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44th “Art on Paper” Exhibition at Weatherspoon

Tamale paper dresses, paper bag portraits, collages and much more.

This Saturday UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the 44th “Art on Paper” exhibition and opening events. This year’s installation holds work by 25 artists from across the nation, and each work is made on or with paper. It is curated by Curator of Exhibitions Emily Stamey.

On Saturday, there will be a First View Members’ Preview at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments. That will be followed by a public reception at 6:30 p.m. All works except for those already purchased by the museum will be for sale.

The pieces in “Art on Paper” are eclectic, and they aren’t only about using paper—many explore bold topics. A dress made of tamale paper, “C Student,” by Annie Lopez of Arizona, has words from an elementary school report card printed on it. The portraits and interviews sketched on paper bags, by Steven Cozart of Greensboro, concern race and experiences related to skin tone. Maria Berrio’s large, colorful collages made of small pieces of Japanese paper relate to her childhood in Colombia and center around her experience of motherhood.
UNCG faculty who have work in the show include Mariam Aziza Stephan, Jennifer Meanley, Barbara Campbell Thomas and Christopher Thomas.

In addition to the opening receptions, WAM and Stamey will host an event series, Creatives on Call, over the summer. The events will be June 15, July 13 and August 10 at 6 p.m. when “Art on Paper” artists will hold public conversations with museum visitors.

“Art on Paper” goes up at UNCG every other year and has been a fixture of Greensboro and UNCG since 1965. It is currently supported in part by a grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and museum purchases for the Dillard Collection of “Art on Paper” by the Dillard Fund.

“It’s both thrilling and daunting to take on an exhibition with so much history behind it,” Stamey said about curating the exhibition. She described the selections as intensely varied, with many different themes and techniques used to create the work. “The one common thread that each work is made of or on paper.”

“Art on Paper” will be open through Sept. 3.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Photo by Susan Kirby-Smith, of curator Emily Stamey at exhibition.