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Joyner exhibits art from ECU MFA students

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Nov. 19, 2008)   —   The gallery space at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library features the work of ECU graduate art students through Dec. 10.

This inaugural exhibit and competition, housed on the library’s second floor, includes dozens of work from MFA candidates in ceramics, illustration, metals, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and wood. ECU trustee Carol Mabe served as juror for four of the competition’s awards.

This is the first-ever juried exhibition for ECU’s graduate students in the School of Art and Design, said Hanna Jubran, an ECU art professor who advised the Joyner Library Exhibit Committee.

“The Joyner Library took on a new, exciting direction to host current issues in contemporary fine arts, creative research and activity,” Jubran said. “By hosting this event, the library opened a new venue for artists to exhibit and catalog their work. Hosting art exhibits are as important as any published book in that, it is an experience of the senses and accumulating a vocabulary of art.”

Four winners are:

“Blue Pebble Necklace” by Mara Friedland for the Academic Library and Learning Resources Dean’s Award ($600.00), sponsored by Dean Larry Boyer;
“Sacrificial Rigormortis” by Isaac Talley for the School of Art and Design Director’s Award ($500.00) sponsored by Michael Drought, director;
“Culture/Nature/Academia” by Adam Jacono for The Graduate School Dean’s Award ($300.00) sponsored by Dean Patrick Pellicane;
“Untitled Pod Form II” by Jesse Morrisey for the Dowdy Student Stores Merchandise Certificate Award ($200.00) sponsored by Dowdy Student Stores through Wanda Scarborough, director;

Three purchase award winners are:

“Chloe #1” by Lindsey Laing Youmans for The Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award ($1000.00), sponsored by the Friends and selected by Dean Larry Boyer
“Thor” by Chris Wooten for the College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean’s Purchase Award ($550.00), sponsored and selected by Dean Jeffery Elwell
“Joyful Expression” by Cherry Neu Stevens for Joyner Library Purchase Award ($1000.00) sponsored and selected by Dean Larry Boyer.