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DEPARTMENT NEWS

UNCG Summer Art Camp

The Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is initating an annual summer art camp for current 8th graders through 12th graders. The student artists will receive daily studio instruction & supervision from UNCG faculty and art education staff. The program will be one-week day camp followed by a closing student exhibition for the students' artwork created at the camp. One-Week Day Camp: July 14 - 19, 2014 More Information

Pixar Pointers

Heather Holian brings Pixar artists to UNCG to inspire students.

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Elaine Niemi - Maine Artist

Elaine Niemi - EUC Gallery - April 1 - April 30th

Artist's Reception: April 3rd - 5-7pm

Jennifer Meanley - Opening reception at SECCA - April 1st 6pm-8pm

Storytelling is a participatory act for UNCG professor and artist Jennifer Helen Meanley, whose paintings entice subjects both real and imagined into a surreal place—a parallel world in formation. The title "Far Away in the Meadow" comes from Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. It is in that meadow where shadows flicker, "as if parts of someone's life, yet unborn, were trapped there, waiting to be lived." The landscapes of Meanley's paintings, like Bradbury's meadow, are somber and mysterious, taking shape before our eyes. Yet, strangely, their colors are rich and bright.

March 22- May 24 - SECCA

Art Students well represented at this Year's Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

The following students are the recipients of the the Visual Arts Awards at this year's Undergraduate Research Expo.

1st Place: Gabrielle Ocampo
2nd Place: Michael Bannerman
3rd Place: Elizabeth Traub
Honorable Mention: Billy Hawkins

Art Student wins 2nd place in Undergraduate Research

Eliana Mundula, won Second Place in the Humanities division of the 2014 Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo for the presentation of her 2013 ARH 405 paper, "Learned, Mannered and Titled: Baccio Bandinelli's Self-Referential Work in the Context of the Changing Role of the Artist." Eliana is a senior double majoring in Studio Art (BA) and English and an Art Department Student Excellence Award winner (2013).

Eliana's award marks the fourth Expo research award for the Art Department in the last three years.

TWO Art Students Receive Student Excellence Awards

The Student Excellence Award is the highest academic honor awarded to undergraduates at UNCG; it recognizes their "excellence as a student in and out of the classroom in such qualities as creativity, originality, motivation, analytical skills, and the ability to communicate."

The Art Department is very pleased to announce that two of our students, Sharon Romang (Design) and Nicole Given (Art History), have earned this distinction and will be honored at the Student Honors Convocation on April 29.  Please join the department in congratulating these students on their hard work and academic success.

Art Department Graduation

The Department of Art 2014 Reception and Diploma Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 9th in the Recital Hall of the School of Music. Convocation begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. Parking is free in the parking deck just outside of the main entrance to the School of Music. A cap and gown is not mandatory for this ceremony however; if you are attending the University commencement at the coliseum prior to the Art Department event you may prefer to wear your ceremonial attire.  

Following the ceremony please join us back at the Gatewood Studio Arts Building for the senior exhibition and graduation reception.  Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building (do not use reserved or metered spaces)

 For additional information visit the Registrar Office “Commencement Central” website:  http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html

Please RSVP to the art office by Friday, April 30th with your intent to attend the Art Department commencement, your full name, your degree concentration, and the number of guests you plan on bringing so that preparations can be made. The recital hall holds 350 individuals including our 80 graduating students; therefore we ask that you please limit your invited guests (to 5) in order to accommodate everyone.

We Join Spokes Together in a Wheel

This Sunday, March 2, is the opening reception in the Gatewood Gallery that brings together local art programs, faculty and young artists. We very much hope you will join us in representing UNCG and catching up with fellow artists from Guilford College, Greensboro College, Bennett College, and NC A+T.

A panel discussion about Regionalism kicks things off at 3pm and includes Xandra Eden from the Weatherspoon, Jennie Carlisle from Elsewhere and Mark Dixon from Guilford College and the band, Invisible.

The exhibit will be in the Gatewood Gallery through March 20th.

Help Jon Fight Colon Cancer

Jon Smith has been a huge and valuable part of the Art Department and the sculpture area at UNCG since he was a student here in the early 1990s. He has run the foundry and taught all levels of sculpture since 1998. The Art Department is sponsoring a fund raiser in hope that we can give back to Jon at least something of what he has given to us for so many years,

Barbara Campbell and Chris Thomas exhibit work in UVA - Ruffin Gallery

Ex.Hi.3 Visionary Workbook
February 24 - March 21, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, February 28th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Leah Sobsey's Photographs part of Bull City Summer Photo Exhibit

The project, Bull City Summer, will debut at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Sunday. It documented the 72 home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park last year.

