Video of the 2015 Carolina Create-a-Thon

The Art Department participated in the 2015 Carolina Create-a-Thon. They created a brief video to recap the successful event:

We were incredibly excited about how the event went. We had nearly 70 people in attendance. There were 42 participants that made up 10 teams, all of which produced incredible ideas. We had a number of faculty and staff attend the event, as well; 2 served as the leaders of our Design Thinking Workshop and Pitch Workshop, and 3 served as our judges, in addition to 1 student judge. We had 7 student experts who led skills workshops for their peers; they offered lessons in coding, 3D printing, videography, Adobe Illustrator, and event planning. We also had 4 student musicians who performed during our lunch break, contributing to the creative environment. We also had a team of 9 organizing the event and ensuring that everything ran smoothly.

The day was composed of 3 phases: idea selection, idea development, and idea finalization. The ideas that came out of the Create-a-thon were incredibly diverse, but all of them showcased the creativity of the participants and strove to make “Navigating Carolina” (the theme of the event) easier for students. One idea was for an app that would allow students to make new connections and form new friendships, another was for a campus marketplace of goods and services, and a third was for an additional, specialized orientation for incoming students based around their common interests. The list of wonderful ideas goes on and on! The three winning teams developed ideas related to an on-campus community kitchen, a newsletter aimed at first-year students, and a week-long humanities festival.

Alumnus Ethan Murrow show at Winston Wachter Seattle

Ethan Murrow is a dreamer, a storyteller. His scenes are well thought out adventures in his mind, full of character and humanity. His heroes often fail, but they never give up. His fantastical scenes take us to the arctic, high above in makeshift flying machines, and always into the unknown. What makes Murrow’s artworks more extraordinary is his chosen vehicle to share these stories. Each composition is meticulously detailed, with lifelike precision in graphite or pen. No detail is omitted and there is no room for error. Murrow creates black and white worlds like pages from historical texts, begging us to enter and explore.

His most recent exhibition Jurassic, at Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle, will focus on the enormity of the Northwest. In this land everything is big. It is “as if trees, mountains, skies and clouds have been injected with steroids”. The enormity of nature makes it seemingly impossible for man to conquer, or even survive. Ancient trees loom over us and grand mountains burst towards the sky. Murrow’s tireless protagonists press on in these worlds with the same care that is taken in creating them. Murrow’s artworks are tributes to mankind’s perseverance, while simultaneously questioning how we view ownership and our relationship to nature.

Murrow’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe. He is included in prestigious collections, such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, and the Facebook Corporate Collection. In June of 2015 Murrow is honored with a mural installation for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall at the Institute for Contemporary Art Boston.

Please join us for the opening reception on Monday, April 20th from 6-8pm or contact Judith Rinehart at for any additional information

Art History Graduate Student Katherine Rice Selected for Getty Summer Institute

Congratulations to Katherine Rice, who is one of 20 graduate students that has been selected for the Getty Summer Institute’s Building a Digital Portfolio.

Building a Digital Portfolio is a digital humanities summer institute for 20 art history graduate students offered by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University with support from the Getty Foundation that will be held July 13-24, 2015. The Getty is generously funding travel, lodging, and a modest per diem for all participants.

The goal of the institute is to introduce digital art history to graduate students in MA and PhD programs by training them in digital humanities methods and tools. See a preview of what we have planned:

Congratulations to Allison Tierney, first recipient of Art Dept Top Prize for MFA Work

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce this year’s recipient of the first Top Prize for MFA Work – chosen by Curator Alison Ferris via online submissions:


Ferris says that Allison Tierney’s work was the “clearest and most honest. Her work accomplishes what she sets out to do.”

We would like to thank all those who helped with the first Annual MFA Auction to raise monies for this award; helped bring Alison Ferris to campus; met with Alison while she was here and most of all – each and every MFA student. Alison Ferris was very impressed by all of your work and loved meeting you all and seeing the work in person.

This year the Top Prize for MFA Work is in the amount of $4,000. CONGRATULATIONS ALLISON TIERNEY!

Selection of Allison’s Current Work:

Glaire Anderson receives 2014-2015 Bishko Prize from ASPHS

This year’s Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize for the best article published in 2013 or 2014 in the field of medieval Iberian history by a North American scholar goes to Glaire D. Anderson, “Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de la Cogolla,” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 6:1 (Jan. 2014), 15-41.

