The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for an exhibit from the collection of Rob and Leigh Anne Young from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.
An interview with art collector Rob Young will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the museum.
The exhibit, “p(art) of the whole: Selections from the Collection of Rob and Leigh Anne Young,” will show at the museum through Friday, Dec. 16, and features lithographs from the Tamarind Institute and contemporary Latin American works. The exhibit also includes a children’s section with a Latin-American theme.
Rob Young is director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. Leigh Anne Milligan Young is founder of Homegrown, the museum-sponsored children’s art program at the Jackson County Farmers Market. The couples live in Webster with their two sons, Josie and Finn.
A family member’s collection introduced the Youngs to art collecting. They have continued to add to the collection and, according to Denise Drury, interim director of the Fine Art Museum, “have amassed a collection of artwork that not only is noteworthy but full of personality.”
“Rob and Leigh Anne are not just art collectors but agents of culture,” Drury said. “Creativity seeps naturally into every aspect of their family, social and work life.”
The exhibit will be on display during Fall Family Day at the museum, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19, at museum. That event is free and includes activities, stories, music, snacks and prizes.
Hours at the Fine Art Museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Parking is free, as is entry. A full calendar and other information is online at fineartmusuem.wcu.edu.