Up for Discussion: William Frerichs’ Celebration of the North Carolina Wilderness

Up for Discussion: William Frerichs’ Celebration of the North Carolina Wilderness

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FEBRUARY 17 – Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet at Stephens-Lee Center (30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville 28801)

A native of the Netherlands, William Frerichs (1829-1905) brought his Northern European training in landscape painting to his adopted homes in New York and North Carolina. The Southern Appalachian region inspired him with its pristine wilderness; he recorded some sites for posterity before westward expansion changed them forever, and blended streams, hills, and the Blue Ridge haze into other more imaginative scenes like the Museum’s Western North Carolina Landscape. In this talk, explore Frerichs’ wilderness landscapes, and discover how they reflect his associations with the Hague and Hudson River Schools of landscape painters.

Dr. Richard A. S. Hall is a professor of philosophy at Fayetteville State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. He has authored and edited books, essays, and papers in the areas of the history of American philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of art, ethics, and religion.

Join us at 4:30 p.m. for an optional overview of the Stephens-Lee Center, previously the site of WNC’s renowned high school for African-American students, provided by the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association.

Space is limited; register by February 11. Cost includes light reception, and shuttle service for conference attendees. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

Presented in partnership with The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn and Stephens-Lee Center.



  • Tickets will not be mailed; please check in at will-call at Stephens-Lee Center.
  • Limited tickets may be available after February 11; call 828.253.3227 x122 to purchase by phone.
  • Reserve your shuttle no later than February 11 by selecting an option during online checkout. Space is limited, and filled on a first-come, first-reserved basis; the Museum reserves the right to close shuttle time options when full.
  • If you are taking the shuttle from the Grove Park Inn, meet at the Museum’s information table located in the Sammons Wing just inside the sliding glass doors. Shuttles leave promptly at the designated times.
  • Shuttles return to the Grove Park Inn at 7:00 p.m.