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.







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.

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 ( 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 (

This story is reposted from this website…/starbucks-cup-sleeve-artist-ho…

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