In this article, Glaire Anderson offers a striking and compelling new explanation for the clear Cordoban aesthetic of the ivory cross of San Milla’n de la Cogolla. She argues that the reason the cross was done in this style was that Tota, queen of Pamplona, was deliberately using her kinship and political ties to caliph ‘Abd to consolidate her own power and that of her children and grandchildren, who later occupied thrones in Pamplona and Leo’n. In marshalling Arabic and Latin sources to advance this argument, Anderson seemingly leaves no stone unturned, no possible alternative reading unaddressed. Two committee members commented that every time they found themselves thinking, “Yes, but,” Anderson addressed that “but” in the next paragraph or two. The selection committee praised her clear and focused argument, which is well positioned in relationship to the existing literature on this cross, and the freshness and promise of her approach to the origin of this ivory cross.

Anne Marie Wolf, Bishko Prize Committee Chair

Jonathan Ray

Adam Kosto

Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

Alumnus Severn Eaton Finalist for Goat Farm Arts Center FIELD EXPERIMENT

The Hambidge Center | The Goat Farm Arts Center

A public action project in Atlanta that aims to uncover truths and ignite new thinking.
Atlanta, GA/ March 5th, 2015 – The Goat Farm and Hambidge are thrilled to announce the 5 finalists for FIELD EXPERIMENT. Selected from 130 applications received from 44 cities, 21 states, and 5 countries including Germany, Canada, Spain, US and the UK. The proposals included experimentations in the natural sciences & applied sciences, new media, movement, sound based work, transportation, architecture & design computation, music composition, participatory interventions, 2D & 3D visual art, large scale puppetry & materials engineering. We are grateful and encouraged by the answer to our call and urge those applicants to continue their pursuit to uncover truths and ignite new thinking.

The 5 finalists are:
Jeffrey Collins, Envelope, Atlanta GA
Mel Chin & Severn Eaton, Jam-­‐D-­‐Jam!, Asheville NC
Micah & Whitney Stansell, Inversion (with land), College Park GA
Mark Wentzel, Flow Field(s), Atlanta GA
Kris Pilcher, Kevin Byrd, & Dale Adams, The Dream Collection Agency, Atlanta GA

The 5 finalists will each receive $2,000 to complete a concept of their projects for display at the
annual Hambidge Auction at The Goat Farm Arts Center on May 30th, 2015. This will conclude
Phase 01 of FIELD EXPERIMENT. Phase 02 commences with the selection of the winning project,
announced June 5th 2015. The winner will be awarded $20,000, a two week Hambidge
residency, and administration and production support. The final project will be realized in Fall

Hambidge’s Executive Director, Jamie Badoud remarked, “The pool of submissions was
incredible. It is clear that many of our most creative minds are hungry to experiment and
engage the public in exciting new ways. From physicists, performers, and storytellers to urban
gardeners, programmers, and a wide variety of artists, the applicants brought forward powerful
and complex ideas executed with layers of grit, grace, humor, analytics, subversion, and
surprise. It was a tall task to narrow to five, but we are excited to put into action the dynamic
visions of our finalists.

Goat Farm’s Anthony Harper stated, “These days technology is quantifying all and putting our
lives in order. We need more unreasonable things happening in life. It’s good to explore
concepts that may not exercise caution. I think we forget how this friction can teach us things.
We wanted Field Experiment to bring us something unconventional. It achieved that goal.”
“The sheer volume, diversity, and creativity of the ideas and concepts proposed to FIELD
EXPERIMENT are a testament to the pervasive yearning for large-­‐scale experimentation in the
public sphere. I like to dream of a time when all 130 of these ideas become reality. Atlanta
would be a more open, beautiful, curious, aware, and socially connected city”, says Mark
DiNatale of The Goat Farm Arts Center.

