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Update from Gesche Wuerfel

November 8, 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you are doing well. I would like to share some exciting news about exhibitions and talks happening this weekend. Tonight, 11/4, my New Works exhibition opens at Artspace, Raleigh, NC, and the annual Urban Photographers Association’s exhibition opens at the Lewisham Art House in London as part of Urban Photo Fest. On Sunday, I’ll give a talk at CAM Raleigh about Oppressive Architecture.

Last but not least, please make sure to cast your vote by next Tuesday, in particular in the Swing States. As President Obama said at the UNC rally two days ago that I attended: “I hate to put a little pressure on you, but the fate of the Republic rests on your shoulders. The fate of the world is teetering and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure we push it in the right direction.”

Thank you so much for your continued support! Enjoy the weekend!

Warmest wishes, Gesche Würfel

What Remains of the Day in London 

A selection of images from the series What Remains of the Day – 71 Years after the End of WWII will be on view at the Urban Photographers Association’s show Photography, Memory & Archive at the Lewisham Arthouse in London, November 3-12, 2016. Private view is tonight, November 4, 6-8 pm. The exhibition is a part of Urban Photo Fest organized by Goldsmiths, Tate Modern, Urban Photographers Association and many others. The image you can see here was selected for the Urban Photo Fest poster. Thank you!

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

Oppressive Architecture at CAM Raleigh 
Join me on Sunday, November 6, at 2 pm for my artist talk  about Oppressive Architecture at CAM Raleigh. I’ll give another talk on December 4th at 2 pm, the last day of the show. These tours are free and open to the public. Oppressive Architecture explores the relationship between architecture and oppression during the historical eras of American slavery and German Nazism.The exhibition is part of Click! Triangle Photography Festival.

New Works at Artspace

Join me tonight, November 4, at Artspace  in Raleigh where I’ll be showing New Worksthat I created during my Regional Emerging Artist Residency in 2015. I’ll be there from 6-8 pm and then headed over to CAM Raleigh to my Oppressive Architecture exhibition. At Artspace, I’ll be showing images I took of the ongoing gentrification in SE Raleigh and drawings that I made on the bus from Chapel Hill to Raleigh during the residency.

201 East Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Seeking Interviewees

Thank you to those of you who have responded to my call so far. I’m still seeking intervieweesfrom those living in North Carolina and New York City who have experienced WWII (and the 1930s) and who would be interested in sharing their memories and thoughts with me for theWhat Remains of the Day– 71 Years after the End of WWII project. If you know anybody who would be interested in participating in the project, please get in touch with me at and I can forward you additional information. Thank you!

Professor Emerita Mary Sturgeon receives Aristeia Award from ASCSA

November 1, 2016

Congratulations to Mary Sturgeon, Professor Emerita, Department of Art, affiliated faculty in Classics and the Curriculum of Archaeology, on being named one of 2017’s two recipients of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  The award honors exceptional service to the School, especially by those who have done the most over the years in support of its mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication. The chair of the Award Committee describes Mary as someone who has made outstanding contributions not just in some, but in all of these areas!

Founded in 1881, the ASCSA is one of the best resources in Greece for American scholars of ancient and post-classical studies in Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art.  (See  It offers a variety of programs for graduate students, who receive comprehensive training through visits to archaeological sites and museums and attend seminars led by resident and visiting scholars.

Mary was chair of ASCSA’s 300-member Managing Committee from 2007 to 2012, with a budget of $10 million.  Committee members are tasked with overseeing two important libraries, publications, personnel, excavations and surveys, technology, summer schools, and a scientific lab, as well as handling admissions and fellowships.  She acted as liaison to the two important excavations at the Athenian Agora and Corinth and to the Board of Trustees, while finding time (somehow!) to be involved in development.

Mary will receive the award in Toronto next January at the annual joint meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies.  We congratulate her on her outstanding achievement!

