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Closing reception for campus art exhibit held May 3

BOONE—A closing reception for Photo Paintings, a photography exhibition by artist and curator Ben Wesemann will be held May 3 from 6:45 – 8 p.m. in the Gilley Recording Studio located on the fourth floor of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served and displayed works will be for sale by the artist.

View larger imageImage © Ben Wesemann, Corrosion, 2007, photograph on aluminum

The body of work is a selection from many “photo-paintings” that Wesemann has photographed over the past five years. “Using my camera and lens, I have found a way to create vibrant paintings without the stroke of a brush, he said.

Wesemann’s digital photographs, which first appear to be paintings, are printed on aluminum that cleverly contrasts the ridged, worn and rusty appearances of the images.

Wesemann received his B.F.A. in studio art with concentrations in painting and sculpture in 2009 from Appalachian. He is the acting director of Appalachian’s Catherine J. Smith Gallery and a whitewater raft guide at Edge of the World in Banner Elk. He continues to make art and document his adventures around the world.

Photo Paintings is curated by Dianna Loughlin, a senior at Appalachian double majoring in studio art and arts management with a minor in statistics. Loughlin currently works as a gallery assistant for Catherine J. Smith Gallery. She was curator for the Looking Glass Gallery from 2009–12 and has been a gallery assistant at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on campus. She graduates in May and will have an internship in the Curatorial Department for Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.