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

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 (patternseed.com) 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 (news.starbucks.com).

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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

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