Category Archives: Art

School of Art and Design opens fall MFA thesis exhibitions on Nov. 2

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery welcomes the East Carolina University School of Art and Design Fall 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions, “Einfühlung” and “HELD,” featuring new work by graduate students Jessica Bradsher and Holly Roddenbery.

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher (Contributed photos)

A piece by Holly Roddenberry.

A piece by Holly Roddenbery.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in conjunction with Uptown Greenville’s First Friday ArtWalk. The exhibits will be on display through Nov. 20. The reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Bradsher and Roddenbery work in wood, metals, painting and video.

Bradsher showcases emotion through sculptural representations of realistic facial expression, body language and contextual clues, and offers a chance for reflection on the ways that people interact and coexist. Roddenbery’s vessels reflect on states such as divine ecstasy, serenity and reverential awe, and imagination about the existential.

The Gray Gallery is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center off of 5th and Jarvis streets on the campus of ECU. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed for university holidays.

 

– Contact: Angel Bellaran, Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or graygallery@ecu.edu

MFA alumna honored with Valdosta Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching

Abigail Heuss, who holds a Master of Fine Arts in metal design from ECU’s School of Art and Design, is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2018 Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching.

The Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching recognizes a faculty member who employs innovative teaching strategies and demonstrates a strong commitment to student success. Heuss, an associate professor of art, was chosen for consistently creating an active learning environment that encourages collaboration, inquiry, and self-discovery.

“[Abigail] is the most selfless and generous teacher with which I have had the pleasure to work,” said Hollis Barnett, interim head of VSU’s Department of Art and Design. “Her Student Opinion of Instruction (SOI) scores are always among the highest within the department and the university. It is not uncommon for the students to rank her teaching a perfect five on a five-point scale.

“[She] is an organized thinker and focused instructor. She is a natural teacher. Her personality and enthusiasm is infectious for her students and her colleagues.”

Pictured left to right are Valdosta State University President Richard A. Carvajal; Abigail Heuss, VSU associate professor of art; and Dr. Robert Smith, VSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Pictured left to right are Valdosta State University President Richard A. Carvajal; Abigail Heuss, VSU associate professor of art; and Dr. Robert Smith, VSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. (Contributed photo)

Heuss, who specializes in jewelry, metalsmithing, and three-dimensional art, has taught at VSU since 2013.

“This award is such an honor,” she said. “I love my job. I wake up excited to come to work every day, and so it’s really nice to hear that I’ve had an impact on other people’s experiences at VSU as well.

“My goal as a teacher is to inspire and encourage students of all levels to work hard, to take chances by investing something of themselves into the work, and ultimately to become empowered by making art. I work to build an environment where students feel safe to ask questions, take risks, and occasionally fail at things in the short term in order to learn how to research and be active learners.”

Heuss has coordinated several exhibits to allow students to showcase their work and build their resume. She also maintains a website that features student work from VSU’s jewelry and metalsmithing courses.

Heuss redesigned VSU Department of Art and Design’s small metals lab to make it more efficient for her students and purchased updated metalsmithing tools and equipment. She also secured a grant from The Enamelist Society to purchase the necessary materials and equipment to teach enameling in one of her courses.

Her motivation to see students succeed comes from her passion for the art she creates with her students, Heuss said.

“There’s something really empowering about learning how to make things,” she said. “I think about the change in my own life that came about when I figured out that I had that power to take a material, take tools, and turn that material into something that was meaningful to me and to other people. Being able to help somebody else have that same experience is really beautiful to me.”

Heuss’s work has been featured in numerous local, regional, national, and international exhibitions and publications. Many of her pieces have won awards, and she has presented on her craft at multiple conferences.

 

Read more at valdosta.edu.

 

Gray Gallery to host art auction and sale on Sept. 22, preview Sept. 7

UPDATE

The Keaton and Umberger Gala Art Auction and Sale that was scheduled to be hosted by the Gray Gallery Saturday, Sept. 22 has been postponed until 2019.

While East Carolina University School of Art & Design and the Gray Gallery have been spared by Hurricane Florence, we are aware that a significant amount of our surrounding communities were not. In solidarity with hurricane victims, the Gray Gallery hopes that those who are in a position to give would currently focus their efforts on our neighbors in need.

If you have already purchased tickets to the event, please note that the auction will be rescheduled (TBD) and purchased tickets will remain valid for the second iteration. If you would prefer a refund, please call 252-328-1268.

