New Winston Museum & UNCSA Collaborate to Create “This School, This City”


By Staff


New Winston Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, “This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem,” on September 19th, 2014. “This School, This City” is a public history project and a season of exhibition and programming at New Winston Museum taking place in conjunction with UNCSA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Co-curated by New Winston Museum’s Director of Education and Programming, Chris Jordan, and UNCSA Division of Liberal Arts faculty, Michael Wakeford, “This School, This City” is a multi­tiered project that will run from September 2014 through July 2015.


Exhibit features include:


  • Immersive exhibit space, designed by Michael Harbeck, a scenic design student from UNCSA’s School of Design & Production;
  • Narrative historical exhibit that will make use of archival photography, documentary film, promotional materials, from five decades of the school’s existence;
  • “This School, This City” mural created by artist Nick Bragg;
  • The “This School, This City” historical survey of the UNCSA community, a permanent memory bank of experiences related to UNCSA and its place in the community; and
  • “This School, This City” film shorts, a family of five 3­minute alumni profile film shorts conceived, filmed, and produced by UNCSA faculty member, cinematographer and director John LeBlanc and film students.


Programming throughout the year will include the “Student­Artists at the Museum” Series. Throughout the exhibition’s run, the museum will host live art performances featuring UNCSA students across the arts disciplines (estimated 10­15 events). Discussions will follow, allowing curatorial staff and student artists to explain process, relationships between the art and exhibit themes, and answer audience questions. Additional exhibit related programming will include a series of lectures and discussions featuring community members, scholars, curatorial staff, and others exploring issues pertinent to the exhibition themes. An original work of live theater based on UNCSA’s ‘founding documents’ prepared by UNCSA Drama Dean Carl Forsman will debut in 2015.