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Exhibition featuring work of Ashcraft, Workingman Collective opens Sept. 2 in New York

Tom Ashcraft, Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts at WCU, and his colleagues in the Workingman Collective artist group are featured in the new exhibition “Tally” opening in New York City.

The exhibit will be on display at the Causey Contemporary gallery’s Lower East Side location beginning Friday, Sept. 2, and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Based in Washington, D.C., and Western North Carolina, Workingman Collective was founded by Ashcraft. “An interest in exploring the nature of collaboration and cooperation, invention, chance and the public guides (the artists’) practice,” Ashcraft said. “Projects move through stages from the collection of information to the construction of an object or situation to the participation of an audience. Typically, participation alters the process, producing new information that is integrated into the art experience.

“Ultimately, their projects seek to generate environmental awareness, stimulate the re-identification of a population with its hometown history, and urge participants into strengthening relationships with their neighbors,” he said.

Since its founding in 2005, the members of Workingman Collective have exhibited and created projects in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

For more information about the group or the exhibition, contact Ashcraft at tdashcraft@wcu.edu.

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