Our greatest wish is a speedy recovery for all. Looking forward to reintroducing this fabulous collection to the public in the new year, until then you can see the full collection on view until Friday, Sept. 21. Thanks to all for patience and understanding during a difficult time.

For questions, please contact graygallery@ecu.edu.


The Wellington B. Gray Gallery in the East Carolina University School of Art and Design will present the Keaton and Umberger Gala Art Auction and Sale of fine art, crafts and decorative pieces on Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m.

An opening reception and preview of the collection will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The public can view the pieces during gallery hours until Sept. 21.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at ECU.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at ECU. (Contributed photo)

Tickets for the auction and sale are $25 and may be purchased in advance by calling 252-328-1268 by Sept. 14 or at the door on Sept. 22.

The evening also will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages from local Greenville establishments.

All proceeds from the event will support scholarships and programs at the ECU School of Art and Design.

For more than 50 years, the late Benjamin Franklin Keaton Jr. (ECU ‘57, ’61) and the late Wallace Randolph “Ranny” Umberger Jr. were supporters of artistic expression in a variety of different mediums. In 1998, Keaton and Umberger founded Long Leaf Opera, which for decades was one of only two opera companies in the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area.

Keaton was the first graduate student to receive a master of arts in music from ECU. He was a faculty member at N.C. Central University for 18 years, and was a member of ECU’s College of Fine Arts and Communication Advancement Council.

Pieces from Keaton and Umberger’s personal collection in the auction and sale include artworks by Robert Indiana, Émile Louis Picault and Arlene De La Hayes, prints by Edward Hopper and paintings by ECU School of Art alumnus Bob Rankin (’70), and an extensive amount of indigenous art including Zuni fetishes, Coolidge Roy Jr. dolls, Hopi pottery and Inuk art.

Gray Gallery is in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at ECU. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The fine arts center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks before the event at 252-737-1016.

 

Contact: Gray Gallery Director Angel Bellaran, bellarana18@ecu.edu, 252-328-1312

Hand-blown glass items available during Dogwood Festival 

East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication and the School of Art and Design’s GlasStation will have a public sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 as part of Farmville’s annual Dogwood Festival.

The GlasStation is the home of ECU glassblowing classes and opened in 2017 in a former gas station at 3732-B W. Wilson St. in Farmville, about 15 miles west of main campus. Hand-blown glass is a new curriculum area for ECU and the only one in the UNC system.

The sale will feature hundreds of hand-blown items including flowers, paperweights, vases, bowls, tumblers and a variety of other items made throughout the year. This is one of only two public sales that happen each year. The next sale will be in December.

All proceeds will support the GlasStation.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours before the event.

For more information, email glass@ecu.edu.

Illustration majors present senior exhibition

Illustration by Brittnee Bade

Illustration by Brittnee Bade

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery will host the 2018 BFA Senior Exhibition #2 for nine illustration candidates from April 24 through May 5.

The artists in the show are Timothy Bada, Brittnee Bade, Tristan Freitag, Lindsay Hutchins, Hillary Lehman, Elysia Netter, Michael Richardson, Jordan Scurlock and Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr.

A closing reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 4.

The exhibit and reception are open to the public.

The gallery is located off Fifth Street on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The fine arts center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312 or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

Left, illustration by Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. Right, illustration by Lindsay Hutchins.

Left, illustration by Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. Right, illustration by Lindsay Hutchins.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Laupus Library’s leadership worthy of national celebration

This week, Laupus Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead our communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study — they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

“The History of PTSD: How Cultural Narratives Affect the Patient Experience” will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 9. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

“We promote our scholarship at a national level,” said Beth Ketterman, Laupus Library director. “Our library employees lead through active service in regional, state and national library associations. Next month, we have librarians speaking at the Medical Library Association on innovative ways we’ve transformed our collection development practices to best meet the needs of our university patrons. Our archivist, Layne Carpenter, relayed some of her interpretive expertise and practices at a recent Society of N.C. Archivists meeting.”

Ketterman said Laupus leads ECU’s Division of Health Sciences by introducing new services. One recent example is the launch of a systematic review service that provides authoritative and exhaustive searches for investigators in the health sciences.

“Our librarians conduct the searches and supply the literature search methodology for published reviews, and receive authorship credit for this very important partnership in the research process.”

Dr. Joseph Lee, assistant professor for the Department of Health Education and Promotion in the College of Health and Human Performance, recently completed a published review using the library’s service.

