EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
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.

 

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.”

Visiting Artist Noah Scalin To Speak On The Grey Area That Lies Between Innovation And Devastation

Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience – specifically the temporary nature of our individual lives and tenuous nature of human existence on the planet. Rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, Scalin’s work asks us to take notice of everyday moments.

The Taoist concept of balance – the idea that dark is required to understand light; that destruction is what makes creation valuable – is an ever-present theme in Scalin’s work. Images of death and violence are contrasted with objects and subjects that represent the greatest intellectual and technological achievements of humankind. Thus, Scalin underscores the grey area that lies between innovation and devastation.

By using everyday items, including mass produced consumer goods, in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the ‘things’ in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their creations, giving the audience an opportunity to shift their ‘thing-ethos’ from linear (cradle-to-grave), to cyclical (cradle-to-cradle).

speaking TUESDAY, APRIL 11 at 5:00 PM in Speight Auditorium

This lecture is supported by the Visual Arts Forum.

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Linda Adele Goodine Has Received The Fulbright-Nehru Academic And Professional Excellence Flex Award

This is a repost from http://artguidemag.com/art-news-blog/ecu-chair-linda-goodine-receives-fulbright

 Linda Adele Goodine, Dovie Naquin Atchafalaya Bayou                                                                 

Linda Adele Goodine, Fallen Angel                                                                                                  

East Carolina University in GreenvilleNorth Carolina houses one of the regions top MFA granting art schools.  With multiple art galleries, the top art exhibits from ECU encompass works of art ranging from photography, ceramics, paintings, and sculpture – to name a few.  East Carolina University School of Art and Design, Belk Distinguished Chair Linda Adele Goodine has received a prestigious award.

East Carolina University School of Art and Design, Belk Distinguished Chair Linda Adele Goodine has received the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Flex award to support the completion of her photographic/sound still-life series focusing on land and water use in relation to local culture and tradition. This grant supports a dedicated work period for two consecutive years, where the confluence of India’s Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers, and the transition from the dry season to the monsoon season will be recorded in photos, sound, and video.

The Project will link audiences with image/art-making and service learning, while asking questions such as, “How do we see ourselves as artists/ambassadors in the wider context of a global culture?” How do we examine our activities and attitudes as thoughtful tourists? Why is it important to understand and interact with cultures that are different from our own? Stressing the importance of cultural exchange between countries, on her return to the U.S. and through her national lecture circuit, university students and the general public can begin to understand some of the complexities of culture that guidebooks cannot express. The significance of the proposed work will be its connection not only to interdisciplinary genres and local environmental activities and conditions, but also to the larger challenges of maintaining India’s natural resources in light of ecological and human challenges.

March 22, 2017

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East Carolina University School of Art and Design Presents The dataSTEAM

Please join us in celebrating the collaboration between arts and sciences in this year’s dataSTEAM Symposium!  The events are open to all- Please share with your colleagues and students!

East Carolina University School of Art and Design presents the dataSTEAM exhibition at the Janice H. Faulkner Gallery in ECU’s Joyner Library on March 30-May 31.

The gallery reception is Friday March 31 at 5:30 p.m. in Faulkner Gallery.

The dataSTEAM exhibition focuses on the work of artists who work directly with scientists to contextualize data in their art, bringing visual data in to a fine art gallery setting to facilitate conversations among students, faculty and the community about how artists and scientists can collaborate. Students and faculty from the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Honors College, and the School of Art and Design formed teams to develop data-based artwork for the exhibition.

The symposium includes lectures from visiting artists Scott Groeniger from the University of Hawaii- Manoa on Friday March 31st  at 4PM at Speight Auditorium, immediately followed by the exhibition opening at Faulkner Gallery, in Joyner Library, and Dornith Doherty of the University of North Texas on Saturday April 1st  at 5PM in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Art Center on the ECU campus.


The visiting artists will lecture about their own work process and collaborations with scientists across disciplines. Scott Groeniger’s printed work utilizes ancient maps and the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Astronomy’s astrophotography images. http://lithopixel.org

Dornith Doherty is a photographer and a Guggenheim Fellow whose work investigates the World Seed Bank’s holdings through visual imagery.   http://dornithdoherty.com/wp/projects/

Internationally Known Artist Mark Dion To Lecture And Meet With ECU Art And Design Students

Photograph by Art21

Mark Dion Lecture at East Carolina University
March 29th, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Speight Auditorium
Jenkins Room 1220

Talk with Mark Dion
Seminar
March 30th, 2017
10am-1pm
Student Lounge (Jenkins 208)

Mark Dion (born August 28, 1961) is an American conceptual artist. best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations.

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.” Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between “objective” (“rational”) scientific methods and “subjective” (“irrational”) influences.

Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Presently, Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife, the artist Dana Sherwood.[1] Dion is currently a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred’s Lane, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Dion is the subject of a monograph published by Phaidon[2] and a documentary on the PBS series, art:21.[3] In 2012, Dion’s work was included in dOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Kassel, Germany, and has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tate Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. The artist has also has completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for Johns Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011).

Dion has received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008).

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

Oil painting by Vincent Li titled “Dream Drem Drm”

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 2017 UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION
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 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

 

 

 

13th Annual Youth Arts Festival at East Carolina University

East Carolina University’s annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on the campus mall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

The event, hosted by the ECU School of Art and Design, is free and open to the public. The festival is geared to elementary and middle school children, but all ages are welcome.

In case of rain, the festival will be held in Jenkins Fine Arts Center on East 5th Street.

More than 150 visual and performing artists are expected. Musical, dance and theatrical groups also will perform. Children are invited to meet artists demonstrating activities such as wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, portraiture and other visual arts.

Children also can create their own artwork with the help of professional artists and ECU art students.

The event is supported by grants from the ECU Office of the Provost, College of Fine Arts and Communication, School of Art and Design, Student Involvement and Leadership, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Recreation and Wellness, Uptown Art and Supply, Friends of the ECU School of Art and Design, North Carolina Arts Council, Christy’s Euro Pub and Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.

For more information, the festival is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ECU-Youth-Arts-Festival/145899762138141 or http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/youth-arts.cfm or contact Dindy Reich, coordinator of the Youth Arts Festival, at reichd@ecu.edu or 252-328-5749.

 

2016 Art Education MAED Alumna Tami Hargrove Presents Research At 2017 National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) Convention In New York City

ECU Alumna, Tami Hargrove, a Visual Art Teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, NC, attended the 2017 National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) national convention in New York City on March 2-4. The theme of this year’s convention was The Challenge of Change. Tami was one of 18 graduate students invited to present her culminating project work from East Carolina University in the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE)/Changing Course: Master of Art Education Graduate Research Symposium. She recently completed her MAEd in Art Education at ECU in December. While in NYC she also attended workshops focusing on curriculum design and instructional practice, guided tours at The Met and MoMA, and general sessions that included keynote speaker artist Jeff Koons.

Books, Bees, and Bgawks With Visiting Artist Maureen Forys

How to run a design firm, create artist books, mail art and broadsides, all while keeping a backyard garden complete with bees and hens.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6 PM
Room 1325 I Jenkins Fine Arts Center

Meet visiting artist Maureen Forys, Agent 001 and Design Principal at Happenstance Type-O-Rama, a book design and production firm celebrating 20 years of making books. Maureen will talk about her innovative and unconventional approach to running and maintaining a successful firm, what it takes to balance client deadlines with her own art projects, and the inspiration and balance she finds in her backyard garden. She will show examples of award-winning book designs, mail art projects, artistamps, artist books and letterpress printing projects, along with some photos of her handsome hens.