Assistant Professor Lien Truong Solo Show at Carrack Modern in Durham

America, America
On View May 3 – 14, 2016 
The Carrack Modern Art • 111 West Parrish St • Durham, NC 27701

Dear Africa, oil on paper, 72" x 51"

In America, America, Truong examines the history of colonialism and conflict in America. The work embraces Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopias, as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces. Painted gestures reside in a space reminiscent of the void in eastern landscape painting, and bear the uniform of regional textile designs, referring to a worldwide textile trade that for centuries has been a complicated narrative of migration, hierarchy and power. The trade assigned the various Easts with exotic mystery, and supplanted it significantly as the other. The nonverbal aesthetics of textiles transcends language barriers, yielding notable capacity to be culturally absorbed. The painted gestures envelope, penetrate and permeate each other among echoes of water and fluids; signifying the separation of nations, and dissolving of the painted bodies. The movements become phantoms of history, creating a labyrinth of violence, migration and coupling. The paint and space coalesce, creating entanglements of our eternally diasporic, global world.


Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm, Artist Talk at 6pm

Image: Dear Africa, oil on paper, 72″ x 51″

Statement from Eric C. Shiner regarding cancellation of visit to Art Department because of HB2

UPDATE: A group of Art faculty and staff have written and signed the attached letter in support of Eric Shiner’s decision.


Dear President Spellings:

Please find attached a letter of revocation re: my acceptance of the kind invitation I received from friend and colleague elin o’Hara slavick to act as this year’s visiting critic for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduating MFA class.

I do hope that the university takes as active a stance as possible against North Carolina House Bill 2.  Until that bill is revoked, I do not feel comfortable or safe coming to North Carolina.

Eric Shiner

PS to elin, please see my special note to you and your students at the end of my attached letter.  I apologize if my action in any way affects you or the students.

cc: Chancellor Carol Folt
Dean Kevin Guskiewicz
Peter Nisbet, Director, Ackland Art Museum
Elin o’Hara slavick, Professor of Art

the warhol:
Eric C. Shiner
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
T 412.237.8345
F 412.237.8340
The Andy Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Attachment: UNC Letter Signed

Art Student Graduate Organization Tour at NCMA

Living Objects: Curating and Conserving Contemporary Art at the NCMA
Friday, April 22, 3:30–5 pm

Meet in West Building

Interested in pursuing a career in museums? Join the UNC Art Student Graduate Organization for a behind-the-scenes tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art with Linda Dougherty, curator of contemporary art, and Perry Hurt, painting conservator. View recent acquisitions, discuss the focus of the NCMA’s contemporary collection, learn about new technologies for restoring works, and discuss the challenges of caring for contemporary art. This inaugural program sponsored by the NCMA for graduate students of the Triangle is a great opportunity to engage with a local institution and ask questions regarding work in the field.

Following the tour all attendees are welcome to stay for the opening reception of Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist. Both artists are North Carolinians (Stamer graduated from UNC’s MFA program in 2013) and create shimmering landscapes, simultaneously abstract and representative, that slide in and out of focus. Their environments—from natural to manmade—are haunted by the past, appearing to be in the process of eroding, degrading, or fading into nothingness. Memory and loss, as well as the effects of time and economic and environmental ravages, are at play in these beautiful, melancholy landscapes.

Space is limited. RSVP to Harriet Hoover, Coordinator of College Programs, or (919) 664-6779.

Linda Johnson Dougherty is the chief curator and curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina
Museum of Art, where she organizes exhibitions of contemporary art and develops artists’ projects for the
Museum Park. Before moving to North Carolina in 1993, she was a curator at The Phillips Collection, a
research associate in the Department of 20th-Century Art at the National Gallery of Art, and a research
assistant at the National Museum of American Art in Washington. She was co-director of the Office of
Public Art for the North Carolina Arts Council from 1998 to 2000 and a project coordinator for the
Artworks for State Buildings Program, North Carolina Arts Council, from 1995 to 1998.

