Asheville Art Museum Acquires Limestone Professor Carolyn Ford's Artwork

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:45pm
Ford Quilting Artwork

Limestone College Professor and Chair of Art Carolyn Ford recently had her artwork selected to be a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Pieces from Ford’s “Southernisms” and “Southern Skills” collection were chosen to be a part of the museum’s inaugural exhibit “Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia” in November 2019. Ford was one of 50 artists to be represented in the exhibit. One of Ford’s pieces, highlighting the art of quilting, accompanies this article.

Seven artists from the opening exhibition have entered the Museum’s Collection of American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries. “Appalachia Now!” celebrated contemporary artists living and working in Southern Appalachia. The Museum’s curatorial team selected a range of works that reflect the diversity of the exhibit. The works were then presented to the Collectors’ Circle that voted to acquire them.

“To be a part of the Asheville Art Museum's permanent collection is such an honor,” Ford said. “Their collections focus on three major areas including regional art, artists who studied or attended the Black Mountain College, and traditional to contemporary studio crafts. It is so important to rectify the misperceptions of the term ‘crafts.’ These rich cultural traditions of utilitarian items show the ingenuity and skill of the region. To be connected to a permanent collection showcasing revolutionary modern artists of the Black Mountain College such as Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg inspires me to pass on their lessons of collaborative experimentation to my students.

“Positive support from the Asheville Art Museum, curator Jason Andrew, and the Collectors Circle fuel my production goals to prove my worth as a permanent part of their archives,” she added. “It is important for me to be a mentor showing my students what drive, determination, and professionalism it takes to manage a hefty workload and exhibition deadlines. Honors like this that make it all worth it. After almost 17 of service to Limestone College, I am still driven to prove the worth of the arts as an integral part of a liberal arts institution. Art is an investment.”

Ford has worked at Limestone since 2003, serving as Department Chair for 10 years. She is stepping down from her responsibilities as Chair and Gallery Curator/Manager to focus on producing art, visiting artist opportunities, and teaching courses at Limestone. For more information on her work or the Limestone College Art Department, please visit www.carolynfordart.com.

The Asheville Art Museum is located in downtown Asheville. Admission is $15. Visit www.ashevilleart.org for more information.