"Part of what I was doing was getting little snippets of people's stories," said Leah Sobsey, a Chapel Hill photographer whose work is featured in the exhibit.

Jessie Perkins awarded Mark Gottsegen Material Award

After careful consideration by the art faculty, Jessie, a senior BFA painting major, has been awarded the Mark Gottsegen Material Award. This award was made possible by the donations of friends and family of Mark Gottsegen. Mark Gottsegen was a professor of painting in the Art Department from 1976 to 2007. He was a fine arts painter and specialist in art materials and practices. His studio manual "The Painter's Handbook," first published in 1993, is still a staple reference tool for artists nationwide. He was also the founder of AMIEN, an online source of factual information about artists' materials and practices, regarded as the standard painting manual for the contemporary artist.

EUC Gallery - Feb 10-28 Veterans Potential for Peace

Photography by Chuck Egerton. Opening reception Thursday, February 20th, 6pm [more]

Gatewood Gallery Tue, Feb 11 7pm

A Laurent Estoppey and Tristin Miller Event

Special performance / sound installation by Laurent Estoppy with guest Conspicious Confulstions.

100 original drawings on vinyl records on exhibition and monumental glass drawings by Tristan Miller

Meet Department Head, Lawrence Jenkens

Lawrence Jenkens began heading the University of NC at Greensboro's Art Department in 2010. For decades he's been fascinated by the art and architecture of fifteenth-century Italy, and he's taught multiple aspects of Italian art from the late medieval period through the Baroque. David Ford began by asking what changed in Italian art from the 15th to 16th centuries.. Read / Hear more: WFDD

Lee Walton exhibits work at Kraushaar Galleries in New York

In an online video, Lee Walton tapes a sheet of paper to a board and connects an iPad to a projector. To a soundtrack of squawks and oinks, he uses charcoal to trace the stacked, blocky structures from Angry Birds, the wildly popular video game. Read the article here: ARTnews

Art Department Scholarship Forms now available

To be eligible for a scholarship you must fill out an Art Department application form and be at least a rising sophomore. If you are a transfer student you are eligible to apply for a scholarship after one year of study as an Art major. All scholarship recipients will have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For need based scholarships you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) application and this can be completed electronically. Forms are available in the Art Department Office. Completed and signed forms are due February 28, 2014.

Stacy Rexrode exhibits in Raleigh

MFA candidate, Stacy Rexrode will be part of a 3 person show at the Miriam Preston Block Gallery in Raleigh

Surface Matters | February 6 - March 21

Opening Reception Thursday, February 6, 5-7pm

Pushing the boundaries of tradition through symbolic explorations of texture and surface. Artwork by Cindy Morefield, Stacy Bloom Rexrode and Joyce Watkins King

Stacy Rexrode - Art

NAEA Mural Project

Dr. Maria Lim and the National Art Education Association-UNCG Student Chapter executed the Fall 2013 Community Mural Project at College Hill Childcare Cooperative (2300 Spring Garden St.). The UNCG Art Department and The Sherwin-Williams Company donated funds for paints and requisite supplies. This event counts as the 5th community mural project organized and delivered by the NAEA-UNCG Student Chapter since Fall 2009. Community Murals have been wonderful opportunities for art education students to develop professional leadership and positive self-identity as potential teachers in art.

NAEC Mural Project

NAEC Mural Project

Elizabeth Traub receives Penland Residency

Elizabeth Traub was recently awarded a 2 week residency at the Penland School of Crafts in Summer 2014. Elizabeth will share her experiences with students in the Fall of 2014. Each summer, one student is chosen to go to Penland and participate in a two-week residency with an artist of his or her choice.

Adjunct Professor Karen Niemczyk to exhibit at ARC Gallery of Chicago

Adjunct Professor Karen Niemczyk is part of Chicago's ARC Gallery's November/ December exhibition. ART/TECH: Interface, juried by Jan Tichy, invited artists to submit work that investigates, discusses, or is influenced by the technological advances that have had an impact on all aspects of our lives and experiences.

Niemczyk will show Caged, an interactive light sculpture that reacts to the sound of anger.

The juror, Jan Tichy, adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Art and Technology, is represented by Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago. His work, Bats (2007), was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and he was nominated for Gottesdiener Prize in 2011.

The exhibition runs from November 20th through December 17th.

