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 www.ecu.edu/graygallery

 

Visiting Sculpture Artist Jackson Martin Workshop On Steam Bending Wood

 

Jackson Martin
www.jacksonmartin.com

Visiting Artist Sculpture Area
Workshop Sculpture Area Room 135
November 14,15,16, 2017

9:00AM-3:00PM

Students will be introduced to controlled warps in wood through the use of steam bending techniques and equipment, using hardwoods such as oak, ash, walnut and cherry. Students will experience and participate in unbelievable permanent bends using compression straps and plywood jigs. Students will then be given the opportunity to bend and manipulate their own piece of wood.

Artist Lecture

Wednesday, November 15th  3:00pm Room 133

Sponsored By ECU Sculpture Guild. For more information please contact

Hanna Jubran Jubranh@ecu.edu 328-1303

 

Fold Unfold: Textiles Exhibition Examines Coverlets As An Important Aspect Of Southern Material Culture

Fold Unfold
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
November 1-17, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 , 5:00 PM 8:00 P

Curators talk: Friday, November 17, 4:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium

Fold Unfold, a project by curators Susan Falls and Jessica Smith ,will be on display in the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC  from  November 1 through November 17, 2017. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, November 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Susan Falls and Jessica Smith will discuss their collaborative research and the development of this project in a gallery talk, Fold Unfold: When Coverlets meet Op Art, on Friday November 17th at 4 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public.

Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design and Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design contacted over 100 weavers from the USA and Canada and invited skilled makers to weave objects which could be folded and unfolded, and that were the size of typical 19th century coverlets (80″ x 88″). These weavers were asked to consider overshot geometric patterning of 19th and early 20th century American coverlets but to use a modernist color scheme of black, white, and gray. These makers were artists, designers, guild weavers, students and others; some worked individually while others worked collaboratively.  Viewers will only glimpse the pattern, palette work, and overall value of these coverlets when they are folded, just as we most often found them in our research of 19th century sites. A slide show and catalog, revealing each coverlet in its entirety, will accompany the exhibition. The catalog, available on Amazon, includes essays by Sarah Kate Gillespie, Curator of American Art, Georgia Museum/UGA and Catherine Ellis, textile artist and educator.

North Carolina weavers in the exhibition are Robin Haller, Dani Burke, Barb Butler, Cassie Dickson, Melanie Wilder, Deanna Lynch, Laura Magdycz, Gabrielle Duggan and Nicole Asselin.  Robin Haller is professor of Textile Design in the School of Art and Design at ECU.

What is the difference between art and craft? Coverlet weaving requires tremendous aptitude and vision, but coverlets are lesser-known than quilts when it comes to southern material culture. And these bed coverings are often devalued (viewed as castoffs) or romanticized (connected to mythical narratives about community and gift giving) rather than recognized as having provided real value to households. To address a missed opportunity to examine coverlets as an important aspect of southern material culture, we present Fold Unfold, an installation of historic and contemporary coverlets. The contemporary art installation of 15 historic polychromatic and 54 contemporary monochromatic coverlets explores these objects from art-historical and museum perspectives in challenging aesthetic judgments that relegate coverlets to the realm of “craft” rather than “art.”

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 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. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services, at least two weeks prior to the event (252) 737-1016. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/graygallery/index.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

STEVE SNELL – ADVENTURE ARTIST LECTURE

ARTIST TALK
October 26th (Thursday) at 5pm
Speight Auditorium, Jenkins 

Steve Snell is inspired by local history, myth, and the image of the American west. He calls his work adventure art.  It is in an effort to create heroic narratives for the present day or at least project images of them. This adventure and community-based practice has led him to variety of experiences, ranging from floating the Connecticut River in a couch- boat to a random encounter with Alec Baldwin while hiking across Western Massachusetts.

Steve has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Teton ArtLab in Jackson, WY, the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and British Columbia, which was sponsored by the National Parks Service and Parks Canada.  His work has been shown

in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States. Steve earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011) as well as a B.F.A. in Painting / B.S. in Art Education from Miami University (2006). He currently is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Foundation Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Carlos Hernandez | Visiting Artist in Printmaking

Carlos Hernandez | Visiting Artist in Printmaking
Print and Publishing Workshop September 17–22, 2017

Joined by Bill Fick September 22, 2017
“The Speedball Get Inky Jam Session”

Open studio Demonstration
Description of Visit:

The Printmaking Guild has invited Carlos to ECU to lead a four-day workshop involving 12 students and a publishing workshop to produce an edition of prints with the guild, splitting the edition. On the final day of Carlos’ visit, he will be joined by Duke Professor Bill Fick, owner and operator of SuperGraphic in Durham, NC https://durhamsupergraphic.com/  Bill and Carlos work with Speedball, a North Carolina company that develops inks and printmaking materials. https://www.speedballart.com/   Together they have arranged for speedball to donate some ink and materials and will conduct a one day open studio demonstration, “The Speedball Get Inky Jam Session” focusing on the use and application of Speedball materials.

