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.
Luck Legacy: Continuing the Tradition (June 3 - June 27, 2014
Reception: Friday, June 6, 5 PM
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery will celebrate the work and legacy of North Carolina potter Sid Luck with an exhibition of his work and that of his family, apprentices and students from June 3 through June 27. A reception honoring the artists will take place Friday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m.
Included in the exhibit with Sid Luck are family, apprentices and students: Ali Balser, Laura Beavers, Shirley Criscoe, George Hayes, Art Hood, Randy James, Stacy Lambert, Glenda Little, Darius Luck, Emerson Bud Luck, James Woodrow Luck, Jason Luck, Madison Luck, Matt Luck, William Henry Luck, Steve Morgan, Ronda Myrick, Mike Plummer, Frank Ray, Lucille Sabiston, Caroline Smith, Ann Truemper, Sidney Whitten (aka Storm) and Floyd Williamson (deceased). This exhibition is curated by Edna Schroeer and is a part of the on-going collaboration between the North Carolina Pottery Center [http://www.ncpotterycenter.org/] and East Carolina University.
At age 69, Sid Luck has been making pots for 57 years. This time-honored tradition of wheel-thrown pottery began with William Henry Luck, Sid’s great-grandfather, who is represented with the oldest piece in the exhibit, a lard jar from the 1870s. In 1957 by age 12, Sid began turning for the J.B. Cole Pottery in Seagrove. With the encouragement of local potters such as Waymon Cole and Nell Cole Graves, he continued turning off and on for the next 30 years. A four year hitch in the Marines, stints at Sandhills Community College followed by a degree in chemistry from North Carolina State University and high school teaching jobs in Florida and North Carolina then took precedence over pottery. Sid opened Luck's Ware on a parttime basis in 1987 at its current location and used both gas and electric kilns. Three years later Sid left teaching to pursue his pottery dream full time. In 1994, Sid was honored as the recipient of the Living Treasure of North Carolina Award given by UNC at Wilmington's Museum of World Cultures. He was the subject of two 1999 documentaries, Crawdad Slip and Luck's Legacy, by Jim Sharkey. Sid, as well as sonsJason and Matthew, was featured in 2001 in the UNCTV's Folkways series on The Potters of Seagrove hosted by David Holt. In 2006, Sid was nominated by the North Carolina Arts Council for inclusion in the Southern Artistry registry, a joint effort of the Southern Arts Federation (SAF) and the Center for Arts Management & Technology.On May 20, 2014 Sid Luck received the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award.
Collectors loaning work for the exhibition include: Sid Baynes, Monty and Ann Busick, Joe English, Glenn Hinson, Lindsey Lambert, Loy Sellers, Peg Wiebe, Chuck and Sheila Wood and one anonymous.
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, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. 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.