Founded in 1977, the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery is an integral part of the School of Art and Design’s educational mission. The Gray Gallery provides educational programming for students and the community through six to eight exhibitions each year and numerous symposia and lectures by visiting artists and curators. The collections that the Gallery and School of Art and Design maintain includes a significant collection of western and central African art, Baltic ceramics, the Dwight M. Holland collection, a major and on-going donation of contemporary ceramics and a suite of Larry Rivers prints.
2014 Undergraduate Exhibition (March 6 - April 4, 2014
The annual East Carolina University School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition will be on view in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from March 6 to April 4, 2014.Area curriculum coordinators in the School of Art and Design select the outstanding works submitted from over 600 undergraduate students. The Judge's Talk by Roger Manley will take place Wednesday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts building. The Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. in Speight Auditorium. The opening reception will follow immediately in the gallery.
East Carolina University features the largest studio art program in North Carolina, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).Curriculum areas represented in the show are:art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design, and video.
The awards judge, Roger Manley will give a talk on Southern visionary/outsider folk artists. Every town has at least one--a local eccentric who has covered his house with hubcaps or flattened beer cans, the elderly cat-lady who has hung hundreds of dolls and plush toys in her trees, the man who has glued mirrors all over his car or left the holiday decorations up way too long. These are the kinds of places you go when friends from elsewhere come for a visit and you want to surprise them with something really unique and really local. Roger Manley, director of NC State's Gregg Museum of Art & Design, has visited hundreds of people like this--he calls them visionaries or outsiders--and he will talk about his discoveries. The author of books like WEIRD CAROLINAS, HOAXES HUMBUGS AND SPECTACLES and THE END IS NEAR!, Manley will lead the audience on a series of encounters with UFO believers, dinosaur builders, electro-shock enthusiasts, and all kinds of other folks who are offbeat, unusual, or downright amazing. But is it art?
Roger Manley has worked as a photographer, folklorist, curator, filmmaker and writer with areas of interest ranging from outsider artists and tribal peoples to fairy tales and gardens. Currently he is director of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. Before that he lived in Paris, where he co-directed the award-winning film MANA—beyond belief for European cultural television, and authored several books for the Weird US series (including Weird Carolinas, Weird Louisiana, and Weird Tennessee). His most recent major projects were curating "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" for the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and "Architecture of Hope" for Intuit in Chicago. He has produced numerous award-winning books, catalogues, videos and films as well as exhibitions of his own photographs of Hispanic migrant farmworkers, Palestinian villagers, Gullah Sea Islanders, Australian Aboriginals, Native Americans, Canadian gold miners, prisoners, textile mill and factory workers, and self-taught artists.His photographs are in the collections of a number of internationally recognized institutions. Manley was a fellow of the Headlands Center for the Arts (California), Mishkenot Sha'ananim (Israel), the Fondation d'Art de La Napoule (France), and a recipient of both the NEA Artists Fellowship and the NEH Scholars Fellowship Grants. Manley founded the META Conferences at Black Mountain, which has brought together hundreds of artists, scientists and other creative individuals from all over the world for regular collaborative exchanges over the past two decades. He was born in 1952 in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Davidson College in 1974, after which he spent two years living in the Australian Outback among a tribe of Aboriginals on a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. He later completed graduate work in Education at the University of Denver and in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married to writer/photographer Theadora Brack, and they share a 1920s bungalow in Durham, NC.
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.
For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336.