Student Activities Board hosts two exhibits at Mendenhall Gallery

The East Carolina University Student Activities Board will host two art exhibits in August and September at Mendenhall Student Center’s second floor gallery.

On display through Aug. 28 is “Cupcake Jungle,” a collaboration between ceramicist Kyle Rees and metalsmith/jewelry designers Joshua Craig and Laritza Garcia. The exhibition includes a collection of brightly-colored homemade bowls in porcelain and metal.

Real cupcakes will be served during the exhibit’s closing reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Mendenhall gallery.

Following the close of “Cupcake Jungle,” an exhibition focused on travel and discovery will be presented in the gallery. The exhibit, “Get out. Go Somewhere,” opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 9.

The exhibit’s creator was Dan Willet, an ECU graduate student in the School of Art and Design’s photography program. Willet worked with nationally acclaimed artist Sam Yates to juror the exhibit. Yates will provide student critiques and present a lecture on his work at 6 p.m., Sept. 8 in Mendenall.

“Get out. Go Somewhere” will run through Sept. 30.

For more information, contact Tracy Demar at (252) 328-2902 or e- mail

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ECU faculty research draws attention in Charlotte museum

Research by East Carolina University faculty at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte was featured in the museum’s blog at http://nashermuseumblogs.

Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green, associate professor in the School of Art and Design, and Dr. Nicholas Murray, director of the Visual Motor Laboratory in the College of Health and Human Performance, developed the research. The study tracks eye movement in response to artwork, exploring relations between oral prompts, cognition and eye-tracking patterns.  A qualitative questionnaire gathers information about the beholders’ aesthetic response to the experience.

The study is part of a larger group of museum and gallery studies that began in the Greenville Museum of Art. It is entitled “Mobile Eye-Tracker (MET) Gaze Patterns Generated by Artworks and Museum Locations.” Results should provide data that may help researchers understand people’s thinking patterns, which could be applicable for related disabilities and overall improved communication.

The full blog post on the research is available at



Faculty art exhibit opening

An art exhibition featuring work by faculty members in the ECU School of Art and Design will open March 17 at J.Y. Joyner Library.

This exhibition, the first at Joyner Library open to all School of Art and Design faculty, showcases the talent and demonstrates the unique vision of this group. Works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery and other medium. Read more…