Perry Hurt joined the NCMA in 1998 as conservator for regional conservation services. In that capacity
he conserved works of art for many institutions in the area, including the North Carolina Museum of
History, Tryon Palace, Biltmore Estate, the NCCU Art Gallery, UNC–Chapel Hill, and the Weatherspoon
Art Museum. In 2008 Hurt became associate conservator for the NCMA’s permanent collection.
Previously he worked on numerous mural projects in Washington, including at the Lincoln Memorial, the
U.S. Capitol, and the Library of Congress. This work coincided with his private practice, Fine Art & Mural
Conservation Studio, in Fredericksburg, Va. In 2001 Hurt began researching the history of artists’ paint.
His research has resulted in numerous lectures and tours, focusing on the contribution paint materials
have made to the history of art.

Alumna Mijoo Kim solo show at SECCA

12 X 12: Mijoo Kim

Mijoo Kim

Artist Salon and Reception – April 19, 6pm

Shrouds, veils, pattern, absence and presence are vehicles through which photographer Mijoo Kim explores processes of memory and identity.  Kim’s work challenges important questions about representations of gender and cultural identity, draping female figures in fabrics that enact cultural camouflage. This formal strategy stems from her experiences as a Korean residing in the US for the past seven years and investigating her responses to this relocation. She uses her camera to examine how her portrayal as an anonymous figure visually conforms to American surroundings, but also conveys displacement.

Kim’s 12 x 12 exhibition, presents work from two series, ”Re-Figure” and “Role Play”, which include portrait images of the artist veiled in fabrics and blending into interior environments, as well as landscapes shot in North Carolina in which some memento or marker of presence is left behind. From this, we can build an open-ended story.

About Mijoo Kim:

Originally from South Korea, Mijoo Kim holds a BFA with an emphasis in photography from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, IL, a BA with an emphasis in photography from Kyung-II University in South Korea and an MFA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has been a teaching fellow in photography at UNC Chapel Hill and is currently a Visiting Lecturer there. She did her residencies at The Center for Photography at Woodstock and ARPNY in Long Island. For Kim, photography is not only a means of exploring human lives, but also functions as a gateway to memories that chart the past and permeate the present.

About 12 x 12

12 x 12  artist salon series presents 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State.

The twelve artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. At salon events, each artist will share ideas and processes of their studio practice in the midst of recent, new, or site-specific work presented in SECCA’s Preview Gallery. Each artist will discuss their experience first-hand, inviting the public to ask questions and to engage in conversation. Like a studio visit, these salon events are a social space for the discovery and discussion, providing invaluable feedback to artists and insights to those who come to experience them.

Discussions allow audience members to view art making in a social space rather than a more formal, museum exhibition. Each mini-exhibition is on view for one month, and functions as a pop-up. The series schedule consists of three exhibitions per spring and fall seasons in 2016 and 2017, beginning March 1st, 2016. At the end of the salons, a group exhibition in our Potter Gallery will bring together all twelve artists.

12 x 12 gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. At the same time, the series aims to push conversation around contemporary art forward and to consider the significance of localism as a curatorial framework. What does it mean to these artists to be working in the South and Southeast today, especially after the Internet and Globalization?

The 12 x 12 artists were selected by Cora Fisher (Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA) and four guest jurors: Linda Dougherty (Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art); Lia Newman (Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College); Marshall Price (Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University); and Mary Anne Redding (Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts).

An arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation

Above: Mijoo Kim, Polka Dots, 2015. Image Courtesy of the artist

Alumnus Damian Stamer in 2 person show at Flanders Gallery

Dust & Smoke:
Greg Lindquist & Damian Stamer






April 1 – 30, 2016 | Flanders Gallery

Greg Lindquist’s early years on the Wilmington coast of North Carolina inspired a passion for aquatic ecology. His father’s artificial reef projects that transformed boxcars into fish habitats instilled the urgency of environmental collaboration and the beauty of nature. Lindquist’s paintings in Dust and Smoke are a continuation of an ongoing project with the local Wilmington community and over a dozen environmental organizations which addresses the impact of water pollution from coal-fired electric plants. Visualizing the coal ash in the recent Dan River spill, Lindquist transforms toxic swirls into abstract vortices of pulsating color. Lindquist also depicts Sutton Lake near the Cape Fear River where coal ash has deformed the Bluegill, which are fished for sustenance by local residents. Drawing from diverse movements such as Impressionism, site specific Land Art and the grassroots activism of Environmental Justice, Lindquist creates an immersive painting experience which also employs performances and discussions to illuminate the social and political complexities in our environment.

Damian Stamer, a native of Durham, North Carolina, grew up surrounded by rural farm architecture. These haunting landscapes of his native North Carolina reference memory, and our inability to clearly recall everything about a place and time. Playing with perspective, faint images of something familiar may appear to viewers at a distance while they blend into seemingly chaotic lines on closer look. Constantly experimenting with technique, his process borrows from abstraction, minimalism, realism and sometimes trompe l’oil. Stamer employs his advanced technical skills to represent a vague memory and idea, a blur of moments in time that overlap, confuse, and begin to erode.


Greg Lindquist was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He studied art and English at NC State and attended graduate school in New York at Pratt Institute, earning a MFA in painting and masters in art history. During graduate school, Lindquist was a research intern at the Museum of Modern Art. Notable awards include the Marie Walsh Sharpe Residency (2013-2014), Milton & Sally Avery Foundations Grant (2009), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2009). He currently teaches in New York and serves as the Art Books in Review co-editor for The Brooklyn Rail.

Damian Stamer received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Jacob K. Javits fellow in 2013 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Herberger Institute of Art and Design and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University as a National Merit scholar in 2007. He also studied at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts as a Fulbright grantee, and the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar. Other notable awards include the North Carolina Fellowship Grant (2014), and a nomination for the 1858 Art Prize.

New Children’s Book from Alumnus Ethan Murrow













It is our pleasure to introduce our wordless picture book to a US audience. The Whale is an adventure story with an air of mystery, featuring two brave and resourceful seafaring kids. This project was made in collaboration with Templar/Big Picture Books and Candlewick Press, Clements Photo and two incredible young actors, Brandon and Alexandra.

Here’s what people are saying:
“In this sublime wordless picture book, the detailed-filled pages play out this epic story with eerily dramatic graphite illustrations. Set your own narrative to this dramatic adventure and get lost in the detail of each unfurling spread.”
–Picture Books Blogger 

“Wordless, with masterful artwork and an intriguing narrative undertow, this whale’s tale will transfix”
– Kirkus Starred review

Come learn about how we made the book:

April 14th 7pm Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

April 17th 1pm Blue Bunny Books, Dedham, MA 

April 23rd 10:30am Bank Street Bookstore, NYC

July 9th The Bookmark Neptune Beach, FL

August 4th 5pm Mockingbird Books, Seattle, WA

August 6th 2pm Green Bean Books, Portland, OR




Follow us @twomurrows


Alumna Jessica Dupuis in two group exhibitions

Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation

March 31 – June 12, 2016
Opening Reception: March 31, 2016; 5:30 -7:00pm

Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638

The Cape Cod Museum of Art presents its first open national juried exhibition, titled, “Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation,” to inaugurate their 35th Anniversary celebrations, opening on March 31, 2016. Juror Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, has selected 35 artworks from 718 submissions by 277 artists residing in 29 different states. At the opening reception on March 31, she will announce her four “Juror’s Best” awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and in social media.

