MFA Thesis

Wellington B. Gray Gallery


Founded in 1977, the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery is an integral part of the School of Art and Design’s educational mission.  The Gray Gallery provides educational programming for students and the community through six to eight exhibitions each year and numerous symposia and lectures by visiting artists and curators.  The collections that the Gallery and School of Art and Design maintain includes a significant collection of western and central African art, Baltic ceramics, the Dwight M. Holland collection, a major and on-going donation of contemporary ceramics and a suite of Larry Rivers prints.


The Collection as Educator: Ceramic Gifts from Dwight M. Holland and M. Pepper Fluke

June 1 – 26, 2015
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Closing reception, Friday, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery of the School of Art and Design at ECU is pleased to present the exhibition, The Collection as Educator: Ceramic Gifts from Dwight M. Holland and M. Pepper Fluke, from June 1 through June 26. There will be a closing reception on Friday, June 26 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Through the gifts of Dwight M. Holland of Asheboro, M. Pepper Fluke of Durham and other serious collectors of ceramics, the ECU School of Art and Design has a large and internationally varied teaching collection of clay art. From traditional folk forms representative of the rich history of the Seagrove area to contemporary objects created with post-modern aesthetics, this exhibition samples the range of work donated by Holland and Fluke. The over 50 artists in the show come from Mexico to Russia and from California to New York, illustrating the diversity of artistic expression in their collections.

In 1998, Mr. Holland approached the East Carolina University School of Art and Design for the purpose of donating his extensive collection of pottery and contemporary ceramics. His interest is to provide a “hands-on” experience to others with ceramic works that are ordinarily placed in “untouchable” museum collections. In addition to the ceramics works, accompanying transcript interviews and audiotapes of thirteen Seagrove potters are available for research purposes. Since East Carolina University School of Art and Design has one of the largest studio ceramics programs in North Carolina it was a natural site for such an important educational collection. In 2010, M. Pepper Fluke, following Dwight M. Holland’s example, began donating work from her collection of over 1,000 ceramics pieces allowing the School of Art and Design’s teaching collection to grow even further. 

Collector as Educator   Collector as Educator

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 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the exhibition. 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. 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.