Beyond Ornament is a major survey exhibition highlighting North Carolina makers of studio jewelry. The artists selected for the exhibition produce objects that enhance and embellish the human body and also question what jewelry and ornament can be. They pursue projects extending beyond the body and present works that cannot be contained by the traditional jewelry case. Through sculptural installation, juxtapositions of scale, unconventional materials, and narrative content the artists in Beyond Ornament broaden the context for jewelry. They bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
ECU Metals is an invitational exhibition featuring work by East Carolina University faculty and MFA students from the School of Art & Design. Guest-curated by Mi-Sook Hur, the exhibition showcases the influence of teaching artists such as Robert Ebendorf who are connected to ECU’s nationally recognized metals program.
Cadavre Exquis, Associated Exhibition
August 3-November 4, 2018
Curated by Sarah Tector, Cadavre Exquis is an exhibition of art jewelry based on the surrealist practice of the “exquisite corpse.” An exercise in blind collaboration and trust, nine artists created combined pieces of jewelry from assigned materials, only discovering the final version of their works at the end.
Opening Reception + Jewelry Making Demonstration | First Friday with Live Music by Red Nucleus
Friday, August 3, 2018 | 5:30-9:00 PM
Join us in the gallery for a presentation and live demonstration from 5:30-6:30 PM by ECU Metals faculty and exhibiting artists where you will learn how to make a ring. Following the demonstration, there will be live music by Red Nucleus from 7:00-8:00 PM. Chapel Hill-based guitarist Michael Goy and bassist David Cooper create contemporary melodies and secular hymns that intersect with ancestral rhythms. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated. Free and open to the public.
First Friday with Live Music by Sahara Reggae Band
Friday, September 7, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Join us for First Friday with live music by Sahara Reggae Band from 6:30-7:30 PM. Offering almost 20 years of experience, Sahara specializes in sharing the love for live music with their audiences. Sahara is a high energy reggae band whose mission is to expose the world to their unique sound. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.
First Friday with Live Music by The Maggie Valley Band
Friday, October 5, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Join us for First Friday with live music by The Maggie Valley Band from 6:30-7:30 PM. The Maggie Valley Band is a raw approach to Appalachian music intertwined with a heavy sixties influence. Lead by sister-sister harmonies and laced with various instruments, the music is a combination of traditional folk tunes and originals by the band. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Come to the gallery, grab a bite and a drink before experiencing and participating in Chris Yon’s choreographic response to the Beyond Ornament exhibition. Follow dancers Taryn Griggs and Maurice Watson as they weave through the Greenhill Gallery, reframing the objects in the exhibition and each other through their dancing. Amid an aural landscape by pianist and composer Eric Schwartz and tuba player Geoffrey Edge, the ornaments are reimagined as part of a world inhabited by two people filling the empty spaces of the gallery with their own abstract, gestural, sculptural, patterned, designed movement. The audience will be guided around to view the objects and the dancers from different angles and become part of the architecture of the dance by following the lead of an ensemble comprised of student and professional dancers from the Greensboro dance community. $15/person + tax. Cash bar and hors-d'oeuvres. For tickets CLICK HERE.
Collaboration in Jewelry | Sarah Tector
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Curator Sarah Tector will introduce Cadavre Exquis, an exhibition of collaborative jewelry. Tector and participating artists will discuss authorship in jewelry and how exchanges of techniques, tools and voices open new opportunities for evolution. Free and open to the public.
Jewelry Edition Pop-Up Exhibition
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 5:30-7:30 PM
Join us for a pop-up exhibition of studio jewelry from 5:30-7:30 PM. Laura Wood will be on hand to answer questions and handle sales for the latest iteration of Jewelry Edition, a platform for selling and promoting contemporary art jewelry. Free and open to the public.
Jewelry Edition Pop-up Exhibition
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 5:30-8:30 PM
Join us for a pop-up exhibition of studio jewelry from 5:30-8:30 PM. Laura Wood will be on hand to answer questions and handle sales for the latest iteration of Jewelry Edition, a platform for selling and promoting contemporary art jewelry. http://www.jewelryedition.com. Free and open to the public.
First Friday with Live Music by the UNCG Percussion Ensemble
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Join us for First Friday with live music by the UNCG Percussion Ensemble from 6:30-7:30 PM. The award-winning UNCG Percussion Ensemble will present a short showcase concert. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.