John A. Hancock Artist Lecture



Judges’s Talk, Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium

The annual East Carolina University School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition will be on view in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from March 3 to April 1, 2016. Area curriculum coordinators in the School of Art and Design select the outstanding works submitted from over 500 undergraduate students. The Judge’s Talk by ECU alumnus John Hancock , studio artist and art educator in Virginia, will take place Wednesday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts building. The Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.

John A. Hancock was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the winter of 1956. He began to taking art seriously, studying painting and dynamic symmetry at the Wichita Art Center with Betty Dickerson (Wichita, Kansas), while he was still in high school. Despite loving and wanting to study everything, from archeology to marine biology, he eventually majored in Art and received his BFA from Valdosta State (College) University (Valdosta, Georgia) in 1978. His primary teachers at VSC, Joseph Pember and Russell McRae, had nurtured his innate affinity with America’s tendency towards realism while challenging him to explore the rich modernist traditions.

After college, John moved to eastern North Carolina. In 1979, he took a position with the Arts Council of Wilson as a Community Artist-In-Residence. By the early 80’s, John’s work, influenced in part by his new enthusiasm for jazz and modern classical music, early modernist art, and a private meditation practice, grew more rooted in a search for the essential. This played out in John’s drawing and painting as a quest to meld the rich intensity he saw in the works of Edward Hopper with the simplification and clarity of Charles Demuth. John’s was trying achieving a sense of lush sensual images while hewing as close to a personal form of minimalism as possible.

In 1981, John moved to Greenville, NC to work and to take classes in the School of Art at East Carolina University. The majority of his studio work was under the direction of Ray Elmore, Clarence Morgan, and Paul Hartley. He eventually received his MFA in painting in 1989.

In the fall of 1988, just before he finished his MFA thesis, John accepted a full-time position teaching in the art department of Barton (then called Atlantic Christian) College in Wilson NC, where he became the Art Department chair in 1992,

In 1997, John served as a guest curator at the Arts Council of Wilson, organizing the “Watermarks: Contemporary Watercolor.” Also in 1997, after twelve years with Barton College, John began to teach at NC Wesleyan College’s Raleigh campus and then for two years at Wake Technical Community College. During this period, he also began his affiliation with the Governor’s schools of North Carolina where he taught at NC Governor’s School East for eight years.

John was awarded two grants from the North Carolina Arts Council. The second one was for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the summer of 2000. Later that same summer, John moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he had accepted a position as Associate Professor of Art in the art department of Piedmont Virginia Community College. In 2009, John retired from full-time teaching. He moved just over the mountain to live in the Shenandoah Valley with his new wife. He completed organizing his first ever full time studio that same year. John continues to be involved in community arts organizations and occasionally even teaches a class (but now only as an adjunct) for one or more of the seven colleges and universities in his area.

East Carolina University features the largest studio art program in North Carolina, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Curriculum areas represented in the show are: animation, art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design, and video.

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 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 2:00 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-1312.

Sculptor Bill Brown Lecture

Please join us for an opening and lecture Wednesday , March  2, 2016 – 5-8pm Mendenhall

Visiting Artist
Anvil Arts Studio, Inc
Linville Falls, NC

Public Lecture and Presentation of his Work
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM
ECU Mendenhall Student Center
Room MSC15

Opening reception of the Sculpture Area DownEast Indoor Exhibition 5-8PM.
All students and faculty are invited
He is available for a discussion between 9AM-12PM
Please contact Hanna Jubran for more information at 328-1303

Sculptor Corrina Sephora To Lecture And Demonstrate


Please join us for a lecture and workshop by our guest artist Corrina Sephora.

Corrina Sephora began her life-long interest in metalworking at the age of five in her father’s workshop, where she was introduced to the art of boat building. In 1995, Corrina went on to receive her BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she has since established her own studio, specializing in sculpture, furniture, and architectural works.

Corrina’s personal work often uses the imagery of boats and ships as metaphors for life experiences, and as story-telling tools. The boat form is a vessel and magical symbol for transition, while the ocean represents mystery and power, and the ebb and flow of the past and present. In 2005, Corrina received her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University. She has taught on the college level, and presented at national and international blacksmithing workshops and conferences.  Her prestigious metalworking awards include “Best in Show” from Annette Cone-Skelton of MOCA GA, Silver Award from Icarus International, Silver Sculpture Award from NOMMA, and a number of other awards. Corrina’s metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, King and Spaulding’s Contemporary Art Collection, Temple Sinai, and many private collections internationally.  She continues to exhibit in museums, galleries, and public art venues.

Thursday, February 18th
9:00 – 10:00AM Meet the students, visit their studios and have a discussion about their work.

10:00 -11:00 AM  Discuss her approach to the creative process. Talk about her company and how she can make a living making art. What is her strategy? Explain  (Taxes, rent, insurance, travel?)

11:00 – 12:00PM PowerPoint Presentation about her work. Room 133

12:00 – 1:00PM   Lunch with the students.

1:00 – 5:00PM    Work in progress, welding, forging planning your work, etc.

6:00 PM Dinner

Friday, February 19th
9:00 – 10:00AM    Meet the Graduate students and Critique their work.

10:00 – 10:30AM  Visit school of art Gallery and studios.

10:30 – 12:00PM Work with the students on welding and forging project.

12:00 – 1:00PM   Lunch with the students.

1:00 – 5:00PM    Continue workshop welding and forging with students

Professor MICHAEL MERCIL To Lecture, Visit Students And Do A Performance Piece



Michael  Mercil’s art and teaching explore the realms of “the near, the low, the common.” His works in sculp­ture, drawing, painting, landscape  architecture, film, and performance have been included  in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United  States and have re­ceived numerous  regional and national  awards.

In 2005, together with Ann  Hamilton, Mercil founded “The Living Culture Initiative” -a project integrating contemporary art practices within  the core research mission of Ohio State  and reinvigorating the public land-grant college as an “agri/cultural commons.” His related documentary, Covenant: a film about farm ani­ mals (and us), premiered  at the Wexner  Center for the Arts in 2013 and screened at festivals across the United States and abroad. Mercil’s writings  have appeared  in Edible  Columbus, PLACES magazine, Public Art Review, and Tri()yarterly.

Michael Mercil was born in Crookston, MN and lives in Columbus, OH where he is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. Her received an MFA degree from the University of Chicago in 1984, and his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1978.


1NAM Painting Exhibition


1NAM Painting Guild exhibition opening reception Wednesday, February 3rd, 5-7 in Mendenhall Student Center. All are invited, so feel free to bring guests!

The 1NAM (One in a Million) Exhibit features recent work from East Carolina University Painting Guild members. The exhibit showcases a wide range of skill levels from beginning painting and drawing to graduate level work, and everything in between. It includes works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, wax-resist, mixed media, and a variety of experimental materials.

The ECU Painting Guild is comprised of ambitious students in the School of Art and Design who are interested in meaningful dialogue and involvement in the arts. Last year the guild traveled to Washington DC to experience creative work by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, Louise Bourgeois, and Jenny Holzer, just to name a few. This year they are planning an educational trip to New York.