UNCG Aluma Travis Diehl receives Arts Writers Grant

Travis Diehl's writing foregrounds the ways in which artistic rhetoric, like that surrounding the Cold War or the War on Terror, has substantial consequences in our shared reality. In this vein, he has reviewed shows by Rigo 23, Jennifer Bolande, Ehren Tool, and Henry Taylor; as well as by younger artists such as Liz Glynn, Matthew Brandt, Fiona Connor, and Candice Lin. He is drawn to the various conceptions of Los Angeles as an art capital, center of industry, and refuge of metaphors. Read More

Associate Professor Campbell Thomas exhibits in Atlanta

Associate Professor Barbara Campbell Thomas is part of "Abstraction 1" at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. "Abstraction 1" brings together four artists showing for the first time at Marcia Wood Gallery. From across the country and Atlanta, these artists present disparate and unique approaches to abstract painting. The exhibition will focus on works of small to mid scale, amplifying an excitement, intensity and presence that exceeds their physical boundaries. The exhibition runs from November 22nd-December 21st.

Sophomore, Camille Knudsen, has been awarded a George T. Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grant for 2013-2014.

Camille will conduct independent research on "The Cultural Identities of Korean Potters" during her study abroad experience in the Spring of 2014 and, as part of an independent study with Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, she will present her work at the 2014 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) that will be held at NC State University. The Barthalmus Grant is a state-wide competitive grant, and the Art Department is thrilled to hear that Camille will be representing UNCG at the SNCURCS in 2014. Further information on the Barthalmus grant is available here.

"Exquisite History 3: Visionary Workbook."

Art department faculty members Barbara Campbell Thomas and Christopher Thomas have prints and collages included in a newly published artists book titled, "Exquisite History 3: Visionary Workbook." The book is published by The Printmakers Left, an artists collective comprised of artists from across the country. This publication accompanies an exhibition at the Center Art Gallery, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 1-December 17, 2013.

Pixar Production Designer visits UNCG

Pixar Production Designer Bill Cone will give a public lecture November 14 at 7:00 in the Curry Auditorium, Room 225. This is a free public talk, sponsored by the Art Department and all members of the UNCG and Greensboro community are welcome.

Bill started at Pixar as a free lance artist in 1992, joining the studio full-time in 1993. During the last two decades Bill has contributed to a large number of Pixar projects, including both shorts and features, such as A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars, all of which he production designed. His work for Pixar has hung in the Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and is currently on tour oversees in the blockbuster exhibition, Pixar: Twenty-five Years of Animation. In addition to working at Pixar Bill maintains an active private studio practice and exhibition record.

Senior Art Historian, Beth Howell to present research at SNCURCS conference

On Saturday, November 16 senior art historian and Honors student, Beth Howell, will represent the UNCG art department at the 9th Annual State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Her paper entitled, "The Vasari Corridor and Cosimo I de' Medici's Changing Public Image in the 1560s," is part of Beth's ongoing research, which investigates Cosimo I' de' Medici's politically propagandistic public art commissions of 16th C. Florence.

Karen Niemczyk will take part in Refest Art & Tech from November 29-December 1.

Refest is a festival associated with CultureHub SeoulArts - La MaMa in NYC.

More than just a prefix. re- is an approach. A perspective. re- is a meeting point. re- glances back while moving forward. re- represents not only a return but also a re-imagining.

Refest is a 3-day art and technology festival that celebrates the convergence of new and old, digital and analog, near and far. The artists featured in Refest are those who are breaking open possibilities through their practice. Creators working across a broad range of technologically informed media will gather at CultureHub in New York City to share video, performance, music, and more. Refest invites artists to share how they are reforming, rebuilding, reiterating, and renewing ideas. For more information. A livestream may be viewed here.

Karen Niemczyk participates in InLight Richmond

Adjunct Professor Karen Niemczyk participated in InLight Richmond – an annual public exhibition of interactive light-based art in the tradition of Nuit Blanche (White Night) where the city becomes a museum. For a single night the streets of Richmond glow with light-based art – sculpture and performances.

Karen's project this year was OUt Of MINd, an interactive large scale video projection reflecting the viewer's EEG.

OUt Of MINd is a reflection of the mind as technology. Living life halfway in the matrix we experience daily an accelerating trajectory of technological 'progress'. As witnesses we struggle to adapt. As participants we face a series of choices - the ramifications may not be immediately apparent.

OUtOfMINd reads EEGs – where the opaque becomes transparent. It interprets and translates brainwaves into visual space. Although OUtOfMINd does not store data, it could. Consider its technological offspring's future… and its power. Consider the little box you check - "I agree to the terms of the Service and Privacy Policy". Consider your thoughts. Consider your control, knowing or not. Visible. Beautiful. Public.

