The 56th Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

WCU Bardo Arts Center

Exhibition: February 20 – March 22, 2024

Western Carolina University’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the longest-running Catamount art traditions. This exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity for WCU undergraduate students to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Entries are reviewed by an outside art professional who selects the works for exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum. Selected works will be on view at the Museum from February 20 through March 22, 2024.

Entries are reviewed by an outside art professional who selects the works for exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum. This year, the exhibition juror is Erika Diamond, a textile-focused artist, curator, and educator based in Asheville, NC. Born in Germany to two ballet dancers, she grew up backstage and touring across Europe in her adolescence. This gave her early insight into the ephemeral nature of touch, the expressive qualities of the body, and the transformative capabilities of costume. In 2000, she earned a BFA degree in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), experimenting with bronze, honey, performance, and chocolate. For the next 12 years she maintained a studio practice while working as a freelance artist assistant and art preparator in NYC, Los Angeles, and Charlotte.

Diamond received her MFA in Fibers from the Craft/Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she learned how to weave tapestry and commemorate her physical encounters through objects. Several residencies and grants have facilitated her recent projects focusing on the politics of queer safety and visibility. Most recently, she has exhibited at Dinner Gallery, Form & Concept Gallery, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. She has been reviewed in Metalsmith Magazine, Glasstire, and Whitehot Magazine. In the summers, as Associate Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution, she curates and manages exhibitions that blur distinctions between the genres of art, design, and craft.


Joshua Masters, Stress Response, 2024, porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

Exhibiting Student Artists and Awardees:

Exhibiting Artists
Katie Barnett, Adam Bryant, Alexis Bumgardner, Jessie Butner, Matthew Cain, Zoila Carrasco, Nathalie Catalán, Isaiah Davis, Sally Drumheller, Rhiannon Eason, Anilia Hornsby, Gillian Kaminski, Kiara Leary, Madi Livingston, Joshua Masters, Gloria Melo-Estrada, Naomi Michelle, Michaela Morse, Berlyn Perdomo, Jessica Rial, Alexis Shafir, Samantha Taube, Daniel Velazquez Perez, Lydia Vereen, Gogaji Renn Yang 

56th Annual Juried Exhibition Awards

Best in Show
($500 – funded by School of Art & Design)
Joshua Masters, Stress Response

Chancellor’s Award
($350 – funded by the Chancellor’s Office)
Berlyn Perdomo, leto

BCFPA Dean’s Award
($300 – funded by BCFPA Dean’s Office)
Matthew Cain, Occupation

Museum Director’s Award
($150 – inaugurated by a gift from Martin DeWitt and funded by other donors)
Nathalie Catalán, La Pequeña Flaquita (The Skinny Girl)

Diane Withrow Coyle Award in Drawing
$150 – funded by the Diane Withrow Coyle Fund)
Michaela Morse, Self-Portrait

2-D Media  
Alexis Bumgardner, Grenadine

2-D Media 
Rhiannon Eason, Kenopsia

3-D Media 
Gloria Melo-Estrada, Relationship

3-D Media  
Katie Barnett, Brenda

Time-Based Media 
Adam Bryant, Turquoise Breeze

 Anilia Hornsby, Thinking of You

Art Materials Awards 

Art Materials Award #1  
Lydia Vereen, See-Shell

Art Materials Award #2 
Zoila Carrasco, Cozy Dinner Set

Art Materials Award #3 
Sally Drumheller, Untitled Still Life

Art Materials Award #4  
Jessie Butner,
Crayon Creatures, Dribble, Dew & Drop in the City of Crona

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The Research & Scholarship Conference at Western Carolina University is made up of the Undergraduate Expo and the Graduate Research Symposium. This showcase academic event is hosted by The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School and Research, and the Honors College.