The work of Southwest Virginia native Fred Carter is set for display in the Gilliam Center for the Arts at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on July 28. The exhibit, Fred Carter: Vision and Craft, is managed by the UVa-Wise Center for Appalachian Studies.

The exhibit, located in Gallery 121, will open for a sneak preview during the intermission of the free Symphony of the Mountain concert, set for 8 p.m. at the Lawn by the Lake at UVa-Wise.

After the preview of Fred Carter: Vision and Craft, the exhibit will be open to the public each Sunday from Aug. 4 through Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

“Carter became an artist at the age of fifty, but for the remainder of his life, he produced an eclectic body of work,” Professor Brian McKnight, the CAS director, said. “He carved in stone and wood, he painted, he wrote stories, and even made furniture and wove cloth.”

McKnight said Carter was a visionary artist who was unafraid to experiment and who felt it his obligation to teach others.

The late artist was born in Duffield, Virginia in 1911. As a youngster, Carter lived in Wise County and the city of Norton before making his home in Dickenson County. Carter created art at a later age, and his work was influenced by life during the Great Depression. He painted and created large and smaller woodcarvings. He displayed his work in a museum he operated in Clintwood, Virginia.

For more information, contact Brian McKnight, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies, at or 276-376-4574. McKnight, UVa-Wise undergraduate researcher Jessica Lowe and CAS intern Alyssa Ferguson are working together to make the exhibit possible. The art is on loan to the College. The exhibit is free and open to the public.