2005 ECU BFA Painting Alumna Amy Scheidegger Worked With Young Writers To Produce Children’s Book

Amy Scheidegger, East Carolina University Painting & Drawing alum is launching an IndieGoGo campaign tomorrow to help raise funds to illustrate her organization’s first Artistic Rebuttal children’s book: to create life-long art advocates, we’ve got to reach them early!
You can donate to the campaign here.

The Artistic Rebuttal Project is an initiative started by Scheidegger in 2011 to help advocate on behalf of artists’ rights, creative industry careers, arts education and arts access.

The book was written by 7 youth authors from Mighty Writers (a Philadelphia after-school literacy program) and edited by their Program Director, Rachel Loeper. It’s a story of three friends that discover the power of the arts in dealing with issues of death, bullying and self-identity. It’s been a project a little over a year in the making and we are all very excited to see it come to life.  Side-note, the book will be available in both English and Spanish.

As most crowd-sourcing efforts go, there are tiers for donating, the first being a $5 donation for Amy’s undying/unwavering respect then it tops out at $250 for organizational/individual sponsorship which includes your organization’s logo on all books/marketing materials, a free copy of the book, a signed poster, VIP entrance into any Artistic Rebuttal event and more.
We hope you and/or your organization consider donating/sponsoring.

Mighty Writers

Seven-Foot Ceramic Fish Sculpture To Be Fired, Unveiled June 26 At ECU


08_fireGREENVILLE (6/18/15) — Over the next two weeks, East Carolina University art students and faculty members in collaboration with North Carolina-based STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises will create a new piece of public art off 10th Street.

Students will be building and firing a 7-foot ceramic fish sculpture called FireFish on ECU’s campus off 10th Street at the old Wendy’s site.

The sculpture will be fired for 12 hours and unveiled at peak temperature – 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit – at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

The project is made possible by the ECU Ceramics Guild in collaboration with the School of Art and Design in the ECU College of Fine Arts and Communication and STARworks in Star, North Carolina. The organization is working to grow a strong visual arts community and revive a local economy devastated by the loss of hosiery and apparel manufacturing in the central part of the state. STARworks is loaning ECU their kiln and expertise for the project.

After completion, the sculpture will be moved to Jenkins Fine Arts Center until a permanent home is found.


June 18    Install fence, begin construction of FireFish and open air drying process
June 22    Assemble STARworks kiln for FireFish; begin electric heat and fan drying
June 23    Wood prepared
June 24    Begin pre-heating process attended by staff
June 25    STARworks team arrives in Greenville
June 26    Begin firing with wood (12 hours); projected reveal time 9 p.m.
June 27    Clean-up and relocating of FireFish

The firing schedule is subject to change due to required drying time for the 1.5-ton clay sculpture, said Seo Eo, associate professor of art in the ECU School of Art and Design.

Jim Tisnado is the other ECU faculty member working on the project. Graduate research assistants are Devin McKim, Alexandra Ingle, Brett Beasley and Abir Abumohsen. Undergraduate assistants are Chris Cardone, Heather Graham, Brooke Van Onselder and Taylor Meadows.

The following will be available for media interviews these days and times:

Friday, June 19, 11 a.m. FireFish building crew Abir Abumohsen, Alex Ingle and Brett Beasley.

Thursday, June 25, 11 a.m. STARworks project manager Adam Landman (Adam can talk about collaborative projects between ECU and STARworks); FireFish art and engineering consultants Anne Pärtna and Andres Allik; ECU Ceramics Guild fundraising leader Chris Cardone (Students are raising $4,500 towards this project).

Friday, June 26, 11 a.m. FireFish firing crew Alex Ingle, Abir Abumohsen, Brett Beasley, Devin McKim and Jim Tisnado.

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Crystal Baity
Public Communication Specialist
East Carolina University News Services
Howard House
1001 E. Fifth St.
Mail Stop 107
Greenville NC 27858-4353