Bio:

The work of Houston-based serigraphy artist Carlos Hernandez has been featured in the 2011 Communication Arts Typography annual, the 2011 & 2012 Communication Arts Illustration annual and was also recently published in the 2012 book Mexican Graphics by Korero Books-UK.  He has designed and printed gig posters for such artists as The Kills, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Santana, and more. Most recently, he was selected as the official poster artist to design the commemorative poster for the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Carlos is a founding partner of Burning Bones Press, a full-service printmaking studio located in the Houston Heights, and has served as an instructor of Screen Printing at Rice University, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. Corporate work has included Miller Brewing Company, Google, Lincoln Motor Company, Live Nation, New West Records, C3 Presents, Hohner USA, Goode Company, Underbelly, the Houston Chronicle, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and more. One of his career highlights has been his work with childhood idol and hot rod legend, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Carlos is also creator of the apparel line – Electric Calavera. Carlos’ work was included in the 2012 Oso Bay Biennial Heavy Hitters Exhibition, as well as in the 2012 AIGA Texas Show.  He has received awards from American Institute of Graphic Artists, American Advertising Federation, “Judges Favorite” from the Art Directors Club Houston, and “Best in Show” from the American Marketing Association. Carlos was a featured speaker during the “Design Now – Houston” series at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and has served as an instructor at Frogman’s.  He is a member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers. Carlos is a graduate of the Texas Tech Graphic Design Program. – http://www.carloshernandezprints.com/about/

For more information, please contact Professor Matt Egan eganm@ecu.edu

Universe of the Mind: Inquiry & Inspiration by Nature An Exhibition by ECU Sculpture Professor Hanna Jubran

Greenville Museum of Art

September 1 – November 19
West Wing Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Featuring the work of ECU Sculpture Professor, Hanna Jubran, Universe of the Mind: Inquiry & Inspiration by Nature will present a recent series of sculptures that are based on Jubran’s interest in astronomy and his fascination with celestial objects. Comprised of over thirty wall relief sculptures in bronze and aluminum, as well as large-scale, free standing steel sculptures, Universe of the Mind presents simulations, imaginary universes that suggest important questions about the cosmos. Jubran structures each universe around the four elements – earth, wind, fire, and water – in order to explore our human reliance on each; to study how these elements produce basic shapes in nature; to admire the endless complexities of form that exist; and to imagine the origins of life.

Forum Discussion: Universal Inquiries

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Sit down with artist, Hanna Jubran, and photographer and ECU Associate Professor of Biology, Tim Christensen, as they discuss the visual arts, the sciences, and the intersections between these two important disciplines.

Visiting Artist Noah Scalin To Speak On The Grey Area That Lies Between Innovation And Devastation

Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience – specifically the temporary nature of our individual lives and tenuous nature of human existence on the planet. Rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, Scalin’s work asks us to take notice of everyday moments.

The Taoist concept of balance – the idea that dark is required to understand light; that destruction is what makes creation valuable – is an ever-present theme in Scalin’s work. Images of death and violence are contrasted with objects and subjects that represent the greatest intellectual and technological achievements of humankind. Thus, Scalin underscores the grey area that lies between innovation and devastation.

By using everyday items, including mass produced consumer goods, in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the ‘things’ in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their creations, giving the audience an opportunity to shift their ‘thing-ethos’ from linear (cradle-to-grave), to cyclical (cradle-to-cradle).

speaking TUESDAY, APRIL 11 at 5:00 PM in Speight Auditorium

This lecture is supported by the Visual Arts Forum.

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Internationally Known Artist Mark Dion To Lecture And Meet With ECU Art And Design Students

Photograph by Art21

Mark Dion Lecture at East Carolina University
March 29th, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Speight Auditorium
Jenkins Room 1220

Talk with Mark Dion
Seminar
March 30th, 2017
10am-1pm
Student Lounge (Jenkins 208)

Mark Dion (born August 28, 1961) is an American conceptual artist. best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations.

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.” Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between “objective” (“rational”) scientific methods and “subjective” (“irrational”) influences.

Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Presently, Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife, the artist Dana Sherwood.[1] Dion is currently a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred’s Lane, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Dion is the subject of a monograph published by Phaidon[2] and a documentary on the PBS series, art:21.[3] In 2012, Dion’s work was included in dOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Kassel, Germany, and has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tate Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. The artist has also has completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for Johns Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011).

Dion has received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008).

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.