High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants & Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians

The following information about this past Turchin Center exhibition is kept here for archival purposes only. This exhibition is not currently on display. View current and upcoming exhibitions.

Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Mayer Gallery
Faculty and staff in the Department of Biology

Note: Due to the light sensitivity of the plant material in the High County Herbarium installation, the exhibition has closed early. Thank you for your understanding as we work to save the valuable resources of the Biology department.

Guest curated by faculty and staff in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants and Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians through Art and Science, is a collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibit displaying herbarium vouchers from Appalachian State University's I. W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium, with paintings and drawings, photography, music and poetry written specifically for the exhibit.

Established in 1958, the I. W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium houses approximately 30,000 specimens and is actively adding to the growing collection located in Rankin Science West. The Herbarium is a local and regional resource for botanical research, with an emphasis on plant species from natural communities in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants and Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians through Art and Science, blends the ultimate purpose of art and science—preservation—in a single public exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The artistic pieces off this exhibit are juxtaposed against the elegant aesthetic quality of the herbarium voucher—the pressed specimen housed in herbariums. The exhibit provides information about the species present in the plant communities found in Western North Carolina by contrasting the works of art and science into a single expressive experience. The exhibit introduces significant instances of these communities in locations throughout Ashe, Watauga and Avery Counties. Ultimately, the exhibit hopes to bring public awareness to the herbarium and cultivate a rich regional botanical identity by joining the unique perspectives of seemingly distant academic disciplines and engaging the local community with current artistic and scientific work at Appalachian State University.

The Department of Biology curatorial team includes: Dr. Zack E. Murrell, Chair; Andrew Jenkins, M.S., Lecturer; Tesa Madsen-McQueen, Graduate Assistant; Daniel Jenkins, MFA Candidate, Poetry, Warren Wilson College; and botanist David Mercier, Conseil et expertise botanique.

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