Two Weeks in

Much has happened since first starting here at The Bascom. A good bit of moving and reorganizing, but also being able to start experiencing the classes and groups that Bascom Outreach works with. I’ve been plotting out some, what I hope, to be exciting programming for summer and can’t wait to get started teaching. Also, if you have never been to the Bascom–Come visit! I’ve been really impressed with the exhibitions–present and future- and the programming that happens alongside exhibitions, from panel discussions, giant pinhole cameras and activities for all ages and interests.

I’ve also been busy getting my studio set up in the Bascom before I head out to assist ‘Reconsidered’, a mixed media workshop taught by Jerry Jackson and Jane Wells Harrison at Penland School of Arts. I’m really grateful to have a place to continue my studio practice and love being in the midst of all the activity in the Bascom–So stop downstairs and say hi!

In between plotting summer programming and getting settled in, I’ve been putting in some studio time in preparation for a couple of exhibitions coming up. I was honored to be invited to participate in an exhibition, In/Home at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey with Hannah and Blake Sanders, Josh Dannin, and Myles Calvert this summer and then in an exhibition this fall at Morehead State University with Hunter Stabler, Julie Abijanac, Laura Alexander, Andrea Myers, and Lauren Kussro. Excited to be busy producing. Currently on the table are some dresden plate piecework made from silkscreened wallpaper and a new, soon to be, three color wallpaper.

I’ll be gone until June 10th, but after that come past and say hi–I have a comfy studio chair with your name on it.



New Faces and Places

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I wanted to update you all on how I’ve kept myself busy for the past couple of weeks as well as welcome new individuals to The Bascom family and of course share some images from my travels, encounters, projects, and documentation of our event “The Bascom Celebrates Photography.”HighlandsStreetPhotos-37

First I would like to share with a few photographs that my students and I took during our last photography workshop on “Travel and Street Photography.” After watching the documentary “Everybody Street” at our monthly Photography Club Meeting we had a short discussion and commentary on the film. This reminded me of the photographs we took on main street in Highlands as part of our workshop, which covered the importance of equipment, the usage of natural light, alternative shooting methods and techniques, bad weather tips, and how to expose your travel images with a bigger audience. After meeting in the classroom, we spent an hour in downtown highlands, treating the town as if we were there for the first time. This is what we got:

photographs by Claude Sullivan, Sarah Morgan, and Byron Tenesaca (myself).

With new exhibitions in our galleries and around our campus there are also new faces that you might see around The Bascom campus this summer. I would like to welcome the following people as they have currently become part of The Bascom family. They are on either on their first month, week or will be joining us soon. Good luck with everything guys!


  1. Zachary Rogers, Exhibitions Resident
  2. Grant Benoit, Communyt Artist Resident 
  3. Jessica Kovak, Exhibitions Director
  4. Bianca Colangelo, Ceramics Resident
  5. Randall Emerson, Finance Intern
  6. Brendan Best, Summer Program Instructor (not pictured, yet)

I’ve been assisting with the documentation of Eric Araujos, Sculpture Fellow, Sculpture Installation. Here are some of the photographs from the work he has been doing with the help of Will Barclift and Zach Rogers.

Often I go into antique shops looking for old cameras that might still function and I’ve collected a good amount, but recently I’ve also developed an interest in old photographs and snapshots since my encounter with a few albums at an Antique Shops in Waynesville. I have been scanning old photos and digitally manipulating them in order to create a new narrative or interpretation. I’ve also kept adding more photos to my series Human Mounds. Here is an example of two of my most recent works.

Speaking of Photography. I wanted to share with everyone a few photos from the reception for the photography exhibition “NC A Sense of Home.”

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Byron Tenesaca, Photo Resident 

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New Beginnings at 4,117′

Beginnings and endings are always pretty tricky. However, I’ll worry about the endings till later since I am at the beginning of my time at the Bascom. My name is Grant Benoit (Ben-wah) and I am joining the Bascom as the 2017-18 Community Artist in Residence.