In Memoriam: Distinguished Professor Mary Sheriff

October 21, 2016

Art Department faculty, staff and students are greatly saddened by the recent death of Mary Sheriff, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History, former chair of the department, and much-admired colleague and teacher here at UNC at Chapel Hill since 1983. Words cannot express fully how much she will be missed in Hanes Art Center. You can read a more detailed obituary here:
















The Ackland Museum Remembers Dr. Sheriff

From Catherine Soussloff, University of British Columbia: Dear Jim Hirschfield: I wanted to send you and the department my deepest sympathies on the passing of Professor Mary  Sheriff, who I considered a friend and excellent colleague. I replaced Mary for one year when she went on Sabbatical leave in 1986-87, as a visiting Lecturer. At that time, I was fortunate to teach my first graduate seminar. I was also fortunate to make the acquaintance of many wonderful colleagues in the Art Department and elsewhere at UNC, Chapel Hill. Because of Mary and those colleagues, I was fortunate to obtain a tenure track position at UC Santa Cruz, where I taught for 24 years.

I have not seen Mary in a number of years, but I have always regarded her highly as an outstanding scholar (I have assigned her books and articles in my courses) and a truly inspired mentor and feminist. Please accept my condolences, and please put me on a mailing list with information about her memorial at UNC. Thanks so much. As ever, Catherine

Catherine M. Soussloff, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer, College de France, 2015
Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia
6333 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada

From Russell Goulbourne, King’s College London: Dear Professor Hirschfield

I write on behalf of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London to express my sincere condolences to her colleagues, students, family and friends on the death of Professor Mary Sheriff.

I know of Professor Sheriff’s work as a fellow eighteenth-century scholar. What’s more, we were looking forward to welcoming her to King’s as a Visiting Professor next semester. The illness that has taken her from us so quickly and so cruelly has robbed us all of a fine scholar and one of the best representatives of the Republic of Letters: we are much the poorer without her.

With my best wishes

Russell Goulbourne

Russell Goulbourne | Professor of French Literature | Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
King’s College London | Virginia Woolf Building | 22 Kingsway | London WC2B 6LE

From Hannah Kiefer, B.A. 2014: Dear Art and Art History Faculty,

I am very sorry to hear of Dr. Sheriff’s passing. She was an incredible scholar and professor–I had the privilege of taking two of her courses while at Chapel Hill. Her Art in an Age of Revolution class opened my mind to a new level of art-historical thought and study. I know she will be greatly missed in the UNC and art-historical communities! My deepest condolences.


Congratulations to Faculty Jina Valentine and Lien Truong on their 2016-2017 NCAC Fellowships!

October 17, 2016

17 artists from across the state received the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

The N.C. Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. Songwriters, Composers, and Writers are eligible to apply for the Tuesday, November 1, 2016 deadline.

Jina Valentine (Visual art)

Jina Valentine’s work at once invites and defies close reading. Using text as both content and form, she manipulates and obscures the message through cuts, overlays, and acidic ink materials that literally devour the paper on which it’s printed. She entices viewers to contemplate the intricacies of her lace-like drawings and collages, which seem to promise meaning in the accumulation of visual mark-making and clues, but often leaves them yearning for what they can’t see in the spaces and voids.

Recently, Valentine has employed new methods to explore her ideas. “In the past few years, my practice has become more politically engaged, collaborative, experiential, and experimental,” she explained. “It still includes the manipulations of objects, paper, and writing, but it also involves animation, performance, archiving, facilitating public dialogues, imagining new pedagogies, and interdisciplinary collaboration.”

One of these efforts was the Black Lunch Table gatherings she co-organizes with New York-based artist Heather Hart at institutions across the country. Valentine and Hart invite participants to engage in roundtable discussion on a variety of topics, ranging from implicit bias to the authorship of art/history. They also stage Wikipedia edit-a-thons which teach participants to author their own pages, with a focus on adding and improving articles on artists of the African Diaspora.

Valentine graduated with an M.F.A. from Stanford in 2009 and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has had numerous exhibitions and residencies, including at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. This year, the Black Lunch Table project was awarded a Creative Capital Emerging Genres grant and an Institute for Arts & Humanities Fellowship.

Lien Truong (Visual art)

The physical practice of painting connects Lien Truong to practitioners and cultures through time.

“The act of manipulating pigment over a support simultaneously embraces centuries of historical drawing and painting, art made integral with religious principles and cultural ideologies,” she explains. “I am at once undeniably seduced by the sensation and process of pushing material over a surface and at the same time curiously fixated on the present-day relevance and discoveries of these primordial acts.”

