The 10th Annual Joyner Library School of Art and Design Graduate Student Art Exhibition

The 10th Annual Joyner Library School of Art and Design Graduate Student Art exhibition will be on view from October 20th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

There will have an opening reception on November 3rd at 5pm in the Faulkner Gallery.  Awards winners will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

The exhibition features artworks by current graduate students in ECU’s School of Art and Design.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

Joyner Library, Faulkner Gallery
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Fold Unfold: Textiles Exhibition Examines Coverlets As An Important Aspect Of Southern Material Culture

Fold Unfold
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
November 1-17, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 , 5:00 PM 8:00 P

Curators talk: Friday, November 17, 4:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium

Fold Unfold, a project by curators Susan Falls and Jessica Smith ,will be on display in the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC  from  November 1 through November 17, 2017. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, November 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Susan Falls and Jessica Smith will discuss their collaborative research and the development of this project in a gallery talk, Fold Unfold: When Coverlets meet Op Art, on Friday November 17th at 4 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public.

Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design and Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design contacted over 100 weavers from the USA and Canada and invited skilled makers to weave objects which could be folded and unfolded, and that were the size of typical 19th century coverlets (80″ x 88″). These weavers were asked to consider overshot geometric patterning of 19th and early 20th century American coverlets but to use a modernist color scheme of black, white, and gray. These makers were artists, designers, guild weavers, students and others; some worked individually while others worked collaboratively.  Viewers will only glimpse the pattern, palette work, and overall value of these coverlets when they are folded, just as we most often found them in our research of 19th century sites. A slide show and catalog, revealing each coverlet in its entirety, will accompany the exhibition. The catalog, available on Amazon, includes essays by Sarah Kate Gillespie, Curator of American Art, Georgia Museum/UGA and Catherine Ellis, textile artist and educator.

North Carolina weavers in the exhibition are Robin Haller, Dani Burke, Barb Butler, Cassie Dickson, Melanie Wilder, Deanna Lynch, Laura Magdycz, Gabrielle Duggan and Nicole Asselin.  Robin Haller is professor of Textile Design in the School of Art and Design at ECU.

What is the difference between art and craft? Coverlet weaving requires tremendous aptitude and vision, but coverlets are lesser-known than quilts when it comes to southern material culture. And these bed coverings are often devalued (viewed as castoffs) or romanticized (connected to mythical narratives about community and gift giving) rather than recognized as having provided real value to households. To address a missed opportunity to examine coverlets as an important aspect of southern material culture, we present Fold Unfold, an installation of historic and contemporary coverlets. The contemporary art installation of 15 historic polychromatic and 54 contemporary monochromatic coverlets explores these objects from art-historical and museum perspectives in challenging aesthetic judgments that relegate coverlets to the realm of “craft” rather than “art.”

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 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services, at least two weeks prior to the event (252) 737-1016.







October 26th (Thursday) at 5pm
Speight Auditorium, Jenkins 

Steve Snell is inspired by local history, myth, and the image of the American west. He calls his work adventure art.  It is in an effort to create heroic narratives for the present day or at least project images of them. This adventure and community-based practice has led him to variety of experiences, ranging from floating the Connecticut River in a couch- boat to a random encounter with Alec Baldwin while hiking across Western Massachusetts.

Steve has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Teton ArtLab in Jackson, WY, the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and British Columbia, which was sponsored by the National Parks Service and Parks Canada.  His work has been shown

in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States. Steve earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011) as well as a B.F.A. in Painting / B.S. in Art Education from Miami University (2006). He currently is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Foundation Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Wellington B. Gray Gallery
October 6 – 26 2017

Awards Ceremony, Friday, October 6, 4:00 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 October 6 through 26, 2017.  Area curriculum coordinators in the School of Art and Design select the outstanding works submitted from over 400 undergraduate students.. The Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium of the Jenkins Fine Arts Building. This year’s awards judge, Michelle Harrell, will announce the winners. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.

Michelle Harrell is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Museum of Art. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Peace College and her BFA and MAEd from East Carolina University. After 13 years of teaching middle and high school art, she began a position in 2010 to develop distance learning programs at the NCMA. She now supervises the education team responsible for learning experiences from camps, tours, online programs, lectures, outreach, and teacher professional development. Michelle is passionate about increasing access to art experiences to share her passion for art with others. Through her paintings, prints, and journaling, she searches to capture both the sense of place and the physical mosaic of brushstrokes and interplay of colors. Michelle uses heightened color to create an emotional intuitive response to highly personal subject matter, often landscapes of my childhood. Light saturated with color creates sense of place in both her memory (emotional response) and the atmospheric effect of season and time of day.

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

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.  and Saturday from 10:00 2:00 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) 328-1312.