Growing up in a much lower elevation than that of Highlands, in Lafayette, LA (ringing in at 36′ above sea level), there is a bit of a driving learning curve, but I’m already loving my new surroundings. My parents are both musicians and educators, so the arts and learning were strongly embraced in my childhood ( there was never the awkward ‘I’m going into the arts conversation’). I received a dual emphasis in printmaking and ceramics from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL in 2012 and then went on to receive my Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in 2015. After that, I taught some Community College courses, waited tables at a very fancy historic Inn, taught ceramics classes at a community studio in Natchez MS. From Natchez, I moved to Gatlinburg, TN were I served as the 2-d Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for 11 months. And now I am here, very excited to get started at the Bascom.

While my background is in printmaking, the work that I create isn’t solely a print you can put in a frame. Most of my studio practice involves printing wallpaper through screen printing, relief, and intaglio processes to use in sculptures and installations. So below are some images of a 6 color screen printed wallpaper that I printed 50 feet of. I like patterns…A lot. From there I take the lengths of paper and cut them into traditional quilt piecework and sew them into  larger panels–Ill continue this process until I get the surface I want. Sewing and mending in my work is just as important as the printmaking.

My work explores memory and how we talk about it. For me studying the mind and how memory scientifically works is very disparate to how emotionally I am connected to memory or how we as humans talk about memory. I look at the topic through the scope of the domestic space and objects we handle, creating metaphors to break down the complexities of the invisible processes of memory.

That’s it for now! If you are interested in seeing more of my work or want to follow my day to day in the studio check out my website and instagram. And keep tuned into the Bascom Life blog!

website: and my instagram: @grantbenoit


This morning at the Jackson Senior Center, we had a fantastic class on Metal Tooling.  A popular art form in Mexico and South America, it is also known as repajado, embossing,  or repoussé.


All of our participants had a fantastic time and it was lovely to see what they came up with!

-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence

Photos from this Saturdays Multiple Exhibits Opening at the Bascom.

The following are photographs from this past weekends reception for the many Exhibit Openings at The Bascom. “This 2017 season marks The Bascom’s Second Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. Curator George Beasley shared his inspiration in the selection of the seven artists represented in Journeys in Iron. Artists include: Carl Billingsley, Coral Penelope Lambert, Ken Payne, Mary Bates Neubauer, Phil Hutzelman, Tamsie Ringler, and Vaughn Randall.” Sulpture_Invitational-16Sulpture_Invitational-15Sulpture_Invitational-12Sulpture_Invitational-11Sulpture_Invitational-10Sulpture_Invitational-9Sulpture_Invitational-8Sulpture_Invitational-7Sulpture_Invitational-4

Preview site-specific installations by current sculpture fellow, Eric Araujo.Sulpture_Invitational-6

English-born artist, Julyan Davis, who has painted landscapes of the American South for over 25 years introduced us to his works. In the Joel Gallery, we will be exhibiting local scenes that Davis has frequented over the years.Sulpture_InvitationalSulpture_Invitational-3Sulpture_Invitational-2


Visit The Bascom Education Gallery to view the Photography Club Spring Members’ Exhibition.Sulpture_Invitational-14Sulpture_Invitational-17


Thank you for coming and being part of all four exhibition openings!

Byron Tenesaca,  Photography Artist-in-Resident

Life in a Fishbowl

Last week was the week of Matisse! One of my favorite Henri Matisse paintings is his painting “The Goldfish”, created in 1911.  I shared this lesson with both the Cashiers United Methodist Church and The Gordon Center.  Both groups turned out with fantastic mixed media art pieces!


Featured above are the students from Cashiers United Methodist Church.  Mia and Will (on the left) are both in Kindergarden, and they kept up with the older girls and did a great job! They are the most focused and artistically engaged students for their age I have ever met!


Below are some of the finished products from The Gordon Center for Children After School class.  What a great week!


-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence

Community Art Selections

On your next visit to The Bascom, don’t forget to head down to the ground floor to view our new “Community Art Selections” exhibition!


The work featured is from The Bascom’s outreach groups, including The Gordon Center, International Friendship Center, Sonshine School, and The Eckerd Living Center.  Come and be dazzled by experimental abstraction, color explorations, art history inspired artwork, as well as interactive installations for visitors to participate in!



-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence