Material Topics Exhibitions And Symposium

Material Topics Exhibitions
January 5– 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Symposium reception: Friday, January 12, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery presents the Materials Topics Exhibitions, five separate exhibitions in collaboration with the ECU Material Topics Symposium from Friday, January 
5 through Thursday, January 25, 2018. There will be an opening reception Friday,  January 5, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and a special symposium reception on Friday, January 12 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

The Snail Mail Project Snail Mail Project is a short (January 12 – 14 only) pop-up invitational enameled decal show based on postcards from Bob Ebendorf.  It is located in the entryway foyer of the gallery and is organized by Kat Cole & Andrew Kuebeck.

Vitreous Voices is one of three exhibits inside the main gallery. Organized by Barbara McFadyen & Bob Ebendorf , it is a juried exhibition of enameled works to honor the enameling tradition Linda Darty started at ECU.

Spoon  is organized by ECU Metals faculty Tim Lazure  and is an invitational show of spoons of all shapes and sizes.

Ripple Effect 168  is organized by Adam Atkinson & Everett Hoffman. This is a collaborative show between the metalsmithing programs of East Carolina University and Virginia Commonwealth University meant to foster connections and explore new work directions.

Smitten Forum is located in the African Art Room/Special Collections Gallery at the rear of the main gallery. Organized by Marissa Saneholtz & Sara Brown, the work is by a  group of invited artists ranging from emerging to professional that participate in a seven day workshop that promotes a focused, creative environment in which to discover new directions.

Founded in 2009 by Laura Wood, ECU Metal Design MFA graduate, the Material Topics Symposium is a student run event . It was organized in past years by Kat Cole, Laritza Garcia, Marissa Saneholtz, Danielle James, Alison Bailey and Sarah Loch-Test, Barbara McFadyen and Hosanna Rubio, among several others. Originally, ECU invited students and faculty from only seven universities. Now, they host students and faculty from over 45 institutions ranging from California to Florida. Attendees’ experience in metals ranges from beginners, hobbyists, non-metalsmiths, professional jewelers and metal artists, and retired faculty members.

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

Individuals requesting accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event. For further information call 252-328-1312. The Gray gallery website is



Wellington B. Gray Gallery
October 6 – 26 2017

Awards Ceremony, Friday, October 6, 4:00 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 October 6 through 26, 2017.  Area curriculum coordinators in the School of Art and Design select the outstanding works submitted from over 400 undergraduate students.. The Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium of the Jenkins Fine Arts Building. This year’s awards judge, Michelle Harrell, will announce the winners. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.

Michelle Harrell is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Museum of Art. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Peace College and her BFA and MAEd from East Carolina University. After 13 years of teaching middle and high school art, she began a position in 2010 to develop distance learning programs at the NCMA. She now supervises the education team responsible for learning experiences from camps, tours, online programs, lectures, outreach, and teacher professional development. Michelle is passionate about increasing access to art experiences to share her passion for art with others. Through her paintings, prints, and journaling, she searches to capture both the sense of place and the physical mosaic of brushstrokes and interplay of colors. Michelle uses heightened color to create an emotional intuitive response to highly personal subject matter, often landscapes of my childhood. Light saturated with color creates sense of place in both her memory (emotional response) and the atmospheric effect of season and time of day.

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.

ECU Alumnus Greg Shelnutt Appoint Chair Of The Department Of Art And Design At The University Of Delaware

Greg Shelnutt has joined the University of Delaware faculty as chair of the Department of Art and Design, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Shelnutt came to UD from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he served as chair of the Art Department and professor of art from 2011 to 2017. Previously, he was a member of the visual arts faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, teaching at the school from 2000 before he was appointed director of the visual arts program there in 2005.

Prior teaching appointments were at the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. In 1992 he was a visiting artist at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.

Shelnutt has been the recipient of numerous residencies and grants in support of his work as a teaching artist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from East Carolina University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia.

