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




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.

Visiting Sculpture Artist Jackson Martin Workshop On Steam Bending Wood


Jackson Martin

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


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 328-1303


Holiday Ornament Sale At The GlasStation

East Carolina University School of Art and Design presents the 2017 Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale on Saturday, December 9, from 10 am to 4 pm at the GlasStation in Farmville

The public sale features hundreds of hand-blown glass holiday ornaments in many different styles and colors, as well as an assortment of other glasswork that has been made at the GlasStation throughout the year.

In addition, there will be free public glassblowing demonstrations throughout the sale.

The GlasStation is located at 3732-B West Wilson Street in downtown Farmville. For more information contact Mike Tracy, TRACYM16@ECU.EDU, 757-748-8121.

Saturday, December 9 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

GlasStation 3732-B West Wilson Street, Farmville


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.


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.


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.

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  Bill and Carlos work with Speedball, a North Carolina company that develops inks and printmaking materials.   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.


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. –

For more information, please contact Professor Matt Egan