Justin Lambert To Give Ceramics Wood-Firing Workshop

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The ECU Ceramics Guild welcomes Justin Lambert for a week-long wood-firing workshop. Justin will be working with our students and demonstrate his methods of loading and firing. By the latter part of this week, our kiln will be at its peak temperature, so please stop by and check it out!

2007 BFA Painting Alumnus Michael Meadors Finalist for The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Competition

MichaelMeadors2007 BFA Painting alumnus Michael Meadors was selected as a finalist for the the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. The works will be exhibited at the museum from March 12, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017.

The selected finalists mark a turning point in advancing American contemporary portraiture. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the past three rounds, particularly in terms of race, sexual identity, gender and concerns about protecting childhood in an age of technology and gun violence.

43 pieces were selected from more than 2,500 entries in a variety of visual-arts media. Submissions included digital animation and video, large-scale drawings, prints, photographs and textiles, as well as painted and sculpted portraits. It was open to artists working in the United States who had created portraits after Jan. 1, 2014, in any visual art form.

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External jurors for the competition are Dawoud Bey, professor of art and a Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College in Chicago; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at MOCA LA; Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine; and John Valadez, a LA based realist painter and muralist. National Portrait Gallery staff on the jury are Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, and Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture and competition director.

Held every three years, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition was made possible by benefactor Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005), a former Portrait Gallery docent who volunteered at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for 19 years. Boochever also shared the museum’s increasing interest in the important role that contemporary portraiture could play in the life of the gallery, as well as in heralding the museum’s engagement with figurative art and portraiture in today’s world.

The exhibition reveals that in this media age—where the “selfie” is part of the visual landscape—the art of portraiture is not only universal, it is thriving and evolving. The dazzling variety of media and diverse approaches to the exploration of “self” and “other” challenge the preconceived notions of portraiture and expand the limits of the imagination.

In addition, one exhibiting artist will win the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced Sept. 20, 2016. In this part of the competition, visitors to the exhibition, both online and in the gallery, will be able to cast a vote for their favorite of the finalists.

After the exhibition closes in Washington, D.C., for the first time it will travel to three host museums across the country from February 2017 through June 2018.

National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American

Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian

Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: npg.si.edu. Connect with the museum at @NPG, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr.

ECU School Of Art And Design Hosts NC National Art Honor Society High School Students

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (4/8/16) — East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design hosted the North Carolina chapter of the National Art Honor Society’s annual retreat on April 8.

ECU welcomed approximately 200 exceptional high school art students from 11 schools throughout the state to participate in art workshops conducted by ECU School of Art and Design faculty. Students chose to participate in two workshops, selecting from classroom as canvas, screenprinting, shoot a short, eye tracking, enameling, collage, book arts, make a TV show, non-traditional drawing and painting, and shooting a video interview.

Regional high schools with art students participating include South Central High School, JH Rose High School and Pasquotank County High School.

The retreat was coordinated by ECU alumnus Jody Stouffer, high school art teacher from Lee County High School and director of the North Carolina chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

“Our faculty are excited about the opportunity to showcase their concentrations,” said Robert Quinn, ECU professor of art education. “We have developed some really engaging workshops that will give high school students a taste of what life is like as an art student at ECU.”

Participating ECU art faculty include Quinn, Scott Eagle, Ken Wyatt, Lisa Beth Robinson, Alice Arnold, Mi-Sook Hur, Cynthia Bickley-Green, Michael Dermody and Christine Zoller.

The NAHS traveling exhibition, featuring artwork submitted by National Art Honor Society high school chapters in North Carolina, will be on exhibit in ECU’s Burroughs Welcome Gallery in Jenkins Fine Art Center through April 12.

In addition to the workshops, students were introduced to ECU’s art facilities and toured the ECU campus.

ECU has the largest studio art program in North Carolina, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Curriculum areas include animation, art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and video.

ECU BFA Art Education and Painting Alumnus Exhibition and Artist Talk at Greenville Museum of Art

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The Pass/Fail Series: Works by Steven M. Cozart 
Community  Reception  – Friday, April 1, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Artist Talk – Saturday, April 2, 10:30 am

April 1 through April 29, 2016

Steven Cozart is a North Carolina native and graduate of East Carolina University School of Art and Design with a BFA in Art Education and Painting/Drawing.

The Pass/Fail Series: Works by Steven M. Cozart features artwork that documents and addresses issues of racism and classism within the African American community based on factors that include skin tone, hair, gender roles as well as other myths and fallacies prevalent in communities.

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Cozart conveys these issues through beautifully rendered portraits of family and friends. Each portrait tells a story and shares a life experience of someone affected first hand by discrimination.

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