Pirate Purple Glazed Treasure


Staying Involved


East Carolina University is proud to offer a unique opportunity for alumni and donors to own a special edition “Pirate Purple Glazed” work by the acclaimed potter and distinguished alumnus Ben Owen, III. Each piece is marked on its base with the ECU Pirate and signed by the artist.

Your donation to the School of Art and Design will help support scholarships, faculty development, student enrichment, and enhancement of its educational programs.

Benjamin Wade Owen III is from Seagrove, North Carolina, a town known for its many pottery galleries and studios. Ben comes from three generations of potters and continues to portray his grandfather’s influence in his work. Between 1987 and 1989, Ben completed undergraduate liberal arts coursework at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. At East Carolina University, he earned a BFA in ceramics in 1993 and received the outstanding student award from both the Ceramics program and the School of Art and Design. He operates a gallery located in his grandfather’s original workshop.

  • $250 donation — 5 inch Melon Pod
  • $500 donation — 6 inch Dogwood vase
  • $700 donation — 6 inch Dogwood Vase and the 5 inch Melon Pod or the 9 inch Dogwood Vase
  • $1,000 donation — All three pieces

To own a special edition work, please contact:
Mary Jane Gaddis
Director of Development
College of Fine Arts and Communication
East Carolina University

The Friends Of The School Of Art And Design

The Friends of the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University was organized over 3 decades ago. Its mission is to provide financials support to the school for scholarships, programs and projects that benefit the students and faculty. The Friends also encourage and promote the visual arts to its members and the community.

  • What you help support
  • Student scholarships
  • Faculty and student presentations and exhibitions at national and international conferences are
  • Art appreciation trips
  • ECU Youth arts Festival

Benefits Of Being A Friend

Your membership in the friends not only helps provide financial support to the students and faculty, it helps increase the awareness of the School of Art and design in the community and the state.

  • Preview of upcoming exhibitions at Wellington B. Gray Gallery
  • Invitations to exhibit openings receptions at the Gray Art Gallery
  •  Invitations to special lectures and gallery talks by guest artists
  •  Preview of the annual student holiday exhibition and sale
  • Workshops conducted by School of Art and Design faculty
  • Private tours of local and regional galleries and art museums
  •  Kickoff party for annual artist studio tour

Become a Friend of the School of Art and Design

Your membership supports scholarships, programs and projects that benefit the students and faculty. In addition you will receive invitations to special events. Membership levels include:

______ $25 alumni (if you graduated in the last 5 years)

______ $50 Base Member

______ $100 Patron

______ $250 Benefactor

______ $500 Leader

______ $1,000 Chancellor’s Society

Please Join today at https://onestop.ecu.edu/onlinegiving/

There are many also many other ways to help The School of Art and Design succeed.

Endow a scholarship

Named scholarships exist in perpetuity. Your gift today can honor a loved one or mentor until the end of time. Endowed scholarships are $25,000 and can be established over a five-year period.

Create a custom scholarship

o attract the most promising students, we offer a variety of scholarships. Gifts from $500 to $7,500 annually (four year commitment) can be successfully used to support our studios.

Don’t forget us when you’re gone...

The university can assist you in diverting a portion of your wealth to the School of Art and Design when you can no longer use it.

Yes, we’d like your car/boat/plane/house!

We’re fiscally creative. If you have property you’d care to gift to the University, we can turn it into student scholarships. Ask us how!


Mary Jane Gaddis, Gifts Officer for the College of Fine Arts and Communication

Sarah Hooper

Please Join today.