The Center coordinates and supports the International Artist Residency program to give the students and faculty of regional UNC campuses, as well as regional community colleges, an opportunity to work closely with a world-class craft artist from another country on a significant work(s) of art. Each residency is hosted at a different site, depending on the needs and interest of the artist.


  • Magdalene Odundo, Farnham, United Kingdom
  • Patrick Hall, Tasmania
  • Nina Hole, Denmark
  • David Nash, Wales
  • Nina Hole, Denmark

    Ceramic Sculptor, September 9-23, 2006

    Residency location: Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

    Participants: faculty and students from UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, Haywood Community College, Penland School of Crafts

    About the Residency

    UNC Center for Craft, Creativity and Design began sponsoring and coordinating international artist residencies for faculty and students in western North Carolina in 2003 with British wood sculptor and land artist David Nash. Danish clay sculptor Nina Hole is the second residency that appears to continue a “fire” theme.

    In November 2005, Nina Hole made a site visit to the region, selecting the location for the Fire Sculpture she would build in the residency and presenting slide lectures at Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program, and Penland School of Crafts. Following the site visit each university developed an application process for students who would participate in the residency.

    Architectural Echoes in Clay, an exhibition that included the smaller clay sculptures by Nina Hole, together with 13 artists from the U.S. and Canada, was planned to take open during the final firing. Curated by Judith Duff of Brevard, NC, the exhibit demonstrated firing with wood on a smaller scale than the monumental Fire Sculpture. Most of the artists in this exhibition had studied in Japan with wood fire artists identified as “National Treasures.” A catalog with essays by Judith Duff and Susan Lefler, accompanies the September 19-November 10, 2006 exhibit.

    Appalachian State University provided major support for the residency that created the Nina Hole Fired Sculpture sited in front of the ASU art department in Boone, North Carolina. Highwater Clays of Asheville donated over 3 ton of clay mixed especially for this project. The American-Scandinavian Foundation provided support for the project as did North Carolina Arts Council Public Art and Community Design program, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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