In Memoriam: Art Department supporter William Goodyear “Bill” Rand Sr.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of William Goodyear “Bill” Rand, Sr., January 26, 2015, at age 85. Bill became a great supporter of the Department of Art in 1994 when he established the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History in memory of his wife. Bettie had been an avid supporter of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the couple had traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia to see the major art museums of the world. With the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures Bill envisioned bringing great scholars to UNC to talk about their research in art history, especially of the Renaissance through early Modern periods. The public presentation of these lectures are published in book or DVD, thus making them available to a broader public. In addition, Bill was a remarkable man: kind, energetic, generous, and loyal, with a great love of his family and friends. Indeed, he made his friends feel like family. While Bill truly enjoyed art in all its forms, and traveled to all the great museum and concert halls across the globe, he never shied away from seeking new adventures, including safaris and zip-lines.  He loved taking his entire extended family on trips each summer, traveling together in places as far flung as Alaska, Norway or Africa, and he would often speak stirringly about these family trips. He will be greatly missed.

More information can be found here.

Many Opportunities in February to hear Art History Faculty Vicki Rovine Speak

It begins with an event at the Bull’s Head Bookshop on Wednesday, February 4th at 3:30pm, with Vicki reading from her new book African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear.

Vicki will also be presenting a Carolina Seminar in the African Studies Center on Thursday, February 26 at 12:15-1:45  at the Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003.  The title of this talk is “Culture through Objects: Africa’s Art History.”

Vicki is also presenting her research on fashion design in South Africa at the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies, which will take place at UNC on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7.  You will find further information on the Seminar at:

MFA Candidate Amy White’s essay in recent Daylight Books publication



Lauren II © Tama Hochbaum
Memory itself is the subject of Tama Hochbaum‘s photography. Using her iPhone, Hochbaum (born 1953) grabs screenshots of the television running the old classic movies favored by her mother, who died in February of 2012. In Silver Screen, she forgoes spatial faceting in favor of multiple layers in time. She turns her lens inward, constructing something of a dream journal of her vigilance in caring for her mother through her battle with Alzheimer’s, and in the process addresses the struggle to hold on to memory as well as a willingness to let memory fade. In her exploration of attachment and loss, she has traced the trajectory of her mother’s legacy using stacked technologies: celluloid transmitted via broadcast and rendered digitally, the silver screen of her mother’s youth, the TV screen of Hochbaum’s own coming-of-age, and the ubiquitous iPhone screen of her daughter’s generation. She continues with her exploration of memory, attachment and loss with the dancers of the Silver Screen in another, related body of work. These images are all simple, iconic and strangely current.

ISBN: 9781942084013, HARDCOVER, 10 X 8 IN, 124 Pgs, Illustrated throughout, $45 US.

MFA Candidate Travis Phillips featured in UNC Day in the Life Project

As a conceptual artist, Paul Travis Phillips starts with an idea. The materials — paint, drawing, sculpture, video, performance — come as a secondary. According to Phillips, who is now in his second semester in UNC’s Master of Fine Arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the hours of an artist are nonstop. Though his work has been showcased in more than 20 exhibitions, Phillips attends Carolina to expand his career in the arts as an academic artist. More about his day can be found here.

Alumna Brenna K Murphy begins Artist Residency in Kathmandu

News from the studio of Brenna K. Murphy

Murphy news

THANK YOU!!!Hello and Happy New Year

As many of you know, tomorrow I begin my journey to Kathmandu, Nepal, where I will live for a year and a half.  While there, I’ll be working in residence at the country’s foremost artist residency, the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre, for six months.  During that time, I will have a studio in KCAC’s beautiful facilities located in the historic Patan Museum, and will mount a solo exhibition in their gallery.

Thanks to your generous support during my recent studio sale, I was able to surpass my fundraising goal and raise over $4,000!  These funds will not only allow me to pay for my artist residency at KCAC, but also for art classes and instruction in local handmade paper-making and more. I’m also happy to announce that “Home Imagined (Dollhouse),” the 4×6 foot hair embroidery I created in France during my sabbatical in 2013, was recently acquired by the West Collection!

I am so very grateful for all of your support, and look forward to telling you all about my work and travels on my blog in the months to come. Until then, wishing you all the best and hoping that your year is off to a great start!

