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Friends of the School of Art and Design Fourth Annual Artist Studio Tour, Saturday, November 1, 10 am – 2 pm

This year the Friends of the School of Art and Design Fourth Annual Artist Studio tour will also feature homes of art collectors in addition to artists’ studios.  Below are the studios/homes to be featured on the November 1 tour:

Betsy Markowski, sculptor
Tim Lazure, sculptor, metalsmith
Andy Bates, woodworking
Harvey Wooten, private home
The ECU Chancellor’s Residence, private home
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery

The artists have contributed one of their works to be included in a raffle.   Tour tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased at ECU Gray Gallery, Framemakers, The Art Room, Greenville Museum of Art, Uptown Art, and Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. All monies raised benefit student scholarships at the School of Art and Design.

For additional information contact Mary Jane Gaddis, Director of Development, or 252/328-1268.


East Carolina University Is Proud to Host The 2014 Conference For The Society For Photographic Education

The full schedule and presenter’s bios are available at:   


Aline Smithson: My photographs are my Autobiography


Jenkins Fine Art Center Speight Auditorium
Friday, October 10th, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Aline will not only share her work, but also talk about the journey of a photographer, and share mistakes and things she has learned along the way.   


The Art of Collaboration: 25 years of telling tall tales in Photos, Installation, and Mixed Media
Nicholas Kahn 

Jenkins Fine Art Center Speight Auditorium
Saturday, October 11th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nicholas Kahn will be speaking about the challenges of collaborating long term on narrative photographic projects, as part of the Artist team, Kahn & Selesnick. Shooting in locations on 3 continents, set in the distant past and the distant future and the near apocalypse, the stories they have told pull in themes of ecological and economic collapse, space travel, and absurdist hi-jinx.

The techniques for creating other worlds on microscopic budgets and convincing your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun will all be revealed in living color.



ECU Illustration Alumnus Joey Ellis Will Give A Presentation About Publishing His Graphic Novel and Professional Work

Joey Ellis, illustrator and a 2003 alum of the ECU School of Art & Design will be talking about his work and career at 4pm in room 1108, Jenkins Building, ECU School of Art & Design on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

One of his most recent projects is Leaky Timbers, an all-ages, 72-page graphic novel he self published through Kickstarter. Leaky Timbers stars Wolfie Monster, his brothers Roy and Jackson and the rest of the residents of the Leaky Timbers apartment complex. He will be a guest of the Illustration Guild.




The Art Education Area of East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design is sponsoring mixed aged workshops to construct a “Peace Quilt.” Children in grades 3 to adult, including parents, are welcomed to participate . We will create fabric hearts with messages of peace and embellish them with embroidery and found objects onto indigo dyed quilt squares. This will be a community project with groups in Western and Eastern North Carolina. Join us for two hours of creative fun! The finished quilt will be displayed with the Peace Pole in Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville. Pre-registration required. Maximum enrollment is 15 participants per workshop.


•    Saturdays - August 16 | August 23 | September 6 | September 13 


•    Each workshop is from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon in Jenkins Fine Arts Center, Classroom 1342    

•    Cost is $5 per workshop per person - Join us for one or all Saturday workshops    

•    Register online with the ECU Stores link at


STEM to STEAM Summer Camp

Science - Technology – Engineering – ART - Math

July 21-25, 2014

9am-12pm$130 per child

Registration begins on Feb. 28 using the following link:

Contact Robert Quinn with questions at or 252-328-5182



Lecture at 5:00 Friday, March 28th

Speight Auditorium

YUKO SHIMIZU (清水裕子) is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.  Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects(世界が尊敬する日本人100)” in 2009. You may have seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans,  VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and  in many other publications over last ten years.


Lecture: Mary Mattingly and Greg Lindquist  

Wednesday, March 19 at 5:00

Speight Auditorium  


Mary Mattingly: Art Forum, Nov 2013 review 

New York Times Review, Nov 2013 

Art in America review, Dec 2013 

Greg Lindquist; New York Arts Magazine, Jan 2014 

Tucson Weekly, 2012


For the 3rd time in the last 6 years an ECU Illustration major has been selected for the Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition in NYC!

BFA Illustration student, Tess Oglesby was juried into the 2014 Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition in NYC.

There were 8785 entries with only 329 pieces accepted for the exhibition. Schools represented include,  VCU, SCAD, School of Visual Arts, Ringling, RIT, RISD, Pratt, Parsons, etc with only a few public universities represented. 

Tess will have her work reproduced in a catalog and exhibited in New York City as well as be considered for further jurying for scholarships offered by the Society of Illustrators.



Lecture on Thursday, February 27th at 5 p.m. in room 1326.

Rebecca is a multi-faceted textile artist working with traditional shibori techniques and natural dyes.  She applies these processes to both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art, including collaborations with theater and modern dance costume design.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been published in several books. 


