Monthly Archives: November 2016

Marvin Saltzman Artist Talk

“Places III” – Art by Marvin Saltzman
Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Artist Talk: 7 p.m.
Admission is free
Food trucks will be on site
Join Marvin Saltzman, artist and Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, as he shares inspiration behind his landscape paintings from around the world.
Walk through the exhibit at your own leisure, currently on display at the Friday Center, and hear Marvin’s take on his work.
The exhibit features 16 paintings and nine drawings by Saltzman from the past 40 years, influenced by his fascination with nature. Join us to learn more about the inspiration behind Saltzman’s work.
Questions? Call the Friday Center at 919-962-3000 for more information.

About the artist:
Marvin Saltzman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931. He attended the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956, and received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1959. He taught at multiple universities, including Eastern Oregon State College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996, where he mentored hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have successful artistic careers.
Learn more about Marvin Saltzman and view his portfolio of work.
Can’t make the event? Marvin’s prints will be on exhibit at the Friday Center through January 2017. Feel free to stop by and explore his work at your leisure.

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Learn the Story Behind the Art

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight –  Art Appreciation: The Story Behind the Art

Thursday, Nov. 10 | 10 a.m. – Noon | $10



What is the story behind some of the famous works of art?  In this session, participants will enjoy tales, myths, and fables that speak of love and death, sex and violence, tragedy and triumph as told by the great poets and writers Ovid, Petrarch, Dante, Pliny the Elder, Euripides and others.  Participants will view works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection that tell their stories through the eyes of the artists.

After the course, we invite you visit the NCMA, to see some of the featured paintings on display. A guided tour can be scheduled.

Rhonda M. Wilkerson, PhD, storyteller, is a retired Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. Since 1988, she has served as Docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and recently served as the 2012-2013 NCMA Docent Organization President.

See the full list of Fall Daytime Enrichment Courses


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Liveblog: Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep

Notice: On Thursday, Oct. 27, Jack Rodenfels, Marketing Manager for the Friday Center liveblogged the fourth installment of the “What’s the Big Idea?” lecture series from the Friday Center from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every Thursday in October, UNC-Chapel Hill physicians and faculty shared their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical and philosophical perspective. The lecture’s theme was “Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep” and the lecturer was Bradley Vaughn, MD. The thoughts and opinions in the below liveblog are Jack’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the Friday Center. Follow the liveblog below for updates throughout the lecture. 

Final thoughts: Sleep is vastly important to our health and well-being. Throughout the lecture, I was shocked by how nuanced sleep can be. So many body processes, attitudes, and mood are directly tied to sleep, or lack of sleep.

I couldn’t believe how detrimental sleep deprivation can be on an individual level, and how sleep deprivation may affect aspects of our lives we don’t even realize. One idea I never considered was how sleep deprivation affects others and our society as a whole. Dr. Vaughn did an excellent job of explaining this factor.

Dr. Vaughn took a highly scientific topic and did an admirable job of delivering his research in an easy-to-understand method, making it applicable while resonating with everyone in attendance. Throughout the evening, the audience listened with rapt attention to the concepts from Dr. Vaughn. With so many relevant points, the lecture attendees certainly have many new, enlightening aspects to ponder in their everyday sleep habits. Leaving the lecture, I certainly think of sleep different. Rather than a footnote, I plan to reconsider my sleep habits and amount of sleep to be a healthier, rested, and more productive member of society.

The next “What’s the Big Idea?” lecture series will begin April 2017. Stay tuned to the Friday Center website for more information on the theme and guest speakers.

8:20 p.m.: Dr. Vaughn finishes his lecture by answering a few questions from the audience. The questions include how sleepwalking occurs and why some people remember their dreams and some don’t.  After Dr. Vaughn answers the questions, he receives a standing ovation followed by the attendees filing out of the auditorium.

8:15 p.m.: Sleep deprivation is a massive issue and affects our lives in many ways including weight gain through consuming additional calories and the feeling of being drunk.

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect individuals. In the below video, Dr. Vaughn explains how sleep deprivation may affect others:


“Sleep deprivation across […]

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