Lecture: What’s American about American Design?


Russell Flinchum will speak about “What’s American about American Design?” on Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 in Mendenhall (Great Room 2). The presentation will concentrate on design of the 1920s through the 1950s.

Flinchum is the author of the book ‘Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit’ and the MoMA book ‘American Design.’ He has a PhD in art history from the City University of New York and is an associate professor at North Carolina State University.

Ben Owen III: Artist Visit

Ben Owen III at work on a commission piece at his Ben Owen Pottery studio in Seagrove, NC on Friday, July 11, 2008. The pottery community in the Seagrove area have fractured and seem to be heading toward competing pottery festivals this fall.(names and location CQ by jw)  (Jerry Wolford / News-Record)

Ben Owen III at work on a commission piece at his Ben Owen Pottery studio in Seagrove, NC on Friday, July 11, 2008. (names and location CQ by jw) (Jerry Wolford / News-Record)

Ben Owen III: Artist Visit
January 25 and 26, 2016

Meet & Greet: 9am–10am; Ceramics Survey Room
Artist Talk: 10am–11am; Mendenhall Auditorium Room 244
Lunch Break for the Artist: 11am–1pm
Demos: 1pm–5pm; Ceramics Survey Room

Demos: 9am–11am; Ceramics Survey Room
Lunch Break for the Artist: 11am–1pm
Demos: 1pm–5pm; Ceramics Survey Room

Free to the public
Sponsored by SAB & Hosted by ECU Ceramics Guild



The ECU Ceramics Guild will be hosting a Mini Mug Sale at Jenkins main entrance, Thursday, January 28 at 11-2pm.

Our Annual Mug Sale will be Wednesday, February 24th. Hope to see you there!

ECU Alumnus And Collaborator Bring New Art Technique To Greenville Exhibit


GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/14/16) — East Carolina University School of Art and Design alumnus David Dodge Lewis (MA, ’81, MFA, ’87) and collaborator Ephraim Rubenstein will bring a radically new art technique to ECU’s Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery for exhibition and discussion beginning Jan. 21.

“The Quickening Image: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein / A Twenty Year Collaboration,” will be on exhibit in Gray Gallery from Jan. 21 through Feb. 19, with a public artist talk in Speight Auditorium in the School of Art on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m.

Resist techniques in art use the incompatibility of two or more mediums to create layered effects with color or texture.

“The Quickening Image” exhibition features wax-resist drawing, a drawing technique developed and refined by Lewis and Rubenstein. Wax-resist drawing is a complexly-layered, large-scale technique that uses a wide variety of art media, and uses wax to repel subsequent ink and charcoal washes.

Lewis will conduct a workshop in the technique for ECU students during the exhibition.

Adapting the techniques of 20th century English sculptor Henry Moore who used wax as a resist for ink washes in his sketchbooks on a small scale, Lewis began using wax in large-scale works for exhibition in the mid-1980s. By the early 1990s, Lewis was offering workshops on his wax-resist process, including at the University of Richmond, where Rubenstein first observed it.

With help from Lewis, Rubenstein spent the next 20 years adapting the process for his own art. “The Quickening Image” exhibition features each artist’s individual works as a result of their collaboration.

Lewis credits his experiences as a graduate student at ECU for piquing his interest in developing the new process.

“Faculty members like Paul Hartley had created an environment of high expectations combined with innovation and independence,” he said. “There was also a remarkable camaraderie among the graduate students, in part because critiques were design-based and did not pit one style against another. That let us share ideas and processes freely, and when I saw another grad student using wax in a drawing of hers, I tried it in my drawings.”

Lewis also credits ECU art and design faculty for inspiring his college teaching career. After graduate school, Lewis started the visual arts program at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he is the Barger-Barclay Professor of Fine Arts. His work has been in over 100 national juried exhibitions and solo shows — winning many awards — and appears in many public and private collections.

Rubenstein is a faculty member of the Art Students League of New York and Columbia University. His work is widely exhibited and represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Exxon Corporation and Deloitte & Touche.

The exhibition tour and details of the wax-resist process were featured in the summer 2015 issue of Drawing Magazine.

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Contact: Harley Dartt, darttw@ecu.edu or 252-737-2322



Material Topics: In Flux
January 15-17, 2016

This year’s title, Material Topics: In Flux, recognizes that our field is in a state of constant fluctuation and change. In continuing the tradition of gathering significant and emerging artists in our field, we seek to provide an environment for inspiration and interaction with makers from across the nation. The goal of this symposium is to be entirely student led, and in doing so we seek to forge friendships, craft connections, and share ideas within our community.

Material Topics is a three-day event held at the School of Art and Design that is kicked off with a special Friday Art Walk January 15th from 6-9, featuring exhibitions held in conjunction with the symposium. Visit the Greenville Museum of Art for two shows, Smitten Forum 2 and Obsession, and The Afterlife Exhibition at Art Avenue. Feather Trace, the work of Mi-Sook Hur, will be on display in the Joyner Library. Make sure to stop by the African Art Room in the Gray Gallery to catch Jewelry Edition 2’s pop up store, and have the chance to buy some fresh, innovating jewelry from amazing makers. While you are there, check out two exhibitions in the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery: Momento and It Came From Under the Bench.

Our emphasis as always, is based on emerging talent, interdisciplinary techniques and the future of our field. This event is planned and organized by ECU Metals Design Students in an effort to open dialogue between participants and allow us to do what we love most-making. Material Topics was started by Laura Wood and initially included 6 original universities, it has since grown extensively and we are proud to include students, faculty, artists and alumni from all over the country.

For details see the symposium blog at https://ecusymposium.wordpress.com/

Or contact Barbara McFadyen <bnmcfadyen@gmail.com>, Hosanna Rubio <hosannagilbert@gmail.com> or Kayla Staigvil <kayla.staigvil@gmail.com>

Material Topics: In Flux Schedule

Friday January 15th
6-9 pm   Art Walk: Jolly Trolley will leave from the Jenkins Fine Arts Center and provide transport between galleries. A variety of exhibitions will be up at local venues including the Greenville Art Museum, Art Avenue, the Burroughs Welcome Gallery, and the Wellington B. Gray Gallery.

Saturday January 16th
9:10 am   Keynote Speaker: Martha Banyas – Speight Auditorium
4:00 pm   Lauren Tickle – Speight Auditorium
4:45 pm   Break
5:00pm   Don Friedlich – Speight Auditorium

Sunday January 17th
9:00 am   Leah Pierce – Speight Auditorium
9:50 am   Kate Lydon – Speight Auditorium
4:00 pm   Kathleen Browne – Speight Auditorium
4:45 pm   Break
5:00 pm   Capstone: Boris Bally – Speight Auditorium