April 10, 2018
April Flanders + Asheville Museum of Science

ASHEVILLE, NC – April 10, 2018: — The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) has received a donation of a large-scale print installation called “Advance,” by Appalachian State University art professor April Flanders. The piece was noticed by the anonymous donor, a local art and science lover, at the Blue Spiral Gallery in downtown Asheville. “Advance” found its new home on the wall of the museum’s main exhibit floor this week. Celebrate Earth Day and meet the artist April Flanders on April 21st at 1:00pm. A live printmaking event will follow her talk in the AMOS STEM lab from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

“Advance” is an art piece that addresses the global nature of the problem of invasive species. To create the piece, artist April Flanders collected plants invasive to the Appalachian region, and used these in a layered monotype process to print brightly colored sheets of printmaking paper that reflect the exotic leaf patterns of these plants. She created groupings of each animal using traditional paper-cutting techniques, representing 77 different animal species invasive to North America and Hawaii, and mounted the whole assemblage using simple magnetic hardware.

See this new breathtaking art work and meet the artist, April Flanders, at 1:00pm in the Asheville Museum of Science for a conversation about Advance. She will discuss how and why she made the piece and how each of us can combat invasive plants and animals in our own backyard. Then join the artist in the AMOS STEM lab anytime between 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm for a live, hands-on, art printing event. All participants will make their very own plant and animal screen prints, while learning about invasive species in our region. This event is free with regular admission.

For more information contact Christa Flores, cflores@ashevillescience.org.

April 21st Schedule: Artist talk in front of the piece: 1:00pm Live Printing Event: 1:30-4:00pm

More about April Flanders :

April Flanders is a studio artist living and making in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A keen naturalist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Center for the Book Arts, in New York, the Global Print International, in Douro, Portugal and the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Recent honors include an online exhibition as a finalist in the 87th Annual Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Unchecked” at Artspace in Richmond, VA and “Advance” at the Pioneer Bluffs Gallery in Matfield Green, KS. Her work is in several public collections, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

April earned a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and she has taught printmaking for fourteen years at various universities nationally and internationally. Currently, she is an Associate professor of studio art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

More about Asheville Museum of Science:

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) is Western North Carolina’s home for experiential learning, discovery, and exploration. AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity. The museum is located on 43 Patton Avenue, in the heart of downtown Asheville. AMOS offers interactive exhibits including the Colburn Hall of Minerals, Interactive Panorama, Terra Box, Teratophoneus Dinosaur Skeleton, Fossil Dig, Southern Appalachian Forest, Toddler Nest, and a hands-on STEM Lab. In addition to interactive exhibits the museum offers formal and informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming. Learn more at ashevillescience.org, or like them on Facebook: @AshevilleMuseumofScience, Twitter: @Avl_Science, and Instagram: @asheville_science.