Sigilation: The Work of Nicole McConville
December 2013 to January 2014: A Girl & A Gun - Asheville Artists Cope with Love and Death
Asheville Area Arts Council
346 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-258-0710
http://ashevillearts.com

Taiyo la Paix is the sixth curator in the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Point of View artist curated exhibitions. Point of View puts local artists in charge of creating a month-long exhibit showcasing the talents of their peers who illuminate the breadth and depth of Asheville’s creative sector. “La Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard infamously said, ‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.’ When it comes down to it, sex and violence are our timeless allegories for love and death, our most burning concerns,” says la Paix in describing his vision for his first curated show. Show runs December 13, 2013 through January 24, 2014. Opening reception: Friday, December 13 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 11, 2013: Cutting Spaces WORKSHOP - Investigations in Collage & Architecture
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
56 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
828-350-8484
www.blackmountaincollege.org

This workshop, taught by Nicole McConville and Travis Medford, will investigate architecture through the lens of collage. A brief presentation will be followed by participatory exercises exploring spatial arrangements, fantasy spaces, and imagined architecture using found images. Materials and tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own source material as well. Space is limited. Call 828-350-8484 to register. $30 / $25 for BMCM+AC members and students with ID.
May to June 2013: Les Demoiselles d' Asheville
Curatorium
60 S. Front Street
Hudson, NY
212-537-6029
www.curatoriumhudson.org

Curated by Asheville's art scene matriarch Connie Bostic, this group show highlights the work of seven women artists working in a variety of media. Show Run May 11 through July 20, 2013. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2013 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
March 3, 2013: Line/Space/Color WORKSHOP - An Exploration of Collage
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
56 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
828-350-8484
www.blackmountaincollege.org

Collage artists and collaborators Nicole McConville and Travis Medford will provide an overview of the craft (historical and contemporary influences, materials and techniques) complete with visual examples. Participants will be invited to explore a range of prompts that will serve as idea generators, thought-provoking challenges, and inspiring motivation to explore the vast creative potential of the art. Materials will be provided for hands-on collage creation. Space is limited! Call 828-350-8484 to register. $20 / $10 for BMCM+AC members and students with ID.
November 2012: CO/LAB II: The Collaborative Collage Works ...
5 Walnut Gallery
5 Walnut Street
Asheville, NC
828.253.2593

The 36 pieces displayed in CO/LAB showcase the results of a new two-month creative exchange. Most of the 40 pieces in the show feature collage on wood incorporating found vintage paper ephemera with touches of hand-painted elements and transfers. Sizes range from 4”x4” to 12”x12”. Several works incorporate found objects, including wooden drawers a skateboard deck. Show Run: November 2, 2011 through November 28, 2012. Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, November 2, 2012 5 to 9 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to midnight, Friday through Saturday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

February 2012: The Letter
Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
335 State Street
Salem, OR
February 3-28
503.581.3229
http://www.marylouzeekgallery.com

Letter: 1. a communication in writing or printing addressed to a person or a number of persons. 2. One of the marks or signs conventionally used in writing and printing to represent speech sounds; an alphabetic character. 3. A printing type bearing such a mark or character. 4. A particular style of type. 5. Such types collectively. 6. Actual terms or wording, as distinct from general meaning or intent.

Each artist was provided with a handwritten letter from another artist in the show. They were then asked to create a piece inspired by or using the letter provided on the theme of letters, correspondence, or letter forms.
November 2011: Co / Lab: The Collaborative Collage Works of Travis Medford & Nicole McConville
5 Walnut Gallery
5 Walnut Street
Asheville, NC
828.253.2593

The work displayed in Co/Lab includes the results of a two-month collaborative exchange between Travis Medford (printmaker and collage artist) and Nicole McConville (encaustic painter and assemblage artist). With a wide ranging selection of materials and influences, the work ranges from humorous to quietly sublime, surreal narratives to abstract explorations. The show includes an installation of 50 small paper collages, a dozen encaustic collages, and approximately ten wooden panel collages. The show runs from November 2 to November 30. Opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, November 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more on Travis Medford's work visit Cause and Effect
August 2011: The Battle of Make Believe
The Satellite Gallery
55 Broadway
Asheville, NC
828.505.2225

This show, curated by Gabriel Shaffer, explores the tension that exists between the sacred imagination of childhood and the impossible momentum of adulthood. I created several new encaustic works and an assemblage exclusively for the show. I also had the honor of creating a collaborative assemblage with fashion designer and artist R. Brooke Priddy. The show runs from August 5 to September 16. Opening reception with the artists is Friday, August 5 from 7-10 p.m. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 2011: Welcome to the New Sigilation

While artfully and lovingly crafted, the original sigilation site was a complicated and quirky beast to tame. And so in the spirit of forward momentum and a more streamlined, simple approach, I unveil here a new stage to showcase my assemblage and encaustic works. I hope that you will enjoy what you find here. Be sure to come back often as I update regularly with news of shows and images of new works. Feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries.