Multifaceted art exhibit highlights World Water Day

In conjunction with UNC’s campuswide theme, “Water in our World,” the FedEx Global Education Center will host the art exhibition, “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions,” which features original oil paintings, a site-specific 3D art installation and global photography.

The exhibit runs from March 19 to July 25. The exhibition opening is on March 21, with an art viewing and reception at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation with remarks and multimedia works with music from 7 to 9 p.m. This free event is open to the public and celebrates World Water Day, which is on March 22.

Allen Anderson and Brooks de Wetter-Smith, music professors at Carolina, will showcase three multimedia works composed by Anderson: “Iceblink,” a meditation on Antarctica with photography/videography by de Wetter-Smith and eight musicians, soprano and narrator; “re:turn radius,” with photography by Tama Hochbaum and solo flute performance by de Wetter-Smith; and “Graffito” with electronic music and video created by Hochbaum.

About the Exhibit

The exhibit features the work of UNC student Caroline Orr, whose paintings explore how people need water to thrive. Orr uses images from nonprofit organizations as a basis for her work, which features children from around the world. Collectively, the paintings demonstrate water’s ripple effect in almost every facet and process of human life. She has previously hosted two solo art shows to raise money for the Rau Primary School in Tanzania.

Nigerian Bright Ugochukwu Eke, UNC Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence, will collaborate with Carolina students to create a large art installation for display in the Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center. A public reception celebrating the project’s completion is set for 5 p.m. on March 28. Using water as a theme and medium, Eke challenges viewers to think about this precious resource politically, ethically and ecologically.

The exhibit also features images that were submitted by UNC students, faculty, staff and alumni for the 2012 Carolina Global Photography Competition.

Supplemental Programs

  • A public presentation by Eke entitled, “Water as a Medium, Idea and Concept for Art” will be held at UNC at 6 p.m. on March 19 in room 121 of the Hanes Art Center. He will discuss his process, explaining his interest in water and the inspirations for his work.
  • A reception celebrating the completion of Eke’s 3D installation at the FedEx Global Education Center will be held at 5 p.m. on March 28 in the Peacock Atrium.

This event is hosted by the UNC Art Department, Department of Music and UNC Global with support from the African Studies Center.

The FedEx Global Education Center is located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets. Parking may be available in the garage under the building weekdays after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. Building hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Published March 12, 2013.