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Textile artist holds workshops at ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Mar. 4, 1996)   —   The East Carolina University School of Art will host a week-long program of workshops Mar. 18 - 22, given by Junco Sato Pollack, a textile artist from Georgia.

Ms. Pollack, who was born in Japan, is internationally known for her work in silk, metallics, dyes and polyester. She is currently a member of the textile design faculty in the school of Art and Design at Georgia State University.

In addition to her workshops, she will give a public lecture on Thursday, Mar. 21, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Jenkins Humanities Center.

Pollack’s visit is part of a series that began this year at the ECU School of Art to demonstrate the work of three major textile design artists. The project involves team teaching, classes, lectures, displays and exhibitions by the visiting artists. The other two visiting artists were Jason Pollen and Patricia Campbell.

Schooled in Japan and the United States, Pollack’s art is a mixture of eastern and western influences. Her basic material is a translucent cloth woven from fine, silver yarn. Her primary tools are her fingers, an iron and a sewing machine.

Her work has been displayed in more than 55 exhibitions in the United States and Japan and has been written about in 46 articles and reviews.

The artist holds degrees from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has held other teaching positions at Parsons School of Design and Nazareth College of Rochester in New York and at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Some examples of her textile designs are featured this month, at the Greenville Museum of Art. Works by the other two visiting textile artists are also on display.

The visiting textile artists project is directed by Sara Edmiston, a faculty member in the art school’s textiles program. Robert Ward, the executive vice president of the Unifi Corporation of Greensboro and Barbour Strickland, director of the Greenville Museum of Art also provided assistance.