BFA SENIOR EXHIBITION

BFA SENIOR EXHIBITION

December 1-15, 2017

The BFA Senior Exhibition representing five School of Art and Design students will be on view in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from December 1-15, 2017.

An opening reception honoring the students will be held Friday, December 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. Artwork by Carrie Brickhouse, art education and textile design, Allean D. Carpenter, ceramics, Cara Marie Clemmer, metal design, Kirsten Floyd, textile design, and J’keyah Hull, textile design, will be on display.

Carrie Brickhouse

In her artist’s statement, Carrie Brickhouse considers the influence of music on her work. ” The art of performing music contains a variety of aesthetic elements. Music involves movement in both the auditory sense and in a physical sense. In my piece I have worked to create an abstracted, visual representation involving these movements.

Performing musical pieces involves a physical movement that is very graceful in nature. When playing an instrument, such as a violin or trumpet, the musician performs along with their instrument. There is a subtle, yet very present, movement that happens as they play the musical piece. This movement shows the harmony felt between the musician and their instrument. The musician can be observed interacting with the music performed through their movements. Dependant on the melody or tempo of the song, these movements might be smooth and graceful or can be quick-paced and darting back and forth. Musical pieces resonate with the listener in the same way that an artwork can evoke a response from the viewer. Each of my pieces focuses on a specific aesthetic quality or moment related to musical harmony. These qualities are reflected in my work through the use of line, shape, and color; corresponding to the sound of each musical piece.”

Allean Carpenter

Allean Carpenter is a twenty-five year old senior attending East Carolina University to get her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. Allean was born in Wyandanch, NY where she spent her very early childhood years. For a few years after leaving New York, Allean and her family (consisting of her mother, five sisters, a brother, and a cousin) moved around North Carolina and finally settled in Wilmington, NC. Allean attended two middle schools and attended Wilmington Early College High School (WECHS). It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she found her passion for ceramics. She has since been working to the goal of graduating from university and accumulating more knowledge in her field.

Allean believes that, like people, each piece that she creates has a unique personality. The piece that a person is drawn to is the piece that most mirrors the viewer’s personality. She hopes that pieces reflect things that are important or dear to her viewers. Allean wishes to begin to expand this concept through her research into material culture.” I am interested in exploring the relationship that can be found in the functional form. I believe that each piece that I create has a unique personality similar to the personalities of a person. The piece whether it be a vase, mug, cup, or other object that best reflects the viewers personality is the piece that they connect with. I wish to explore this concept though the forms that I create. I throw and manipulate the forms by carving, piercing, and adding on the form, giving a different visual look, sometimes changing it so much that it transforms into a completely different form something new and intriguing. I create forms that can be found in the everyday life, such as mugs, vases, plates, and bowls, which I combined then carved away or pierce through the surface thinking about how the negative space left behind will be viewed. ”

Cara Marie Clemmer

Cara Marie Clemmer says in her artist’s statement, “Reflecting on why I make art, I consider my childhood. My parents tried multiple ways to help me work through my stress and anxieties, encouraging me to play competitive sports and practicing regular prayer. Their hope was that I would learn healthy ways in which to cope. Eventually, I found art, and was able to express myself and to develop healthier coping habits than I had with prayer or physical exertion. Learning to create objects, opened up a new world of possibilities for me. Making became the most challenging thing I’d been exposed to and I fell hopelessly in love in with what I could create. So I became a maker.

Through my work I reflect on habits and truths my upbringing gave to me. The repetitiveness of prayer is hidden in each silver bead. Like the beads on a rosary, this repetitive tactile quality offers comfort. The french knots embroidered in my pieces represent the tangles of anxieties and the physical feeling of my stomach or chest being tightened with knots. Focusing on my anxieties and childhood I considered the qualities it created in myself; resulting in my “don’t touch” series, which reflect on my preference to work on myself, by myself, for myself.”

