African American Art Exhibit at WCU

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Works by artist and author Ann Miller Woodford are currently on display in “Ann Miller Woodford: The Artist as Storyteller” at the Mountain Heritage Center Exhibit Gallery at Hunter Library on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

This first-ever retrospective exhibition of Woodford’s work spans 60 years, tracing an artistic development from childhood to the present day. The exhibition is on view until March 4.

The Mountain Heritage Center is free and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open Sunday in February from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required to enter.

Woodford uses her artistic talents to transform family stories, Southern heritage and social justice concerns into conceptual works of art. Each illustration invites viewers to follow Woodford on her journey through life, connecting with her through the stories they tell. Viewers can expect to be inspired, challenged and motivated by the themes presented in his works.

Woodford’s most recent collection of paintings, “Black in Black on Black,” highlights the tremendous connection within the African American community by emphasizing the empowerment that comes from connection. His works are supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Woodford will be in the WCU Exhibit Gallery to discuss his work from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, February 27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, February 28. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit her website at annstree.com. For more information, click mhc.wcu.edu or call 828.227.7129.

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