As a Vietnamese refugee and U.S. citizen, Truong understands the “increasing complications of social and cultural identity in our eternally migratory world.” Using textiles as her material to reference centuries of colonialism and trade, she updates the 19th-century genre of history painting using motifs that borrow from eastern and western traditions. Her work resides in a hybrid space between these worlds, illuminating new ways of conceiving and presenting landscape, architecture, and the figure.

Truong ‘s work has been published in New American Paintings and ARTit Japan and been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Galerie Quynh in Ho Chi Minh City, The Oakland Museum of California, among many others. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Find out more about Truong at

Gesche Wuerfel has 2 solo shows as part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival

October 11, 2016

Both of Gesche’s shows are part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival.

  1. Oppressive ArchitectureCAM Raleigh, on view through December 4. Gesche will be giving guided tours of the exhibition on November 6th at 2 pm and December 4th at 2 pm (free and open to the public).
  2. Plantation Still Lifes, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, on view through October 30. Reception, Suncay, October 16, 2-4 pm














Update from studio faculty Joy Drury Cox

August 25, 2016

Lecturer Joy Drury Cox will be participating in several upcoming shows and events, group and solo, listed below:

– Participating in the NCMA Monster Drawing Rally this Friday, August 26 at 6pm
(along with tons of other UNC Faculty + Alumni)

– Group Exhibition at Light: Art + Design Gallery in Chapel Hill opening Friday Aug. 26.





























– Group Exhibition at Rubber Factory in NYC opening Sept. 9th



















– Solo Exhibition at the New Hampshire Institute of Art opening Sept. 16

Emeritus Faculty Marvin Saltzman Retrospective at CFCC

August 16, 2016

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY (on the campus of CFCC)

Marvin Saltzman Retrospective
(July 5th-September 24th, 2016)

Cape Fear Community College’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is pleased to present Marvin Saltzman Retrospective. The exhibition will run from July 5th – September 24th, 2016 with a Fourth Friday Reception on July 22nd from 6-9pm, a second Fourth Friday Reception on August 26th 6-9 pm, and an artist lecture in the gallery on September 8th at 2pm.

Marvin Saltzman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931. He attended the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956, and received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1959. He taught at multiple universities, including Eastern Oregon State College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996, where he mentored hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have successful artistic careers.

Saltzman has a meticulous painting process: His vibrant landscapes are composed of a multitude of colored glyphs that are first drawn in nature and then painted from memory. Working in a series, he hangs up multiple palettes around his studio, rotating them until the paintings tell him he is finished.

Admission to Marvin Saltzman Retrospective is free and the exhibition is open to the public. Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is located in the Hanover parking deck (200 Hanover Street) on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm. For additional inquiries about this exhibition please contact Keltsey Mattachione at

The link to the website is:

We also have been sharing photos on the Facebook page and update it with upcoming events like the receptions and lecture reminders that link is:

MFA Alumni Show at Spectre Arts

July 12, 2016

Curated by Assistant Professor Jina Valentine and the Fall 2015 Curatorial Practices Class. Opening July 15, 2016.

Assistant Professor Lien Truong Solo Show at Carrack Modern in Durham

April 29, 2016

America, America
On View May 3 – 14, 2016 
The Carrack Modern Art • 111 West Parrish St • Durham, NC 27701

In America, America, Truong examines the history of colonialism and conflict in America. The work embraces Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopias, as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces. Painted gestures reside in a space reminiscent of the void in eastern landscape painting, and bear the uniform of regional textile designs, referring to a worldwide textile trade that for centuries has been a complicated narrative of migration, hierarchy and power. The trade assigned the various Easts with exotic mystery, and supplanted it significantly as the other. The nonverbal aesthetics of textiles transcends language barriers, yielding notable capacity to be culturally absorbed. The painted gestures envelope, penetrate and permeate each other among echoes of water and fluids; signifying the separation of nations, and dissolving of the painted bodies. The movements become phantoms of history, creating a labyrinth of violence, migration and coupling. The paint and space coalesce, creating entanglements of our eternally diasporic, global world.


Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm, Artist Talk at 6pm

Image: Dear Africa, oil on paper, 72″ x 51″