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College of Fine Arts and Communication
School of Art and Design

Sharon Pruitt

Office Address:

Old Cafeteria 2429

School of Art and Design

Mail Stop # 502

East Carolina University 

Greenville, NC 27858

Tel.# (252)328-1320; fax # (252)328-6441



Ph. D. The Ohio State University

M.A. Howard University 

B.S. Case Western Reserve University


Sharon Pruitt teaches African art, African American art, and Ancient art.  Her research publications appear in books about contemporary Nigerian art, traditional African art, and 19th and 20th century African American art and culture.  She focuses on artists who emphatically utilize cultural history and environments to define an individual or national identity.  In 1995, she acquired the first African Art Collection, the Lankton Collection, which was donated to the School of Art and Design.  Using this collection, she curated exhibitions in the School of Art and Design’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery; examples of artworks that have been cataloged may be found by clicking onto “African Art Collection” at: