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USC Upstate Professor of Art to Display Encaustic Works at Turchin Center

10- 09- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will have 20 works from her body of work called the trace series included in the 225˚ F Encaustic Encounters, a national exhibition to be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. The show will run from November 6, 2009 through February 6, 2010.

Jane Nodine225˚ F Encaustic Encounters is the first exhibition focused entirely on encaustic paintings to be featured in Turchin’s galleries. All fourteen artists, who hail from across the country, will display works that demonstrate the many different techniques of encaustic painting. 

Nodine was selected for the exhibition by Turchin’s curators based on research she has been conducting in encaustic painting. After receiving the invitation to exhibit in 2008, Nodine spent much of the summer of 2009 producing over 30 works for consideration by the curatorial selection team. They chose 20 for the exhibit, ranging in size from 12 to 48 inches. Nodine is the only artist from South Carolina to be included in the exhibit.  

Nodine began using the encaustic technique in 2006 after watching a demonstration at a conference. The molten wax, she says, “fed my appetite for working from a liquid state to a cooled, firm and durable material…the encaustic process and the endless capabilities of wax, including the warm honey aroma, its historical significance and luscious surfaces have energized me and opened new directions for my work.” 

The term encaustic is derived from the Greek "enkaustikos," which means "to heat or "to burn." The encaustic medium consists of beeswax mixed with resin to impart hardness that renders a material artists can use to embed various marks, materials, pigments, and textures. This historical process, used by ancient Greeks and Romans, has attracted the attention of many contemporary artists, such as Jasper Johns, because of its rich surfaces and sculptural properties. The encaustic process originated in Egypt in approximately 100 A.D. 

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, a division of Appalachian State University, is the largest facility of its kind in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia, with curated exhibitions that focus on a blend of new and historically important artwork featuring works of nationally and internationally renowned artists.  

For more information, contact Jane Nodine at or (864) 503-5838 or visit