Good Evening!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!  Just wanted to give you a little information about our current exhibition!  Curated by graduate student Tina Lazzarine, the Mendenhall Gallery is hosting the Screenplay Exhibition from September 1-30.  The committee spent Saturday in installation mode and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the exhibit come to life!

Screenplay is a national juried art exhibition featuring the work of artists who share a common element in their work: wire mesh. More than ever, wire mesh (steel, copper, brass, aluminum) is becoming the medium of choice by a variety of artists including metalsmiths, textile artists, sculptors, book artists, painters, and mixed-media artists. The goal of this exhibition is to bring together work that exemplifies the innovative and diverse manipulation of this ordinary material.   Jurying the show for cash awards will be sculptor/fiber, basketry, and installation artist Lanny Bergner of Anacortes, Washington.

Come out to the opening this Friday, September 7!  Lanny Bergner will be giving a lecture at 5pm in Mendenhall 15 and the catered reception will be immediately after in the Mendenhall Gallery from 6-8.  Bergner will also be doing demonstrations from 1-3 on Friday in the Metals Survey room in Jenkins!

See you Friday!

Kate Harris
SAB Visual Arts Chair

Summer Recap

Hey Everyone!

It’s been an exciting first couple of weeks back here at ECU.  It’s been awhile since we’ve used this blog but I hope to start posting regularly this year.  I have an awesome committee and we are excited to make this a great year for SAB Visual Arts!

First of all, we hosted two exhibitions this summer- both with work by ECU Students!  The first show, Pins and Needles, was a show about relationships featuring work by Joshua Craig and Tina Lazzarine (Who just got engaged! Congrats!).  Both are Metals Grads here at ECU.  Their work was a combination of textiles and metalwork, which turned out to be a great collection of art.



Our next show was A Break from the Heat.  This was a collaborative exhibition by Kate Harris (Me!), Kelsey Mintz, Rachel Ross, and Sarah Sitler.  Here’s a quote from the artist statement:

“The world of textiles is very broad and fascinating- yet it’s often a world of its own.  As textile students, we often get questioned as to what we actually do in our department.  Those not involved in textiles assume the field is antiquated and simple- but we have learned otherwise. Our goal with this exhibition is to change this stereotype.  We have used this opportunity to showcase the variety of techniques and processes within textiles in order show our community what the textile world has to offer”.


We had a great turnout for the opening on July 13!

(Pictured: Harris, Mintz, Sitler, Ross)

It’s going to be a magnificent year in the Mendenhall Gallery!  Can’t wait to tell you what’s next!

Kate Harris
SAB Visual Arts Committee Chair

Transformations Painting Exhibition and Thanksgiving wishes

The month of November saw the gallery host Transformations  a painting exhibition of members of the ECU painting guild.  The exhibition had students awards juried by local gallerist Torrey Stroud.  It was a phenomenal success with a huge turn out.  As the leaves have turned and we look forward toward the holiday, it is my sincere wish that everyone have their head filled with good thoughts of thanks and their hearts filled with good friends and their stomachs filled with good.

Happy November Holidays,

Mendenhall Gallery Staff

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