InLight Richmond is Organized by 1708 Gallery. This year's juror was Ken Farmer, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York. In December the gallery was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to produce the November 8 event .

Art in Odd Places takes over Downtown Greensboro

Downtown Greensboro is only this flooded with people a few times a year, during Christmas and the Fourth of July, but no other night offered the same cultural experience as First Friday last week.

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UNCG brings famed NYC arts festival to downtown Greensboro

On a third-floor hallway in Gatewood Studio Arts Building, Stacy Bloom Rexrode sits on a stool in front of her latest creation, carefully looping cranberry-colored yarn though a crochet hook. Learn More

Photography by David Wilson, University Relations

Find Art in Odd Places downtown November 1 & 2

36 pieces of new visual and performance art will decorate South Elm Street downtown. Read more at the News & Record website.

Professor Lee awarded Excellence Prize for "Dream"

Professor Billy Lee was invited to teach the 3rd Advance Postgraduate Abstract Sculpture Class in Beijing this summer. Whilst there he was awarded the Excellence Prize for his sculpture "Dream", made for the International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao. The full size sculpture will be built next year. He is also a committee member and participant in the China Contemporary Abstract Sculpture Exhibition, held at Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan City. He continues to serve as a consultant for the National China Sculpture Magazine.

Creating Collective Memory: An Evening with Guest Artist Sheryl Oring

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013:
5 p.m. Exhibit viewing | Sloane Art Library, 102 Hanes Art Center 
6 p.m. Program | Sloane Art Library, 102 Hanes Art Center 

Free and open to the public

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Dr. Lim and students attend NCAEA Professional Development Conference

Dr. Maria Lim, art education program coordinator, attended 2013 NCAEA Professional Development Conference in Raleigh, Oct. 3 - 6, along with three Art Education senior students, Amber Kocher, Ellen Phillips, and Jojo Ioerger. Dr. Lim and her three students presented a best practice research paper, Practicum/Service-Learning: Saturday Family Literacy Program at Doris Henderson Newcomers School of GCS, on Saturday Oct. 5.

This presentation is about an enduring public school-university collaborative community art project-The Saturday Family Literacy Program of GCS. The study illustrates the critical roles and the impacts of art education practices on students' learning in American culture(s), Language(s), and visual art at the Newcomers School as well as pre-service art teachers' teaching and learning experiences relevant to the issues of diversity and tolerance. The presentation also shared extensive insights and practicable prototypes of lesson plans from the ART-ESL integrated approach based on the concept of multicultural education that supports the goals of the program that serves a number of PK-8th grade students from Guilford County Schools and their families who speak English as a second language.

Dr. Lim was also recognized as the Higher Education Art Educator of the year and received an award plaque on Sunday Oct. 6.

Assistant Professor Sheryl Oring is showing work the University of Dayton's Gallery 249

Assistant Professor Sheryl Oring is showing work in The One and the Many: Perspectives on Self and Other in Art & Human Rights Practices at Gallery 249 at the University of Dayton. The show, curated by assistant professor Glenna Jennings, presents art that asks: Are human rights pre-political or are they artifacts of laws and institutions? Do they belong only to individuals or also to groups? How can we re-vision and de-center human rights to more broadly address the human condition for both the self and the community? The show opens Friday September 27. More info:

Associate Professor Barbara Campbell Thomas exhibiting work in "Material Witness"

Associate Professor Barbara Campbell Thomas is showing a painting in "Material Witness", a group exhibition at the Dalton Gallery on the Agnes Scott College campus in Decatur, Georgia. The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 26th.

Assistant Professor Sheryl Oring was selected as one of six finalists in the Beyond Granite design competition in Washington, DC.

In 2010, the National Capital Planning Commission sponsored a forum entitled Beyond Granite: Global Approaches to Public Art and Placemaking that examined how a program of temporary commemorative works could be used to enrich the cultural landscape in Washington, DC. The Beyond Granite competition was conceived of to pick up where this conversation left off. The goal of the competition is to encourage more public dialogue about alternative ways to commemorate, and also to experiment with temporary forms of commemoration that can contribute to more vital public spaces within the nation's capital. Oring will submit a design proposal in late November for the next phase of the competition.

Photography Students travel to Iceland

Nine undergrad photography students spent 3 weeks this past summer on a study abroad program to Iceland. Read more about their adventures here...