5 Finalists Project Details

Jeffrey Collins / Envelope >> Site-­‐specific architectural enhancements to mundane buildings
and spaces in Atlanta. Buildings are planned and built to be anywhere. Therein, important
factors of history, locality and place are in danger of being lost. This project offers an
opportunity to reexamine the history & current identity of our city through the faces of its
buildings using custom mass-­‐produced parts that are adjusted passively by the environment –
the place. Collins will be working with GA Tech University’s School of Architecture, the Digital
Fabrication Lab and a cross-­‐disciplinary team of students. Envelope will take something
ordinary, everyday and passed-­‐by and, with thoughiulness and experimentation, turn it into
something unexpected, useful and beautiful.<<

Mel Chin & Severn Eaton (EMC’s) / Jam-­‐D-­‐Jam! >> A response to a contemporary dilemma
shared by all Atlantans, rush hour congestion throughout the city. This radio based interactive
entertainment intervention will invite participants to use these moments to contribute to an
ever-­‐changing soundscape. Calling in from their vehicles, their unscripted words or noises of
frustration, boredom, aggression or anxiety will be transformed into musical invention & looped
back to the traffic, the public, the performers. EMC’s will be working with a diverse set of
Atlanta music makers and producers to collaborate in sampling these unpredictable

Micah & Whitney Stansell / Inversion (with land) >> A multi-­‐story, multi-­‐location projection
project that grows in scale, run-­‐time and complexity, this project invites people to explore the
communities and histories of different areas of the city. The content for each story will be mined
from the location where it is to be projected. The stories will be simple, open & experimental.
Filmed from a unique aerial perspective moving from the city scale to the human scale using a
heavy-­‐lim remote drone that Stansell’s team built from the ground up. The project will
culminate in a fourth location that wraps the built environment in narrative. All four stories will
weave together, producing a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This project,
introspective & anthropological in nature, will provide an inverted view of Atlanta’s sprawl,
moving from broad to narrow, focusing in on the human elements of the city. The aleatory form
of storytelling will guide Stansell’s team towards collaborations with participating poets &
musicians depending on the content captured. <<

Mark Wentzel / Flow Field(s) >> A large-­‐scale application of a grid panern and vector fields,
this installation will use a panern of laminar flow to consider the human experience of moving
through time and space. Scientific discovery is increasingly pointing toward an understanding of
both time and space as fluid; altered by things such as memory, mass, consciousness, and
distance. As technology persistently invades our time and redefines our space we may begin to
feel an increasing insecurity about our connection to ourselves and the natural world. Flow
Fields creates a massive Cartesian landscape within Freedom Park with the simple concept of
direction as a tool for self-­‐contextualizing and psychological mooring. Flow Field(s) emerged
through ongoing collaborations between Wentzel and Dr. Joel Kimmons, a scientist at the CDC.
Their current focus is in the area of behavioral design, work that has a continuous effect on the
direction of this project. <<

Kris Pilcher, Kevin Byrd, and Dale Adams / The Dream Collec]on Agency >> The Dream
Collection Agency (DCA) is a corporate entity designed to collect, document, and recycle
dreams. The Agency solicits public dream donations via an online Dream Depository and an in-­‐
store collection laboratory. Dream donations are cataloged and recreated in three dimensional
digital environments using cufng edge 21st century Oculus Rim VR technology. Visitors to the
storefront collection laboratory are invited to experience these documented dreams in a safe
and secure virtual reality environment under the watchful eye of professionally trained Dream
Technicians. “As virtual reality and other technologies become more widespread in the near
future, we would like to begin discussing the implications of existing in both a physical & digital
reality and at which point will we allow our hopes, dreams, and ambitions to become nothing
more than a computer simulation. We would like to find out if this digital experience &
corporatization cheapens or enhances our naturally occurring mental visions.” – DCA<<

May-­‐June, 2015 Phase 01 projects presented at the Goat Farm Arts Center
June 5th, 2015 Announcement of Final winner
Fall 2015 Phase 02, winning project presented in Atlanta

Project Development:
>>The website will chronicle the development of the FIELD EXPERIMENT finalists’ projects
including project updates, narrative content, multi-­‐media and engagement opportunities.<<

The Goat Farm is a Creative Industrial Complex in West Midtown Atlanta. Our model, designed
to anract a dense collection of forward-­‐thinking ventures, has re-­‐positioned an unproductive
19th century factory into one of Atlanta’s largest Centers for vanguard fields, contemporary
thought, art & performance.

The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences – For over ti0 years, the non-­‐profit
organization has awarded residency fellowships to distinguished artists and scientists at our
600-­‐acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The public is invited to the historic
campus on Saturdays for a series of rotating programs that include artist talks, nature hikes,
gristmill visits, gallery openings and other special events. The Center is funded in part by the
Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts & Culture, the Georgia
Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

Jamie Badoud
Teresa Reeves
Anthony Harper
Ben Goldman
Mark DiNatale

Media Contact:
Scon Daughtridge Email: Phone: 770.826.6691
& Stephanie Dowda Email: Phone: 404.791.2738

Upcoming Screenings of Sabine Gruffat’s Film Speculation Nation

I wanted to let you know of a few screenings of our Feature Documentary film (co-directed with Bill Brown) Speculation Nation coming up:

Next weekend the film and both of us were invited to attend the Wisconsin Film Festival

Screenings are on Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th.

