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Infosession for Camino de Santiago Study Abroad program for Summer 2023

January 30, 2023

Does an artistic hike across Spain sound like a great way to spend your Summer in 2023? 

Come join us this week, Friday, February 3rd at 2:00pm in Hanes Art Center room 226 for an info session about the Department of Art + Art History’s Art on the Camino de Santiago Study Abroad program — walking an ancient pilgrimage path across Northern Spain. Professors Pérez-Méndez and Marzán will walk you through the experience and the courses they’ve developed for this UNC Faculty-Led Program, which is scheduled to take place from May 15 – June 23, 2023. The program earns you 6 credit hours in Studio Art towards your minor or major, or general education. Scholarships Available!!!

Topic: Art on the Camino de Santiago Study Abroad Info Session

Time: FEB 3, 2023 2:00 PM

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE FEB 10th!!!!  Come find out about SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDYING ART ABROAD!!!

Read more about the program at caminounc.com

Congratulations to all of our 2022-2023 Undergraduate Studio Art Scholarship Recipients

January 19, 2023

On behalf of the Department of Art and Art History, I am pleased to recognize the following students as recipients of the Undergraduate Studio Art Scholarships—congratulations!

Sharpe
Esme Kerr
Lashayla Stephens
Hope Mutter
Charlotte Allsbrook

Kachergis 
Yuxiao Sun
Qiaoan Gu
Isabella Gamez

Julian
Isabella Gamez

Anderson
Cora McAnulty
Samuel Tsolis

Penland
Isabel Schomburger
Lashayla Stephens

Emeritus Professor Mary Sturgeon New Publication

January 18, 2023

Emeritus Professor Mary Sturgeon’s new book The Gymnasium Area: Sculpture (Corinth XXIII.1) was published in December of 2022 and is now available for purchase.

Volume XXIII in the Corinth series is dedicated to the finds from the Gymnasium Area, excavated between 1965 and 1972 by James R. Wiseman and the University of Texas at Austin. Fascicle XXIII.1 presents the marble sculpture, 126 pieces dating between the 6th century B.C. and 5th century A.D. and found in or near a variety of built features, including the ornately decorated Bath-Fountain complex. Among the sculptural finds are portraits of athletes and civic officials and depictions of Dionysos, Hermes, and Aphrodite and the nymphs. Herms and statue bases also form part of the assemblage. This corpus grants us insight into the sculptural practices after the founding of the Roman colony at Corinth, and critical knowledge concerning display context, reuse, and the deposition of sculpture at a gymnasium in a large regional center of the eastern Mediterranean.

Studio update from MFA alum MJ Sharp

December 1, 2022

Greetings! I was away in the UK last year on a Fulbright Scholar Award — Our Disappearing Darkness and Recreating Prehistoric Night — and am continuing to work on it now that I’m back in the U.S. I will be using the night images I created last winter in Cornwall of prehistoric megaliths as part of an art installation piece to evoke a bodily experience of darkness as counterpoint to the ubiquitous light pollution we experience at night now, with its deleterious effects on body, mind, and soul.

I’m presently collecting people’s stories of night and/or darkness to incorporate into the piece. And for that, I’d love to hear from you! It could be just a feeling you once had in the dark, or it could be a podcast’s worth of story. No experience is too small or too big! I look forward to hearing whatever you have to tell me about your experiences of night (or darkness–several people have mentioned cave experiences to me). We can do it in person if you’re in central North Carolina, or we can do it virtually. Just reply to this email, and we can set up a time ❤️. Or if you’re an online calendar buff, I’ve just created a “Let’s Talk Darkness!” Calendly sign-up calendar for Thursday, Dec 8th—Tuesday, Dec 13th as a test to see if that format is useful to people.

In other news, the tomato “holiday” cards are back!  The Studio Store, after a year’s hiatus, is back with the End of Season Tomatoes card as well as many others. Details and ordering are at mjsharp.bigcartel.com. Before the end of the year, I will likely be adding a few vintage prints from my studio flat files as well as some artist proofs of recent images to the store. I tend to send those updates via my Instagram account if that’s something you do.

With warm regards and best holiday wishes, MJ

Our Disappearing Darkness 2021/2022 Fulbright Project
MJ Sharp | MJCornwall@mjsharp.com | www.mjsharp.com |Studio Store

Video classes pop-up exhibition at Lump Gallery

November 10, 2022

GOLF
Lump Gallery
Friday, Nov 18, 6-9pm

Through video and audio installation, GOLF explores the relationship between privatized space and loss in all its forms. In this one-day pop-up exhibition and live sound performance at Lump Gallery, we examine the history and culture of golf in marking boundaries of class, race, and gender through its practice of exclusivity and hetero-patriarchy. GOLF immerses the viewer in the past, present, and future of ecological disaster.

The one-day pop-up exhibition is part of a larger exhibition project by Bill Thelen, called Love Letter, in which he invited different artists to take over the space for one-day events throughout Nov and Dec.  

Artists: Sadie Allen, Nicole Blevins, Maxwell Bryn, Brooklyn De Shazo-Griffin, Noah Gulledge, Sergia Jimenez, Bailey Johnson, Taylor Knoll, Lilian Manning, Payton Mills, Hope Mutter, Gustavo Rios, Nina Sehgal, Taika Sorjonen, Mirai Thorbjornsen, Bronwyn White

Artists are students at UNC Chapel-Hill in Hong-An Truong’s Intermediate/Advanced Video courses

Story about MFA candidate Matthew Troyer on UNC front page today

November 10, 2022

As part of their Veterans’ Day focus on student veterans at Carolina, UNC Communications produced this video profile of MFA candidate Matthew Troyer. Matthew is channeling his experience in the Marine Corps to create photography that shares the military experience with the civilian population and fellow veterans.

Artist talk with faculty member Sabine Gruffat at Davidson October 25

October 14, 2022

October 25, 4:30-5:30 pm, Visual Arts Center, 117 Semans Lecture Hall, Davidson College

Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and award-winning filmmaker. Her creative work includes experimental video and animation, media-enhanced performance, participatory public art, and immersive installation.

Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature essay films I Have Always Been A Dreamer and Speculation Nation have screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

She has also produced art for public spaces as well as interactive installations that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York.

She teaches film and animation at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Co-sponsored by Davidson College’s Departments of Art and English and Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement