Hello from Wrap Artists

Greetings everyone,

This post acts as an introduction of ourselves – Ray Baccari & Morgan Kennedy – and our residency project at The Bascom in Highlands, NC – hear + there. Additionally, this marks the end of the first week of the Winter Residency Artist Program (WRAP). We’ll be updating this blog about once or twice a week, with updates on the project, and a little information about ourselves along the way. To begin, we’d like to take this time to introduce ourselves, along with links to information concerning our project, hear + there.

Links to info on the project: Project Page, Artist Statement, Walks, and installations

Ray Baccari was born in Landstuhl, Germany and grew up just outside of Washington DC.  He received his BFA in Painting from George Mason University, and is currently an MFA Candidate at Western Carolina University (WCU).  His focus at WCU deals with the labors associated with events, how that information is embedded in everyday objects, and how to recall that information through play in the form of sound.  The end result of these projects is interactive sound-based sculpture.  These sculptures incorporate audio and visual representation of the objects associated with these events.  In addition to his studies at WCU, Ray is also a father of a 1 year old, who likes to keep him on his toes with impromptu dance parties at home.


Morgan Kennedy is an artist who works in a multi-medium cross-disciplinary direction that he defines as sculpture.   The translation of story into form is central to his work. These stories often are related to the human condition and a particular environment that is seen and unseen while attempting to define the relationships and boundaries that exist between them.  He looks to interpret the role of form and how it aids his understanding of the self and place. 

Kennedy has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including the Kim Foster Gallery in New York, and most recently, Gallery 126 in Galway, Ireland and the Bascom Center for the Arts Loft Gallery in Highlands, NC.  He has attended the Kohler Arts Industry Ceramic program, the Bemis Art Residency and is currently at the Bascom Center for the Arts Winter residency. His works have received several artist merits including the Eben Demarest Trust, The Virginia Museum Visual Arts Fellowship and the Maryland Arts Council award. He received a BA in General Arts from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.  Kennedy is the assistant professor / area head of Sculpture at Western Carolina University. She lives and works in Cullowhee, North Carolina at 4500ft. with his wife, two kids and flock of wild mallard ducks.


If you’d like to keep up with the residency goings on between blog posts, you can follow us on Instagram. Ray Baccari & Morgan Kennedy

Studio Happenings

This past week, I had less teaching  and a bit more concentrated studio time. So naturally, I spent it in the studio. What was I doing you may ask? I’ve been wallpapering a bentwood rocker, printing some stationary and textile for the B Gallery and Arrowmont Gallery Store, as well as testing out things for various workshops.

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Typically I screen print my wallpaper, though for this project I deviated and printed the pattern digitally. It was from a drawing and I enjoyed the looseness and texture so I wanted to keep it true to the original. I am also ordering upholstery fabric in the same pattern from Spoonflower, so I wanted to keep the output similar. Below is the repeat of the pattern:

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I camouflage these furniture pieces to talk about threshold theory in memory, or the instance when walking into another room and becoming disoriented in place and space. The pattern flattens and distorts the furniture, and the form of the furniture disrupts the pattern, causing the viewer to immediately stop and find a moment to discern space in order to understand both.  I have also been working with transforming crown molding and how I can segment and curl it. Working with a couple of different patterns, I made some plaster press molds that I’ll create some more curvilinear moldings for compositions.