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Bryant Holsenbeck presents an artist workshop and lecture Feb. 2 at Appalachian

crow10_t.jpgBOONE— Bryant Holsenbeck, a visiting artist at Appalachian State University, will present a workshop and lecture Feb. 2 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on campus. The programs are sponsored by Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Turchin Center.

crow sculpture.jpgEnvironmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck is known for creating art from cast off objects, such as wood, wire, plexiglass and recycled cut up credit cards that she uses to create birds and other wildlife animals. Holsenbeck will conduct a workshop and lecture on her work Feb. 2 at Appalachian. (Image courtesy of Bryant Holsenbeck)

Holsenbeck will guide a crow-making workshop from 4 – 6 p.m. in classroom 3200 in the Turchin Center in preparation for her upcoming artist residency March 28 – April 5. She will talk about her upcoming large-scale installation and exhibition “STUFF: Where does it come from and where does it go?” beginning at 7 p.m. in the center’s lecture hall.

The installation will be exhibited in the Turchin Center’s Mayer Gallery April 6 – July 28. All events are free and open to the public.

Holsenbeck has been producing works with recycled materials for more than 10 years. She is skilled at bringing together groups of people, young and old, to build projects that promote sustainable practices in communities and in homes. Crows are only a small—but significant—portion in the overall scope of her work. “It began to dawn on me that I am drawn to making crows because they represent two values I hold sacred: freedom and community. As artists and humans, we need both,” she said.

Workshop participants will use found “stuff” to create their own birds. They will have a few weeks to create their own contribution, which will have an opportunity to be included in Holsenbeck’s upcoming exhibition.

Catherine Smith Gallery and the Turchin Center will supply some materials, but workshop attendees are encouraged to bring objects to contribute or use in their own designs. Materials may include almost anything black, such as old records, fabrics, plastics, tires, wire or beads. Participants are invited to attend the full workshop or observe.

The project is funded in part by Appalachian’s Sustainability Council Competitive Arts Grant.

About the Artist
Bryant Holsenbeck has been documenting the “stuff” of society that is used and thrown away.

She collects bottle caps, credit cards, pencils, shoes and chopsticks and other everyday items to make work which transforms the objects in a way that surprises.

Holsenbeck began her arts career as a basket maker. Since then she has evolved into an environmental and community-focused artist making large-scale installations that document society’s waste stream.

She has received two North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant that she worked on in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. She is currently attempting to live one year without disposable plastic and writing a blog about the experience titled “The Last Straw: A Reluctant Year Without Disposable Plastic.”

More information about Holsenbeck is available at