"Art is a Human Right for Everybody": Works from Open Hearts Art Center

  • REVOLVE 122 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC, 28801 United States

April 27 – May 15, 2016

opening + performance May 6 from 4pm - 6pm

“Art is a Human Right for Everybody” is the culmination of Hannah Wiepke’s yearlong internship experience at Open Hearts Art Center coupled with undergraduate research on curatorial best practices. Her project, a curated public exhibition and website, challenges the pervasive medical model that frames disability and furthers a meaningful examination of artwork created by the OHAC community through narratives gleaned from artists’ interviews and audience feedback. The exhibition originates at UNC Asheville and travels to Project Space at REVOLVE and Orange Space at the Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District in Asheville.

This project is sponsored by Curatoria, an interdisciplinary collective of UNC Asheville students, faculty, and other scholars dedicated to cultivating and supporting innovative approaches to displaying and interpreting visual culture. Programming developed by Curatoria reflects student and educator-driven subjects that are studied intently and deeply, with the goal of fostering intelligent empathizers and meaning-makers in participants and audiences. The collective seeks to explore and experiment with different strategies for bringing visual culture to audiences by attending to both problematizing the content deemed as appropriate to art venues and to rethinking the ways in which works are typically curated. While crossing disciplinary lines, Curatoria’s projects also strive to promote collaborations with diverse Asheville communities, thereby moving from theoretical and abstract considerations of these issues to more dynamic, in-field contexts where our pedagogies provide students with real-world problem solving.