Learning Through Research

NCUR 30 Visual Arts Sessions


Visual Arts Presentation and Exhibition Guidelines

All visual artists will deliver an Oral (lecture style) presentation of their artwork/research. Visual Arts presentations occur in Owen Hall in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery and the Second Floor Gallery. The Visual Arts presentation room has the same AV equipment as Oral Presentation rooms. (See guidelines under oral presentations.)

Visual arts presenters will exhibit their work in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery and Second Floor Gallery, which are located in Owen Hall. Presenters may display one to two pieces of artwork, depending on size.

Artwork Delivery and Shipping Instructions

Artwork must be commercially shipped or hand-delivered

  • Commercially shipped artwork must be received between March 28 – 31, 2016.
  • Hand-delivered artwork must be delivered to the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery of Art between 8–10 a.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016. Presenters can receive assistance in delivering their artwork to the gallery by notifying the NCUR staff in the registration area.

Shipping Artwork:

For complex installation-based work students must contact gallery director ahead of time through email, Carrie Tomberlin, ctomberl@unca.edu


  • Presenters are responsible for the packing, shipment or delivery of their artwork to NCUR 2016, and any associated costs. We strongly suggest that presenters insure their shipment because NCUR and UNC Asheville are not responsible for any damages in the shipment of items to and from the NCUR 2016 conference.
  • If shipping work accepted for presentation, you must ship via UPS or FEDEX to: NCUR 2016, 218 Owen Hall, CPO #1840 Department of Art & Art History, UNC Asheville, One University Heights Asheville, NC 28804.
  • Work accepted in the visual arts must be shipped in a reusable container. For ease in unpacking, do not use wooden crates unless Phillips head screws are used. Please do not use styrofoam peanuts; use only bubble wrap or styrofoam sheets for packing.
  • If shipping in multiple cartons, label cartons separately. Example: 1 of 4, 2 of 4, 3 of 4, etc. Any special installation instructions or hardware must be included with the artwork in the shipping container.
  • Oil and acrylic paintings must be mounted on stretchers and framed when possible. Drawings, photographs and prints must be framed, Plexiglas only. Do not ship any artwork framed with glass.  
    • All hanging hardware must be in place on the artwork. Please attempt to hang artworks before shipping to ensure stability. Do not use eZ, ready-made or poster frames on artworks. Use standard metal moldings with snap, screw or euro hangers with spring clips and wire for hanging or standard wood moldings with screw eyes and wire for hanging.

    • Identification tags must be attached to the back of each artwork with the following information: presenter’s name, address, phone number, title and medium of the artwork. Presenters with multiple artworks must indicate entry #1, #2, #3, etc. both on the identification tag and the shipping container.

    • If installation/hanging hardware is considered unsafe for public display, or the artwork is not ready for public display (damaged, scratched, dirty) the artwork will not be included in exhibition.

Unpacking and Displaying Artwork:

  • Presenters are responsible for the unpacking and assembling and hanging of their own art pieces. Art Gallery staff will be available for placement assistance. All work will be installed on Thursday unless previous arrangements are made.
  • All accepted artwork must remain on display until noon on Saturday, April 9th. Artwork must be retrieved between noon - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th, from the gallery where it is on display.

Artwork Return Shipping:

  • Presenters are responsible for repacking their artwork and preparing their package for shipping. An Art Gallery staff person will be present in the gallery to assist with repacking.
  • Presenters are responsible for payment of return shipping.
  • A prepaid shipping label from UPS or FEDEX is required to ship returning artwork and other items back. Shipments with prepaid UPS and FEDEX labels will be shipped from UNC Asheville by Thursday, April 14th.


Professional Courtesy

NCUR offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn, and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. Presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit session rooms between (not during) presentations.