His sculptures have been exhibited in more than 350 solo, invitational and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, including Art in General in New York City; Berlin Kunstproject in Germany; C.A.G.E. in Cincinnati, Ohio; Color Elephante in Valencia, Spain; and COMUS Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

“It’s truly an honor to be given the opportunity to represent the UD Department of Art and Design,” Shelnutt said, “What drew me in was a recognition of the strength of the program: a faculty that’s committed to being active artist/educators. They’re working at the forefront of art and design education and practice.



1999 ECU BFA Alumna in Textile Design, Meghan Moser Designed New Starbucks Cup Sleeve That Honors Navy SEAL Dad And Other Veterans

Meghan Moser BS ’97 BFA ’99 is the Designer and Creative Director of Patternseed Design Studio ( located in Wilmington, NC.  Her original hand block printed artwork was featured nationwide on a limited edition Starbucks coffee cup sleeve honoring U.S. military veterans and their families.  An interview with both Meghan and her Dad (a retired Navy SEAL Captain), was included on the Starbucks Newsroom page (

This story is reposted from this website…/starbucks-cup-sleeve-artist-ho…

By Linda Dahlstrom / Starbucks Newsroom

Sometimes the calls would come in the middle of dinner, or during the night when everyone was asleep. When they did, Capt. Thomas Moser would drop whatever he was doing and report for duty.

As a Navy SEAL, and later as a commanding officer, his service took him around the world, separating him from his family for weeks or months at a time. Often, he couldn’t tell them where he was going. Sometimes there wasn’t even a chance to tell his wife or two children goodbye.

But he kept his family close to his heart, always carrying photographs of them during his travels.

He is retired now, after 29 years in the Navy, but all these years later he still keeps precious mementos of his family from that time. Some of his favorites are homemade cards and little picture books made by his daughter, Meghan, featuring a frog or a seal – a little girl’s homage to her father’s training as a Navy Frogman who would later become a Navy SEAL.

Starting Monday and for the next several weeks, his daughter’s art will again pay tribute to him and all the other many U.S. military Veterans, displayed on a special coffee cup sleeve at participating Starbucks around the country.

The sleeve, featuring a backdrop of Meghan Moser’s hand block printed coffee bean pattern in a camouflage design, recognizes the Veterans and military spouses who have been hired by Starbucks. It means a lot to Moser, he said.

“I’m really proud of my daughter and her accomplishments,” he said, from his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The cup sleeve is part of new campaign that includes a video, also being released Monday, recognizing the value Veterans bring and encouraging civilians to start conversations with them to really get to know them, said Carole Guizzetti, creative manager on Starbucks brand and advertising team. She helped spearhead the creation of the sleeve.

“With the cup sleeve, it was a two-fold message. We really wanted to let people know that we met our goal to create 10,000 jobs for Veterans and military spouses by 2018, and that we’ve renewed that commitment by adding 15,000 more by 2025,” she said. “But the second fold is why do we do that, and the short answer is because they make us better.”

Meghan Moser said she’s been “creating art ever since I could hold a crayon in my hand.”

Due to her father’s military career, her family moved about every two years and sometimes it was hard to put down roots, one of the sacrifices military families are expected to make.

In each new town, her mother would let her pick out curtains and a bedspread for her room so she could make it her own. And her art – always a constant center for her– also made her feel at home.

“It provided me with something that was always familiar, something I could take with me no matter where I went,” she said. Over the years, she continued making pictures for her dad – on Father’s Day, his birthday or other occasions, even when he was away.

Her love for art only deepened with time. She earned a BS in Apparel Merchandising 1997 and a BFA in Fabric Design 1999 from East Carolina University. She then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in fabric design from The University of Georgia and then worked in the textile industry. In 2010, she founded Patternseed Design Studio where she creates hand block printed textile art for clothes, home furnishings and other things.

She draws inspiration from the many landscapes she saw during her time growing up in a military family, she said. “I have been cultivating a love for beautiful patterns ever since childhood.”

Over the years her work has been featured prominently by many companies, but the Starbucks Veterans project has special significance, she said.