The film is being translated into Polish and will screen as the opening film of the MIASTO film series April 16 at the Wroclaw Film Foundation this month.

The film will also screen in Porto, Portugal as part of the Mostra de Cinema Insubmisso 24-26th of April as part of an event organized by the new left wing party PODEMOS.

In May, the film and both of us were invited to attend the Chicago Underground Film Festival. The full schedule has not been announced yet but our film is scheduled to screen Friday May 15th at 8:30pm at the Logan Theater.

Best, Sabine

Alumnus Leo Mazow Awarded Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship

Leo Mazow, associate professor of art history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship supports research in the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Fellows are given access to the library of the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the area. The Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship is one of the most competitive art history fellowships.

“The department continues to be impressed with the research and awards garnered by Dr. Mazow,” said Jeannie Hulen, chair of the Department of Art. “This time afforded to Leo through this fellowship will greatly increase his already immense scholarly efforts and is well deserved.”

The Fellowship supports Mazow’s work on his present book project, Hopper’s Hotels, which explores the artist’s depictions of hospitality services industries and amenities. Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was a realist American painter who remains best known for such paintings asNighthawks (1942, The Art Institute of Chicago).

“CASVA is the research center at the National Gallery of Art, which is one of the top museums in this country,” said Lynn Jacobs, professor of art history. “So it is extremely prestigious for an art historian to win a fellowship at CASVA. Professor Mazow’s receipt of this fellowship is evidence of the top-notch quality of his work and the importance of his project studying the theme of hotels in the works of Hopper.”

Hopper produced paintings, drawings and illustrations related to the hotel subjects. In the 1920s, he designed 25 covers for two widely read hotel trade magazines, and from the 1930s through the 1950s he produced several acknowledged paintings of hotels and related establishments such as motels, boarding houses and apartments. Mazow calls attention to the shifting status of fine and popular art within the hotel setting, and gives a special focus to the guests’ relationship to the wall hangings.

“This is an opportunity to make significant headway into my present book project, a summer worth of uninterrupted research and writing time,” Mazow said. “Having ready access to the library collections and the extraordinary collections of the National Gallery of Art, along with the Smithsonian Museums and the Library of Congress, will be a real boon to my progress in completing the manuscript.”

Mazow, a specialist in American art history, will be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts during summer 2015. His book, Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound (Penn State University Press, 2012), was supported by a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by the College Art Association. The book was awarded the 2013 Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Mazow came to the University of Arkansas in 2010 after eight years as curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University. He has published articles on regionalism, New York Dada and American landscape painting in such journals as Art Bulletin,American Art and Winterthur Portfolio.

Joy Drury Cox show Pockets opening Friday at Lump!

Lump is pleased to announce the exhibition Pockets, new work by Joy Drury Cox. Lump will host an opening reception on Friday, April 3rd from 6 – 9pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Raleigh. The exhibition will run from April 3 – 25, 2015 and is on view Saturdays from noon – 5pm and by appointment during the week.


My work often deals with shapes and spaces that are both ubiquitous and often overlooked. After completing a large project last year, I am at another beginning place with my artwork. For this, my first exhibition in North Carolina, I am working from intuition. I began by gathering several pairs of blue jeans and cutting the pockets out of them. After various tests and experiments, what has resulted so far is a series of drawings, which aesthetically reference maps, Rorschach tests and textiles. I’m interested in the place where drawings can be “of something” but are open enough to be read as many things.
— Joy Drury Cox

Joy Drury Cox was born in Atlanta, GA. In 2001, she graduated with a B.A. in English from Emory University. She earned her M.F.A. from the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida in 2006. She has exhibited at various galleries and art spaces in New York City, as well as in venues internationally. In the fall of 2014, she had solo shows in New York City at Launch F18 and Workshop at Christian Berst Gallery. Along with making art, Joy is currently a lecturer in the Art Department at UNC Chapel Hill, where she teaches photography and two-dimensional design.