East Carolina University Graphic Design Senior Show And Alumni Events


The graphic design program at East Carolina University invites you to alumni gatherings, a panel discussion, tours, a letterpress workshop, and a review of senior portfolios on April 24 and 25, 2015.

Events include a Pearls of Wisdom Alumni Panel on Friday at 3:30 in Mendenhall Student Center and a reception for the Graphic Design Senior Exhibition 5-7 PM in Mendenhall that evening. Saturday April 25th from 9:30–11:30 AM is the Portfolio Review, with optional letterpress work shop or Jenkins Fine Arts Center Tours that afternoon.

Events are free, but please RSVP!

Photographer, Printer and Historian of Photographic Technology, Barret Oliver Lecture


The Photo Guild is excited to host Barret Oliver this week. Mr. Oliver will be giving a lecture in Speight Auditorium at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 21st. Please join us! He is extremely interested in conversations with makers and thinkers outside of photography too.

Barret Oliver is a photographer, printer and historian of photographic technology. His book A History of the Woodburytype is the only scholarly analysis of this important printing process and the beginnings of the photomechanical industry. The historian and Professor Emeritus Princeton University, Peter Bunnell, noted that the book “broadens understanding of how photography became a truly modern medium of mass cultural import.”

In addition to making prints for artists, Oliver has been working with the Getty Conservation Institute, cataloging nineteenth century printing process through re-construction and scientific analysis. This effort has lead to the first ever documentation of many obscure, yet important developments in photographic technology.

For the past decade Oliver has been exploring the intersection of nineteenth century photography and contemporary thought. Combining a conceptual foundation with a vast repository of nineteenth century processes, his photographic constructions dissect and re-configure the photographic object in an attempt to develop new ways of understanding the world.

Digital Oliver Flier




April 17 – May 15, 2015
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Opening Reception, Friday, April 17, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is proud to present the work of five artists graduating from the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University. The exhibiting artists are Gaines Bailey, Steven Hall, Mary Klacza, Kate Speranza and Erin Younge. The exhibit runs from April 17 through May 15, 2015, with an opening reception to honor the artists on Friday, April 17 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

The exhibition includes a wide range of materials and aesthetics with artists representing the studio areas of ceramics and metal design in the School of Art and Design. Gaines Bailey and Erin Younge are MFA candidates from ceramics while Steven Hall, Mary Klacza and Kate Speranza are MFA candidates from metal design.


Gaines Bailey

Gaines Bailey

Gaines Bailey is a ceramic artist and art educator living in Durham, NC, with his wife Laura and two year old daughter Adriana. He is currently a MFA candidate at East Carolina University, set to graduate in May 2015. Gaines graduated from Winthrop in 2009 with a BFA in Ceramics and member of the cross country and track team. Since then he has been selling pottery and teaching classes at community art centers in the Raleigh Durham area. Gaines was the ceramics studio manager at The Crafts Center at North Carolina State University from 2011 until starting graduate school. He was also a founding member of the Roundabout Art Collective gallery in Raleigh in 2011; exhibiting there until 2014. Gaines participates regularly in local and regional exhibitions. His work focuses finding untapped contexts for functional pottery both domestically and commercially.

Artist Statement 

Designing Ceramics for Social Events
My work considers the role of handmade goods in common rituals. I am investigating how hand-crafted ceramics can fit the demands of social events in both functional and decorative capacities. The body of thesis work is made for use in the graduate student exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University. This includes all of the serving and diningware for the reception, which is arranged as a serving display throughout the duration of the show. A one-handed plate and cup integrated set, designed to have a free hand at buffet receptions while eating, moving around, and socializing is available to be used by the guests of the event. In addition to the body of work created for the gallery space, process materials used in the creation of the work are also on display. The contextual research for this project includes historical analyses of social servingware, interviews with gallery owners, caterers, and event attendees, as well as real-world testing of the pieces. The work addresses the demands and parameters for events at the venue; investigating how handmade ceramics can solve issues of usability, aesthetic opportunities, and waste management. The subsequent goal for this project is to serve as a model that could be replicated at future public events.


Steven Hall

Steven Hall

Steven Hall, born in 1986, is a metalsmith from Georgia. He received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from the University of Georgia in 2010. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a blacksmith before moving to Greenville, North Carolina in 2012 and beginning his MFA in the Metal Design program at East Carolina University. Steven’s current work focusing on making singing bowls to be used for the Japanese healing technique known as Reiki. This work is all cast bronze and turned wood.

Artist Statement

For me, art is more than just objects to be looked at- it is the interactions which we have with these objects. For the artist, the art is as much the making as the finished piece; for the viewer, being able to touch and hold the piece makes the art into something more. For this reason, my work focuses on making functional objects which provide the viewer more direct access to the pieces. Soon after I began studying art, I was introduced to forming vessels and this process has held my interest ever since. Vessels, such as bowls, serve as a perfect conduit between the hands of the artist and the viewer, letting them share the interactions of the piece.

Recently I began practicing the Japanese energy healing technique known as Reiki. In Reiki, the intention of the healer is to project energy through the hands to affect beneficial changes in themselves or others. It soon became clear to me that I needed to find a way to join my art with my interest in Reiki. The singing bowl was a clear way to join my two passions. As not just a vessel but also an instrument, the bowl draws the viewer to interact and experience the piece more fully. At the same time, the singing bowl is one of the traditional tools used by many energy healers. It is my hope that as you look at this work you will take a moment to interact with the pieces and play the bowls. As you listen to the sound of the bowls, let the energy carried by their ringing pass into you and become a catalyst for any changes that need to occur for your highest good.


