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Turn up the front burner

UNCG alumna and guest curator Ashlynn Browning ’02 MFA assembled a stellar lineup of artists for the “Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting” exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA).

Featured are 25 painters from throughout the state working in a variety of media and styles, including UNCG art professor Barbara Campbell Thomas and alumna Carmen Neely ’16 MFA.

Browning notes the relevance of the medium in an increasingly digital age. “Amid the constant inundation of modern media, the act of painting itself can feel like an antidote to chaos, a way of slowing down and setting order to the precarious, disorienting environment around us,” says Browning, whose art is included in the exhibition.

The show opened March 7, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is temporarily closed, but the exhibition will be extended past its scheduled close of July 26, according to museum officials.

For updated information visit ncartmuseum.org

Story by Matthew Bryant.
Artwork by Barbara Campbell Thomas. “Heart Opener,” acrylic, fabric collage and inset on canvas, 2018.

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