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Studio update from MFA alumnus Eric Pickersgill

March 15, 2024

So much has changed for me and the world since my last update. We are now a wild family of five, our amazing kids (Corbin 7, Tessa 4, and Sam 2) have kept me very busy. I love being thier stay at home dad while mom (Angie) serves our city of Charlotte, NC and beyond as a super pediatrician!Below is info about some upcoming events. I am hitting the studio hard and will be sharing new work and updates on a more routine basis.Thanks for sticking around!


Removed, Compiler Pop-Up Series, Barcelona Edition, Nou-StudiosBarcelona, Spain


I’m thrilled to introduce Compiler, a new nonprofit newsroom “launching in 2024 to relentlessly report on the people, institutions and global forces shaping our digital future.” To kick off this exciting launch, Compiler will be hosting an exhibition of my Removed series in Barcelona next week!

If you are in Barcelona you can click here for tickets to the opening celebration.

Purchase the first edition of Compiler here which features selections from my Removed series as well as the newly released Removed photographs I created in India.

Removed, Compiler Pop-Up Series, Austin Edition, Women & Their WorkAustin, TX


Compiler will take over the innovative contemporary art museum Women & Their Work for The Austin Edition during South by Southwest. A special multimedia installation of artist Eric Pickersgill’s work will provide the perfect backdrop for tech policy conversations and to engage, unplug, and reflect.




In 2017 I was invited to expand my Removed series by traveling to India and making photographs in Delhi, Mumbai, Rishikesh, Shillong, and Kolkata. The experience was one of my favorite trips of my life and I shared the several week journey with an extremely dedicated team of filmmakers. When I returned home we hoped to create a feature length film and I learned how challenging it can be to work on such an ambitious project. Although the team and director produced a strong film, we have yet to launch it. I think the work still matters, if not more now than it did then. I stalled the release of these images so that they could be released into the world when the film was. I decided a few months ago that I needed to release these images and so here they are. If you wish to see more you can go here.

Protecting REMOVED

I have been using Pixsy since 2016 to protect my work against theft. Pixsy is scanning the entire web 24/7 for potential illegal use of my photographs. Once found, Pixsy lists the usage on my dashboard and I am able to select whether or not a takedown notice or other legal action needs to be taken. If you feel that your content is being used without your consent I highly recommend creating an account so that you do not have to safeguard your work alone.

For editorial and media requests contact Julie GrahameFor print / exhibition inquiries contact Info@ericpickersgill.comI am currently available for editorial assignment and speaking engagements, please contact for booking information.

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PhD Alumnus Daniel Ackermann named director of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens at MFA-Houston

March 5, 2024

Congratulations to PhD Alumnus Daniel Ackermann, who has just been named director of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the house museum for American decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  You can find the full announcement at Daniel was previously the curator for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem.

Alumnus Michael Bramwell Moderating MFA Boston Symposium in May

February 19, 2024

Alumnus Michael Bramwell, who is MFA Boston’s Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art, is moderating a symposium on “New Discourses on Folk and Self-Taught Art.” See below for more details:

Sam Doyle, Jackie Robinson (detail), about 1983. Paint on found, weathered, corrugated roofing tin. M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund.
Sam Doyle, Jackie Robinson (detail), about 1983. Paint on found, weathered, corrugated roofing tin. M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund.

Thursday, May 23, 2024
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36)
Ticket Required

Join us for a symposium bringing together leading art experts to explore new definitions for folk and self-taught art in the 21st century. Explore how the equitable integration of art into museums promotes cultural competency by deepening appreciation for art and people from diverse backgrounds.


Dr. Gabrielle H. Berlinger, folklorist and associate professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kinshasha H. Conwill, deputy director emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture
Jori FinkelNew York Times writer and American art critic
Lonnie B. Holley, American artist

Moderated by Michael J. Bramwell, Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art

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Lunder Institute at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lunder Institute @ the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was made possible through the support and partnership of the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Colby College Museum of Art.

Generously supported by the Joyce Linde Endowment for Folk Art.

Faculty Member Kathryn Desplanque and several alumni part of group exhibition at CAM Raleigh

November 6, 2023

Opening November 10, 2023 at CAM Raleigh, Neo-Psychedelia is co-curated by Art History Assistant Professor Kathryn Desplanque and MFA Alumnus Raj Bunnag, and includes the work of Desplanque, Alumni Jerstin Crosby, Chieko Murasugi, Charlie Dupee, and Triangle-based artists Tonya Solley-Thornton and Zach Storm. There will be an opening reception on November 10 from 5-9 pm and the show runs through March 2024.

New Publication from Alumnus Michael Bramwell

November 6, 2023

MFA alumnus Michael Bramwell, Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the MFA Boston, contributed scholarship to Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North, the catalog accompanying an American Folk Art Museum exhibition that will be on view from November 15, 2023 to March 24, 2024. As a corrective to histories that define slavery and anti-Black racism as a largely Southern issue, this exhibition and catalog offer a new window onto Black representation in a region that is often overlooked in narratives of early African American history. The 300-page publication draws on years of research and archival work and contextualizes the exhibition as well as expanding upon its themes, including how Black representations may have been further marginalized or misconstrued by collectors of early American art and material culture.

Alumnus Patrick Dougherty to receive North Carolina Award on November 9

October 31, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians Thursday, Nov. 9, at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Governor Roy Cooper will present the awards.

The award was created by the General Assembly in 1961 to recognize significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service and science.

The 2023 honorees are Honorable David Price for Public Service, Honorable G.K. Butterfield for Public Service, Fred A. Whitfield for Public Service, Marsha White Warren for Literature, Patrick Dougherty for Fine Arts and Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., for Science.