“I’m truly honored. I never imagined that my father’s career as a military officer and my career as a textile designer would intertwine like this,” she said. “It’s an amazing opportunity.”

On Monday, she plans to take her father to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee so she can show him her work – a little girl’s love for her deployed dad gone full circle.

Steve Stolder contributed to this story. 

For more information on this story, contact Linda Dahlstrom


2001 BFA and 2009 MAEd ECU Art Education Alumna Jennifer Love Gironda Wins Florida State Teachers Artist Residency

2001 BFA and 2009 MAEd ECU Art Education Alumna Jennifer Love Gironda has been awarded a Florida State Teachers Artist Residency by the Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE)

Jennifer Love Gironda teaches art at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Fl.. In addition to teaching she is a contributor and Digital Media Director for Art Hive Magazine. Committed to her art, she has made one piece of art every day since January 1, 2012. She has exhibited in many group and solo shows, including a retrospective of her first five years of daily art.

The 2017 Hermitage State Teachers Artist Residencies Press Release:

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) are proud to announce the winners of its State Teachers Artist Residencies (STARs) for 2017. They are Brian Capley, a creative writing teacher from Osceola County School for the Arts (Osceola Cty.); Jennifer Gironda, visual arts teacher at Lake Worth High School (Palm Beach Cty.); Kathleen Holt, visual arts teacher from Seminole High School (Seminole Cty.); Gerald Obregon, visual arts teacher at Arthur & Molly Mays Conservatory of the Arts (Miami-Dade Cty.) and Sandra Stiles, creative writing teacher at Louise R. Johnson Middle School for International Studies (Manatee Cty.). The STARs program takes place in the summer and allows Florida Arts Educators to apply for artist residencies, through FAAE, in order to pursue their own art. Applications are open to all Florida arts teachers in music, visual art and creative writing. Since the beginning of the program in 2011, 35 STARs have represented 19 Florida counties. Residencies last for three weeks and culminate with a free community program on the Hermitage campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. This year’s program is scheduled for Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

“The Hermitage is so proud of this program,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, Hermitage executive director. “Arts teachers are artists who are challenged to find time to pursue their craft. Our STAR program gives them the rare opportunity to live among artists as artists themselves and work on their art. No papers to grade, no curriculum to plan or implement. They leave our environment feeling appreciated and energized and these benefits go back with them into their classrooms. We look forward to seeing what this latest group of STARs will create.”

“It is a great privilege to have these fine educators come and be inspired by our Hermitage surroundings as well as each other,” continued Rodgers. “The Hermitage is proud to be able to offer this gift of time and space to artists who give so generously of themselves during the school year.”

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood, FL.  It invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront historic campus. Artists are asked to interact with the community during their stay and as a result, Hermitage artists touch thousands of Gulf Coast community residents with unique and inspiring programs each year. Hermitage community programs are partially sponsored by Philanthropist Gerri Aaron, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes). In addition, the Hermitage awards and administers the prestigious Greenfield Prize, an annual $30,000 commission for a new work of art, rotating among visual art, music and drama. The Hermitage also partners with the Aspen Music Festival and School to award the annual Hermitage Prize to a composition student during the Festival. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 941-475-2098, ext. 5, or visit the website at



Exhibition Honors Legacy Of Professor Paul Hartley

Inheritance exhibition

July 15 – August 18, 2017

Toe River Arts Council (TRAC)

Spruce Pine, N.C. – Inheritance is comprised of four artists that work independently, but thrive on inherent traits that unify and guide their art. Jill Eberle, Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison and Jerry Jackson share one primary bond, Paul Hartley, painting professor at East Carolina University (1970-2008). “We speak a common language about composition because of Paul,” says Eberle. He was a masterful teacher who possessed clarity of insight, which he could impart with few words. Paul was a generous teacher, mentor, and friend. His works were characterized by abstractly painted backgrounds with realistically rendered objects appearing attached on the surface of the canvas. He routinely challenged himself and his students to disrupt the conventional, yet unify all the elements of their compositions. Ultimately, Inheritance is a curated show of belonging and includes a large scale painting by Paul Hartley, My Room is Turning.

