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

Universe of the Mind: Inquiry & Inspiration by Nature An Exhibition by ECU Sculpture Professor Hanna Jubran

Greenville Museum of Art

September 1 – November 19
West Wing Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Featuring the work of ECU Sculpture Professor, Hanna Jubran, Universe of the Mind: Inquiry & Inspiration by Nature will present a recent series of sculptures that are based on Jubran’s interest in astronomy and his fascination with celestial objects. Comprised of over thirty wall relief sculptures in bronze and aluminum, as well as large-scale, free standing steel sculptures, Universe of the Mind presents simulations, imaginary universes that suggest important questions about the cosmos. Jubran structures each universe around the four elements – earth, wind, fire, and water – in order to explore our human reliance on each; to study how these elements produce basic shapes in nature; to admire the endless complexities of form that exist; and to imagine the origins of life.

Forum Discussion: Universal Inquiries

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Sit down with artist, Hanna Jubran, and photographer and ECU Associate Professor of Biology, Tim Christensen, as they discuss the visual arts, the sciences, and the intersections between these two important disciplines.

ECU Alumnus Greg Shelnutt Appoint Chair Of The Department Of Art And Design At The University Of Delaware

Greg Shelnutt has joined the University of Delaware faculty as chair of the Department of Art and Design, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Shelnutt came to UD from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he served as chair of the Art Department and professor of art from 2011 to 2017. Previously, he was a member of the visual arts faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, teaching at the school from 2000 before he was appointed director of the visual arts program there in 2005.

Prior teaching appointments were at the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. In 1992 he was a visiting artist at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.

Shelnutt has been the recipient of numerous residencies and grants in support of his work as a teaching artist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from East Carolina University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia.

His sculptures have been exhibited in more than 350 solo, invitational and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, including Art in General in New York City; Berlin Kunstproject in Germany; C.A.G.E. in Cincinnati, Ohio; Color Elephante in Valencia, Spain; and COMUS Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

“It’s truly an honor to be given the opportunity to represent the UD Department of Art and Design,” Shelnutt said, “What drew me in was a recognition of the strength of the program: a faculty that’s committed to being active artist/educators. They’re working at the forefront of art and design education and practice.



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


2001 BFA and 2009 MAEd ECU Art Education Alumna Jennifer Love Gironda Wins Florida State Teachers Artist Residency

2001 BFA and 2009 MAEd ECU Art Education Alumna Jennifer Love Gironda has been awarded a Florida State Teachers Artist Residency by the Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE)

Jennifer Love Gironda teaches art at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Fl.. In addition to teaching she is a contributor and Digital Media Director for Art Hive Magazine. Committed to her art, she has made one piece of art every day since January 1, 2012. She has exhibited in many group and solo shows, including a retrospective of her first five years of daily art.

The 2017 Hermitage State Teachers Artist Residencies Press Release:

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) are proud to announce the winners of its State Teachers Artist Residencies (STARs) for 2017. They are Brian Capley, a creative writing teacher from Osceola County School for the Arts (Osceola Cty.); Jennifer Gironda, visual arts teacher at Lake Worth High School (Palm Beach Cty.); Kathleen Holt, visual arts teacher from Seminole High School (Seminole Cty.); Gerald Obregon, visual arts teacher at Arthur & Molly Mays Conservatory of the Arts (Miami-Dade Cty.) and Sandra Stiles, creative writing teacher at Louise R. Johnson Middle School for International Studies (Manatee Cty.). The STARs program takes place in the summer and allows Florida Arts Educators to apply for artist residencies, through FAAE, in order to pursue their own art. Applications are open to all Florida arts teachers in music, visual art and creative writing. Since the beginning of the program in 2011, 35 STARs have represented 19 Florida counties. Residencies last for three weeks and culminate with a free community program on the Hermitage campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. This year’s program is scheduled for Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

“The Hermitage is so proud of this program,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, Hermitage executive director. “Arts teachers are artists who are challenged to find time to pursue their craft. Our STAR program gives them the rare opportunity to live among artists as artists themselves and work on their art. No papers to grade, no curriculum to plan or implement. They leave our environment feeling appreciated and energized and these benefits go back with them into their classrooms. We look forward to seeing what this latest group of STARs will create.”

“It is a great privilege to have these fine educators come and be inspired by our Hermitage surroundings as well as each other,” continued Rodgers. “The Hermitage is proud to be able to offer this gift of time and space to artists who give so generously of themselves during the school year.”

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood, FL.  It invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront historic campus. Artists are asked to interact with the community during their stay and as a result, Hermitage artists touch thousands of Gulf Coast community residents with unique and inspiring programs each year. Hermitage community programs are partially sponsored by Philanthropist Gerri Aaron, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes). In addition, the Hermitage awards and administers the prestigious Greenfield Prize, an annual $30,000 commission for a new work of art, rotating among visual art, music and drama. The Hermitage also partners with the Aspen Music Festival and School to award the annual Hermitage Prize to a composition student during the Festival. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 941-475-2098, ext. 5, or visit the website at



Exhibition Honors Legacy Of Professor Paul Hartley

Inheritance exhibition

July 15 – August 18, 2017

Toe River Arts Council (TRAC)

Spruce Pine, N.C. – Inheritance is comprised of four artists that work independently, but thrive on inherent traits that unify and guide their art. Jill Eberle, Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison and Jerry Jackson share one primary bond, Paul Hartley, painting professor at East Carolina University (1970-2008). “We speak a common language about composition because of Paul,” says Eberle. He was a masterful teacher who possessed clarity of insight, which he could impart with few words. Paul was a generous teacher, mentor, and friend. His works were characterized by abstractly painted backgrounds with realistically rendered objects appearing attached on the surface of the canvas. He routinely challenged himself and his students to disrupt the conventional, yet unify all the elements of their compositions. Ultimately, Inheritance is a curated show of belonging and includes a large scale painting by Paul Hartley, My Room is Turning.

