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New Exhibit: Gross-Breesen Farm for Holocaust-Era Jewish Youth

August 9, 2017
Exhibit: In Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery until September 9th, during regular library hours.


Reception: Held in the Blowers Gallery from 3-5pm on Saturday, September 9th (the exhibition’s final day). The closing reception will be attended by the exhibition’s curator, New York City-based photographer Steve Strauss as well as some of the Gross Breesen relatives.


This exhibit tells the story of Jewish youth at Gross-Breesen, an agricultural training farm on border of Germany and Poland established before World War II to help Jewish youth escape mounting Nazi oppression before the start of the Holocaust.  At Gross-Breesen, children learned farming, gardening, crafts and household duties, along with foreign languages, heritage cultivation and character development.


On  Nov 9 & 10 1938 the day of Kristallnacht, the Nazis attacked the school and the Jewish youth 18 years and older were taken to Buchenwald concentration camp. But thanks to a network of supporters of the Gross-Breeseners’,  the 130 Jewish youth who completed the program were able to obtain visas and immigrate to accepting countries around the world. Here is some insightful background on the origins of the exhibition from the daughter of one Gross-Breesener.


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New Book Release by UNCA Professor Brian Butler

August 9, 2017

Congratulations to UNC Asheville’s own Distinguished Professor of Humanities Brian Butler on his new book, The Democratic Constitution! Come join celebrations at a book launch party on August 24th, 7pm @ Black Mountain College and Arts Center, 69 Broadway in Downtown Asheville. Dr. Butler will speak on his new book and its connections to Black Mountain College-infused ideas related to democratic aims and experimental practice. For more information, please see this News Release.

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New LGBTQ Library Resource Guides

July 10, 2017

Interested in researching LGBTQ issues, finding LGBT related resources, or contributing to discussion about how Ramsey Library can improve its services to these communities? Please take a look and submit your ideas to our new Ramsey Library LGBTQ+ Resources Website and LGBTQ Booklists Libguide. These sites are a way to connect people, hear their opinions, and bring about awareness of all the library has to offer when it comes to LGBT issues. This includes safe zones, research materials, fiction items, etc. The purpose of this site is to immerse those in the LGBT community in the library’s services and provide a way to receive feedback on these services as they pertain to the LGBT community. Both the Resources website and Booklists Libguide were created by our current Master of Library Science intern Tyler Wilmoth.

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Paintings and Ikebana by Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli in Blowers Gallery

June 7, 2017

ON EXHIBIT: June 4th – July 31st, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

Ramsey Library is now featuring works by Asheville painter Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli in a new exhibition June 4-July 31 in the Blowers Gallery on the Library’s Main Floor. A reception with the artist will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to everyone.

Rowe-Rischitelli says her art is “heavily influenced by elements in nature and the study of ikebana, specifically line, space, mass and rhythm.” In this exhibition, she is pairing her paintings – some abstract, and some from her bird series – with ikebana flower arrangements. Ikebana is a Japanese art form dating back to the seventh century. The medium used is living materials – branches, leaves and flowers.

Rowe-Rischitelli has a BFA in painting from West Virginia University and has lived in Asheville since 2004.


The Blowers Gallery is open during regular library hours: 1-9 p.m. on Sunday; 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays during June and July. Ramsey Library will be closed on July 4, and closed on Saturdays during June and July. For more information, visit

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Courtney McDaniel BFA Exhibition Paintings in Blowers Gallery

May 22, 2017

ON EXHIBIT: May 17th – May 31st, 2017

Currently in the Library’s Blowers Gallery are works from May 2017 UNCA Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Courtney McDaniel. The works are part of Courtney’s recent BFA Exhibition, Within Quiet: An Exploration of the Introvert Interior. 

The exhibition aims to visually express the innate differences between introversion and extroversion, while simultaneously revealing the contrast in how the two temperaments communicate. There is a focused exploration of the introverted temperament and general quietness. The lines, gashes, and thick applications of texture reveal the internal emphaticism of introversion; which is often masked with a quiet demeanor. These paintings work to reveal that an expression of a quiet persona is not equitable to a silent interior.


Study Abroad Photo Winners in Blowers Gallery

April 24, 2017

Winning photographs from UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad Program’s annual international photo contest are currently on display until April 28th in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery.

The exhibit features 16 images in four categories: cross cultural, nature, people, and reflections. The winners of the contest include UNC Asheville students Michael Albinger; Bryan van Alebeek; Meghan Benavides; Cody Fenison; Melissa Gold; Reid Gudger; Herb Gunn; Jeong Min Lee; Shannon Kennedy; Seonhong Kim; Caroline Sherrer and Serena Dotson-Smith.

The annual international photo contest conducted by UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad Program encourages student, staff, and faculty travelers to create a photographic record and share their overseas experiences upon their return to Asheville. Each year, more than 130 UNC Asheville students study abroad as part of university programs.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, including library hours, visit or call 828.251.6436.

Below are pictures taken of the exhibit during its reception held Tuesday April 18th.

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Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage Exhibit April 11th

April 4, 2017


Tuesday, April 11th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ramsey Library will host two groups of student curators–15 high school juniors and seniors of Maya descent from Morganton, NC, and ten Yucatec Maya students from the Universidad de Oriente traveling from Valladolid, Mexico for their collaborative exhibit Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage. This exhibit will be on display Tuesday, April 11th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Main Floor of Ramsey Library with a reception to take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Please join us to welcome our international and nearly local guests! This program of cultural exchange is made possible by the U.S. Department of State, the American Alliance of Museums, the Alliance for Heritage Conservation, Southern Historical Collection (UNC-Chapel Hill), the Archivo General del Estado de Yucatán, and Secretaría de Desarrollo Social de Yucatán (SEDESOL).

Collaborators at UNCA include the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and Ramsey Library. This event is open to the public.