Upcoming Exhibitions

Billie Grace Lynn, White Elephant 1, 2007, ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, 10 x 6 x 8 feet

Patrick Flibotte, Inflatable Superheroes, 2007, Ripstop nylon, electric fan, 18 x 5 x 4 feet each

Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, 2000, inflatable nylon balloons, 6.5 x 6.5 x 15.8 feet each, photo by Kioku Keizo, Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Guy Overfelt, Untitled (1977 Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am replica), 1999, inflatable nylon and electric blower, 4.5 x 17 x 7 feet, Courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Lewis deSoto, Paranirvana (Self-portrait), 2012, painted nylon, fan, 6 x 26 x 7 feet, courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

Claire Ashley, Beauwoahzeau One & Two, 2012, spray paint on PVC coated canvas tarpaulin and fan, 12 x 12 x 12 feet each, Courtesy of Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas, TX


Blow up: inflatable Contemporary Art

July 21 - November 25, 2018
Entrance, Shuford & Coe Galleries

BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

“Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic,” says the exhibition organizer Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery.

This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Lee Boronson (Brooklyn).

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BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.


Local artist Series: Connie BoStic

August 11 - November 4, 2018
localHMA Galleries

Asheville, North Carolina artist Connie Bostic presents her paintings as part of HMA’s Local Artist Series. Often working in a series, her work explores timely social themes. Bostic exhibited in the Museum’s 2012 exhibition Waking Up with Van Gogh and maintains a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.