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Morrison Art Studio Opening a Success!

October 17, 2018

Fulfilling Chancellor Folt’s expansive vision for the arts, and in partnership with our wonderful colleagues in Arts Everywhere and Carolina Housing, we hatched our pilot “intramural” arts studio last week. Thank you so much for the various ways you have supported the Morrison Art Studio so far. We have heard incredible excitement from the UNC community regarding the 24/7 access and the no-cost supplies, and only anticipate those numbers to continue growing.

Over the course of the past week alone, we:

  • welcomed nearly 500 unique students and campus community members to the studio for a visit;
  • signed up nearly 350 unique students and campus community members to our studio listserv;
  • led 14 group orientation sessions;
  • trained and provided 24/7 access through Housing to 160 students and campus community members!!
  • and we are busy planning more sessions and gatherings to continue to bring this opportunity to more and more students and campus community members.

Approximately half of those who have been oriented live in Morrison dorm, with additional usage by students living in most South Campus dorms.

Thanks again to Assistant Professor Lien Truong and Department Chair Carol Magee in Art and Art History, to Allan Blattner and his entire team in Carolina Housing, and to UNC facilities for their leadership, efforts, and enthusiasm. The Morrison Art Studio is the perfect example of strategic partnership at work.

Please feel free to stop by.  We are continuing the studio’s “open door” policy over the next week.  The studio will be during the staffed hours below either by our Artist-in-Residence, first-year MFA studio art student Natalie Strait or two work-study students hired by the Art and Art History department who will be serving as Assistant Studio Managers. Their names are Eden Teichman and Meghan Mcguire, sophomore and first-year students respectively who are already doing a wonderful job of giving orientations and learning the ropes of studio management!

Monday 4 – 9 pm

Tuesday 5:30 – 10 pm

Wednesday 5:30 – 10 pm

Thursday 5:30 – 10 pm

Huge thanks to Haley Smyser who singlehandedly managed the launch event with grace and skill!

Compound Fractures from Alumnus Ben Alper and Faculty Joy Drury Cox Now Available

October 10, 2018


Over the last 3 years, Joy and Ben have been working on a collaborative project entitled Compound Fractures.  The photographs collected in this book were made in various ‘show caves’ around the southeastern United States.  Also referred to as ‘tourist caves’, these spaces exist at the intersection of commerce and ecology.  However, what began more explicitly as an exploration of our tenuous relationship to nature, gave way to a broader interest in the spatial strangeness and symbolic potential of these subterranean landscapes.

You can read more about the book, as well as pick up a copy, at the link below.

Compound Fractures 
Ben Alper & Joy Drury Cox
Flat Space Studio, 2018
74 pages, 62 color images
Softcover, perfect bound
11 x 8.5 in. (27.94 x 21.59 cm.)
Edition of 100
$30 (+ shipping)

Studio Update from Joy Drury Cox

October 10, 2018

Joy Drury Cox / Fall 2018 Exhibitions & Updates

Hard Places
October 5 – November 10, 2018
Ejecta Projects
Carlisle, PA

Opening Reception: October 5, 5 – 8pm
Meet the Artists & Reception: October 27, 5 – 8pm

Ejecta Projects Hours: Thursday – Friday, 3-7 pm; Saturday, noon – 7pm

The title of this exhibition, Hard Places, is at once a slightly tongue-in-cheek nod to the expression “between a rock and a hard place,” but also a more literal affirmation of the solidity of the surfaces photographed during travels to the Pacific Northwest. The artists, Joy Drury Cox and Ben Alper, acknowledge that in a very overt way, the title describes the challenges of photographing landscapes of great beauty and grandeur within the limitations of a camera’s singular lens. With a long history of majestic landscape paintings and photographs in mind, the artists also reframe seemingly sublime wildernesses within the context of tourism and present-day environmental changes. The photographs on display in Ejecta Projects simultaneously resist and respond to these pictorial precedents. While some photographs offer glimpses onto expansive vistas of woods, wildflowers, and the sea, other spaces—densely woven tree roots, rough rock faces, and dizzying plains of gravel – appear curiously flattened, constrained, and abstracted.

Compound Fractures
Forthcoming book with Ben Alper

In early 2018, Ben and I completed a collaborative project photographing in tourist caves in the Southeastern United States. Our project was featured in the August Issue of PDN Magazine in an article by Jon Feinstein. Check it out here.

In the next coming weeks, we will be releasing a self-published limited edition artist book of this project through Flat Space Studio. Please be in touch if you would like me to reserve a copy for you.

