About the Director
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.— Pablo Picasso
“I have been involved in creating and administrating art programs for over 30 years. In addition, I developed my own work while an artist-in-resident at artist communities in the US and France. I am moved by what happens when artists and learners come together and collaborate. When people are given space, inspiration and time to make art it energizes and transforms them and their communities. That is what Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is all about. I know how good it feels to have time dedicated exclusively to making art without interruptions and to savor creative exchange with other artists. I want to make sure participants can enjoy these same luxuries, be able to focus on learning and their creative work while leaving housing, meals and evening events to us.
Norma Hendrix, holds a BFA from Ohio University, and MA from Western Carolina University and an MFA from Johnson State College, Vermont. An active teacher, she has served as both undergraduate and graduate faculty in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University. She has been involved in creating children's and adult art educational programs for many years, most recently as Director of Studio 598, a teaching studio for children and adults, Sylva, NC and Director of Education at The Bascom Art Center, Highlands, NC. She maintains a professional studio practice in Sylva, NC. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and is included in several private collections. Norma has gave her time as a volunteer to help bring the idea of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS into fruition and is now its Executive Director.