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
  • Patrick Hall, Tasmania

    Sculptural Furniture Maker, May 10-23, 2009

    Residency location: Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC

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

    About the Residency

    Once every three years CCCD brings a renowned international artist to Western North Carolina to work with students from the region. The site of the residency changes each time, providing a unique experience for everyone. In 2003, British wood sculptor David Nash worked with students from affiliated universities at Penland School of Craft and in 2006 ceramic sculptor Nina Hole from Denmark worked with students from affiliated universities at Appalachian State University. Students must express interest, apply, and be selected to participate in the residency. CCCD mixes the students into 3 groups, each spending 4 days with the artist. This provides students with an opportunity to meet student artists from other schools.

    In May 2009, Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall will work with students at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC (25 minutes northwest of Asheville). Marshall High Studios is a refurbished high school originally built in 1925 located on an island (in a flood zone) in the middle of the French Broad River, adjacent to downtown (www.marshallhighstudios.com). Restored and owned by Rob Pulleyn, it has 28 rented studios, plus an old auditorium and stage.

    About the Artist

    Patrick Hall, furniture maker, designer, artist, describes his meticulously detailed pieces as “emotional filing cabinets…an attempt to store and order the intangible.” He captured student’s attention during the September 2008 site visit as he described the project that they would help him create that will require thousands of sunglasses, to create the casing of a caravan (small airstream type trailer) with LED’s behind those with stories and photos from favorite vacations. In the words of Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, “Patrick Halls’ works defy easy definitions. Ostensibly furniture they reach beyond the ready criteria of form, function and narrow aesthetic by which furniture is often judged. His concerns are dark, interior and often melancholy, yet leavened by a great love of people, they are always somehow uplifting.”

    Patrick Hall has worked as an artist and furniture maker in Hobart since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in design and printmaking from the Centre for the Arts, University of Australia, Tasmania, in1986. His work is shown regularly throughout Australia and he has developed a strong following in the United States. He has exhibited his work numerous times at the annual international SOFA exposition in Chicago, with Hobart-based Despard Gallery. He has been included in around twenty group exhibitions in Australia, Japan and the United States, and he has produced work for over a dozen solo exhibitions since 1990. His work is in the numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Power House Museum, Sydney.

    Artist Description of Residency Project

    “The primary area of focus for this residency is an examination of the transitory nature of human experience. To look at how our past is illuminated and our future sign posted by the dimming streetlights of memory. How our present is a place on a map called “here” – a place en route between the nostalgia and regret gathered on the path to that point and the excitement and trepidation associated with the anticipation of the road ahead. How we are what we have seen, how we are shaped by places we have been, but equally how we are moulded by our hopes, plans and ambitions – our desire to peer over the crest of now and here and view the vast unknowable vistas of beyond.

    The physical outcome of this project, which I’ve called In Sunshine or in Shadow, is to make a small caravan (ie. mobile holiday home on wheels). The surface cladding of this vehicle of memory and spaceship for future travel would be hundreds of pairs of sun and eyeglasses. On the inside of each lens is a transparent image, supplied and edited by the participants in the project, of family holidays, past travels, or perhaps snippets of text. Each of these fragments will be illuminated with an LED from the inside. The network of wires all come together in the interior to form a mass which will be fashioned to suggest the folds and contortions of a human brain. Each LED point of light suggesting the firing connection of a synapse.”

    -Patrick Hall


    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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