Born Under a Bad Sign
October 5 – 26, 2018
The Neon Heater
Findlay, OH

Opening Reception: October 5, 5 – 8pm

Featuring work by:
Andy Dailey
Anna Paola Guerra
April Bachtel
Gregg Evans
Joy Drury Cox
Taha Ahmad

This exhibition is part of the Neon Heater’s 7th year of programming, 30 shows between September 2018 and May 2019, called The Temperature, in which the Neon Heater is taking the temperature of the art world and the socio-political climate. The 30 exhibitions of the Temperature are connected by a narrative through-line, and each month has its own theme which progressively builds the narrative. October’s theme is Cast of Characters and introduces the characters into the world that was created in September’s The Setting.

Born Under a Bad Sign is an exhibition that explores, both generally and symbolically, a generation born into a world in transition. A world that has already been discovered, a world in which the previous generations worked so hard to “build” and gift to their children, while ironically robbing them of their potential to create their own lives. A generation so overwhelmed with their full access to the world (via globalization and the internet) that they are unable to find a place in it. A generation seeking to be seen.

Anti- Nostalgia
October 4 – 21, 2018
The Carrack
Durham, NC

Opening Reception: October 5, 7 – 9:30pm

Curated by:
Olivia Huntley and elin o’Hara slavick

Desire has no history. – Susan Sontag

Anti-Nostalgia is a group exhibition of artists invited to create works utilizing found photographs. Artists explore: our relationship to the photograph as an object; memories and sentimentality; history and the familial; the vernacular and the archive; and alternative and interventionist narratives. A photograph provides both a historical and unattainable reality. Anti-Nostalgia investigates how our attraction to and/or repulsion by found photographs does not come from nostalgia, but comes from a desire to confirm, deny and transform a reality. Theorists argue that nostalgia can be a form of fascism – a longing for a glorified past that leads us down an authoritarian path. Anti-Nostalgia is a topical and critical approach to our current global situation, an attempt to draw attention to the way we read, feel, understand and use imagery in the name of ideology and personal whim.

and the light followed the flight of sound
published by One Day Projects

One Day Projects is pleased to release their third collaborative book, “And light followed the flight of sound.” Inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of the 2017 solar eclipse, the book features photographs by 52 artists and is presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay. Edited, designed and produced by Jared Ragland and Eliot Dudik, the limited edition book is printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve, also foil stamped. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun. Despite a wide variation of styles, approaches, and locations, the photographs in “And light followed the flight of sound” remind us of our commonality, advance a vision of community regained, and reveal the transcendent power of science and citizenship, activism and art, beauty and imagination. To see and purchase, visit

Just closing…

Seeing the Weave: Textile based abstraction from the Piedmont
September 7 – October 5, 2018
Smith Gallery
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University

Featuring works by:
Maria Britton
Martha Clippinger
Joy Drury Cox
Julia Gartrell
Kayla Anderson
Jennifer Schmidt

The Smith Gallery will host “Seeing the Weave: Textile-based Abstraction from the Piedmont,” a group show featuring diverse works — from painting, quilts, weavings and textile to sculpture and video — that use textile design, history and construction to engage with the legacies of artistic abstraction. The exhibition and related programs are free and open to the public.

In the last twenty years, there has been a global upsurge in contemporary art making based in textile materials, designs and histories. This exhibition provides a survey of some of the ways that North Carolina artists have contributed to expanding this field in new directions. It focuses on work from the Piedmont region, which is both a dense center of artistic production in the state and an area rich with craft and industrial textile history. The artists represented integrate textiles into a wide variety of forms and make frequent use of techniques associated with textile construction, including piecing, sewing, weaving and knotting their works together. They experiment boldly with color, pattern and the tactile qualities of fabric, and they interrogate both the cultural meanings associated with their materials and the legacy of textile-based abstraction, which has its roots in the early twentieth century.

Alumnus Frank Faulkner has passed away

September 20, 2018

Born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1946, Frank Faulkner received his B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1968, Phi Beta Kappa, and his M.F.A. from the same institution in 1972. Faulkner’s work quickly won him numerous grants and awards, including an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1974. He was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 1975, which prompted him to settle in New York.

More details will be added when they are received . . .

Alumnus Ray Kass presenting his work at the Gregg Museum at NC State

September 20, 2018

Ray Kass, MFA 1969, has curated this upcoming exhibition at NC State

Curator presentation: Ray Kass
Thursday, September 20 at 6pm
Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Ray Kass, professor emeritus of art at Virginia Tech, is the founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, and curator of the Rural Avant-Garde exhibition at the Gregg Museum. He will speak about the exhibition, and the NC State Dance Program will display a painting made during a STEPS workshop with NC State students the previous day. STEPS is a performance created by John Cage and influenced by Merce Cunningham. Free.

Learn more about the Rural Avant-Garde exhibition >

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!

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For print / exhibition inquiries contact Rick Wester Fine Art

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