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No(w)here Collective (ARTS 391) releases compilation album

March 31, 2021

Feminine Waste Records and the No(w)here Collective (ARTS 391) is thrilled to present Feminine Waste, a compilation album of poetry and music featuring feminine-identifying, trans, and non-binary artists.

Feminine Waste was released on Bandcamp on March 24th and is now available for purchase via digital download or CD. To purchase, visit Feminine Waste x No ( w ) here Collective Comp or use this link:

Feminine Waste Records and No(w)here Collective are proud to collaborate to provide an open-ended, interdisciplinary platform for underrepresented artists. All profits from sale of the album will be donated to mutual aid organizations serving LGBTQ+ youth and incarcerated persons:

Trans Justice Funding Project:
LGBT Books To Prisoners:
For The Gworls:

A Zoom party/concert will be held on April 9th to celebrate the artists and their supporters.

Continued updates and additional information are to be posted on Instagram @femininewasterecords.

The No(w)here Collective was formed in 2021 of artists and independent curators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to connect people in a time of separation, regardless of location. Their collaboration with Feminine Waste Records gathers sounds from Arizona to Asheville, NC, punk to folk, in a snapshot of the nation’s non-cis male poets and musicians.

Image: Feminine Waste Album Cover

#GDTBATH features Studio Art Major Rida Bayraktar

October 20, 2020

Determined to level the playing field for young girls, sophomore Rida Bayraktar founded Pink STREAM as a high school student. The organization works to educate, motivate, empower and inspire kindergarten through eighth-grade girls in science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and math.

Pink STREAM began by offering free classes to girls at community centers throughout the Triangle area. Now, a little over two years later, Bayraktar and the Pink STREAM team have led courses for more than 900 girls on topics like coding, robotics and 3D printing.

Read more about it here:

Camino UNC Study Abroad Info Session October 22

October 20, 2020

Does an artistic hike across Spain sound like a great way to spend your summer in 2021? 

Come join us Thursday, October 22nd from 5:40pm–6:00pm over Zoom as part o Study Abroad Week 2020for a brief info session about The Department of Art + Art History’s Art on the Camino de Santiago Study Abroad program — walking an ancient pilgrimage path across Northern Spain. Professors Pérez-Méndez and Marzán will walk you through the experience and the courses they’ve developed for this UNC Faculty-Led Study Abroad. The program runs in the Summer and earns you 6 credit hours in Studio Art. You can count these courses toward your minor or major, Experiential Education or Visual + Performing Arts general education requirements.

Register to attend the session HERE:

Are you intrigued about the opportunity but need to hear about it in more detail? Curious about how to make this happen? Or perhaps would like to hear about the logistics of walking across Spain with nothing but what you carry on your back?  Come to the info session for this special  presentation. What should I expect along this hike? Come hear about the towns you will walk through and the places we’ll stay. Learn about the culture and history of the Camino de Santiago and hear about the artistic adventures that await you in Summer 2021!

Applications for Camino UNC Study Abroad begin early this year! So come and find out what is required to be able to go! Explore Spain with us this summer!

All are welcome– hope to see you there!
Graphic for Camino UNC Study Abroad Info Session October 22

Southern Culture August Issue Features BFA Alum Diego Camposeco

September 1, 2020

Former faculty member Jeff Whetstone has written a lovely article for the Southern Cultures August issue featuring the photography and writing of BFA Alum Diego Camposeco, who passed away in 2019. You can see the article abstract here: (access to the article requires institutional access through Project Muse, via the UNC libraries proxy with an onyen login).

Abstract artist Jack Youngerman, UNC art student as part of WWII Naval Officers’ Training Program, Dies aged 93

February 24, 2020

He was a leading member of the generation that sought to recast abstraction in cooler, more analytic terms after the turmoil of Abstract Expressionism.

Jack Youngerman, a French-trained American artist whose profuse invention of abstract shapes in two and three dimensions opened up a new aesthetic vocabulary in the period immediately after Abstract Expressionism, died on Wednesday in Stony Brook, N.Y. He was 93.

