM's collection and reflecting on the exquisite art here. Contemplating, for example, the work of Beauford Delaney is always time well spent.”

ANNA ABHAU ELLIOTT
UNCG MFA Candidate, Studio Arts, 2022
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