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lydia see

Gallery Director / Joseph F Gross Endowed Curator

Art Bldg, Room 110

MFA Western Carolina University
BFA Massachusetts College of Art + Design

lydia see (she/they/y’all) is a multidisciplinary practitioner, educator, and curator of art + archives who is passionate about the uses of art for social justice + civic engagement. 


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lydia is:

  • northern by birth, Appalachian by choice, and now residing on the ancestral lands of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Tucson, AZ);

  • a serial collaborator, compulsive community builder, practicing studio artist, and educator of students from early childhood through end of life;

  • a firm believer in the power of cultural access to transform lives;

  • a curator within and without formal exhibition spaces.

In 2021, lydia curated Connecting Legacies: A First Look at the Dreier Black Mountain College Archivean exhibition connecting ephemera from the Black Mountain Dreier Archive with objects from the Asheville Art Museum's collection, with a focus on underrepresented artists within the prevailing Black Mountain College narratves. lydia launched Engaging Collections in 2019, a residency and publication at the intersections of representation + art with libraries, archives, and special collections, with a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as part of their All for NC Fellowship. Engaging Collections launched its first community collaboration, The Carolina Record Shop in June 2021, an installation in Pack Memorial Library's recently renovated Buncombe County Special Collections co-created with resident artist Honey Simone and many community partners.

lydia was a co-founder of the Six Feet (2020) and Cabbage School (2017) communities, and has developed programming, infrastructure, and/or strategic plans for myriad other initiatives and organizations, including Theater in the Open, Asheville Art Museum, and Revolve (currently serving as a core advisory board member). 

Residencies include: Peter Bullough Foundation (2021), Elsewhere (2018), Hub-Bub in partnership with Spartanburg County Public Libraries (2016-2017), Penland School of Craft (2015, 2016)

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Arizona Arts

Willa Ahlschwede of the University of Arizona Museum of Art, gives an overview of “Our Stories: High School Artists." Ends this Saturday.

Showcases artworks created by high school students from 15 schools throughout #Tucson.

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3 weeks ago
Arizona Arts

Proud of you, Taylor Maresca!Taylor Maresca (BFA, '22) is the new morning reporter for WBTW News13 CBS in Myrtle Beach! This past semester Maresca earned her BFA in Musical Theatre, a BA in Communications, and double minored in Public Relations and Journalism. During her time at UArizona she worked for UATV 3 News, wrote for Arizona Daily Wildcat and wrote as a staff writer for Arizona Arts - among many other roles on and off campus.

“Being a journalist, like being an artist, is so fulfilling because everyday I get to tell stories. Stories that impact communities and inspire change." says Maresca. "I’m loving every second of being the morning reporter at News13 and connecting with the lovely community of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (even though it comes with a 2:30 a.m. wake up time 😉)."

Congratulations, Taylor! Bear Down!

Pictured: Taylor Maresca TV covering the re-opening of the Conway theatre in SC during her time as a correspondent and field reporter for WBTW News13.
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