Studying Art in Italy
Italy offers a remarkably rich experience for artists. Students in the spring 2010 study abroad course Art in Italy, taught by art faculty Leah Leitson and Dusty Benedict, experienced this first-hand. Students practiced their watercolor and ceramics techniques on campus, then traveled to La Meridiana, a ceramics school located in the Tuscan countryside, where they used the landscape and culture as inspiration for their art. Read more about Art in Italy.
Appalachian Music Faculty showcase
By Grace Hatton ‘14
On Nov. 4 a cold mountain wind was blowing, but at Sage Café WWC faculty provided a heartwarming celebration of Appalachian culture. The café filled with warmth and music as students, faculty, staff and others from the community gathered for the Appalachian Music Faculty Showcase. Rows of seats filled Sage Café to the door; photos of fall service break trips lined the walls. Wayne Erbsen, Phil Jamison, Kevin Kehrberg and Jeff Keith make up the Appalachian Music Faculty band that includes guitar, fiddle, double bass, mandolin and banjo. The band of bearded southern musicians played classic Appalachian music like “I Miss My Blue Ridge Home.” After each song, thunderous applause filled the small café. The gathering was a unique multicultural, multigenerational event that brought together mountain culture, the local community and the student body.
MFA Program for Writers remembers Steve Orlen
One of the College’s veteran MFA faculty members, poet Steve Orlen, died November 16 after battling lung cancer. Steve began teaching in what is now the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in 1980, when the program was still based at Goddard College in Vermont. His first residency at Warren Wilson was in January 1982; he taught with us here for 25 semesters, most recently in the summer of 2008. Read “Practice,” Ellen Bryant Voigt's tribute to Steve, and other memories.
WWC senior receives Community Impact Student Award
Chloe Stuber ’11, from Savannah, Ga., has received North Carolina Campus Compact’s fifth Community Impact Student Award. Stuber was one of 34 N.C. college students who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs. Awardees received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue. Read more about Chloe Stuber.