MFA Ceramics Candidate Rachel Clark has been selected as a Niche Award Finalist

East Carolina University is home to one of the top five ceramic finalists for the Niche Award

MFA ceramics student, Rachel Clark, was one of the chosen top five ceramic artists as a Niche Award Finalist.

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions.

Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, a prestigious panel of judges is selected by the editors of NICHE magazine, including gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates.

After the judging process is complete, and counts are tallied, the top-scoring pieces—5 in each category—become NICHE finalists. Out of these five, the highest-scoring piece in each category wins the NICHE award.

The NICHE Awards ceremony takes place each January during the American Made Show. The winners are revealed at the ceremony and each winning artist receives a trophy.

At the ceremony, student and professional winners take the stage side by side. Students benefit by meeting masters in their fields. Yet many attendees have noted that inspiration flows both ways. “The professionals inspire us with their technical mastery and their understanding of the role of craft in shaping culture,” says Hope Daniels, editorial director of NICHE magazine. “The students thrill us with their risk-taking vision of what craft is today and has yet to become tomorrow.”

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

Oil painting by Vincent Li titled “Dream Drem Drm”

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 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.




East Carolina University Tenth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-12-48-19-pmCall For Entries For The East Carolina University Tenth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

pageimage-469771-3463396-2013-img_6871adj2mecroppedemail2x3Our Juror will be artist and storyteller Jessica Hines.

Jessica Hines, a professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Hines began to cultivate her creative disposition early in life and her love of the arts led her to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Continuing to pursue her interests, she studied photography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Hines most recently won 1st Place in the Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st Place in NEXT: New Photographic Visions, Castell Photography Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Avedon, Asheville, North Carolina, The Kolga Award for Best Experimental Photography, Kolga Tbislisi Photo in Tbilisi, Georgia, Humanitarian Documentary Grant in the WPGA Annual, Pollux Awards, juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, First Prize in Fine Art Portfolio in the World Wide Photography Gala Awards, Grand Prize for portfolio in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 and her work was exhibited in the New York Photo Festival 2011 in Subjective/Objective, curated by Elisabeth Biondi, New York, New York.


Artworks that are derived primarily through light-sensitive materials, including alternative processes, digital, installations, and 3-D work, are eligible.  Films and videos are not eligible.


Five $1,000 awards given.  The juror will choose these awards.  Employees of East Carolina University are not eligible for awards.

Entry Procedure

Click this link to download the 10th photographic biennial entry form

Complete the notification and registration cards with the requested information.  Please make sure to include your email address with this information. The catalog is compiled from the entry card.  Write legibly, exactly what you want to appear in the catalog.  The information in the file name submitted with the image and the  inventory must correspond.  Before emailing your submission to , check that you have included the following:

•    Image correctly labeled
•    Entry fee paid to estore
•    Notification card, addressed

Entry fee can be paid here


The Wellington B. Gray Gallery will publish an illustrated catalog of selected work from the exhibition.  A complimentary copy will be sent to all exhibition artists, catalogs will be distributed to curators and gallery directors as a resource.

Exhibition and Lecture

Artwork included in the Tenth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition will be on view February 16  through March 10, in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University.  The juror, Jessica Hines, will present a lecture , Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 PM in Speight Auditorium.  A gala reception will follow in the gallery.

The Gray Gallery and Speight Auditorium are located off of Fifth and Jarvis Streets in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The gallery is closed during university holidays.





ECU School Of Art And Design Professor Dr. Borim Song Has Co-Authored The First Art Education Textbook In South Korea


East Carolina University School of Art and Design Professor Dr. Borim Song, has co-authored the first art education textbook that Teachers College Art Education alumni published as a group in Korea: Artists, Sensibility, and Artistic Experiences in Art Education with Dr. Hye Youn Chung, and Dr. Hyesook Kim.
and an introductory video for the book:


The Design Associates (Graphic Design Guild) Host Lecture And Workshop By Veronica Corzo-Duchardt

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in both Graphic Design and Creative Writing. Her design work is highly influenced by her fine art and visa-versa. Her screen prints have been shown around the United States and are now being sold at CB2 (a division of Crate & Barrel).

Her lecture will focus on the influence between her fine art and design.

The workshop she will be hosting will be based on her Neche Collection.
Participants are asked to bring an object (or objects) that have personal meaning to them. They will create several collaborative pieces based on the objects brought in.

We have space for 15 students for the workshop. If we have enough interest, it may be possible to open a second workshop in the afternoon. Please email with questions and interest.



MFA Photography Candidate Sarah Lazure Featured In She Shoots Film Issue 1


MFA Photography Candidate Sarah Lazure wil be featured in She Shoots Film, Self Portrait, Issue 01, an exploration of film and analog process based female self portraiture and artist words on the printed page.


Featuring photographic contributions from Joy Celine Asto, Laura Aubree, Tabea Borchardt, Gwendolyn Courtney, Dana Deluca, Inga Dinga, Dee Elegia, Dorothy Glenn, Ellie Ivanova, Amy Jasek, Sarah Lazure, Katt Janson Merilo, Vedrana Mijic, Clara Abi Nader, Yaro Neils, Celeste Ortiz, Maria Ovsyankina, Vicki Reed, Marisa Redburn, Almudena Romero, Vera Saltzman, Carol D. Sass, Silke Seybold, Alla Sorokina, Ksenija Spanek, Lisa Toboz, Rose-Marie Westling, Linda Wilson and Anna Yeroshenko.

Interviews with Sarah Lazure, Marisa Redburn, Silke Seybold and Lisa Toboz. Words by Vedrana Mijic and Aliki Smith.