The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. As a curricular resource, the Weatherspoon is a museum/classroom where works from the permanent collection and regularly rotating exhibitions are available for study in classes and by individual students. All Art History courses are taught at the museum in the large lecture hall and seminar format. Students are invited to attend public talks by renowned artists, critics, art historians, and curators. Through a dynamic annual calendar of exhibitions and educational programs, the Weatherspoon provides an opportunity for graduate students to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time. Because art history at UNCG deals with history in the making as well as past history, we often design courses around works exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.
The collection exceeds 6,000 nationally and internationally known works, primarily 20th and 21st Century American artists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Joyce Scott, and Alison Saar, and includes a painting from the Woman series by Willem de Kooning. The Cone Collection contains Henri Matisse prints and bronzes; the Dillard Collection is one of the finest university collections of works on paper; and the Lenoir C. Wright Collection includes traditional Japanese woodblock prints and scroll paintings. The Weatherspoon mounts shows by contemporary artists including the Art Department’s Falk Visiting Artists and our MFA exhibition each spring.
In addition to the exhibitions of Falk Visiting Artists, the Weatherspoon Art Museum has hosted exhibitions of the work of Leonardo Drew, Eileen Neff, Jules Olitski, Kiki Smith, Stephen Vitiello, Catherine Opie, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mel Bochner, Alex Katz, Eve Sussman, Byron Kim, Emil Lukas, Jessica Stockholder, Hans Hofmann, Judy Pfaff, Diana Al-Hadid, Nancy Rubins, Richard Moss, Tom LaDuke and Leslie Dill.
Yearly events held at The Weatherspoon Art Museum include:
- English Department’s “Will Read for Food” fundraiser – November
- Experimental Music Festival is held each September
- Masquerade event at the end of October
- Summer Solistice “Celebration” in June
- MFA Thesis Show – May/June
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