Current student Jason Rafferty '18 is a professional painter and draftsman currently pursuing a BFA / French minor at UNC Asheville. A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Jason has pursued classical training at Studio Escalier in France, the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville, NC, and has apprenticed with professional landscape painter John Mac Kah in the River Arts District of Asheville. Jason first attended UNCA in 2009-2011 and returned in the fall of 2016. Since his freshman year in 2009, Jason has pursued his art as an entrepreneurial business, developing relations with collectors locally, across the country, and internationally. He was a featured emerging artist at 4Bridges Arts Festival in Chattanooga in the Spring of 2017 and has exhibited extensively in the region, including the December 2016 Winter Show at Greenhill center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, "a comprehensive survey of the best fine art and craft being produced in the state." His art has been featured on the cover of Capital at Play magazine, as well as in publications such as the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress, Asheville Grit, the pencils.com blog, and on WLOS New 13 and WPVM 103.7 "Asheville & the Arts". He was featured as a sketch artist on the Travel Channel's The Dead Files in August 2016, and produced prop drawings for the feature film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in May 2016. He has donated artwork to Asheville nonprofits such as Open Doors, Western NC Aids Project, and Brother Wolf, and has helped organize exhibits benefiting River Link (Of Time & The River) and Pisgah Legal. In addition to his UNCA studies, he currently works and teaches drawing and painting at JMK Studio in the Riverview Station in Asheville's River Arts District.
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