Ms. Fawcett commented, “. . .jurying the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s debut national juried exhibition . . . was both an honor and a challenge. Each piece was carefully examined for its mastery of technique and execution, message, creative approach – and crosschecked against the show’s theme. Did the work stand out for its originality? Did it touch upon time-tested roots, yet push the envelope? In the end, the 35 selected pieces stood out for their no holds barred character, dared to be distinct in some way, shape or form and (despite a unique persona) had a provocative relationship to the other 34 mold breakers. All submitting artists are to be commended for their strong entries. It was a pleasure meeting each piece and connecting with the range of exciting work that each artist put forward. Finally, I congratulate the chosen 35 for standing out in a highly competitive crowd. Keep on walking to your own drummer.“

As part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations of the museum, this exhibition features artwork that breaks the bounds of tradition in diverse ways. Carolyn Conrad, from Sag Harbor, NY, surprises the viewer in Maybe Cape Breton by presenting an image that seems to be an outdoor landscape, when in reality it is a photograph of a handmade staged construction. A beautifully-crafted metal, plastic and crystal sculpture by Holland Houdek, from Iowa City, turns out to be modeled after a medical implant, Atlas Posterior Column. And a ceramic teapot, by Ron Mello, turns into a moving vehicle. There is a broad variety of imagery, mediums, and messages in this exhibition that will appeal to a wide range of viewers.

The 35 selected artists are, from 16 states:

Denise Buckley, OH
Robin Cass, NY
Carolyn Conrad, NY
Darcy Dangremond, MA
Alice Denison, MA
Jessica Dupuis, NC
Tanya Fletcher, ME
Diane Francis, MA
Shaina Gates, PA
Amir Hariri, NY
Howard Hastie, MA
Holland Houdek, IA
Colleen Kiely, MA
Dimitrina Kutriansky, IL
Keith Lewis, WA
Kandy Lopez, FL
Ron Mello, MA
Tatyana Ostapenko, OR
Joseph Ostraff, UT
Colin Poole, NM
Margaret Realica, CA
Diana Mari Rossi, CA
Abby Schmidt, PA
Wendy Seller, MA
Lauren Skelly, NY
Jeff Stauder, MA
Deborah Stenberg-Service, CA
Gin Stone, MA
Kate Sullivan, MA
Susanne Taylor, MA
Stefania Urist, CT
Randy Van Dyck, ID
Peggy Wyman, MO
Laurence Young, MA
Micah Zavacky, IL

Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett

Since July 2006, Mim Brooks Fawcett has been the Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, where she has focused her efforts on providing outstanding and diverse exhibitions and art programs. She holds degrees in the visual arts, graphic design and cinema. She has also served as an educator at Northeastern University and Boston University and as a corporate Art Director.

Small Favors
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1: 5-8pm
The Clay Studio

137-139 N. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

“Presenting over 300 affordable works of art by emerging and established artists, The Clay Studio’s annual Small Favors exhibition challenges and engages artists in new and exciting ways, placing limitations on scale with a 4” acrylic cube that must be rigorously adhered to or creatively worked around. Though small in scale, the artworks created for this exhibition are huge in impact and accessible to art enthusiasts and collectors of all ages.”

Exhibition curated by MFA Candidate Alyssa Miserendino on view in Durham

L.A.A.A.P.P. – the language of abstract, ambiguous associations of personal reflection and perspective.













KONTEK Systems
318 Holland Street Mall
Durham, NC 27701
(behind the new Durham Hotel and beside the old Durham Armory)


The exhibition will be open for Third Friday Durham from 6-9pm on March 18, and by appointment (contact Frank Konhaus at
L.A.A.A.P.P. was curated by Alyssa Miserendino and includes around 40 works of photographic, drawn, and sculptural art chosen from the Cassilhaus Collection. The exhibition explores abstraction as a means to the unknown and non-representational language. Artists include Daniel Beltrá, Susan Derges, Heather Gordon, Beth Grabowski, Doug Keyes, Lisa McCarty, Chris McCaw, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Ippy Patterson, and Georges Rousse.

Learn more about Cassilhaus and the collection at
KONTEK Systems ( is the Triangle’s leading commercial AV Systems Integration firm and the proud Presenting Sponsor for the Click! Triangle Photography Festival.