MFA Candidate Eric Pickersgill installation at Golden Belt in Durham

an installation from Eric Pickersgill

January 16th from 6-9pm
Bldg 3 @ Goldenbelt

This month’s OFF THE RADAR artist, Eric Pickersgill, has created a whopper of an installation, titled ENDEC, extending more than 70′ with over 100 images and audio derived from his grandfather’s autobiographical 8mm films. Using an elaborate digitization and editing process, Eric unpacks memory, family, and the role of photography as relates to documenting personal history.


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Endec is an installation that is the product of engaging with and digitizing my grandfather’s 8mm films. In an attempt to preserve his archive of home movies I began projecting my grandfathers films and digitally recording the moving image. Hours were spent watching his films while transferring several hundreds of feet of film to compact digital objectless files. I made many observations about photography, moving image, the compulsion to document ones own experience, as well as the learned behavior that is associated with being recorded. In an attempt to synthesize these observations I set out to mash up the forms and mediums that I was using to alter these distant memories of my grandfathers past.

The digitization of 8mm film through the process of scanning an LCD display while it is playing transferred 8mm film speaks about this imperfect form of audio-less film as well as touch upon my ideas of the ways these mediums have affected societies relationship to photography. The seventy-foot long print pulls images from my grandfather’s films where scenes appeared still framed and subjects held themselves in place while smiling as if they were having a single still photograph made. By slowing down or speeding up the video of the films I have control over the amount of distortion that occurs when making a flatbed scan of the monitor. As opposed to showing the static compressions of film individually, I decided that they should take on a linear form that would encompass almost the entire gallery space. The long assembly of images relates the still compressions to linear time in a way that also implies a sense of ongoing accumulation and progression. The long print and the presence of the photographs of the illuminated film and canisters come together with audio that moves the two-dimensional work into an installation experience.

The audio in the space is two channel stereo that functions in two separate ways much like the visual components of the installation do. Stereo left we hear my grandfather reading the transcribed lists that he wrote for many of his films. Stereo right we hear him asking questions to the viewer about the content of the films. The result is a visual and auditory installation that comments on the impulse of vernacular photography, the proliferation of images, mortality, memory, as well as the antiquated and contemporary methods that are predominantly used to mediate the experience of self and historical representation.


I am a 2015 Master of Fine Art candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Instructor of ARTS 356, Introduction to Digital Photography. I was born in Homestead, Florida in 1986 and spent my teenage years in Charlotte, North Carolina. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. Between 2011 and 2013 I was a Charlotte Teach for America Corp Member where I taught Earth and Environmental Science at a low performing urban high school. I am deeply interested in photography; specifically it’s success and failure of transfixing reality. I think it is the artists’ responsibility to navigate what is considered collective knowledge or impressions created through public representation. I am excited by the possibilities of interpreting these memories and then validating and or dismissing them selectively. At my core, I am simultaneously passionate and addicted to my work and am organized to a fault. I love my wife, family, learning, teaching, and making.


Off The Radar is an ongoing series of pop-up exhibits in the artist studios at Goldenbelt. Organized to coincide with Third Friday events, these one-night only exhibitions bring fresh and compelling art to downtown Durham from risk-taking artists typically showing outside our city. Two to three artists chosen from Raleigh, Chapel Hill and the surrounding area set-up in vacant studios and are on-hand for conversation and connection from 6-9pm.


Heather Gordon, studio #133, Bldg 3, Goldenbelt

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Many UNC-Chapel Hill Artists in Upcoming Nasher Museum of Art Exhibition

UNC at Chapel Hill’s Art Department is very well represented in the Nasher Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Area 919: Artists in the Triangle. Among the exhibitors are BFA alumna Stacey L. Kirby, MFA alums George Jenne, Damian Stamer, Stacy Lynn Waddell, and Bill Thelen, and faculty Hong-an Truong, Jeff Whetstone and Lavar Munroe.

The Nasher Museum presents a survey of noteworthy work by artists who live in the Triangle. Some of the artists show their work internationally in contemporary galleries and museums; others are newer to the art world. All of them contribute to a vibrant and innovative local artist community. These “artists next door” have both found inspiration at the museum and helped the Nasher forge and grow its presence in Durham’s creative community. Many have taken part in the Nasher Museum’s first decade—through exhibitions, artist talks and events. Now the Nasher Museum brings the work of these exciting artists together to share with Duke and the broader public.

On view January 24-April 12, 2015.