“These individuals have contributed so much to our state and nation thanks to their remarkable careers and achievements,” said Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Each of them has enhanced the lives of North Carolinians through their impressive accomplishments in public service, literature, science, and the arts.”

Since the award’s inception, more than 250 notable men and women have been honored by the state of North Carolina. Past recipients include Selma Burke, William Friday, James Taylor, Etta Baker, Charles Kuralt, Maya Angelou, Lee Smith and Branford Marsalis.

2023 Award Recipients:

Public Service: Honorable G.K. Butterfield
Born and raised in the heart of Wilson, N.C., G.K. Butterfield’s journey from a family rooted in service to a distinguished career in law, politics, and advocacy is a testament to his unwavering commitment to his community and the principles he holds dear. Butterfield completed high school in Wilson before earning both a bachelor’s degree and law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham. In 1975, he founded a law practice in Wilson with partners Milton Fitch and Quentin Sumner. Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge in 1988 and later served briefly as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. In 2004, Butterfield was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until 2022. Throughout, he tirelessly represented the constituents of North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He served on the Energy and Commerce and House Administration committees, and chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 2015-2017.

Science: Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.
Mandy K. Cohen is the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is one of the nation’s top health leaders with experience leading large and complex organizations, and a proven track record protecting Americans’ health and safety. Cohen, an internal medicine physician, led the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from 2017-21, where she was lauded for her outstanding leadership during the Covid crisis, focusing on equity, data accountability, and transparent communication. Prior to joining CDC, Cohen served as the executive vice president and CEO of Aledade Care Solutions, which helps independent primary care practices, health centers, and clinics deliver better care to their patients. Before joining NCDHHS, she served as chief operating officer and chief of staff of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and served as acting director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

Fine Arts: Patrick Dougherty
The internationally recognized sculptor Patrick Dougherty grew up in Southern Pines, North Carolina. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa, he returned to UNC to study art history and sculpture. Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty experimented with primitive building techniques using tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, “Maple Body Wrap,” was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. His 2009 sculpture, “Out of the Box,” is now on permanent display at the museum. Dougherty has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Public Service: Honorable David E. Price
David E. Price has dedicated his life to public service, education, and diplomacy. He represented North Carolina’s 4th District, the Research Triangle region, in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-94 and 1997-2022. He was a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. He is a Polis Distinguished Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Duke. Price’s dedication to public service and diplomacy earned him numerous awards and recognitions, including the Hubert H. Humphrey Award, induction to the National Service Hall of Fame, and the Charles Dick Medal of Merit. He currently serves on the state board of community colleges. Price is the author of four books and numerous articles on American politics and institutions, political thought, ethics, and foreign affairs.

Literature: Marsha White Warren
A skilled poet and storyteller, Marsha White Warren has spent most of her career using her gifts in service to other writers, as a charter member and executive director of the North Carolina Writers Network, an officer in the North Carolina Poetry Society, and board member of Arts Advocates. Her extensive contributions to the arts and humanities have earned her numerous awards, including the Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts in North Carolina and the R. Hunt Parker Memorial Award for Lifetime Contributions to Literature from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 1991 she took on the directorship of the Paul Green Foundation, which makes grants to assist theatres, playwrights and social justice organizations around the country to uphold the ideals of the playwright and novelist Paul Green.

Public Service: Fred A. Whitfield
Fred A. Whitfield has built a distinguished sports executive career encompassing roles as a player, coach, agent, sports marketer, and basketball operations administrator. Since 2018, Whitfield has been president and vice chairman of Hornets Sports & Entertainment, after serving as president and chief operating officer since his arrival at what was then Bobcats Sports & Entertainment in July 2006. In this leadership position, Whitfield has overseen all business operations for the organization. His responsibilities also extend to managing Spectrum Center, the downtown Charlotte arena that has changed greatly under his guidance. Previously, he managed endorsements and sports marketing strategy at the Jordan Brand as director of Business and Legal Affairs. Whitfield founded HoopTee Charities, Inc., a North Carolina-based nonprofit providing scholarships for disadvantaged youth to attend camps and educational programs nationwide. He also established the Achievements Unlimited Basketball School, benefiting over 15,000 kids in Greensboro and Charlotte over the last 38 years.

The 2023 awards will be presented Thursday, Nov. 9 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Martin Marietta, Duke Energy, RTI, O’Reilly Auto Parts, ACN, Inc., CBC/WRAL Community Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, Dr. William Roper, the Charlotte Hornets, the National Basketball Association, and Lenovo.

Alumnus Mark Brandvik Public Sculpture Dedication in Overton, Nevada

October 30, 2023

Earth Rise
Moapa Valley Community Center, Overton, Nevada

Dedication Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 5-7 pm

Earth Rise is a work conceived in part as a gateway to Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, a massive earthwork sculpture located on Mormon Mesa
approximately 8 miles northeast of this location. Inspired by that work’s initial creation and ongoing weathering, the composition of steel forms echoes the rising explosive forces associated with large-scale excavation as well as the collapsing dynamics or erosion. Landforms and archaeology found in the nearby landscape are recalled, and Space Age imagery from the same era of large earthwork creation evokes a distinctly American spirit of discovery. Subtle glyphs carved into the weathered steel forms honor the Moapa Valley community that helped build Double Negative and has hosted art travelers from around the world for over 50 years.

Mark Brandvik, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, received a BFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has been featured in various exhibitions and projects throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and can be found in private, public, and corporate collections. The recipient of many grants, commissions, and residencies, he has been recognized for his painting and sculpture. In addition to his art practice, Mark Brandvik has taught studio art since 1997 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada. The artist lives and maintains a studio in downtown Las Vegas.

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