“Our collaboration with the systematic review service at Laupus provided information critical to the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of vaping (or e-cigarette) retailers,” he said.

“Our systematic review, which is published in Tobacco Control, was only possible with the expertise and collaboration of a librarian. This service is indispensable given the ever growing volume of scientific literature and the need to leverage high-quality scientific evidence to improve the health of the public.”

Also a leader in the provision of resources to support the division and area health practitioners, the library selects and ensures efficient access to thousands of journals, books and other resources.

“A unique and growing part of our collection is our anatomical models; in fact, we have the largest collection of these models of all health sciences libraries in the state, and that is due to Laupus’ responsiveness to student need,” said Ketterman.

As part of the celebration, the library is hosting free programs and exhibits during the week and into the later part of April.

An opening reception for art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

An opening reception for “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

On Monday, April 9 the Medical History Interest Group lecture, “The History of PTSD: How Cultural Narratives Affect the Patient Experience,” presented by Dr. Sheena M. Eagan, assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery located on the fourth floor of Laupus Library.

On Tuesday, April 10 an opening reception will be held for art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display through June 1, the exhibit showcases a collection of paintings and mixed media artworks by April Holbrook, administrative support specialist for clinical financial services in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The art exhibit is part of the library’s ongoing Art as Avocation series that explores artistic talents of faculty and staff from the health sciences.

On exhibit throughout the week in the fourth floor gallery is “Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War.” The exhibit examines how doctors and medical staff cared for soldiers, looking specifically at surgery, disease, infection and the role of hospitals. Items on display represent an unrecognizable era of medicine when amputations were common and anesthesia was fairly new.

The following week of April 16-20, Laupus will celebrate National Preservation Week with a variety of daily activities and demonstrations offered on the second floor of the library. Students and patrons will have the opportunity to learn more about book preservation, digitizing and photographing artifacts for the database, performing conservation on artifacts and archival materials, packing and storage of family heirlooms, and more about cultural heritage. Handouts and supplemental materials will be available each day.

Finishing out the month, the Country Doctor Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with “History Alive! A 50thAnniversary Celebration” – a family-friendly event that aims to offer visitors a glimpse into the past. Free activities will include museum tours, a petting zoo and horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Country Doctor Museum will offer horse drawn carriage rides as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. (Contributed by the Country Doctor Museum)

The Country Doctor Museum will offer horse drawn carriage rides as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. (Contributed by the Country Doctor Museum)

Acoustic and old-time music will be provided by DryBread Road, and a variety of food vendors will be present. The Aurora Fossil Museum, Joel Lane House, Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Aycock Birthplace and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum will offer free activities and demonstrations.

The Country Doctor Museum will also showcase a new exhibit, “The Sick Room: Home Comfort & Bedside Necessities,” which illustrates how an extended illness of a family member or loved one was a common part of life at the turn of the 20thcentury.

Opened in 1968, The Country Doctor Museum shares the history of medicine in rural America and is managed as part of the History Collections of Laupus Library. It is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care and is located in Bailey, N.C.

“None of what we do would be possible without the advocacy and commitment from our Friends of the Laupus Library,” said Ketterman. “The Friends promote the library and ensure that we have funds to enrich these programs and student-focused events when we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

Chairman of the Friends of Laupus Library Dr. John Papalas said, “As a Brody School of Medicine alumnus, I know how instrumental Laupus Library was to my success as well as the class of 2006. By being involved with the Friends, my support helps Laupus to continue to serve a growing health sciences division.”

Read more about the Friends in a photo story at https://spark.adobe.com/page/DoKdK0nuMj46g/.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information about Laupus Library, The Country Doctor Museum and the Friends of Laupus Library, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Laupus Library exhibit shares stories of human emotion

Laupus Library will open the art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” with a 4:30-6:30 p.m. opening reception on April 10 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library.

On display through June 1, the exhibit showcases a collection of paintings and mixed media artworks by April Holbrook, administrative support specialist for clinical financial services in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The 2018 spring semester exhibit is part of the library’s ongoing Art as Avocation series that showcases and celebrates the artistic talents and self-expression of faculty, staff and students from the Division of Health Sciences.

Artist April Holbrook’s collection offers relatable connections between artistic expression and human emotion. (Contributed photo)

Artist April Holbrook’s collection offers relatable connections between artistic expression and human emotion. (Contributed photo)

“Art is my therapy,” said Holbrook. “I feel as if every soul on this earth is here to leave some mark on the world and I feel my purpose was to create things to make others feel like they are not alone.”

