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WCU Pat Passlof Art Exhibit

ASHEVILLE NC – The work of late painter Pat Passlof will be the focus of a joint exhibition of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville from Thursday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, May 27.

“Morgan’s Window” (oil on linen, 36 inches by 27 inches, 1957), is part of an exhibit of work at WCU by the late painter Pat Passlof.

“Pat Passlof: Selections 1948-2011” will occupy space in the two venues simultaneously and will feature a selection of 50-60 paintings by Passlof, representing more than 60 years of her career. This long-planned retrospective is among the first since Passlof’s death from cancer in November at the age of 83. The artist helped select the work represented in the months before her death.

The exhibition will open with a free reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at WCU. For this reception, the WCU Fine Art Museum is sponsoring a tour package for individuals in Haywood and Buncombe counties. Patrons can ride by bus from those counties to the WCU Fine Art Museum, enjoying an “art insider” program hosted by Denise Drury, interim director of the Fine Art Museum, and Alice Sebrell of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.

Art historians acknowledge Passlof as an under-recognized figure in the development of abstract expressionism. An alumna of Black Mountain College, she studied there during the summer institute of 1948, working closely with Willem de Kooning, Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards and Merce Cunningham. Passlof was married to the late painter Milton Resnick. According to her obituary in The New York Times, Passlof’s “canvases are distinguished by the primacy of the brushstroke,” with the “deliberate, dense layering of paint” making it “hard for the viewer to tell what is figure and what is ground, and the constant, jockeying interplay between the two gives Ms. Passlof’s work much of its dynamism.”

For more information, contact Drury at 828-227-2553 or [email protected]. The WCU Fine Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (and until 7 p.m. Thursdays). Admission and parking are free. Learn more online at fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

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