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The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery is a dynamic space that serves a variety of purposes. It is a true exhibit area to showcase art created by ECU faculty and students. Comprised of 3700 square feet, the seating capacity is up to 200 guests.
State of the art technology includes two 80-inch LCD panels for digital art, two short-throw projectors with 100-inch retractable screens, and 16 ceiling speakers. Art is displayed with an AS Hanging System, which utilizes cables and hooks to hang traditionally framed and non-traditional works without wall damage.
The space is furnished with several comfortable seating arrangements and a large study room with seating for fifteen people. Students can use these areas individually and collaboratively when they are not reserved for events.
At the entrance of the gallery, a tribute case honors Janice Hardison Faulkner. The items on display represent important moments in her outstanding career. She earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from what was then East Carolina College. In 1998, Faulkner received an honorary doctorate from ECU.
A reception dedicating the renovated gallery and study space bearing the name of alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner took place on March 11, 2014 at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.
The Joyner Library Advancement Council selected the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery as its flagship project in the fall of 2012. Chartered in 2010, the council provides advocacy, consultation, and opportunity for involvement with library initiatives. Council members, then chaired by Harry W. Stubbs IV and vice chair Michael D. Priddy, EdD, launched a campaign that fundraised in excess of $130,000. More than one hundred twenty five donors rallied behind the cause.
“I don’t know what it is about my life experience that attracts people to celebration of it, but I sure am glad,” said Janice Hardison Faulkner in an interview with The Daily Reflector in August 2012.
“It is a unique and inviting venue for lectures, programs, conferences, and receptions. It is a space for experimentation with the new forms of displaying art using the technologies embedded in the gallery. It is a place where students can study, relax, and learn. It is a tangible recognition of the life-long contributions Janice Hardison Faulkner has made to East Carolina University and the state of North Carolina,” says Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.
A donor wall at the gallery’s entrance recognizes the generosity of these benefactors. Of the wall, former Pitt County School superintendent and current council chair, Dr. Michael Priddy says, “The opportunity to name the gallery in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner was especially important to me. I am thankful that many felt called to be a part of this endeavor. I am also pleased that we can not only honor Janice, but also recognize everyone who made this project come to life. Their names are immortalized, and they’ll warm Janice’s heart each time she sees or hears their names.” Funding was also provided by ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs, Joyner Library, and the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment.
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