Department News

Casey Scharling's Students Design and Execute Mural for the Cameron School of Business

The Arts, Business and Literature, Innovation, power, ethics, prosperity—these are some of the themes explored in a vivid new mural created by UNCW art students in Cameron Hall. The large 45 by 5 foot mural is designed to inspire students to think about the social and economic lessons of the past and possibilities for the future. Students from the Summer Session II course, ART 495 created the eye-catching and thought-provoking synthesis of business-related ideas using themes from The Great Gatsby, Atlas Shrugged and Death of a Salesman.View an image of the mural.


Dr. Nicholas Hudson

Dr. Nicholas Hudson presented his current research on the archaeological site of Tell Timai in a talk entitled "Of Pots and People: Updates from the Field, Tell Timai, Egypt," at Cornell University, Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Dr. Amy Kirschke

Dr. Amy Kirschke will be presenting the Africa Day Celebration lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth South Africa on May 23rd, 2013. The lecture is in conjunction with Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy. Dr. Kirschke will also teach a series of classes at NMMU in the art department and at the university wide level.

Dr. Kemille Moore

Dr. Kemille Moore presented a paper "Producing Luxury: Networks of Female Artists in late 19th century London" at an international conference on Gender in the European Town at Odense, Denmark in Ma, 2013. The conference was organized and held at the University of Southern Denmark.

Dr. Vibeke Olson

Dr. Olson's paper, entitled, "Embodying the Saint: Mystical Visions, Maria Lactans and the Miracle of Mary's Milk", was presented at the conference, "Matter of Faith" in October. The paper will be subsequently published in the conference proceedings.



Vicky Smith

Vicky Smith was the recipient of a 2011-12 Regional Artist Grant.The grant funds a project consisting of locating and mining clay thoughout North Carolina and making wall art with the starting point being the clay site. The project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources with additional funding from local arts councils in Cumberland, Moore, New Hanover and Robeson counties.

Smith has also received an invitation to Prespa's Ceramic Colony in Resen, Macedonia. The colony, established in the 1970s, attracts renowned artists from all over the world. The organization is included in the UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics..

Shannon Bourne

Shannon Bourne inks her wood blockIn May, 2012, Shannon Bourne and UNCW studio art alumni Aubrey Hedrick and Charmaine Ortiz participated with dozens of other artists and volunteers in the “Big Print Block Party Art Festival” held in Carolina Beach, NC. Throughout the day, each participating artist was able to make three prints of his or her block and a total of 33 prints were pulled. Each print was carved from 4 x 6.5 ft. woodblocks. On the day of the event, the blocks were inked with large rollers, placed on the street, covered with fabric, and driven over with a paving roller to produce a final print. Each step of the process required many people, good camaraderie, and a large amount of physical strength.

This was the third year Jennifer Page, proprietor of Cape Fear Press in Carolina Beach has organized the Big Block Print Party.

The prints from this year’s event as well as some from previous years will be on exhibition at UNCW in the Creative Arts Building Mezzanine Gallery through the month of September.


"In Echolalia" by Don FurstDon Furst

Professor Donald Furst is currently exhibiting a mezzotint titled X = in the British International Miniature Print Exhibition, London.

Furst’s stone lithography work was chosen for the 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print & Drawing Exhibition for continuing exhibit in Thailand during the next two years.

Furst was recently invited to display two intaglio prints in “Multiple Encounters 2012; Indo U.S. Print Exhibition” at the National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India. In Echolalia pictured left.

Ned Irvine

Ned Irvine designed two exhibition catalogues for the Cameron Art Museum this pastyear: Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme and Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things.

Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson’s Light Lure series will be featured in a solo exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, VA from September 6 through October 19.

Johnson will be presenting Glass Cities: Cliché-Verre in the Digital Age at the Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference, Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers in Charlotte, NC, October 18 -20.

Three large-scale site-specific cliché-verre pieces by Johnson will be permanently installed in the University of Central Florida’s Career Services Experiential Learning Building this fall.

Johnson’s work is currently on view in Summertime… at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, CA through August 30.

Andi Steele: EmanateAndi Steele

Andi Steele installed Emanate (image on right) in the Brossman Gallery at York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA. It will be on exhibit August 22-September 26, 2013.

She will install Ends in…7.5 for the Arts in Odd Places Greensboro (November 1 & 2) and Contrary in the SECAC 2013 Juried Exhibition, UNCG, October 3-November 1, 2013. Both sculptures are fabricated out of steel conduit and fittings.

Pam Toll

Pam Toll recently painted with Lakota children at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It was her fifth participation in the Paint a Future project since 2007. Sales of paintings she made for projects in Brazil, France and South Africa provided money for projects aimed to realize children's dreams such as a child’s education and a computer lab in South Africa, summer camp in Moldavia, and new homes for families in Brazil. (

In May Pam traveled with UNCW studio art students to Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. The three week artist residency included extensive exploration of the Burren landscape and historical ruins as well as 24 hour studio access to work on individual art projects.

In June she worked on large drawings as artist resident at Cromarty Art Trust on the Black Isle of Scotland.

September 2013 Pam is invited to participate in the Tenth Anniversary Symposium at Art Point Gumno in Macedonia. She is also making drawings for an upcoming solo exhibition in Struga, Macedonia.

Crosscurrents, an exhibition of her new paintings and collages April – June 2013 at Gallery 8 in Southport, NC can be viewed at All About Gallery on Bald Head Island through August.

Aaron Wilcox

Aaron had an article published in the March 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly entitled, The Project, on the pot give-away and response project he had recently concluded.

He currently has a solo exhibition scheduled for Spring, 2014 entitled Bundled at the Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Other recent group exhibitions include:
Spring 2014 Red Bird Studio and Gallery: 1st Annual Scotchie Crown Classic. Columbia, SC.
Summer 2013 Baltimore Clayworks: The Potent Object. Baltimore, Maryland. Juror, Richard Cleaver.
Spring 2013 Maria V. Howard Arts Center. 2013 Handcrafted. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Juror, Marc Maiorana.



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