Photo is courtesy of the ECU Alumni Association
A flagship project that started in the Fall of 2012 is now a reality. Tonight at 5:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to honor and celebrate ECU alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner.
Speakers at the ceremony include former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr., the Provost, Marilyn Sheerer, Austin Bunch, Janice Lewis, Interim Dean of Joyner Library, and Michael Priddy.
Joyner Library was selected as the space to house the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery. The second floor 3,700-square-foot gallery area will serve as an art and exhibit area. At the entrance of the gallery, a tribute case honors her dedication and outstanding achievements. State of the art technology includes two 80-inch LCD panels for digital art, two projectors with 100-inch retractable screens and 16 ceiling speakers. Art will be displayed with an AS Hanging System, which uses cables and hooks to hang traditionally framed and non-traditional works.
In an interview with ECU News Services published in December 2012, Faulkner said of the project: “One of the first things we do when we’re separated from home as college students is to build a little nest, a place that is familiar and comfortable, and meets the requirements you’re looking for like a quiet place to study or a place to put your feet up while you read. So it (the gallery) has an ambiance that is missing from the strictly academic structures (on campus).”
Among her many accolades, Faulkner was recognized by ECU in 1993 with its Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2007 as one of ECU’s 100 Incredible Women by the ECU Women’s Roundtable. She received the Jarvis Medal in 2009, East Carolina’s highest honor, and in 2012 received the State of North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award given by the state.
Janice Lewis states, “It is a unique and inviting venue for lectures, programs, conferences and receptions. It is a space for experimentation with the new forms of displaying art using the technologies embedded in the gallery. It is a place where students can study, relax and learn. It is a tangible recognition of the life-long contributions Janice Hardison Faulkner has made to East Carolina University and the state of North Carolina.”
Tonight’s event is by invitation only.
What a wonderful tribute to memorialize the outstanding endeavors of Janice Hardison Faulkner!