Janet Goleas, his studio manager and archivist, said the cause was complications of a fall.

Mr. Youngerman, like many American artists in the late 1940s, studied in Paris on the G.I. Bill. Unlike them, he remained there, developing a distinctive style of abstraction based on organic shapes, drawing inspiration from the woodblock prints of Jean Arp and Wassily Kandinsky and, perhaps most decisively, the ink drawings of Henri Matisse.

Mr. Youngerman’s fluid, emblem-like shapes embraced flatness and frontal views, leaping forward to meet the viewer with bold primary colors. The shapes, vaguely floral or leafy, flirted with representation but remained aloof, floating like mysterious essences in a timeless spirit world.

As he wrote in Art in America in 1968: “We are immersed in the powerful and autonomous effigies of the world before these forms are possessed and diminished by names and uses, the name pre-empting the form. Painting involves the restoring of the image to that original primacy.”


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Encouraged by Betty Parsons, New York’s premier dealer in American avant-garde art at the time, Mr. Youngerman returned to the United States in 1956. He soon emerged as a leading exponent of post-painterly abstraction, a catchall term describing the impulse of the generation seeking to recast abstraction in cooler, more analytic terms after the Sturm und Drang of Abstract Expressionism. . . .

Studio art students receive UNC Libraries’ Arts Incubator Awards

January 28, 2020

Congratulations to undergraduate studio art major De’Ivyion Drew and MFA candidate Sally Ann McKinsey on receiving UNC Chapel Hill LIbraries’ Arts Incubator Awards!

Jerry Jameel Wilson, Cortland Gilliam and De’Ivyion Drew  are collaborating on a visual arts project that examines representations of blackness within the UNC-Chapel Hill community, and explores the experiences of black students at Carolina from 1955 to the present, with an eye toward the future. The project consists of two complementary componentssculpture and short film that broaden and deepen conversations about the importance of symbols, the impact of art in the public sphere and the meaning of equal access to the benefits of citizenship. The artist hopes to display the sculptures and the short film together in a multimedia exhibit that challenges our understanding of place, time and progress. 

Sally Ann McKinsey“The Coffin Is A Table” investigates cultural responses to illness and death in medical and memorial customs in the American South, particularly those that involve corporate labor in giving both medical care and gifts of cards, food and handmade objects to those experiencing illness or loss. Through sculptural installation and printed matter, the project is concerned with medical and social practices that attempt to keep the dying alive, to manage chaos or to control mortality, and the material practices that reveal large, unanswered questions of living, dying and losing. The project explores fiber materials as metaphors for systems of support, examining artistic labor in traditional folk crafts like crochet, embroidery and quilting using medical textiles like operating room sheets and hospital gowns. 

More information about other Arts Incubator awardees can be found at

2019 Undergraduate Art Awards Winners

December 9, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Undergraduate Art Awards Competition Winners! Give them a well-deserved thumbs up for all of their hard work!

Alexander Julian Prize Winner: 
Caroline Allen,  $1000

George Kachergis Studio Art Scholarship Winners:
Barron Northrup, $1000
Anabelle Quarles, $1000
Adrianne Huang, $1000
Mingxuan Shen, $1000

Anderson Undergraduate Studio Award Winner:
Peri Law, $800

Johnathan E Sharpe Scholarship Winners:
Pax Rudenko, $800
Carolyn Bucknall, $800
Tristan Brown, $800
Eleanor Burcham, $800
Elizabeth Trefney, $800
Livian Kennedy, $800
Cynthia Carcamo, $800
Ella Kiley, $800
Luke “Blue Boy” Collins, $800
Madeline Chandler, $400
Nitara Kittles, $400

Penland Scholarship for Diversity Winner:
Peri Law

Penland Partners Scholarship Winner:
Barron Northrup

Sculpture Garden Phase I Design Honorariums:
Caroline Allen, $500
Peri Law, $500
Pax Rudenko, $500
Medeline Chandler, $500
Nitara Kittles, $500
De’lvyion Drew, $500