Kirsten Floyd

Kirsten Floyd feels “my artwork is inspired by daily emotions and events that I have experienced. When people look at my artwork whether it’s a weaving or a surface design piece I want my use of color and pattern to provoke the feeling I felt while creating the piece. This body of work was created as an emotional response to my last four years. ”

J’keyah Hull, in describing her work, states, “ Digital weaving is truly the blending of my two passions: fashion and photography. I created digital weaving works of art to metaphorically express fashion by manipulating weavings and technology to create a textile. The weavings resemble a woven textile integrating photographic imagery and digital technology.  I express statements and testaments of my life; the real me through the lens of my camera. My inward creativity and vision freely flows when I am at the helm of a camera or directing a photo shoot. Purpose-driven and focused, I experiment with multiple mixed medias to create new and forward-thinking creations. Photography has propelled my interest in Textile Design and allowed me to utilize my natural design talent to craft and construct digital weavings. My subjects are captured and projected with genuine and sincere vulnerability that can only be seen through the lens of a camera, which transcends the naturalness captured with the naked eyes. Digital weaving is constructed by manipulating original photos taken with a Nikon D3000/3400 using Adobe Photoshop CC to weave a pattern set on a TC2Digital Loom. The works created resemble digital prints but are actual weavings. Life is about blending situations, circumstances and opportunities that formulate the best possible outcomes and translates them into meaningful and memorable moments as well as provide creative opportunities for others to craft unique works of art utilizing their passions. “

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. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the exhibition. 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. Parking for the reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336.

The 10th Annual Joyner Library School of Art and Design Graduate Student Art Exhibition

The 10th Annual Joyner Library School of Art and Design Graduate Student Art exhibition will be on view from October 20th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

There will have an opening reception on November 3rd at 5pm in the Faulkner Gallery.  Awards winners will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

The exhibition features artworks by current graduate students in ECU’s School of Art and Design.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

Joyner Library, Faulkner Gallery
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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

 

 

 

 

 

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN FALL 2017 UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION

FALL 2017 UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION
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 a.m.to 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.  www.ecu.edu/graygallery

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.

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 http://www.toeriverarts.org/.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

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

Jill Eberle, www.jilleberle.com   jilleberle13@gmail.com

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@gmail.com www.kikifarish.com

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, fofumstudio@gmail.com     www.janewellsharrison.com

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, jerryjackson@penland.org

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.

 

East Carolina University School of Art and Design 2017 African Art Exhibition

The School of Art and Design is proud to announce the 2017 African Art Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from June 2 through June 30.  A reception will take place, Friday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m.

The East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s African Art Collection combines several smaller collections that were donated to the School of Art by private collectors. The Lankton Collection of African Art is a group of 240 pieces of masks, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, vessels, musical instruments, ceremonial objects, and utilitarian items. The collection includes a sizable holding of art from the Kuba kingdom, a federation of 20 ethnic groups in central Zaire. It was donated to East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s permanent collection in 1995 as part of the university’s Shared Visions fund-raising campaign.
 The donor is Dr. James W. Lankton, an anesthesiologist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who made similar donations to Elon College and Hampton University. A collector of African art for years, Dr. Lankton acquired unique objects through his contacts with the Kuba royal family.

In 1997, an anonymous donor gave the School of Art an extensive collection of high quality pieces from western and southern Africa. These functional and ceremonial works include rare examples of figures and masks, as well as headdresses, weapons, and musical instruments.

More recently additional pieces have been added to the collection through donations from Charles Jones, a collector and dealer in African Art in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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.  Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  The gallery is closed for all University holidays.  Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible.  Parking for the 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:  http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/graygallery/index.cfm

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
April 21 – May 12, 2017

Reception: Friday, May 5, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is proud to present the work of seven artists graduating from the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University. The exhibiting artists are Greg Banks, Brett Beasley, Addison Brown, Alex Ingle, Barbara McFadyen, Abir Mohsen and Hosanna Rubio. The exhibit runs from April 21 through May 12, 2017 with a reception in the Gray Gallery to honor the artists on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes a wide range of materials and aesthetics with artists representing three studio areas in the School of Art and Design: ceramics, metal design and photography. Greg Banks and Addison Brown are in photography, Brett Beasley, Alex Ingle and Abir Mohsen are in ceramics, and Barbara McFadyen and Hosanna Rubio are in metal design.

Greg Banks

Greg Banks is a photo-based artist currently working on his MFA in photography at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a projected completion date of May 2017. He received a B.A. in photography and a B.A. in fine art from Virginia Intermont College in 1998. Greg combines everything from IPhone images to historic 19th century processes, gelatin silver printing, metals, painting and digital printing. His current creative practice investigates family, folklore, memories, Appalachia, history and religion.

Brett Beasley

Brett Beasley is a ceramic artist who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from East Carolina University. Beasley exhibits his artwork at both the national and regional level. He participates at craft schools across the United States annually and attends the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) yearly conference. Currently, the inspiration and guiding force of his body of work is centered on illuminating the relationships between geologic phenomena and human’s perception of time and communicating these findings through art. The cyclical nature of this project informs ideas of materiality, time and process.