Art in Odd Places in Greensboro to feature 40 artists

UNCG artist Lee Walton will present a performance involving a single lamp. Bennett College art instructor Harry Swartz-Turfle and Bennett students will create a walking tour of [...more]

Associate Professor Lee Walton displays work in two exhibitions:

  • More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s
  • Art of Sport
    • CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
    • September 20 - November 23, 2013

NC Art Education Major Exhibition

UNCG Art Education students will be participating in the "Ahead of the Class: An Exhibition of NC Art Education Majors" at Meredith College, curated by Kristen Piner, a senior Art Education major at Meredith College. The following UNCG Art Education students are participating:

  • Sierra Clark
  • Mireya Garcia
  • Donna Lazeration
  • Jessie Lorbacher
  • Carrie Loy
  • Karrissian Mickel
  • Ellen Phillips
  • Savanna Snow

There is also a Tumblr page for the exhibition with images and artist statements for the participating artists: http://aheadoc.tumblr.com

The exhibition will be open from September 12 through October 6, 2013 in the Meredith College Rotunda.

Sheryl Oring awarded McCloy Fellowship

Assistant Professor Sheryl Oring was awarded a McCloy Fellowship in Art from the American Council on Germany for her project "Beyond the Wall," which will explore contemporary views about the Berlin Wall in an effort to understand how Germans think about this divisive element of recent history 25 years after its demise. The award funds a 2-3 week research trip for preliminary work on the project, which will take place in 2014.

Barbara Campbell Thomas to exhibit at Shulman Project, Baltimore, Maryland

Associate Professor of Art Barbara Campbell Thomas is showing a painting in the first exhibition of Schulman Project, a newly opened gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition opens Friday, September 6th, from 6-9pm.

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill awarded "Center for Creativity, Craft and Design Project Grant"

Dr. Perrill, Assistant Professor, Art History, was awarded $11,575 for research. "Burnished by History: The Legacies of Maria Martinez and Nesta Nala in Dialogue" – a scholarly article and companion artists' interview focused on the legacies of ceramists Maria Marinez (U.S.A.) and Nasta Nala (South Africa).

2010 BFA Alum, Josue Roman, Solo Art Show

Greensboro Central Library: Front Library. September 3 - October 29th The show will include a variety of design and photography work.

NCAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year 2013-2014: Dr. Maria Lim

Dr. Maria Lim, Assistant Professor, will be honored on Sunday, October 6th at the NCAEA Profession Development State Conference in Raleigh. Congratulations, Maria!

"Zulu Pottery: A Women's Tradition in the Contemporary Art World"

Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Perrill
Saturday, September 21 at 1pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church
3506 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro
Tickets: $10

This is an event organized by and for the benefit of P.E.O., a philanthropic non-profit organization that supports scholarships, loans, and grants for women. More Information

"Is studio animation fine art?"

A talk by Dr. Heather Holian
Wednesday, September 18 5:30-6:30 pm
Greenhill: A Space for NC Art, inside Greensboro cultural Center, 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro

Dr. Heather Holian will discuss the placement of studio animation with the history of Western fine art. Using Pixar as a contemporary example, Dr. Holian will consider the similarities and important differences between animation and traditional, canonical media and methods of art making. Dr. Holian’s essay, “An Animated Debate: Studio Animation as Fine Art?” will appear in Blackwell’s forthcoming anthology of animation, edited by Paul Wells and a second essay, "Art, Animation and the Collaborative Process," is currently under publication review.

The Art Department and the College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present:

GATE CITY GREETINGS

Work by our most recent MFA graduates: Nickola Dudley, Matt Hayes, Harriet Hoover, Branch Richter, Amy Stibich, and Clark Williamson

August 8 - September 6, 2013

Southfirst Gallery
60 N6th Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Summer gallery hours: Wed., Thurs., Fri. 1-6 and by appointment 

Opening BBQ Wednesday, August 7, 5-8 PM

A catalogue, Hello From Gate City, produced by UNC at Greensboro with an essay by Harry Swartz-Turfle will accompany the exhibition.

"On Tate Street in Greensboro, North Carolina sits a small two-lane underpass, unremarkable unless you look closely. The underpass allows access under train tracks to the railroads that helped give the town its nickname 'Gate City.'

The tracks form their own space but also separate two very different neighborhoods: on one side, College Hill, a charming historic neighborhood with Queen Anne homes and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, which houses a large collection of Matisse and one of de Kooning's Women; the other side, a vacant mini-mart, a quick-burger joint, and a car rim shop that was an Asian massage parlor before it got busted."

— Harry Swartz-Turfle, "Passing Through" 2013

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SPOTLIGHT

Senior Show: April 24 - May 12

The Senior Show is an exhibition of work created by graduating seniors. This show both reflects and celebrates the individual creative activity of our seniors.

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