September 2-29, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, September 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery of East Carolina University's School of Art and Design will present the The 2016 North Carolina Sculpture Consortium Exhibition from September 2 through September 29.. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, September 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This exhibit is in collaboration with the symposium co-ordinated by professor Hanna Jubran on contemporary sculpture including talks, demonstrations, and a panel discussion at the School of Art and Design. Patrick Dougherty, a world renowned sculptor from Chapel Hill, NC will deliver the keynote talk on Thursday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center on the ECU campus. A reception for the exhibition will follow Dougherty's talk in the Gray Gallery.
The exhibition features the art of sculpture educators teaching in North Carolina. Artists participating in the exhibition include: Matt Amante, Phillip Ashe, Mark Brown, Mark Gordon, Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran, Hanna Jubran, Justin Morgan Kennedy, Kyle Lusk, Kelly Sheppard Murray, Jon Ray Smith, Brittany Sondberg, Andi Steele, Virginia Tyler and Patricia Wasserboehr.
Keynote speaker Patrick Dougherty was b orn in Oklahoma in 1945, and was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture.
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, Maple Body Wrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show entitled, Waitin' It Out in Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dougherty"s work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads. Over the last thirty years, he has built over 270 of these works, and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide---from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States.
He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Patrick and his work in 2009. This monograph, Stickwork, has received excellent reviews and is available at www.stickwork.net. In 2013, PenKen Productions of Durham, NC produced a full-length documentary called Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty.
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.