Addison Brown

Addison Brown is a photography-based artist currently seeking his MFA in photography at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his BA in photography at the University of Alabama Huntsville in 2012. Brown also employs the mediums of metalsmithing and woodworking to produce engaging and interactive photographic viewing experiences. His current work, Suspension of Disbelief, utilizes the photographic object as a means to challenge active viewership of narrative in the integration of fiction to reality.

Alex Ingle

Alex Ingle was raised near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the town of Eton, Georgia. She received her BFA with a concentration in Ceramics and Printmaking from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. A resident of Greenville, North Carolina, she is an active artist at East Carolina University and in the local community. In 2016, she won Best in Show for Rebel 59 at Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, placed in the 9th Annual Graduate Show at Joyner Library, and was awarded Juror’s Pick from the Annual Pitt Community College Student Show.

Alex’s work is influenced by her small town regional experiences and upbringing within a single parent household. Being raised by a strong independent mother could not prevent the effects of societal expectations of love, beauty, and gender Alex was exposed to through the media. Her work empowers individualism and critiques society’s version of a healthy self.

Barbara McFadyen

Barbara McFadyen is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for over three decades. She has become nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society. Her education began with a BA in Creative Arts from Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida. She continued her jewelry studies with Parson’s School of Design in Japan at the Tokyo Designer College, and enameling at Kulicke Starke Academy in NYC. Many summer studies were spent at Penland, Arrowmont, and Haystack with notable enamelists such as Bill Helwig, Martha Banyas, Jamie Bennett, Mary Chuduck, and Elizabeth Turrell. Through an “Enameling for Bookmaking” workshop at Penland, Barbara was introduced to the format of the artist book. Barbara is most passionate about exploring ways to combine her metalwork with this new medium, as she finds both jewelry and books fascinating as intimate objects, either to be worn or held in the hand. Barbara has been a partner in Creative Metalsmiths since 1982, an all hand-wrought jewelry gallery in Chapel Hill. She is passionate about enameling and recently curated “A Sense of Color” an invitational enameling exhibition featuring ECU metalsmiths and enamelists. In addition to her own artistic work, Barbara has taught workshops at several craft schools including John Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont, Peter’s Valley, Penland School of Crafts, and most recently in Kobe, Japan at the Kobe Design University. Barbara enjoys working in her studio in Chapel Hill, where she resides with her husband Douglass Phillips, four children and five grandchildren and her favorite dog, Bodhi. She presently serves on the board of directors for The Nicholson Foundation, the Grable Foundation, and Penlan

Abir Mohsen

Abir Mohsen is a graduate student who is pursuing an MFA in Ceramics degree here at ECU. She lived most of her life in Lumberton North Carolina. Mohsen has earned an undergraduate degree in Art Education K-12 from the Unversity of Noth Carolina at Pembroke. Inspired by her early childhood while living in Gaza, most of Mohsen’s work discusses a context of conflict, war, and diaspora, especially within a child’s life. Her work also discusses how the concept of a sanctuary is desired for as a result of trauma and displacement in a time where the sense of national identity was not fully formed.

Hosanna Rubio

Born and raised in Southern California, Hosanna Rubio currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she attends East Carolina University as an MFA candidate in the Metal Design program. She received her BA in Art Education from California State University Long Beach, where she also studied Metals and Jewelry. Hosanna specializes in creating wearable art pieces and small-scale sculptures that explore themes inspired by her personal experiences with issues such as health, medicine, and nature. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.

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.

 

East Carolina University School Of Art And Design 2017 Undergraduate Exhibition Awards Ceremony

Oil painting by Vincent Li titled “Dream Drem Drm”

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION
March 23 – April 7, 2017
Wellington B. Gray Gallery

Awards Ceremony, Thursday, March 23, 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 23 to April 7, 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 Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium of the Jenkins Fine Arts Building. This year’s awards judge, Harriet Hoover, will announce the winners. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.

Harriet Hoover  is a 2016-17 N.C. Arts Fellowship Recipient. Her work has been featured in Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum (2014) the People’s Biennial II at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2014) and at LIGHT Art + Design in Chapel Hill.  She has a BA in Textile Technology and Art + Design from NC State University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and currently coordinates teen and college programming at the NC Museum of Art.

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 a.m.to 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. www.ecu.edu/graygallery