Mary Klacza

Mary Klacza

Mary Klacza is a metalsmith/artist who has been happily hammering since 2006. She will graduate in May 2015 with her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University, and holds her BFA in Human Centered Design from Northern Michigan University. Mary has been a guest artist for Bob Ebendorf’s found-object adornment class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She currently resides in Greenville, NC.

Artist Statement

I bring together hammer and anvil with a piece of silver in between- forging sterling silver utensils. By selectively thickening, thinning, widening, and lengthening, I can fabricate a piece of silver into a usable utensil. The precision and passion necessary for forging are addictive to me. What cannot be forged I fabricate with a jeweler’s saw, torch, and files to bring dimension to what was once a flat, plain sheet. The transformations that silver can endure because of its malleability are incredible. The utensils I am making are unusual and overly specific; they are completely functional but realistically absurd because of their intentionally limited usability. In my observations of food trends and eating habits in American culture, food has become more excessive and indulgent. Why haven’t the utensils followed? I think that if the food I am eating is extravagant, the wares to eat it with should be decadent to match. Looking to history for cues, lavish attention was paid to new, celebrated, and exquisite foods during the Victorian era. During this time, specialized utensils were developed for the presentation, serving, and consumption of each and every delicacy. Exquisite bon-bon tongs and ornate serving scoops are what I have translated into donut-specific tongs and devices for dunking such confections into coffee.


Kate Speranza

Kate Speranza

Kate Speranza is an MFA candidate in the School of Art & Design at East Carolina University. She is from Portland, Oregon and received her BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft. She has worked extensively in metalsmithing, making both small-scale sculpture and jewelry. Her interest in using a variety of media has spurred her to investigate other formats such as painting and book making techniques. She has exhibited regionally in both North Carolina and the Pacific Northwest.

Artist Statement

“Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”—Paul Tillich The concept of choosing to be alone bears a stigma in today’s exceedingly social world. It’s a choice that I believe few value, and those who choose it are often misunderstood in this need. Solitude gives you a chance to escape the chaos of daily life. Furthermore, it’s essential to creativity, and processing thoughts and emotions. In this body of work I have made representations of my own and others’ notions of solitude using paintings, mixed media sculpture, and text. My work demonstrates the importance of solitude and offers viewers respite from chaos and an opportunity to consciously acknowledge a moment of quietude.


Erin Younge

Erin Younge

Erin Younge is an artist who uses various materials and techniques to build sculptural installations. Her work is about being relocated as a young child to a rural town in the western mountains of North Carolina, in the middle of the bible-belt. Younge translates her Judeo Christian upbringing into an interactive sculptural series. She received her BFA degree, concentrating in sculpture, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to being a recent graduate of the MFA program at East Carolina University, Younge has taught workshops on ceramics at The North Carolina Pottery Center and StarWorks’ FireFest, using the raku method of glaze firing. She was the Curatorial Manager for East Carolina University’s Dwight Holland Educational Ceramics Collection from 2012 to 2015. Her work has been shown regional in eastern North Carolina, and she received a second place award in the Art and Science Exhibition at Arteries Gallery in Naperville, Illinois

Artist Statement

My research focuses on how rituals can affect the conceptual design of sculptural objects. I used that research to create artwork that explores the connections between the visual culture of religion and art to determine whether rituals are mutually shared. Using my knowledge of Judeo Christianity, my work compares religious visual culture with art practices. The venue for my work focuses on venerating shrines in a domestic setting in relation to a public art museum. A shrine may contain memorabilia and relics about a specific person or event that designates visitors to participate in a certain way. Some of the pieces are interactive to facilitate that participation for others. During my childhood, the concepts of my family’s religious faith were imposed upon me. Researching the biblical teachings for my work allows me to take an active role in my family’s religious exchange. My shrines combine my memories with imagery of Judeo Christian rituals to become active mementos for transforming my mindset. Shrines are revisited as often as necessary; each visit addresses one smaller aspect of spiritual conflict or doubt about religious practices. My pieces prepare me for positive change as I prepare them each day.

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) 328-6336.

ECU Professor Dr. Robbie Quinn Recognized As The North Carolina Art Educator of the Year at the 2015 National Art Education Association Convention


Robbie Quinn was recognized as the North Carolina Art Educator of the Year at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in New Orleans, LA, on March 27, 2015. He is pictured here at the Awards ceremony with North Carolina Art Education Association president, Penny Freeland, and NAEA Southeastern Region Vice-President, Debi West.

Award Winning Movie and Television Producer, Director and Cinematographer, Cynthia Hill to Lecture and Meet with ECU Art and Design Students



Award Winning Movie and Television Producer, Director and Cinematographer, Cynthia Hill will screening her TV show entitled “A Chef’s Life”, which is in the middle of shooting in Kinston, NC. This show is being broadcast nationally on PBS and has won MANY awards nationally. There will be a Q and A afterwards.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:30-9:00 PM
ECU SOAD Speight Auditorium

“A Chef’s Life” TV Show: http://www.achefslifeseries.com

Her documentary film “Private Violence”: http://www.privateviolence.com/team.html

Her IMDB Information: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1653705/

Wednesday from 2:00-5:00PM – CAMP and SOAD students will have the opportunity to meet in a small group meeting with Cynthia Hill. This will be a GREAT chance for your students to get to know her on a personal basis and to ask her ANY and ALL questions about her work, her career and her advice for what students to do once you graduate from school.

Refreshments will be provided!!!

Any questions should be addressed to Professor Erik Green GREENE@ecu.edu