On our stage will be the following artists:
9:45-10:30 Twisted Knot
10:30-11:00 Steve Myott
11:00-11:30 Cirque de Vol
11:30-11:40 ECU Parindey
11:40-12:00 Hmong Student Association
12:00-1:00 Paperhand Puppet Intervention
1:00-2:00 The Magic of African Rhythm
2:00-2:45 Magic by Jazzy
2:45-3:00 Zumba with Joy
3:00-4:00 William Seymour


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Lecture By Mixed Media Artist Thomas Thielemann


Please join us for a lecture by mixed media artist Thomas Thielemann on Friday, April 10th at 5:00 in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Art Building near the main office.

This event is free and open to the public. Thielemann will offer encouraging words on making art and making a life by discussing his experiences as an artist, teacher, and family man. His work includes painting, drawing, collage, digital media, various forms of printmaking, and sculpture.

To see Tomas Thielemann’s work visit

This presentation is sponsored by East Carolina University Painting Guild.

2007 BFA Art Education and Ceramics Alumna Jesi Thompson selected as Greene Central High School’s 2015-2016 Teacher Of the Year


Jesi Thompson was selected as Greene Central High School’s 2015-2016 Teacher Of the Year. The criteria for being selected for this would be a teacher who: inspires students of all backgrounds to learn; has the respect and admiration of students, parents, staff, and colleagues; plays an active role in the community as well as in the school; and is poised, articulate, and possess the energy to withstand a taxing schedule. The staff at the school nominates teachers that match these qualities and then the staff votes.


Jesi Thompson grew up in Dennis, Massachusetts and for college ventured down south to attend East Carolina University. She graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University in the fall of 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art Education. In the fall of 2008 she began working for Greene County Schools as Greene Central High School’s Visual Art Teacher. She fundraised for a kiln and with the support of Greene County started a ceramics program along with instructing traditional two dimensional visual art courses. As the head of Greene Central’s fine arts department she is in charge of directing Greene County’s annual student art show. The 13th annual student art show is currently on display and open to the public at the Greene County Museum in Snow Hill, N.C. until April 24th. During the 2011-2012 school year Jesi mentored two East Carolina Undergraduate art students as a clinical teacher. Her experience as a clinical teacher inspired her to apply to graduate school. Jesi is currently enrolled in East Carolina’s online M.A.Ed. Art Education Program. Jesi’s medium of choice is ceramics and during summer break she creates and sells her artwork at Scargo Pottery and Art Gallery in Dennis, Massachusetts.

Multi Media Artist Rose B. Simpson Lecture And Workshop


Join us to welcome Visual Arts Forum visiting artist Rose B. Simpson
to East Carolina University for a two-day workshop and lecture, March 19th – 20th!

Thursday March 19th, Rose will be visiting graduate student and studios throughout the day, and dinner with students afterwards.

Friday March 20th, there will be a found-object workshop from 8am-12pm in Room 1109, with the lecture starting at 5pm in Speight Auditorium.

Rose B. Simpson (b. 1983), daughter of clay sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and Patrick Simpson, a wood and metal contemporary artist, Rose has experienced art throughout her life in Santa Fe and on the Santa Clara Pueblo Reservation. Being from both Indigenous and European descent, with art and philosophy primary in both families, she applies her abilities in ceramic and mixed media sculpture, installation, drawing, aerosol painting, writing, music, and performance to further her exploration and dedication to finding the relationship between aesthetic expression and life.

Jenny K. Hager Sculpture Lecture and Presentation


Jenny K. Hager Lecture and Presentation in the Sculpture Area  R133 March 5th, 2015 at 5:00pm

Juror of The National Down East Sculpture Exhibition – indoor and outdoor
Jenny Hager is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Florida. She received her MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Interested in a variety of processes and materials, she finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life and other curiosities. She is also very interested in collaboration; the spirit of community important in both her teaching practice and in her own work. Hager’s work has been exhibited most recently at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, LA, the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY, and in the Cymru Ironstone Castle in Wales.

Thursday, March 5th
8:00AM – Studio Visits
10:00AM – 12:00 Noon Critique with students – please sign up in advance to meet with the artist
12:00Noon-1:00PM – Lunch with students
1:00PM-2:00PM – Lecture and discussion with students – sculpture Room 133
3:00PM-5:00PM- discussion with graduate students – sculpture Room 133
5:00PM-6:00PM Jenny Hager Lecture and Presentation Sculpture Area R133
Opening and Awards Ceremony for Down East Sculpture Exhibition- Reception at Mendenhall and Emerge March 5th, 2015  6:00PM- 8:00PM

Friday, March 6th
9:00AM-4:00PM – Workshop with ECU students in welding area sculpture R135

Saturday, March 7th
9:00AM-4:00PM – Workshop with ECU students in welding area sculpture R135

*Funded by The Office of Student Activities & Organizations and ECU Sculpture Guild