Skip to main content


UPDATE: Check out the article in the DTH about the Curatorial Projects Class and putting this exhibition together! Also featured in the Independent Weekly as a can’t miss show.

Don’t Be Intimidated by This Painting
An Exhibition of UNC, Chapel Hill MFA Studio Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 2011, 6-8pm
On exhibit through January 27, 2012

At The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Drive
UNC, Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020

Don’t Be Intimidated by This Painting is the first exhibition presented by Carolina Creates Visual Arts (CCVA), a new cross-campus initiative designed to highlight and inspire creative talent. CCVA has teamed up with UNC’s Curatorial Projects class to exhibit the work of all 17 artists in UNC’s competitive MFA program.

Exhibiting Artists:

Nicole Bauguss
Lee Delegard
Ashley Florence
Julia Gootzeit
Ali Halperin
Michael Iauch
George Jenne
Cora Lim
Chris Musina
Jason Osborne
Neill Prewitt
Lauren Salazar
Jonathan Sherrill
Seoun Som
Damien Stamer
Stephen Taylor
William Thomas

This comprehensive exhibition is a rare chance to experience the current work of the entire MFA program. Don’t Be Intimidated by This Painting encourages the public to recognize and consider the intriguing similarities and compelling differences within each artist’s body of work as well as between the artists.

These impressive artists explore issues such as race, geography, time, materiality, process, faith, androgyny, evolution and more. The diversity of this exhibit is proof of the dynamic vision of these young artists. In this way, Don’t Be Intimidated by This Painting is a testament to the rich depth, talent and variety that is representative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s community.

Don’t Be Intimidated by This Painting will begin with an opening reception on November 4, 2011 from 6-8pm. Please join us. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, curators, and Carolina Creates staff.

Curated by students in the Curatorial Projects class, Art 390, taught by Professor elin o’ Hara slavick + Teaching Assistant Michael Iauch. Students include: Amanda Hawkins, Jillian Mueller, Flannery Ronsick, Gregory Halloran, Kate St. John, Katie Hudson, Elana Hain, and Adrian Schlesinger

The Friday Center is located at 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273).

Image: Don’t Be Intimidated by this Painting, Jason Osborne, 2011

For more information contact elin o’Hara slavick at or (919) 923-4550


Comments are closed.