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Exhibition: COSTUME AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY 1990 – 2015

August 18, 2016
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U.S. Premiere of the Internationally Acclaimed Exhibition Curated by Igor Roussanoff, UNCA’s Visiting Professor of Drama

ON EXHIBIT: August 15 –September 28, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: 5pm Friday, Aug. 26 in the Blowers Gallery (Ramsey Library)

UNC Asheville will host the U.S. premiere of the international exhibition Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015, from August 15th –September 28th, 2016 in various galleries and spaces on campus, including Ramsey Library’s own Blowers Gallery and most of the main floor of the library.

Costume designer and performance artist, Mariaelena Roque, from Spain, and UNC Asheville Professor of Music, Wayne Kirby, will perform at 6pm on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 in the Highsmith Union Grotto Theatre. An opening ceremony will be held at 5pm on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in the Blowers Gallery of the Ramsey Library, followed by a reception at 6pm in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery of Owen Hall.
This became possible thanks to collaboration with the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow, where the first production of the exhibition took place from June – September 2015.
This exhibition includes costume designs from 31 countries, and features original renderings, theatrical production photographs, videos, and actual costumes.
The data collected for the exhibition is included in the new, second edition, 680 page catalog “Costume At The Turn Of The Century 1990 -2015”. It is also archived, preserved, and shared with professionals, educators, and future designers, as well as the general public through the OISTAT/BCSTM Gallery’s website.
Special thanks goes out to the OISTAT, management and staff of the A. A. Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum, Head of the Project “Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990 —2015” Dmitry Rodionov, all of the participants and especially the curators of this exhibition, for their contribution to the creation of this extraordinary project.

Extended thanks also goes out to the UNC Asheville administration, Provost Joseph Urgo, former Dean, Gwen Ashburn, the director of the Arts and Ideas program and former chair of the Drama Department, Laura Bond, Lei Han, Chair of the New Media Department, members of the Art Department, especially Carrie Tomberlin, director of the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Professor Kirby from the Music Department, the Ramsey Library Administration, especially Nancy Hayes, curator of the Blowers Gallery, Christina Jaeger, assistant director of Highsmith Union and administrator of the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, the Highsmith Union Grotto Theatre, UNCA Alumni—Stefan Waltz, New Media Department, Taylor Pico, Sydney de Briel, and Carina Lopez, Drama Department, as well as UNCA Drama Department Students and Faculty, for making it possible to bring this extraordinary exhibit to the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

For more information, please contact Igor Roussanoff at iroussan@unca.eduUNCA Press Release. 

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Video interview with local artist Zan Dollars

July 27, 2016

If you’ve enjoyed our recent ‘Celebrate Brittany!’ Exhibit in Ramsey Library’s Blower’s Gallery, you might enjoy learning more about the artist, Zan Dollars, in this interview from local station WLOS.  Zan Dollars is an Asheville-based photographer and an expert who works to educate others on the Brittany region of France, famous for its own international music festival and strong cultural identity. The video also shows clips from the Blower’s Gallery exhibition in case you missed it.

Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era Video Lecture

June 29, 2016


UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has just released the video lecture of Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.

The lecturer Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, founder of and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era. Arsalan has been a regular weekly commentator for National Public Radio and he is also a regular contributing writer for Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition) and on domestic and international issues affecting our world today. Lecture topics include the future of the Arab Spring, Muslims in a post-9/11 America, the future of Islam and the West, and the history of Islamophobia.

Like this video? See many more here: UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production

Google for Research

June 23, 2016

Although we certainly don’t suggest you only use Google for your research, Google Scholar is a great way to search a large variety of scholarly books and articles all at once. Even better, if you search Google Scholar from the library’s homepage, your search will tap into UNCA’s full-text journal and eBook subscriptions, giving you access to tens of thousands of eBooks and millions of scholarly articles. Here is where you can search Google Scholar on the library’s homepage:


Also, while not recommended for locating sources to base your research on, regular Google can be wonderful for finding keywords to create new searches with, unearthing new concepts and ideas on your topic, discovering new points of view, and exploring popular news coverage of studies.

For in-depth research though, the library’s databases can’t be beat. Our databases give you complete and fine-tuned control over your search, making it easy to tease out the best results for searches reliably. Not sure which database to start with? Try out our list of popular databases here; ProQuest Central is especially good for getting started. You can also search for databases by subject or resource type from this page.


Celebrate Brittany! – Exhibit in the Blowers Gallery

June 20, 2016


Celebrate Brittany!

Exhibition of Photographs and artifacts of Brittany, France by Jan Zollars

ON EXHIBIT: June 1 – July 28, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Monday, June 20, 6-7pm in Blowers Gallery

Celebrate Brittany! – an exhibit of cultural and historic photos from Celtic Brittany will be presented by Jan Zollars beginning June 1 and will remain on view through July 28 at the Blowers Gallery in Ramsey Library. The exhibit, and a reception with the photographer at 6 p.m. Monday, June 20, are free and open to the public. The reception takes place the same evening as the season’s first Concert on the Quad, which begins at 7 p.m.

Zollars, who has been promoting Breton culture 29 years, will present her own photos of traditional dress, unique posters, and samples of handcrafted pottery and jewelry from the rugged northwest corner of France.

“When the conversation turns to all things Celtic, most Americans think of the people of Scotland and Ireland,” said Zollars. “Little do they know that they have cousins living along the western fringes of Europe, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia and Asturias in Spain who make up the remnants of a once great Celtic nation. Each year, 5,000 performers from these areas gather at Festival Interceltique for an annual ‘family reunion,’ and 750,000 people join them for the ten-day celebration!“

Zollars, a native of Houston, was for 10 years the American representative for Festival Interceltique de Lorient and broadcast live radio programs from the festival to stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also wrote for Ouest France, a large French daily. In October, she will present a Breton dance workshop as part of Celtober at the Grey Eagle in Asheville.

Special thanks goes to the Buchon Restaurant for providing pastries for the opening reception and to E.J. Jones and Vincent Fogarty for providing the traditional music.

Blowers Gallery is open during regular summer library hours, 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday; and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday. Ramsey Library is closed on Saturdays during the summer. For more information, visit

May 2016 Commencement Ceremony Video Finished and Available Now!

May 16, 2016

Thanks to the heroic work of Ramsey Library’s Video Production team, who was responsible for planning, setting up, filming, editing, and captioning our 2016, 88th Annual Spring Commencement, the full video is now completely finished and available to be viewed. Check it out on YouTube here or in this post below.

Great work Kent Thompson, Sasha Hussey, Cliff Hedrick, and everyone else who worked hard to make graduation, and us, look so good! Enjoy it? See more of UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production’s work on YouTube here or learn more about our Video Production unit here.

Congratulations Seniors!

May 5, 2016


After sweat and tears, many hundreds of pages of notes, tests, drafts, papers, and 4 years-ish of multicolored memories, you’ve climbed the ladder to the next high dive of life. Now you stand ready with new skills, friends, mentors and connections to aide you. Good luck and congratulations! We at the Ramsey Library honor your achievements and wish you wings in your travels. As Richard Halliburton said, “…I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”


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