Looking Back by Melissa Ball-Martin

Communication Arts and Design faculty to display work in King-Shivell Gallery

Location-based art will be in the spotlight during the Fall 2021 Communication Arts and Design faculty art show.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. in the King-Shivell Gallery and feature work from professors Angelia Wilson, Michael Iauch, and Melissa Ball-Martin. The campus community is invited to attend and learn more about the specific pieces on display. Light refreshments will also be served.

Faculty shows provide an opportunity for Communication Arts and Design instructors to continue developing their own artistic practice and demonstrate the real-life application of their classroom curriculum. And students in the program benefit from working alongside professional artists who can share their perspective on pursuing an artistic career.

"If you want to be an artist, you must make art," Iauch said. "Exhibiting our work as a faculty on campus demonstrates that, simplifies that distinction. Students also are given the opportunity to learn more about our individual research interests, ask us questions, and hopefully leave the gallery inspired!"

Ball-Martin’s contributions to the exhibition are all current pieces she painted within the last five weeks. She said, “I was inspired by my travels to New Mexico this summer. I began creating watercolors based upon the landscape and colors I experienced.” After returning to Banner Elk, she incorporated her illustrations into the paintings.

Iauch’s exhibit is an older work, but he likewise took inspiration from specific places. In 2009, he drove from Asheville, North Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean and collected water from each river he crossed. Iauch then applied that water to 10 white painted canvases.

“I haven’t shown this work in a long time, but it’s relevant to a course I am teaching this semester, for the first time at Lees-McRae, called Land and Environmental Art,” he said.

Wilson also channels a sense of place in her oil paintings on canvas and wood, which were inspired by her travels to the ocean.  

The faculty exhibition will be on display in the Cannon Student Center until Oct. 15.

Artwork pictured above: "Looking Back" by Melissa C. Ball-Martin

"To the Atlantic," Michael Iauch
By Emily WebbSeptember 14, 2021