Judges’s Talk, Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. in Speight Auditorium

Awards Ceremony, Thursday, March 5, 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 5 to April 3, 2015. Area curriculum coordinators in the School of Art and Design select the outstanding works submitted from over 500 undergraduate students. The Judge’s Talk by Susan Fecho will take place Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts building. The Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.

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: art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design, and video.

The awards judge professor Susan Fecho is Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Barton College. Her lifelong devotion to art includes over 30 years of teaching and working with art students in the United States and abroad. Fecho is a multi-media printmaker/surface designer with an earned M.F.A. from East Carolina University. In addition, she has pursued postgraduate studies at various institutions including Jan Van Eyck Academie, Humboldt Field Research Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Northern Illinois University, and Penland School of Crafts. She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally and has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies. Fecho’s published images have been accepted into several major collections: the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Washington, D.C.; the Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and the Museum of Women Artists, Washington, D.C.

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. 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) 328-6336. www.ecu.edu/graygallery

Materials and Making: Celebrating the Artwork of Robert W. Ebendorf


Reception  Friday February 27, 6:00-8:00 Greenville Museum of Art
Artist talk on April 2at 6:00

Materials and Making: Celebrating the Artwork of Robert W. Ebendorf

Robert Ebendorf is a professor of Metal Design at East Carolina School of Art and Design and former Distinguished Belk Chair Professor. He has long been on the forefront of contemporary jewelry-making. Using found objects as well as non-precious materials and precious metals to create his work, Ebendorf combines a vast knowledge of metalsmithing techniques with the capacity to see the beauty in the unexpected.

On view from February 20 through April 26, this exhibition contains an array of objects including jewelry, drawings, and assemblages. Featured artworks are from the artist’s collection, Racine Art Museum, and from private lenders.

Robert Ebendorf’s accolades and impact on the art and craft community is immense. In 2010, he received the North Carolina Governor’s Award in Arts. Ebendorf is a former Fullbright Scholar, Tiffany Foundation Grant award winner, founding member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and recipient of the 2014 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Hamann | Visiting Artist, March 3, 2015

ECU Ceramics Guild, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions, and The Chancellor’s Division of Public Service and Community Relations welcome Peter Hamann

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
School of Art and Design, Ceramics Area, Jenkins 102

9 am   presentation
10 am  demonstration
12 pm  break
2 pm  demonstration
4 pm  tea ceremony

Peter Hamann has been a resident of Japan for more than 30 years although he was born in Nebraska and first studied ceramics in the United States. Upon his arrival in Japan, he learned about ceramics and was introduced to chanoyu or the Japanese tea ceremony. After his diligent studies of tea in the Yabuuchi style with the master Fukuda Chikuyu, he obtained the license to teach chanoyu in 2010.  At the annual tea ceremony he holds in his traditional Japanese-style residence in the Tanba region of Hyōgo where he also established his kiln, the artist welcomes more than 200 guests with tea and shows his own ceramic works. Thus his creation of ceramics is strongly connected to his tea ceremony practice; Hamann believes that the appreciation and respect for objects of quality that chanoyu teaches is an important aspect of Japanese culture. Hamann also believes in the practical utility of the vessels he creates.


For more information, please contact Seo Eo at eos@ecu.edu or 252 328 6281.
School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

All events are free and open to the public.

This program is sponsored by ECU Ceramics Guild, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Student Involvement & Leadership Co-Curricular Collaborations, and with support from the Randolph Arts Guild.



Visiting Artist John W. Ford Presentation Monday, February 16th


The Graduate Artist Forum Guild at East Carolina University is sponsoring visiting artist, John W. Ford.

His presentation is Monday, February 16 at 5:00pm in Mendenhall Great Room 2 and is open to the public.

Ford is a mixed media / site specific artist coming all the way from Canada to share his experience and insight.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRhx6AwC3bY

Tuesday, February 17th, Ford will critiquing graduate student artwork on view at the Manic Frantic Antics Exhibition at the Greenville Museum of Art between 11:00 -2:00.

ECU’s Extensive African Art Collection To Be Comprehensively Exhibited For The First Time

W0079: Yoruba headdress from Nigeria.

W0079: Yoruba headdress from Nigeria.

One of the university’s largest collections, comprehensively exhibited for the first time. AFRICAN ART EXHIBITION

Opening receptions and African foods in all locations Thursday, February 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

More than 500 pieces of African art, donated by an anonymous donor, Winston-Salem physician James W. Lankton and Wilmington collector/dealer Charles Jones, form an extensive holding of high-quality pieces from central, western and southern Africa. ECU’s complete collection includes functional and ceremonial objects including headdresses, sculpture, vessels, jewelry, weapons, musical instruments and rare examples of figures and masks. See the work now in these participating venues:

College of Fine Arts and Communication, Erwin Gallery
February 6 through February 27

Honors College, Mamie Jenkins Building

Joyner Library

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
Reading Room

School of Art and Design Jenkins Fine Art Center Wellington B. Gray Gallery African Art Room
February 5 through February 18

Burroughs Wellcome Gallery
February 4 through February 20

THE OPENING RECEPTION IS AN OFFICIAL PASSPORT EVENT. To have your passport book stamped, have this document signed at each location, then present this card and your passport book at the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

Sponsors: ECU African Student Organization, ECU Invisible Children, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Honors College, Joyner Library, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, School of Art and Design, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Department of History and the African and African Studies Program. Special appreciation to the leadership of the African Student Organization and Invisible Children organizRae- creation
tions, Kenneth Wilburn and Tom Braswell.


The East Carolina University School Of Art And Design Printmaking Symposium – Relief Summit 2015

Aliene De Souza Howell

Aliene De Souza Howell

, will take place from February 4-7.  A complete schedule is online at:

More information and a complete schedule can be found at http://www.reliefsummit.com/schedule.html

Visiting artists Brandon Sanderson and Brett Anderson will be printing editions in our print shop starting on Monday and running through the week, feel free to drop by any time.

Some highlights of the symposium will be:

Friday 1-6  Printing  4×8 foot wood blocks with a steamroller, in front of the UBE.

Friday 5-8 “Prints Charming” which features live screen printing of t-shirts while you wait, and our “Masters of Relief” exhibition at Art Avenue.

Saturday 12– 1:30  behind Jenkins, near the sculpture yard, we will be creating a large print using remote control cars. All are welcome to participate, bring an RC vehicle if you have one.