ECU Art + Design Living Learning Community Art Show

Living Learning Community Art Show
Friday, Feb 3rd
Reception 4:30-6:00 pm
Jenkins Foyer

The show ends on Thursday, Feb 16th

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) were created to provide students with the opportunity to experience the transition to a larger university in smaller, more personal groups. They are designed to assist in the academic transition to university instruction, to support the student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom, and to encourage positive student connections within East Carolina University. Students that reside in a learning community take at least two classes together in the Fall semester. Research shows that students that reside in these special living communities tend to have higher grade point averages than other students, and their retention rate towards graduation from the university is much higher than students living in other living situations.

While each LLC at East Carolina University is unique in their focus and theme, all share the same major goals for students:
·         Achieve academic success
·         Be actively engaged in academic, local, and/or global communities
·         Have opportunities to discover their leadership potential

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping our students meet their academic goals. The LLCs at ECU have committed and collaborative faculty, academic partners, Student Affairs educators, and Campus Living staff to help provide student participants with opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

Garrett Dorm

Garrett will be host to the Art + Design LLC students. Garrett is conveniently located next door to the Jenkins Fine Arts Center where many of the Art and Design classes are held. It is considered to be part of the West End of campus and is close to West End Dining Center, Student Recreation Center, Mendenhall Student Center, and Joyner Library.

Artist, Gallery Owner And Professor Charlie Cummings To Give Lecture And Demonstration

Artist, Gallery owner, Professor, new technologies extraordinaire, and more!

Please consider attending visiting artist demonstrations at East Carolina University’s Shape Lab, room 109 in the Jenkins Fine Art Center on February 2nd and 3rd. Charlie will demonstrate use of the laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC router to create interactive artworks.

Lecture will be in Speight Auditorium at 12:15pm February 2nd. Come join the festivities!

For more of Charlie Cummings work, visit his website

2017 School of Art and Design Faculty Collects Exhibition


2017 School of Art and Design Faculty Collects Exhibition

January 20-February 3, 2017

Closing Reception, Friday, February 3 5:00-6:00 PM

The School of Art and Design is proud to announce the 2017 Faculty Collects Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery. A closing reception, First Friday, February 3 at 5:00 PM will honor the faculty and present work from their personal collections of art.

As artists, faculty often trade with other artists and purchase work for their own enjoyment by friends, colleagues, students and famous artists. This exhibition highlights the art that School of Art and Design faculty has chosen to collect and live with. The work showcases a wide range of media including ceramics, illustration, drawing, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design.

East Carolina University features the largest and most diverse studio art program in North Carolina and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design with faculty enjoying an international reputation in both the studio arts and scholarly endeavors.

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, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the lecture and 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:

2006 ECU MFA Metal Design Alumnus Jesse Bert: Across The Border And Around The World


Originally from the U.S,  Jesse Bert relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Jesse’s preferred work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects.

Over the past 10 years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. as well as across the United States and in other countries and has kept very busy and very productive.

2016 Workshops

  • Cold Connections and Etching with Salt Water, The Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Thomas Mann Studio Flux, New Orleans, LA
  • Intensive 5-day jewelry course, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Sand Casting Techniques for jewelers, Pocosin Arts Folk School, Columbia, NC
  • Making hammer and jewelry tools, Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ



  • Earrings Show #3, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Making Matters: Perspectives in Fine Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ

2017 Workshops

  • Intensive 2-weeks of Jewelry workshops, Studio Squina, Madrid, Spain
  • 2 weeks as guest instructor in the Metals department, Technological University of Monterrey Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Making hammers, The Ranch Center for Arts and crafts, Snohomish, WA

For the most recent information about future workshops and exhibitions, please see Jesse’s Facebook page:

or you can visit his website