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Tim LazureTim Lazure, Area Coordinator
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 1317
Mail stop no: 502
School of Art and Design
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-1317; fax # (252)328-6441
lazuret@ecu.edu

CV (PDF)

http://timlazure.com/

The history latent in abandoned industrial buildings, the tools and machines wrought from our grandparents and great-grandparents, the blast furnaces and water towers and other larger-than-life industrial structures influences the scope and message inherent in this collection. 

This work investigates the dual nature of the industrial revolution as it relates to progress and its effects on society. On the one hand, the romanticized vision of this liminal point in American history embodies the pride and craftsmanship that often accompanies creation and invention. It also points to the ambition needed — as well as the systems required — for society to advance. Yet, these advancements in productivity, the adherence to systems, form and structure, can also contribute to a world where technology could eventually run humans, not the other way around. 

Marrying prosthetics with cogs, organic elements with precious metal, the work investigates not only the boons of this era, but also the increasing dependence between man and machine. I aim, through this work, to explore this history and to celebrate — as well as question — the values assigned to progress and prosperity. How should an object be treated and used? Are natural objects such as stones or quills better off left alone in their natural state or is their beauty enhanced through my manipulation of them? Does the incorporation of such objects into a work seek to harness and control their beauty or does it glorify it? The juxtaposition of contrasting forms and concepts plays into the layered way I view the world: ferreting out the beautiful hidden within the grotesque or discovering the humorous aspects of a depressing situation. 

Using imagery from the industrial era, as well as objects from nature and the human form, I pose questions about their interconnectivity. But I invite viewers to draw from their own past to interpret and appreciate the work.

Tim Lazure
Tim Lazure
Tim Lazure
Tim Lazure
Tim Lazure
Tim Lazure

Ken BovaKen Bova, Area Co-Coordinator
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 1311
Mail stop no: 502
School of Art and Design
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)737-4390; fax # (252)328-6441
bovak@ecu.edu

When I was a kid I used to take the seeds from mimosa pods and string them with a needle and thread into long heishi-like strands for necklaces. I kept them in cigar boxes, along with bits of colored paper, drawings, feathers, small bones, stones, colored shards of glass, and treasure maps that I drew myself ~ relics of an imaginative and active childhood.

In addition to art, I studied philosophy and religious studies in graduate school with the wonder-full Lynda Sexson. In her book “Ordinarily Sacred” she says that inventories of children’s treasures and those of religious holy places are remarkably similar; that the “junk” that’s precious to kids, and adults, is the stuff of the sacred.

She writes, “The sacred, when not bound by politics and economics, is nearer to something we call the aesthetic.”

My work is, in part, the result of this heritage. It seeks to convey my fascination with narrative, color and line, objects of intimacy, elements of the landscape both external and internal, and the wonder of small things that attract my attention. It is about mapping the treasures in my life.  It is about precious junk becoming sacred, becoming aesthetic. 

www.KenBova.com

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Ken Bova
Ken Bova
Ken Bova
Ken Bova
Ken Bova

Robert EbendorfRobert Ebendorf, Carol Grotnes Belk Chair
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 1309
Mail stop no: 502
School of Art and Design
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-1318; fax # (252)328-6441
ebendorfr@ecu.edu

Born September 30, 1938 in Topeka, Kansas, Bob received his BFA in 1960, his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967- 71) and State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in the crafts and Commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past -president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum (England), the British Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Mint Museum of Craft Design in Charlotte, N.C., Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, National Museum of Wales, Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany, Museum of Art and Design New York, New York and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Connecticut to name a few. He currently serves as the Belk Distinguished Professor in the Art at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He was awarded the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Fine Arts in 2010, the state’s highest honor. He also currently holds Guest Professorship status at the University of the West of England in Bristol UK. The jewelry of Robert Ebendorf, A Retrospective of Forty Years, is now on display at the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin. The Smithsonian institution invited him to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program.

Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf

Linda DartyLinda Darty
Jenkins Fine Arts Center
Mail stop: 502
School of Art and Design
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-6256 fax # (252)328-6441
dartyl@ecu.edu

Linda Darty learned enameling and metalwork in the mountains of North Carolina, where for 7 years, she lived and worked as assistant to the director of Penland School of Crafts. As professor and coordinator of the metal design program at East Carolina University, she has recently begun a new life in the medieval town of Certaldo, Italy, where she founded and directs ECU’s ITALY INTENSIVES year round study abroad program. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the heart of Tuscany, the beautiful studios are located in a medieval palace near Florence, where Linda began her own art studies in 1973. Professor Darty has an extensive national and international exhibition record with work in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC and The Arkansas Art Museum. She is the recipient of the North Carolina Board of Governor’s Teaching Award as well as The Lifetime Achievement Award for Research from East Carolina University, and The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Enamelist Society, an international organization. In 2003, as a more organized way of providing notes to her students, Linda wrote The Art of Enameling, published by Lark books, currently used as a text in many universities. Linda has taught workshops or given visiting artist lectures in England, Ireland, India, Canada, Costa Rica, Scotland, Germany, Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy and throughout the U.S.A.

Linda Darty
Linda Darty
Linda Darty
Linda Darty
Linda Darty
Linda Darty

Mi-Sook HurMi-Sook Hur
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 1332
Mail stop: 502
School of Art and Design
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-1294; fax # (252)328-6441
hurm@ecu.edu

Mi-Sook Hur earned her BFA from Seoul National University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Korea, she is currently a professor at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University. Hur has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) in Chicago, Tong-In Gallery in Korea, Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan, and VicenzaOro II in Italy. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith, The Artful Teapot, and Nouvel Object V. She has received awards including the Niche Awards, the Purchase Award from Arkansas Arts Center, and the European Design-an Asian Renaissance Evoked in Gold Award from the World Gold Council. She is a former artist-in-residence at John Michael Kohler Arts Center and has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Newark Museum, Artspace Art Center, Pocosin Arts, and the Pullen Art Center.

Mi-Sook Hur
Mi-Sook Hur
Mi-Sook Hur
Mi-Sook Hur
Mi-Sook Hur
Mi-Sook Hur