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Alumna Ann Millett-Gallant featured in NHC Exhibition

September 20, 2018

PhD alumna Ann Millett-Gallant is also an artist, and several of her works have been chosen for an exhibition at the National Humanities Center, “Esse Quam Videri.”

August 31–December 15, 2018

Exhibition Reception and Curator Talk: Thursday, September 20, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Esse Quam Videri [“To be, rather than to seem”] is an exhibition exploring North Carolina, its history, culture, and landscape, through the lens of disability. There are many experiences which we all share: romantic and familial love, employment, citizenship, education, and caregiving, to name a few. People with disabilities have typically been erased or considered disqualified from these experiences, yet they too participate in them. Following the curatorial theme of the overarching EVERYDAY project, this exhibition will showcase works that tell stories unique to North Carolina, using universal experiences or ideas, but presented in audacious ways—particularly based in the knowledge and creativity that disability brings to them. “To be, rather than to seem”: how can we explore through disability representation and disability aesthetics what disability history, knowledge, and culture is relative to North Carolina?

Works in this exhibit have been selected by jurors Ann M. Fox and Linda Dougherty. Fox and Dougherty will give a talk about the exhibit as part of the exhibition reception on September 20th.

Faculty Joy Drury Cox in Group Show at App State Smith Gallery

September 6, 2018



Reception: September 7–5:00-7:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Maria Britton + Joy Drury Cox
Thursday, September 20, 6:00-7:30pm
Belk Rm 421 at the Library

Meet and Greet Breakfast with Maria Britton and Joy Drury Cox
Friday, September 21, 9:30-11:00am
Smith Gallery

Artist Talk by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Thursday, September 27, 6:00-7:30pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall

This exhibition brings together a set of works by women artists living in North Carolina who are connected through a common interest in crossing textile arts and painterly abstraction. Works chosen reflect how ideas associated with traditions of textile based abstraction spill across the landscape of contemporary art production.

Featuring work by:
Maria Britton (Chapel Hill, NC)
Barbara Campbell Thomas (Greensboro, NC)
Martha Clippinger (Durham, NC)
XCHANG Textiles (Oaxaca, Mexico + Durham, NC): Collaboration between Clippinger and weavers Licha Gonzales Ruiz + Agustin Contreras Lopez
Joy Drury Cox (Durham, NC)
Julia Gartrell (Durham, NC)
Kayla Anderson (Chicago, IL; work made during Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC)
Jennifer Schmidt (Brooklyn, NY; work made during Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC)

This event is free and open to the public

Faculty Joy Drury Cox and alumnus Ben Alper in the news

September 6, 2018

PDN Magazine’s August issue has a feature on Joy and Ben’s collaborative photographic project Compound Fractures (which they are turning into a book):

Update from Alumnus Eric Pickersgill

September 6, 2018

So much exciting news that only some of it will fit in this update. Here are the happenings from last winter to now, from India, to Switzerland, to Vietnam and back again. The biggest and most current news is that Thursday I will travel to Vietnam for an exhibition of new “Removed” photographs that were supported by The World Economic Forum. More information on that and much much more below! As always thank you so much for your support. Huge things are happening and I am trying to be better at keeping you up to date with all of it.


I am incredibly fortunate to be working with Rick Wester Fine Art who has now made my work available online via ARTSY. Please support my practice and my family by collecting my prints.

Exhibitions – Current and Past

Here I Live / Media Congress

Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

NoShow – Merignac Photographic Festival

Merignac, France

I have been waiting for, and working on this exhibition all year! I met the prolific curator Francois Cheval while in Lianzhou, China last fall. When I told him about NoShow he was immediately enthusiastic about bringing the project to France. This will be my first major solo exhibition in Europe and will include photographs, video, audio, and sculpture. The exhibition ran from early October to mid December 2017.

Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine

Design Museum Gent

Three pieces from Removed are still on their journey around the world as part of the exhibition, Hello, Robot. Design Between Man and Machine. The five year tour began at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, it was later installed at Design Museum Gent in Belgium and is currently on display at the Switzerland based museum Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.


neo:gallery / Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK

Zenith Nadir

Charlotte, NC

Eyes on Main Street

Wilson, NC

Last year I helped with the student gallery and workshops for the kids of Wilson to create an exhibition of their work. This year I was asked to be one of the 100 participating artists in the Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival. My photograph “Jamie, Jody, and Aiden, 2014” was selected this year and was on exhibit in downtown Wilson, NC from April until August. I will have work from my NoShow series in next years festival.

