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Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth

On View September 22, 2023 - January 8, 2024

Across time and cultures, gold has served as a metaphor for what we value most. Symbolically, it stands in for goodness, excellence, brilliance, and wealth.  Across the arts, craftspeople have long pounded gold into thin sheets called leaves, which are applied in a process called gilding. While we most frequently associate gold leaf with historic traditions, the material appears frequently in the work of contemporary artists. Specifically, the artists represented in this exhibition turn to gilding as a means to reconsider our value systems. Gilding images of graffiti and sidewalks, cardboard boxes and architectural fragments, they ask us to see the beauty in what we so often overlook and honor that which we so often throw away. Gilding images of people—often those who have been disempowered or forgotten—they ask us to hold up our collective humanity. If, as the saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold,” the artists represented here offer an inverse proposition: perhaps that which does not always shine is most worthy of our attention.

Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro and curated by Emily Stamey






Gilded Exhibition Opening and Art Wise | Thursday, September 21, 6-7:30PM

Art Wise: Angela Fraleigh | Thursday, October 5, 6-7PM

Throwback Thursday | Thursday, October 5, 4-8PM

Family Fun Day | Sunday, October 8, 2-4PM

Teen Workshop: Gold Leaf | Sunday, October 8, 2-4PM

Gilded Inspired Fashion | Thursday, October 12, 6-7PM

Artful Yoga | Sunday, October 15, 1:30-3PM

Vision + Verse: Gilded | Thursday, October 19, 6-7:30PM

Throwback Thursday | Thursday, November 2, 4-8PM

Sunday Studio | Sunday, November 12, 2-4PM

Create & Sip: Creating with Gold Leaf | Thursday, November 16, 6-7:30PM

Basket Weaving with Native Plants | Saturday, December 2, 10AM-2:30PM


Image header: Angela Fraleigh, These things are your becoming, 2014. Oil, 23k gold leaf, metal leaf, and galkyd on canvas; 67 x 90 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Angela Fraleigh, photo by Ken EK, courtesy of the artist


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