School Of Art And Design Sophomore Tyler Letson Wins Jury Awards And Silver Tripod Award For Best Editing In The Campus Moviefest 2015


Congratulations to School of Art & Design sophomore Tyler Letson who won one of 4 Jury Awards and also a Silver Tripod Award for best editing in the Campus MovieFest 2015. Campus MovieFest is a competition that travels to various college campuses annually. Tyler’s award includes a prize of a one year subscription to Adobe CC. The four jury award winners will now have their films entered into the national competition.

Tyler’s film: “Now You’re Gonna Learn All About Science With Boomer” was created as an assignment in ART2070: Survey of Animation/Interactive Design this fall. The assignment had students research a topic from the NC 6th Grade Science Curriculum and then create an animated film to teach the topic to a sixth grade audience. Through the project, students learn story creation, storyboarding, how to build an animatic, and then build the final film with 2D animation.

View Tyler Letson’s film at the link below:

2012 BFA Metal Design Alumna Tara Locklear Featured in American Craft Magazine


Tara Locklear will be featured in the November/December 2015 edition of American Craft Magazine. Part of that article and interview are below as well as a link to the complete article at the American Craft website. Tara was also a 2014 Society for Contemporary Craft Lydon Emerging Artist Finalist


“The skateboarders who hang out at the Backdoor Skate Shop in Greenville, North Carolina, all know Tara Locklear. If they don’t know her name, they know what she does, which is turn fragments of skateboard into audacious jewelry: brooches and necklaces and earrings and bracelets that radiate the free-spirited soulfulness and in-your-face attitude of skater life.

So they give her their spent or broken boards to use for her raw material. Maybe it’s the first board they ever owned, the one they were riding when they won that competition, or one they covered with angry, nihilistic scrawls at a painful time. More than a piece of sports gear or a means of transportation, these are deeply personal items. Locklear gets that, and it’s why the skaters entrust these precious objects to her, to break up and compose into unique sculptural adornments. Just do something cool with it, they’ll say.

“A board holds so much history for each individual rider,” says the artist, who now lives and works in Raleigh. “They can tell you the time and place they first bought it, why the graphic is special to them. It’s part of their history, like your grandmother’s ring, or your mother’s gold chain, or your father’s cuff link.”

Seven layers of maple make up a skateboard, which typically is black on top where the rider stands, with screen-printed or sometimes handpainted decoration on the underside…..”


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December 3,4,5, 2015

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. Looking for a one of a kind gift for someone special this holiday season? A gift of a work of fine art or a high quality craft piece will be a memorable present.

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East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design Holiday Exhibition and Sale is just the place to pick up a unique, thoughtful gift, not to mention all the proceeds benefit the art guilds and students of the School of Art and Design. The Holiday Exhibition will be held in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, December 3-5, 2015. All the guilds in the SoAD participate with exceptional art by both graduate and undergraduate students. Gift items include jewelry, scarves, textiles, ceramics, metal sculpture, photography, paintings, prints and much more. All items in the exhibition will be for sale. The hours of the sale are 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4; and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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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. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-1312.

Lecture by Visiting Animation Research Professor Yankun Duan

All are invited to a Lecture by Visiting Animation Research Professor Yankun Duan on Friday November 20th at 10:30AM in the Speight Auditorium at the Jenkins Fine Art Center. Professor Duan will present her recent animation work, a sample of current Chinese animation, and an introduction to her school: Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications School of Media and Arts.

Designer Brad Vetter To Give Letterpress Presentation And Workshop


Brad Vetter — — will be joining the Design Associates this Wednesday, November 18th. He will be presenting his work & process as well as hosting a demo and printing workshop. Details are below.

Brad Vetter
Letterpress Presentation & Workshop
Novemeber 18
Jenkins 119

Please RSVP to so Brad can prepare correctly for the workshop. Also, so Dan can order the correct amount of food & drinks. If you don’t RSVP, you don’t get pizza.

Metalsmith Artist Casey Sheppard Lecture, Demonstration and Studio Visits


The Metal Design department will be hosting Casey Sheppard this coming Thursday and Friday 11/19-20!

Casey is an amazing artist and all around awesome person, who is currently on a year long nomadic tour across the nation, visiting other artists and working to create a dialogue about crafting community. She’s converted her vehicle not only into a traveling home, but a studio as well!

Thursday 11/19 Casey will be doing one-on-one studio critiques/discussions for grad students and seniors throughout the day. Get a fresh opinion on your work and new ideas on alternative ways to practice your craft after graduation- but most of all, get a boost of energy and inspiration from spending time with an awesome person! If you’re interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting with Casey, or having her talk to your class, please contact me at with your available times for that day.

Join us for her lecture Thursday 11/19 at 6pm in the metals studio room 1322!
We’ll be hosting a dinner afterwards with Casey at Thai 360  (560 Evans St) following the lecture. Please rsvp if you plan on attending the dinner so that I can get an accurate head count.

Friday 11/20 at 11am, she will be holding a round table discussion on crafting community in room 1322, followed by a tour of her space, as well as a hands on demonstration on fold-forming.

About Casey Sheppard

Metal smith, freelance writer, mountain biker, community gatherer, adventure seeker, classic cocktail maker, entrepreneur: these are just a few of my trades/passions that influence and create my life, my art. Why metal? Why jewelry? My granddad passed along his love and respect for tools to me, which I mixed with my own loves of fashion and sculpture. And why not metal, it’s so rad! Inspired by cities, nature, mechanics and life I try and create work that is just a bit different than everyone else. I feel it’s important to find your own voice and proudly ride that shiny unique rainbow unicorn all the way into the sunset!!!

I’ve exhibited my work at galleries nation/world wide, art festivals and in publications: Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, A CASA Museum of Brazilian Object in San Paulo Brazil, Cherry Creek Art Festival, CraftBoston, American Craft Magazine, Art Jewelry Magazine, Behind the Brooch Book and Crafthaus online exhibitions, to name a few.

Next year a collaborative piece with Sofia Bjorkman and another with Michael Dale Bernard will be on a touring exhibiton with CoOperation Garnish.

I’m currently working on a project to connect communities called “Case Of The Nomads”. It’s a yearlong trip where I will be traveling with a live/work space, bike and my adventure dog “India” with my car. The purpose is to stop at art, bike and other communities to see what they are doing, connect and then share my experience with others.

I also currently write for Art Jewelry Magazine and am working on my first cold connection jewelry design book while on the road that will be published through Kalmbach publishing, slated for 2017 release.

Oh and I’m very proud to say I am a self-taught jeweler / metal smith / mountain biker / writer / dog lover!

2002 BFA Painting Alumnus Jason Mitcham Exhibition and Lecture at Elon University

Jason Mitcham, Future Histories
Gallery 406, Arts West
Artist talk, 5:30 p.m.

Mitcham, a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work, is primarily a painter, although his work has expanded into the realm of video, creating stop-motion animations from paintings. His videos explore the development of our society’s landscapes, specifically notions of temporality, suburbia and modern ruins. One of his recent animations was premiered on National Public Radio’s website and included in the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Exhibition continues through November 20.

The show includes some of my new installation-based painting/video works, and will include lots of my actual physical work, along with the videos.