Update from Alumnus Eric Pickersgill

Almost Spring, 2016 

Welcome back to what usually is my quarterly studio update. The last several months have been profoundly life changing and below is a recap of what has happened since Summer 2015. It’s been a wild ride and I am excited to finally share what I’ve been up to.
Early test shot for Removed. Anna and Kevin, 2014
Four months ago my good friend Andrew Stern published an interview with me about Removed on TechInsider. Within 48 hours, I was contacted by dozens of international news networks, photo editors, bloggers, photographers, and individuals who were personally touched by the project. In an excited panic, I reacted as best as I could to keep up with media requests, interviews for print, web, and television. I slept very little those first few days and finally started asking for help knowing that there was a better way to handle this moment. After a few calls I was connected with Julie Grahame who jumped in head first offering her extensive knowledge of the media agency world. She has been an incredible teammate, friend, and mentor and I owe her the most sincere thank you!

Meeting Julie Grahame in Brooklyn for the first time after working together for several weeks.
The following week I was in touch with Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art in NY. Rick was very excited about working together and had concrete ideas about introducing my work into the contemporary art market. After signing with Rick, he and his amazing team brought Removed to Miami for Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in December ’15.

I am thrilled to announce / invite you to my solo exhibition of Removed at Rick Wester Fine Art opening March 24th, 2016 from 6-8PM. 

Upcoming & Current Exhibitions

Rick Wester Fine Art / New York, NY

Actual Size: Exploring The Photographic Contact Print

Cassilhaus Gallery / Chapel Hill, NC

Installation photograph by Fredrik Marsh
I have a piece in Actual Size, an exhibition curated by Frank Konhaus. The show includes 46 artists works that span over 150 years and represents contact prints made from negatives ranging from 35mm up to 30″ x 40″. The exhibition includes some of the most well known historical and contemporary names in photography as well as a broad range of photographic processes. The exhibition runs until March 15th, 2016.

Future Tense

516 ARTS / Albuquerque, NM

Vicki’s Ice Cream, 2014

Highlighting select CENTER photographers, Future Tense is an exploration of the socially, politically and psychologically complex relationship we have with the places we inhabit.  Moving within and beyond the physicality of here and now, the photographers in this exhibition trace the tensions between nature and artifice; isolation and interconnectedness; past and present; and the physical and psychological…all of which reveal the tenuous balance that defines the path of our collective future.  Artists include: Delaney Allen, Antoine Bruy, Pelle Cass, Phillip Cheung, Christine Collins, Tamas Dezso, David Favrod, Lori Hepner, Dina Litovsky, Judy Natal, Eric Pickersgill, David Schalliol and Daniel Traub. Exhibition runs from June 18 – September 17, 2016.

In Print / Web

Removed covered by Efrem Zelony-Mindell for
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this piece by my talented new buddy Efrem Zelony-Mindell. He asked some provocative questions and I’m honored to be on, a platform/resource I have been following for some time now.

The Removed series has received an enormous amount of international press and can be seen here.
New Work

Kenny’s Farm
Palm Rows, 2015

In December, I returned and photographed my grandparents’ farm in the South Florida town of Homestead. It was one of the most emotional experiences I have ever had behind my camera and am excited to share with you the beginnings of what will be a longer study of this very personal place. The farm is being transformed by a family who is putting that plot of land to great use by utilizing it to help others in need of rehabilitation and occupational therapy.
The new work can be seen here on my newly re-designed website.

For editorial and media requests contact Julie Grahame
For print and exhibition inquiries contact Rick Wester Fine Art

All contents © 2016, Eric Pickersgill, All rights reserved.


Alumna Carolyn Goodridge solo show Dimensions of Being currently on view

A solo show of the work of Carolyn Goodridge, “Dimensions of Being,” is on view at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg.  The UUFF Gallery will exhibit her encaustic paintings from Sunday, March 6 through April 25, 2016. The series, “Dimensions of Being” is a continuation of the previous two series, “Zen of Zero Point, Age of Enlightenment” and “Om, Cosmology of Now.” More info can be found here.