HASAN ELAHI - Tracking Transience

Lecture – Thursday, February 13 at 5:00

Hasan Elahi is a media artist who critically investigates the issues of privacy and surveillance in our daily lives after his experience being detained by the FBI in the Detroit airport.  Elahi also comments how little information is actually being shared with his excessive self–tracking images and website. 

Studio visits are being scheduled by area for Thursday 9-12 and 2-4. Additional studio visits will be available Friday afternoon if needed. 

There will be a small group discussion open to all interested on Friday from 10-12 in room 1327. During this time, Elahi will be available to discuss his artwork, experiences, and to answer any further questions. 

Itkoff Lecture Poster


A Lecture by Michael Itkoff

Friday, February 7 at 5:00 PM

Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building

Since 2003, Daylight has engaged in innovative photographic publishing and community art projects by re-imagining the documentary mode. Through collaboration with established and emerging artists, scholars, and journalists, Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography.



Lecture: Thursday February 6 at 5PM, in Speight Auditorium Jenkins Fine Arts Building

Kymia is an ECU alumnus and was season-two winner of Bravo’s TV series, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,


Isaac Duncan 

Exhibition Outdoor sculpture January 30, 2014 

Monday, January 27th

8:00AM – Studio Visits

10:00AM – 12:00 Noon - Open studio work with students 

12:00 PM-1:00PM - Lunch with students 

1:00PM-2:00PM – Lecture and discussion with students Room 133

3:00PM-6:00PM-Tig welding Demonstration in welding room. 

Tuesday, January 28th

8:00AM – 12:00 welding demonstration continued 

12:00 Noon-1:00PM Lunch with students

1:00PM-2:00PM – Lecture and discussion with students Room 133

Wednesday, January 29th

8:00AM – 12:00 welding demonstration continued 

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch with students

2:00PM3:00PM  discussion with graduate students Room 133

3:00PM-5:PM       welding demonstration continued 

Thursday, January 30th sculpture installation 10:00 AM sculpture Garden.








Digital Technology - Traditional Techniques

International Juried Textiles Exhibition

Wellington B. Gray Gallery

January 24 – February 22, 2014

Bethanne A. Knudson Juror's talk: Friday, January 24, 5:00 p.m.

In Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Art Building

Reception to follow the juror's talk in Gray Gallery




The School of Art and Design, and graphic design faculty are excited to welcome Dan Elliott to East Carolina University. Dan will join ECU as a tenure-track faculty member in January, and will be teaching coursework across the graphic design curriculum, including interactive graphic design. 

Dan Elliott is a designer that believes graphic design has the power to affect change. He strives to create culturally relevant and authentically designed artifacts that communicate and solve problems.  Dan often collaborates with non-profit organizations allowing their often unnoticed voice to be heard. 

He received his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Illinois State University and his MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Dan has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and most recently served as the Head of the Graphic Design program at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. He has worked professionally as a graphic designer in both Chapel Hill and Chicago with clients ranging from large financial institutions to a local independent skateboard maker.

Dan will be relocating to Greenville with his wife, two boys, and his beard. Growing up near Chicago, he loves the cold, but doesn't mind the ability to ride his motorcycle without getting frostbite.




Sculpture Professor Carl Billingsley Receives Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation 2013 Award at the Sculpture by the Sea Juried Sculpture Competition in Bondi Beach, Australia

Sculpture Professor Carl Billingsley's work "Red Center" received the $5000 - Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation 2013 Award at the Sculpture by the Sea Juried Sculpture Competition in Bondi Beach, Australia.  "Red Center" was selected from over 500 submission from 25 countries. The award also includes an invitation to next year's exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe, Australia 2014.




Lecture: November 13, 2013 at 5:00

Jenkins Fine Arts Building in Room 1325





Metal Design Professor Mi-Sook Hur Receives 2013 Enamelist Society International Exhibition Award

Metal Design Professor Mi-Sook Hur’s two enamel pieces, Feather No. 1 and Feather No. 2, have been awarded by the jurors of 2013 Enamelist Society International Exhibition.
She will also have a three-person exhibition, Dear Nature, with Natalie Abrams and Cynthia Camlin opening on Friday, September 6 at Artspace, Raleigh, NC.




Art students help beautify the Brody School of Medicine

From left to right, ECU School of Art and Design students Katie Murray,  Evan Weinstein, Darius Brown, Lisa Cornell and Evan Fernandes presented their plans for revamping the Brody School of Medicine’s “Hall of Chairs” on March 18. The students' senior project included designing a custom wall covering depicting the past and present of the Brody School of Medicine. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)








Glass Blowing Demonstration at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 23rd in the yard out front of Mendenhall Student Center

Glass Blowing Lecture at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 23rd at the Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Building

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ECU MFA Textiles Alumnus Leslie Pearson
featured in the March 2013 issue of Craft Report Magazine


a lecture by Oscar winning filmmaker, former welfare mother,
seasoned activist, and trailblazer for change
Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building

Join Us March 1 at 5:00 in Speight Auditorium to welcome the Gorilla Girls to East Carolina University