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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.

New Ramsey Library Video Production: ‘Implicit Bias: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice in Everyday Lives’

March 16, 2017

UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has just released, ‘Implicit Bias: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice in Everyday Lives.’ In it Keith Payne, professor of psychology & neuroscience at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill describes how inequality shapes the human mind, asking questions such as “Why do people sometimes act in prejudiced ways toward low status groups even when they intend to be fair?” He uses experimental psychology to study the reasons behind these types of social behaviors.

The video is a recording of Dr. Payne’s visit to UNCA’s Sherrill Center on February 23, 2017 which was sponsored by UNC Asheville’s student Psychology Club and Psi Chi, in collaboration with the university’s Department of Education, Office of Teacher Recruitment and Retention, and Center for Diversity Education.


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Women and Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 3, 2017


Celebrate women’s history month by joining Center for Craft Creativity & Design and Art+Feminism to edit Wikipedia articles to include the influential work of women working in craft between 1941-1979. No experience necessary, Wiki experts on hand.

Learn more and register at:

This event is held in conjunction with The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941-1979, on view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design January 20 – May 20, 2017.

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD. The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Insight for Critiquing Data Visualizations

February 22, 2017

We are all vulnerable to being swayed by dramatic, graphically represented sets of data and it is often hard to parse the value and the reliability of the information we are exposed to. To provide a little insight, statistician Nathan Yau (PhD in statistics from UCLA), of the website FlowingData, wrote the following short, generally focused, and recommended guide: How to Spot Visualization Lies.

An Excerpt:

A chart doesn’t make something true. Data doesn’t make something true. It bends. It shows many things. So keep your eyes open.


Unsure about some data visualization in particular, need a more in-depth or academic source for critiquing visual sources, or if you would like help finding your own statistics for a research project, get help from a librarian!