1999 ECU MFA Ceramics Alumna Jennifer Mecca To Give Lecture and Demonstrations


1999 ECU MFA Ceramics Alumna Jennifer Mecca http://jennifermeccapottery.squarespace.com/ studio artist and instructor of ceramics at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC will be giving a two-day workshop on January 26 and 27.  All events will take place in the Ceramics Survey room, J-102 and are free and open to the public.  The schedule is as follows:

Mon, Jan 26 at J-102
8:30     meet and greet
9:00     artist talk
10:00   demonstration
12:00   lunch at Cinnamon Indian Restaurant
1:30     demonstration
4:30     wrap-up/break
6:00     dinner at AJ McMurphy’s

Tue, Jan 27
9:00    demonstration
12:00   lunch at the studio
1:00     individual critiques
4:30     wrap-up/break
6:00     dinner location tbd

Lecture by Internationally Acclaimed Photographer Burk Uzzle


Please join us and announce to your students:
Internationally renowned photographer,  Burk Uzzle, will give a talk on his work on Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium. Burk ‘s work encompasses, among other events, iconic photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement as well as famous images from the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
A reception for the 9th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition, of which Mr. Uzzle was the juror, will follow in the Gray Gallery.

Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

Rachel McClain, In the Pink Bathroom

Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition
January 22 – February 20, 2015
Lecture by Juror:  Burk Uzzle
January 22, 2015, 5:00 PM, Speight Auditorium
Exhibition Reception to Follow

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is proud to announce that the Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition will be on view in the School of Art and Design from January 22 through February 20, 2015. The exhibition juror, Burk Uzzle, will give a lecture on his work and announce awards on Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 PM in Speight Auditorium. An opening reception honoring the artists will follow in the Gray Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Juror Burk Uzzle chose 70 works by 56 artists from across the country for inclusion in the exhibition covering the range of photographic processes, including the now dominant digital imaging, traditional black and white and color photography, antiquarian and alternative processes.

Burk Uzzle is an internationally recognized photographer. His career, like his pictures, blends American culture, individual psyches of particular places or people, and an atypical way of seeing ourselves, our values, and our community. Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work then grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson. For fifteen years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the sixteen years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock (album cover and worldwide reproduction of its iconic couple hugging at dawn) to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to our comprehension for the experience of Cambodian war refugees. Uzzle’s current body of work is the production of artful and constructed reflections of his subjects, many of whom are African-American residents proximal to his studio in North Carolina. Their layers of experience are conjoined with Uzzle’s fundamental appreciation for unseen characteristics, which he ably captures in a collaborative, interpretive context along with his eye and his heart.

Tom Braswell, interim director, said of the Ninth Biennial sponsored by the Gray Gallery, “The first Photography and Digital Image Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery was organized by Gil Leebrick, Director, and held in February 1997. The exhibition’s first juror, Olivia Parker, chose a show that was ecumenical in its diversity of photo-based media. Subsequent jurors Evon Streetman, Robert Fichter, Maggie Taylor, Mark Klett, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Keith Carter, and Sam Wang continued the selection of a wide range of aesthetics for the exhibition. In keeping with that tradition, this year’s show is an overview of the pluralism of practice in contemporary photographic art.”

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of Fifth and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the lecture and reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-1312. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/graygallery/index.cfm



MATERIAL TOPICS; Crafting Connections

A symposium organized by ECU students, focused on the direction of craft including material content and communication in the field. SYMPOSIUM BLOG  https://ecusymposium.wordpress.com/

  • Friday Night, January 16th:
    • 5-7 Registration (Jenkins School of Art)
    • 6-9 Art Walk (Jenkins, Art Ave, Art Room, Greenville Museum of Art, Mendenhall Student Center)
    • 7:30-11 Saw File Solder Races at Dirty Lam Studios (213 W 9th Street Greenville, NC 27858)
  • Saturday, January 17th
    • 8:30 am 9:00 am Breakfast
 & Registration
    • 9:10 am Keynote Speaker: Jamie Bennett (Auditorium- Lecture)
      • 10:30-12:30 Break-out Workshops:
      • Rachel Shimpock (Room 108)
      • Ian Thomas (Room 102)
      • Kim Cridler (Room 1322)
      • Courtney Starrett (Room 1325)
      • Kristin Beeler (Room 1327)
    • 11-12:30 Additional Programming: Panel Discussion (Auditorium)
    • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
    • 1:30-3:30 Break-out Sessions
    • 3:30-4:00 Tea & Crumpets
    • 4:00 pm Ana Lopez (Auditorium- Lecture)
    • Picosin Art Center Presentation (Auditorium)
    • ECU Italy Program: Jennifer Wells (Auditorium)
    • 5:00pm Chip Thomas (Auditorium- Lecture)
    • 6:00pm T-shirt sales, raffle sales, pin swap!
  • Sunday, January 18th
    • 8:30 am Breakfast
    • 9:00 am Mary Frisbee Johnson (Auditorium- Lecture)
    • 9:50 am 
Beverly Penn
 (Auditorium- Lecture)
      • 10:45-12:45 Break-Out Workshops:
      • Demitra Thomloudis (Room 108)
      • Stephanie Metz (Room 1327)
      • Becky McDonah (Room 1322)
      • Chip Schwartz (Room 139
      • Nicole Jacquard (Room 1325)
    • 11:15-12:45 (Auditorium) Additional Programming: Panel Discussion
    • 12:45-1:45 Lunch
    • 1:45-3:45 Break-Out Workshops
    • 3:45-4 Tea & Crumpets
    • 4:00 Raffle Reveal
    • 4:00 pm 
Brigitte Martin (Auditorium- Lecture)
    • 5:00 pm Capstone: Laura Wood (Auditorium- Lecture)
    • 6:00 pm Closing Thoughts
    • 7pm-?? Party @ Tipsy Teapot!

You will receive your workshop assignments at registration!  And we will have maps and info for the Art Walk at the check-in table!