ECU holding STEM to STEAM camp this week

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some students aren’t waiting for school to return to get hands-on learning experience.

ECU’s School of Art and Design is holding a STEM to STEAM camp this week.

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will connect original STEM lessons with the arts.

Throughout the week, they will participate in metal design, ceramics, and 3D printing, along with other programs.

“Making like stuff out of cardboard boxes and um creating it is really fun,” said Olivia Jones, 8 years old.

ECU students and art professors, As well as local educators, are serving as the counselors.

ECU Art History Professor Dr. Jessica Christie Publishes New Book







Jessica Joyce Christie is associate professor of art history at East Carolina University. She specializes in the visual culture of the Maya and Inka as well as in the Southwest and Northwest of Native North America. Her research and resulting publications on palace architecture, landscapes of origin, and Inka sculpted outcrops have been supported by a summer fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a Research/Creativity Award from East Carolina University, and several college and departmental funding sources

Political Landscapes of Capital CitiesPolitical Landscapes of Capital Cities

edited by Jessica Joyce Christie, Jelena Bogdanović, and Eulogio Guzmán

“A truly unique and much needed contribution. . . . In exposing various forms of spatial transformation induced by politics and ideology across time and diverse geographies, the book argues for the multifaceted social productions of space both as a historical norm and as contemporarily relevant.”
—Igor Marjanović, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis

Political Landscapes of Capital Cities investigates the processes of transformation of the natural landscape into the culturally constructed and ideologically defined political environments of capital cities. In this spatially inclusive, socially dynamic interpretation, an interdisciplinary group of authors including archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians uses the methodology put forth in Adam T. Smith’s The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities to expose the intimate associations between human-made environments and the natural landscape that accommodate the sociopolitical needs of governmental authority.

Political Landscapes of Capital Cities blends the historical, political, and cultural narratives of capital cities such as Bangkok, Cusco, Rome, and Tehran with a careful visual analysis, hinging on the methodological tools of not only architectural and urban design but also cultural, historiographical, and anthropological studies. The collection provides further ways to conceive of how processes of urbanization, monumentalization, ritualization, naturalization, and unification affected capitals differently without losing grasp of local distinctive architectural and spatial features. The essays also articulate the many complex political and ideological agendas of a diverse set of sovereign entities that planned, constructed, displayed, and performed their societal ideals in the spaces of their capitals, ultimately confirming that political authority is profoundly spatial.

Contributors: Jelena Bogdanović, Jessica Joyce Christie, Talinn Grigor, Eulogio Guzmán, Gregor Kalas, Stephanie Pilat, Melody Rod-ari, Anne Parmly Toxey, Alexei Vranich

ECU Art Education Professor Invited To Speak In Beijing, China


East Carolina University Art Education Professor Dr. Borim Song was one of 15 distinguished art professionals invited to speak at the Si Shang Art Museum International Art Conference “Overwhelming Imagination: Achieving and Undermining Contradictions”


A two-day conference, Overwhelming Imagination: Achieving and Undermining Contradictions, will be held at Si Shang Art Museum in Beijing, China from July 4-5, 2016. This conference was organized as an exploration of the various realities, be they physical, spiritual, digital, or imagined, that we are forced to traverse on a daily basis as a result of the developments of global capitalism. It will be hosted by Si Shang Art Museum (Linyao Kiki Liu), I: project space (Antonie Angerer and Anna Viktoria Eschbach), and Open Ground Blog (Madeline Eschenburg and Ellen Larson).

Untitled1Lulu Li, So?, installation view, I: project space Beijing, 2015

The conference will include four panel discussions, two occurring each day. The first revolves around questions of the influence of the development of digital technologies with panelists including Deniz Balik, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Sam Mercer, John Hill, and Winnie Soon. The second is about the global politics of art and panelists will include Lisa Bensel, Elena Korowin, Victoria Lucas, and Borim Song. The third is about the effects of urbanization and various forms of social practice and will include Zandie Brockett, Shuang Li and Murray Mckenzie, Livia Andrea Piazza, and Deng Hanbin. The last will be about new directions in the field of art history and panelists will include Katherine Grube, Fabiane M. Borges, Naomi Vogt, and Wang Zhiliang. There will be two panels meeting each day, one morning session and one afternoon session, each lasting approximately two hours, including panelist presentations and discussion.

Three artists in residence, Kelly Doley and Anahita Rasmi also presented as a part of the conference.

Si Shang Art Museums address: Huosi Road East, Zhangxi Village, Shunyi District, Beijing P.C. 101303