Jill, Kiki, Jane and Jerry have various connections beyond ECU and currently live across North Carolina from Penland to New Bern. The past two Januarys, they reunited for several weeks in Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts. The goal of each artist was to have uninterrupted time to create and to conduct frequent critiques. Each artist has a distinct body of work. The broad range of media and styles will engage the gallery visitors as they have the opportunity to explore common threads throughout the exhibition. The exhibition will include approximately 8-10 works by each artist and will be installed by Jerry Jackson. Text panels defining the work and artists will round out the exhibition.

Inheritance opens with a free reception on Saturday, July 15, 5-7 p.m. in TRAC, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC, 28777, a nonprofit visual arts center. For more information on TRAC, please visit


Jill Eberle “Yellow Belly” 30″x24″ Charcoal and acrylic on aluminum

Jill Eberle,

Using traditional materials like oil paint and charcoal, Jill Eberle creates realistic works that explore personal narratives and human interactions. Having taught for over a decade at East Carolina University, she enjoys delving deeply into the process of figurative drawing, painting and anatomy. She balances sensitive rendering and subtle expressions with bolder graphic shapes or tightly woven compositions. Her models are often friends or actors, either rehearsing or asked to act out situations. Thus her work may have a staged appearance, a holdover from her initial training and work in set design and scene painting for theater. She has previously taught at Penland and for ECU’s study abroad program in near Florence Italy. Her work has been shown across the state at Elder Gallery (Charlotte), Greenhill Center (Greensboro), Greenville Museum of Art (Greenville), Imperial Center (Rocky Mount), Fine Art at Baxter’s (New Bern), and at Gallery Hall (Atlanta, GA). She maintains a studio in New Bern.

Kiki Farish, “Asherah” oil 30″x22.25″

Kiki Farish,

Kiki Farish is known for her pencil paintings which are emotive, conjuring moments of clarity amid the ambiguity of grays. The youngest of four siblings, she draws on family—including, now, grandsons—as a source of inspiration. Farish has received the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, artist residencies, at Jentel, WY; New York Mills Artist Residency, MN; and two Penland Winter Residencies, NC. Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Contemporary Museum of Art (Winston-Salem), Artspace (Raleigh), and GreenHill (Greensboro). She received an MFA from East Carolina University (Greenville) in painting and drawing and serves as an adjunct professor at Meredith College (Raleigh). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Raleigh and Rocky Mount Municipal Art Collections, and Fidelity Investments. She has a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Jane Harrison “Hybrid Map 7″ 22″x15”, collage, found objects, charcoal, oil and encaustic

 Jane Harrison,

Jane Wells Harrison is an artist working primarily with paint media, often encaustic. Collage is usually an element of her work; therefore her paintings can be characterized as shape and color based abstractions. For Jane, making art serves as an interface between the artist and the socio-political environment, and so underlying content is frequently prompted by current events – both personal and global. Jane has taught at East Carolina University, Pocosin Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. She maintains her studio practice in Happy Valley, near Lenoir, North Carolina. Her work has been shown many times in group and solo shows regionally and nationally.

Jerry Jackson, “Roof”, Sheetrock mud, graphite and paint on paper, 18×18

Jerry Jackson,

Jerry Jackson is using sheetrock mud as a non-traditional foundation ground for paint, ink, mixed-media and tar. Traditionally know for assemblage work, this new direction occurred following a class at Penland School of Crafts. The new work began as an exploration of microscopic sections of existing assemblages. Working primarily in grid patters, the works are the result of layering and sanding. Jerry has taught at Penland School of Crafts and the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences. He received a BFA (ceramics) and MFA (ceramics and painting) from East Carolina University. Jerry is the Deputy Director of Penland School of Crafts and past Director at the Imperial Centre.