I to Eye

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

“Every day we encounter family members, friends, visitors, and strangers; over the course of our lives, our social circle continues to expand. Modern technology makes us feel more connected than ever, allowing us to “meet” endless friends at any time through our screens and to feel like we are never alone. Is this true? This exhibition uses artworks to examine the changing social landscape of the virtual age, illuminating the importance of real relationships in our lives. Visitors are invited to witness encounters – from their first moments to their eventual conclusion – and rediscover the value of face-to-face encounters. Such meetings present invaluable opportunities to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the other, and therefore of ourselves.”
Curator: Shir Meller-Yamaguchi



Several pieces from my Holder Series are currently on display at Cassilhaus as part of the group exhibition Diapositive. The exhibition will be up during the Click! Photography Festival and I will give a shared artist talk with the incredibly hardworking and prolific artist and friend of mine, Amy Herman on October 17th, 2018.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The World Economic Forum on ASEAN Summit / Hanoi, Vietnam

The World Economic Forum recently reached out to me with the idea of creating new Removed photographs that would represent a glimpse into digital culture across Southeast Asia. In June I spent several weeks photographing across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, and Indonesia. On September 11th, 2018 a selection of the photographs will be revealed at The World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam where I will engage with economic leaders on the topics surrounding my work. I’m very excited about the new photographs and can’t wait to see where they end up after the summit.

Select Press

NoShow feature in print / Fisheye Magazine, France
Times of India
VASA Project
Sunday Guardian India
National Post
The Hundu
Semana Magazine
Beteve, Barcelona
Casa Vogue
San Antonio Express-News



Last November I travelled all across India with the film maker Jessica Sadana and her amazing crew creating Removed photographs and interviewing dozens of people. Our journey was recorded and is now being finalized as a short documentary film which will be released in the next few months. Please keep an eye out for that. I think it will be a film as moving as the photographs I made.

The amazing photo consultant and my lovely agent, Julie Grahame and I will be heading down to Georgia for a workshop on our professional best practices and I’m sure some insight to the horror stories as well. It should be a really fun time together. Sign up if you are in the area!

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

I am currently available for editorial assignment and speaking engagements, please contact for booking information.

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New Publication from PhD Candidate Ashley Bruckbauer

July 31, 2018

Congratulations to PhD candidate Ashley Bruckbauer, whose essay “Ambassadors à la turque: Assimilation and Dissimulation in Eighteenth-Century Images of French-Ottoman Diplomacy” was recently published in Tara Zanardi and Lynda Klich, eds., Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices (New York: Routledge, 2019).


Fashion played an essential role in the performance of cultural and political identities in eighteenth-century France. This was especially true in diplomatic exchanges and depictions of diplomatic figures, who represented their king and country abroad. Cultural cross-dressing, or the assumption of foreign attire, complicated this function of costume, however. While art historians have examined cultural cross-dressing in eighteenth-century aristocratic portraiture and representations of masked balls, the ambassador has remained a peripheral figure in studies of the popular phenomenon. This essay situates diplomacy at the center of an analysis of French dressing à la turque, examining paintings of French and Ottoman ambassadors adopting the dress, customs, and accoutrements of their hosts. I analyze how these representations of French-Ottoman diplomacy engage with eighteenth-century diplomatic practices and theories as well as popular conceptions of the ambassador as a social type. Contemporary treatises advised diplomats to act as protean characters, assimilating the manners of their foreign hosts. Simultaneously, critiques of the profession characterized the ambassador’s shape-shifting abilities as signs of his duplicitous nature. I argue that images of diplomacy featuring cultural cross-dressing manifest these contested notions of the ambassador, casting the figure as both a sensitive intermediary and a deceptive performer.

Update from MFA Alumnus Ben Alper

July 2, 2018


Hands On Now Available + Exhibition in New York

I am happy to announce the release of my 4th artist book, Hands On, available now via Flat Space Books.  The book takes as its subject the gestural and poetic potential of hands.  You can read and see more about it over on the Flat Space site.

Hands On
Flat Space Books, 2018
28 pages, 14 black and white images
Softcover, saddle stitched
7 x 5 in. (17.78 x 12.7 cm.)
Edition of 50
Each book is printed and bound by the artist in Durham, NC
$20 (+ shipping)

Also, I’m excited to be in the group show I Surrender, Dear at Umbrella Arts.  The exhibition was curated by Frances Jakubek and explores aspects of how people navigate grief and loss. If you find yourself in New York on Tuesday, July 10th, stop by the opening and say hi.  Details in the image below.




































I Surrender, Dear
Umbrella Arts Gallery
317 E. 9th Street

Ben Alper