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


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


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


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.


Artist, Gallery Owner And Professor Charlie Cummings To Give Lecture And Demonstration

Artist, Gallery owner, Professor, new technologies extraordinaire, and more!

Please consider attending visiting artist demonstrations at East Carolina University’s Shape Lab, room 109 in the Jenkins Fine Art Center on February 2nd and 3rd. Charlie will demonstrate use of the laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC router to create interactive artworks.

Lecture will be in Speight Auditorium at 12:15pm February 2nd. Come join the festivities!

For more of Charlie Cummings work, visit his website

2006 ECU MFA Metal Design Alumnus Jesse Bert: Across The Border And Around The World


Originally from the U.S,  Jesse Bert relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Jesse’s preferred work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects.

Over the past 10 years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. as well as across the United States and in other countries and has kept very busy and very productive.

2016 Workshops

  • Cold Connections and Etching with Salt Water, The Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Thomas Mann Studio Flux, New Orleans, LA
  • Intensive 5-day jewelry course, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Pocosin Arts Folk School, Columbia, NC
  • Making hammer and jewelry tools, Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ



  • Earrings Show #3, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Making Matters: Perspectives in Fine Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ

2017 Workshops

  • Intensive 2-weeks of Jewelry workshops, Studio Squina, Madrid, Spain
  • 2 weeks as guest instructor in the Metals department, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Making hammers, The Ranch Center for Arts and crafts, Snohomish, WA

For the most recent information about future workshops and exhibitions, please see Jesse’s Facebook page:

or you can visit his website




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.



Ceramic Artist Kyungmin Park Lecture


ECU Ceramics guild presents: It happened to me…
juried by Kyungmin Park

November 3rd
8:30am   Meet & Greet Jenkins 102
9am–11am    Jury
2pm–4:30pm    Demo Jenkins 102
5pm–6pm    Artist Talk | Open to the public Mendenhall Room 221
6pm–8 pm    ECU Ceramics Guild Show Opening Mendenhall

November 4th
8:30am   Meet and Greet Jenkins 102
9am–12pm   Demo Jenkins 102
1:30pm–5pm   Critique|Demo

Felted Hat Workshop: RESCHEDULED

Jan Wutkowski
Presentation:  Thursday, October 27th at 5:30 in 1326
Felted Hat Workshop:  Friday October 28th  9:00-3:00  $25 fee – sign up sheet on room 223.