2016 Art Education MAED Alumna Tami Hargrove Presents Research At 2017 National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) Convention In New York City

ECU Alumna, Tami Hargrove, a Visual Art Teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, NC, attended the 2017 National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) national convention in New York City on March 2-4. The theme of this year’s convention was The Challenge of Change. Tami was one of 18 graduate students invited to present her culminating project work from East Carolina University in the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE)/Changing Course: Master of Art Education Graduate Research Symposium. She recently completed her MAEd in Art Education at ECU in December. While in NYC she also attended workshops focusing on curriculum design and instructional practice, guided tours at The Met and MoMA, and general sessions that included keynote speaker artist Jeff Koons.

ECU BFA Painting Alumnus Jason Mitcham Exhibits With Maya Lin And Much More

2002 BFA ECU Painting alumnus Jason Mitcham’s work is featured in an exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, called Beyond the Horizon, February 4 – July 9, 2017, alongside Maya Lin, Teresita Fernandez, and Colby Parsons.  He will be exhibiting a project he has been working on over the last year, which includes video, stop-motion animation, and over 30 paintings and drawings that create the video piece.

Beyond the Horizon
Exploring our evolving perceptions of the natural world, contemporary artists Maya Lin, Teresita Fernández, Jason Mitcham, and Colby Parsons employ unique mediums to unearth human interaction with the landscape.

Cameron Art Museum
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412

Opening reception: Friday, February 3rd, 6:30-8:00pm

Other recent news:

Solo Exhibition:
The Future is but the Obsolete in Reverse
Jan. 17 – Feb. 1, 2017
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Group Exhibition:
Borderless: In Time
Museum Van Loon
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Curated by David C. Terry
NYFA invited 12 visionary artists working in the digital, electronic, and film/media disciplines to respond to questions about borders throughout time via time-based work. With the historic Museum as a backdrop, In Time will take a transhistorical look on borders and how they affect our futures.

Exhibiting artists include: Orit Ben-Shitrit, Mari Jaye Blanchard, James Case-Leal, Martha Colburn, Eric Corriel, Lisa Crafts, Michael Greathouse, Faith Holland, Noemie Lafrance, Jason Mitcham, Aziz + Cucher

North Carolina Museum of Art added Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise to their permanent collection (both the painting and video).

2017 School of Art and Design Faculty Collects Exhibition


2017 School of Art and Design Faculty Collects Exhibition

January 20-February 3, 2017

Closing Reception, Friday, February 3 5:00-6:00 PM

The School of Art and Design is proud to announce the 2017 Faculty Collects Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery. A closing reception, First Friday, February 3 at 5:00 PM will honor the faculty and present work from their personal collections of art.

As artists, faculty often trade with other artists and purchase work for their own enjoyment by friends, colleagues, students and famous artists. This exhibition highlights the art that School of Art and Design faculty has chosen to collect and live with. The work showcases a wide range of media including ceramics, illustration, drawing, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design.

East Carolina University features the largest and most diverse studio art program in North Carolina and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design with faculty enjoying an international reputation in both the studio arts and scholarly endeavors.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the lecture and reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312. Gallery website:

2006 ECU MFA Metal Design Alumnus Jesse Bert: Across The Border And Around The World


Originally from the U.S,  Jesse Bert relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Jesse’s preferred work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects.

Over the past 10 years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. as well as across the United States and in other countries and has kept very busy and very productive.

2016 Workshops

  • Cold Connections and Etching with Salt Water, The Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Thomas Mann Studio Flux, New Orleans, LA
  • Intensive 5-day jewelry course, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Pocosin Arts Folk School, Columbia, NC
  • Making hammer and jewelry tools, Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ



  • Earrings Show #3, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Making Matters: Perspectives in Fine Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ

2017 Workshops

  • Intensive 2-weeks of Jewelry workshops, Studio Squina, Madrid, Spain
  • 2 weeks as guest instructor in the Metals department, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Making hammers, The Ranch Center for Arts and crafts, Snohomish, WA

For the most recent information about future workshops and exhibitions, please see Jesse’s Facebook page:

or you can visit his website