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FireFish Under Construction
East Carolina University art students and faculty members in collaboration with North Carolina-based STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises are creating a new piece of public art off 10th Street. Students are building and firing a 7-foot ceramic fish sculpture called FireFish on ECU’s campus off 10th Street at the old Wendy’s site. The sculpture will …

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Students Savor Studies in Sharjah
Eight art and design majors journeyed to the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for two weeks in March. They worked with Sharjah students to create a large wheat paste mural that featured themes of community, communication and culture. They also spent time exploring the desert, museums and galleries, ascending the world’s tallest …

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Chamber Singers Land International Win
The Chamber Singers won the 13th International Maribor Choral Competition Gallus in Maribor, Slovenia in April. They were the only American choir invited to participate. The competition is part of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, a “contest of contests,” that is organized annually by one of the member organizations: Concorso Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo …

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Prof Teaches Robotics, Automates Ugandan Farm
Carl Twarog (center), professor of Animation/Interactive Design, spent the month of January in Uganda in the service of Oysters and Pearls, a not-for-profit organization that integrates technology and science in schools that are inclusive of the blind and supportive of opportunities for women in education. During a two-week Ugandan summer break, 70 high school students …

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Students Stab, Bludgeon Safely
How does one stage a realistic rumpus without putting an eye out? With training. Most of the cast members in the ECU/Loessin Playhouse production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus had taken at least one stage combat class with professor Jill Carlson. “That’s very helpful in staging the mass battles in the show,” she said. Undergraduates Cate Kessler …

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Disney Publishes Prof’s Latest Book
Gregory Funaro earned glowing reviews for his children’s book, “Alistair Grim’s Odditorium,” published in January by Hyperion/Disney. The professor of theatre published previously in the thriller genre, but changed focus following the birth of his daughter. Book two, “Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum,” is scheduled for release in spring 2016.

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Artist Sells, Exhibits Via CB2
If you want to buy work by Dan Elliott (printmaking), check out Crate and Barrel’s CB2, a destination for great ideas and affordable unique art. The formerly-Chicago-based artist created and installed “Freedom Lies from Being Bold” in CB2’s South Beach, FL, store windows as a part of Art Basel Miami last December. Elliott used abstract …

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Bug Pix Attract Press
Daniel Kariko (photography) continues to garner international media attention for images in his “Suburban Symbiosis: Insectum Domesticus” series. The baby mantis at left was included in articles featuring his work in both the Daily Mail and Wired in May. Kariko has more than 50 images in his collection, created by combining multiple stereoscopic and scanning …

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ECU Chamber Singers win international competition
The Chamber Singers were awarded first place in the 13th International Maribor Choral Competition Gallus, held in Maribor, Slovenia, on April 10-12, 2015.   The Maribor Choral Competition Gallus is part of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, an annual choral competition between the winners of six European choral competitions. Despite its name, the …

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Smithsonian Institution Calls for Professor’s Papers
Robert Ebendorf, an internationally-collected force in the contemporary craft movement, has been identified by the Smithsonian Institution for engagement with the Archives of American Art. Mary Savig, curator of manuscripts with the Archives, will visit the professor in April to discuss and request diaries, photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and other artifacts that will enable scholars to …

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