Art and Art History

Department News


Dr. Nicholas Hudson

Nicholas Hudson was invited to give a lecture on the history of Roman Thrace to the excavation team for the Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project (MTAP), a joint Princeton and Greek project, at the Archaeological Museum of Komotini in Komotini, Greece. 


Nicholas Hudson had two new articles come out at the end of 2016, both on his archaeological work in Egypt at the site of Tell el-Timai. One, “Late Persian and Early Hellenistic pottery at Tell Timai,” (Bulletin de Liaison de la Céramique Égyptienne 26, Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, 75-108) continues his ceramic studies of the ancient site and the other, “A Hellenistic Household Ceramic Assemblage from Tell el-Timai (Thmuis), Egypt: A Contextual View,” (Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 376, 199-244) presents a detailed analysis of the ceramic debris from a house destroyed around 200 BC. Dr. Hudson also taught the Art History Capstone Seminar in the spring 2017 semester and his students put together an exhibit for Randall Library that highlighted their research on 100 ancient lamps from Israel that were generously donated to the department by Mrs. Sonya Blinksinop in the Fall of 2016. The exhibit was installed in the lower floor main gallery at Randall on April 17, 2017.

Dr. Amy Kirschke

Amy Kirschke, Professor of Art History, was invited to give a lecture on African American illustrators in World War I, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in March of this year. An article on this topic was published by the Academy and Princeton University, in the book: World War I and American Art, 2016.   Dr. Kirschke delivered a lecture in March 2017 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, as a Wyeth Foundation lecturer, part of the gallery’s annual symposium. Her essay will be published in a volume this summer, by the National Gallery of Art. Kirschke was selected in Summer, 2016 as a Elsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow for the Center for Advanced Study of Visual  Art at the National Gallery of Art, where she researched her new book.

Dr. Kemille Moore

Kemille Moore's book chapter cover

Kemille Moore's chapter “Painting the Town Portrayals of Change in Urban Riversides, London and the Thames, a Case Study,” was recently published n the book, The Routledge Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience, ed. D. Simonton (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017) 116-129. Pictured at right is the book cover.

Dr. Vibeke Olson

Vibeke Olson's essay, "Penetrating theVoid: Picturing the Wound in Christ's Side as a Performative Space," has been published in Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, L. Tracy and K. DeVries, eds (Brill, 2015), pp. 313-339

Vibeke Olson's also recently published: "Embodying the Saint: Mystical Visions, Maria Lactans and the Miracle of Mary's Milk," in Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period, British Museum Research Publication No. 195, James Robinson, Lloyd de Beer, Anna Harnden, eds. (British Museum, London, 2014), pp. 151-158.


Gene Felice

Professor Gene A. Felice II presented in October at the ISEA 2020 online conference,  the work of the Algae Society, an international group of artists & scientists that he co-founded with Jennifer Parker at UCSC.  One of his past instructors / mentorsAmy Youngs interviewed the collaborative group for their online presentation and you can view the interview on their website here:   

Professor Felice also just opened a new show focused on 3D printing, algae & video projection mapping titled “Living Windows” at the Zillman Museum in Bangor ME:  


Lastly, his collaborative group “The Algae Society” is premiering a VR / online project as a part of the “What Makes Us Human” group show at the Sesnon Gallery in Santa Cruz CA.  You can find more info and view the show here, starting on Nov. 12th



Donald Furst

 Noirs I

Donald Furst recently exhibited works from his solarplate print Noirs series in national exhibitions in Long Island, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, and Austin.  The image pictured here is "Noirs I,"  displayed in the exhibit "Geometry" at SiteBrooklyn Gallery.    


Ned Irvine

Ned Irvine recently received the 2017 SECAC Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials. The award recognizes an exhibition (within the last two years) of historical materials, which by its design, installation, and/or catalogue is considered exemplary. The award was given for Art From Flour: Barrel to Bag, on view at the Cameron Art Museum from October 8, 2016, through February 12, 2017. The catalogue was published by the Cameron Art Museum in 2016.

Ned Irvine is currently designing two exhibition catalogs for the Cameron Art Museum. Created by Light, which opened in Septmber 2017, and the North Carolina Arts Council 2017 Fellowship Award Exhibition, opening in spring of 2018.

He was recently appointed as the program coordinator for the new Digital Arts major in the College of Arts & Sciences. The interdisciplinary major combines courses from the departments of Art & Art History and Computer Science.

Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson presented her new series of salted paper prints using natural salt water with varying salinity at the Salted Paper Prints Symposium at Harvard University in September. The series was generously funded by a Charles L. Cahill grant. 

Her cliche-verre series, Cycle of Cities II: Afterlife, is featured in the exhibition, Theory of Place at Candela Gallery in Richmond, VA from September 1 through October 21, 2017. 

Anne Lindberg

 Raindrops #3

Raindrops #3
Oil on panel
12 x 9"


Andi Steele

With the support of a Summer Research Initiative Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, Andi Steele netted head nets for a performance/interactive work, Ignorance is Bliss. She performed the work as part of the Under Pressure exhibition at the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) in Raleigh, NC. Visitors were invited to wear the head nets and then respond to the experience. 

Andi is currently preparing for Space Invaders, a group exhibition at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University Camden in Camden, New Jersey. The show will feature six installations artists who will create site specific works that force viewers to think about how they interact with space in their surrounding environments. The exhibition will run from January 16-April 21, 2018.

Pam Toll

Landscape and Memory

Pam Toll has been drawing and painting since childhood and this physical way of thinking is fundamental to her work. In the exhibit, entitled Landscape and Memory, she pursues an energy around trees that comes from a lifetime spent among them. Seen below, Pam presents her work at the Wilma Daniels gallery in downtown Wilmington.



In the spring semester 2017 Professor Pam Toll led Advanced Painting students in painting a mural of their own design on a large dining room wall at the Good Shepherd Center on Martin Street in downtown Wilmington (see photos below). Students who participated were Laura Coyne (left) and Andrea Eubanks, Sarah Christianson, and Erica Barlow (right). Not pictured were Barbara Anne Thomas and Beth Richter.
UNCW Art students working on a mural for the Good Shepherd Center

Summer 2017 was dedicated to planning three exhibitions for the 20th Anniversary of No Boundaries International Art Colony created by Toll and partners in 1998. An exhibition of two Macedonian artists; Synergy; the Drawings and Paintings of Sergej Andreevski and Gligor Cermerski opens August 31 in the Cultural Arts Gallery at UNCW honoring NBI’s important relationship with the International Art Colony St Joakim Osogovski and Art Pointe Gumno Residency in the Former Republic of Macedonia and UNCW. September 2 The Creators of No Boundaries exhibition opens on Bald Head Island and November 24 the exhibition of works entitled No Boundaries US Alumni Artists, featuring over 70 works by former participants from California, New York, Colorado, Texas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina… will show concurrently with the 20th No Boundaries Exhibition at Cape Fear Community College's Wilma Daniels Gallery.

Aaron Wilcox

Aaron Wilcox recently completed a project of 42 ceramic heads of imaginary swimmers in history. He wrote an accompanying chapbook titled: The Qin Swimmers: Thomas George and Tangled Threads of Discovery. Wilcox's interest in the intersection between ceramics and story led to another book titled Farady, which incorporates ceramics, printmaking and text to tell the story of a man who makes a faraday cage helmet out of ceramics.