Jill, Kiki, Jane and Jerry have various connections beyond ECU and currently live across North Carolina from Penland to New Bern. The past two Januarys, they reunited for several weeks in Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts. The goal of each artist was to have uninterrupted time to create and to conduct frequent critiques. Each artist has a distinct body of work. The broad range of media and styles will engage the gallery visitors as they have the opportunity to explore common threads throughout the exhibition. The exhibition will include approximately 8-10 works by each artist and will be installed by Jerry Jackson. Text panels defining the work and artists will round out the exhibition.

Inheritance opens with a free reception on Saturday, July 15, 5-7 p.m. in TRAC, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC, 28777, a nonprofit visual arts center. For more information on TRAC, please visit


Jill Eberle “Yellow Belly” 30″x24″ Charcoal and acrylic on aluminum

Jill Eberle,

Using traditional materials like oil paint and charcoal, Jill Eberle creates realistic works that explore personal narratives and human interactions. Having taught for over a decade at East Carolina University, she enjoys delving deeply into the process of figurative drawing, painting and anatomy. She balances sensitive rendering and subtle expressions with bolder graphic shapes or tightly woven compositions. Her models are often friends or actors, either rehearsing or asked to act out situations. Thus her work may have a staged appearance, a holdover from her initial training and work in set design and scene painting for theater. She has previously taught at Penland and for ECU’s study abroad program in near Florence Italy. Her work has been shown across the state at Elder Gallery (Charlotte), Greenhill Center (Greensboro), Greenville Museum of Art (Greenville), Imperial Center (Rocky Mount), Fine Art at Baxter’s (New Bern), and at Gallery Hall (Atlanta, GA). She maintains a studio in New Bern.

Kiki Farish, “Asherah” oil 30″x22.25″

Kiki Farish,

Kiki Farish is known for her pencil paintings which are emotive, conjuring moments of clarity amid the ambiguity of grays. The youngest of four siblings, she draws on family—including, now, grandsons—as a source of inspiration. Farish has received the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, artist residencies, at Jentel, WY; New York Mills Artist Residency, MN; and two Penland Winter Residencies, NC. Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Contemporary Museum of Art (Winston-Salem), Artspace (Raleigh), and GreenHill (Greensboro). She received an MFA from East Carolina University (Greenville) in painting and drawing and serves as an adjunct professor at Meredith College (Raleigh). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Raleigh and Rocky Mount Municipal Art Collections, and Fidelity Investments. She has a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Jane Harrison “Hybrid Map 7″ 22″x15”, collage, found objects, charcoal, oil and encaustic

 Jane Harrison,

Jane Wells Harrison is an artist working primarily with paint media, often encaustic. Collage is usually an element of her work; therefore her paintings can be characterized as shape and color based abstractions. For Jane, making art serves as an interface between the artist and the socio-political environment, and so underlying content is frequently prompted by current events – both personal and global. Jane has taught at East Carolina University, Pocosin Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. She maintains her studio practice in Happy Valley, near Lenoir, North Carolina. Her work has been shown many times in group and solo shows regionally and nationally.

Jerry Jackson, “Roof”, Sheetrock mud, graphite and paint on paper, 18×18

Jerry Jackson,

Jerry Jackson is using sheetrock mud as a non-traditional foundation ground for paint, ink, mixed-media and tar. Traditionally know for assemblage work, this new direction occurred following a class at Penland School of Crafts. The new work began as an exploration of microscopic sections of existing assemblages. Working primarily in grid patters, the works are the result of layering and sanding. Jerry has taught at Penland School of Crafts and the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences. He received a BFA (ceramics) and MFA (ceramics and painting) from East Carolina University. Jerry is the Deputy Director of Penland School of Crafts and past Director at the Imperial Centre.


East Carolina University School of Art and Design 2017 African Art Exhibition

The School of Art and Design is proud to announce the 2017 African Art Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from June 2 through June 30.  A reception will take place, Friday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m.

The East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s African Art Collection combines several smaller collections that were donated to the School of Art by private collectors. The Lankton Collection of African Art is a group of 240 pieces of masks, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, vessels, musical instruments, ceremonial objects, and utilitarian items. The collection includes a sizable holding of art from the Kuba kingdom, a federation of 20 ethnic groups in central Zaire. It was donated to East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s permanent collection in 1995 as part of the university’s Shared Visions fund-raising campaign.
 The donor is Dr. James W. Lankton, an anesthesiologist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who made similar donations to Elon College and Hampton University. A collector of African art for years, Dr. Lankton acquired unique objects through his contacts with the Kuba royal family.

In 1997, an anonymous donor gave the School of Art an extensive collection of high quality pieces from western and southern Africa. These functional and ceremonial works include rare examples of figures and masks, as well as headdresses, weapons, and musical instruments.

More recently additional pieces have been added to the collection through donations from Charles Jones, a collector and dealer in African Art in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  The gallery is closed for all University holidays.  Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible.  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 252-328-1312.  Gallery website:


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.