“April’s works are truly stunning,” said Beth Ketterman, director of Laupus Library. “I am so grateful that she’s willing to share these pieces with us for the exhibit, not only because they convey a range of emotion and experiences that are relatable, but also because she elevates the mediums in which she chooses to work. She’s got a rare talent and Laupus is proud we are able to exhibit on her behalf.”

Born in Durham as a first-generation American after her family immigrated from Germany in the early 1970s for the pursuit of higher education, Holbrook’s mother attended Duke University and later became a cardiologist, and her father worked as the bank president. While neither of her parents were fine artists and never understood what they referred to as a “waste of time,” her grandmother loved to draw and fully supported Holbrook’s dream to become an artist.

Holbrook later attended the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in social art and a minor in graphic design.

Holbrook’s paintings and mixed media artworks are created with a variety of mediums including pencil, sharpie, watercolor and acrylic.

Absorbing the tradition of remembrance art into her collection, she uses daily life as the subject matter for her pieces. Stories about life’s challenges, the innocence of childhood and the loss of that innocence with the coming of age are shared through her paintings to express the relatable experiences of everyday people.

Her hope is that visitors of the 12-piece exhibit will find a piece of themselves somewhere in this story of human emotion.

“At times in our life the spark for the things we love goes out and is rekindled by a great opportunity,” said Holbrook. “I give the deepest of thanks to Laupus Library for relighting that spark and allowing others to witness a part of me, my love for art and my world through this deeply personal collection.”

The Friends of Laupus Library supports the Art as Avocation series and reception.

Laupus Library is currently seeking artists for 2018-2019 exhibitions. To learn more about the series or to showcase your work, visit www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary/events/artasavocation or contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at rogerske@ecu.edu or 252-744-2232.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Exhibit celebrates 10 years of study abroad in Italy

Photograph by Jim Abbott

A photograph by ECU faculty member Jim Abbott

“Made in Italy: Italy Intensives,” a celebration of the 10th anniversary of East Carolina University’s study abroad program in Certaldo Alto, Italy, will be on display Feb. 2-22 in the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery at ECU.

Photographer and ECU faculty member Jim Abbott will give a talk about his large selection of photographs in the show at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in Speight Auditorium.

The exhibition features work by artists who have taught in the study abroad program. ECU instructors included in the exhibition are metal design teachers Marissa Saneholtz, Tim Lazure, Jennifer Wells, Mi Sook Hur, Cristopher Hentz, Barbara Minor Hentz, Linda Darty and James Malenda; drawing and painting teachers Jill Eberle, Michael Ehlbeck, Catherine Walker-Bailey, Michael Voors and Kelly Adams; photography teachers Dan Bailey, James Henkel and Abbott; book arts teacher Terry Smith; and administrative staff and teaching assistants Stuart Watson, Lucy Clark and Chris Ellenbogen.

Art piece

A piece by metal design teacher Marissa Saneholtz

The gallery is located off of Fifth and Jarvis streets in ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays.

Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks before the event at 252-737-1016.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312, or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

 

-by Harley Dartt, University Communications

Spring 2018 ECU After School Art Classes

Students create interdisciplinary artworks with a variety of two- and three-dimensional media under the instruction of undergraduate art education students, who are supervised by a university art education faculty member.

Pre-Registration:  Jan. 3 – Feb. 10, 2018
Cost: $10.00 per class

Visit epay.ecu.edu/arted for registration information.

If you have any questions please contact the instructor listed below. 

3rd-5th Grade Class:
Tuesday Class begins Feb. 6, Meeting Time: 4:00-5:00 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green at bickleygreenc@ecu.edu
Class meets in Jenkins Fine Arts Center Room 1327
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 6 and concludes on Apr. 17.

3rd-5th Grade Class:
Wednesday Class begins Jan. 31, Meeting Time: 2:30-3:30 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Robert Quinn at quinnr@ecu.edu
Class meets at Wahl-Coates Elementary School
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 7 or Apr. 4 and concludes on Apr. 18.

Multi-Age Inclusive Class:
Wednesday Class begins Feb. 7, Meeting Time: 4:30-5:30 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green at bickleygreenc@ecu.edu
Class meets in Jenkins Fine Arts Center Room 1327
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 7 and concludes on Apr. 18.

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