Pack your bags and make your charm! Symposium is Two Days Away!

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We cant wait until this weekend!!!! So here is a last minute checklist of things to bring!

  • Personal Identification
  • Cash & Credit/ATM Card(s)
  • Reservations & Itineraries
  • GPS
  • Business Cards
  • Charm in a box
  • Smart Phone, Tablet & Charger
  • Travel Apps: Airline Travel, Where to Eat, etc.
  • Camera, Memory Card & Charger
  • Music Player, Headphones, Speakers & Charger
  • Computer & Cords/Laptop Sleeve
  • Guide Books & Maps
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Band-Aids for the Saw, File, Solder Sprints 😉
  • Pain & Fever Relievers
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Energy Bars & Snacks

and here are just a few last minute reminders!

  • Dont forget your toothbrush!
  • If you are staying with someone please contact them if you have not already and make arrangements to meet with them.
  • Ask your host/hostess if you will need an air mattress.
  • When you register dont forget to pick up a schedule and turn in your charm, below are further charm swap instructions.
  • HAVE FUN when you get here and enjoy the Art Walk Friday Afternoon!!!!

The charm swap at the ECU material topics symposium is always a lot of fun and full of anticipation as you never know whose charm you will receive!  It’s great to see everyone’s work on a small and personal level.

If this is your first time at the symposium, don’t worry, it’s no pressure – just go with it and use this as an opportunity to experiment with your charm.

When you register at the symposium you will turn in your charm.   Each charm is put in a lettered box (A,B,C,D). On the back of your registration card will be written one of those letters (of course it won’t be the one we put your charm in); at the end of the evening – 7pm – Letters will be announced so everyone gets a turn to pick their charm ONE AT A TIME PLEASE!! 

Some times it can get chaotic –  don’t worry, there is plenty to do if the line is a bit long at your lettered section, you can view the work at the “50/50, The Reliquary Redux Exhibition or grab a bite to eat.  Charms will be given out from 7pm-8pm so stay close to the art building lobby and you’ll get your charm!


Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Introducing the Symposium Art Walk Line Up!!

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As relationships start, evolve, and in some cases end, the individuals change along with them.

Using the premise of the wedding band, the traditional symbol of commitment, participating

artists were asked to create a ring describing their feelings on these close connections.

I  Do. … Do I? is an exhibition about these close connections.

@ The ART ROOM (403 EVANS ST.)

 Curated by Nicole Jacquard as part of her ‘One Night Stand’ series, the traveling International

exhibition features the work of 21 artists all at different stages in relationships.


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“This, to me, is the essence of why reliquaries exist. Not only to protect and display a sacred object, but also to immortalize the life and legacy of the person that object represents and ensure that their story continues to be told”. -Tina Wiltsie

Reliquary/REDUX  is an exhibtion that aims to present possible answers to the question “What is a Reliquary, and what does it contain?”  Juried by Danielle James and Kate Speranza!


 Making Connections is an exhibition highlighting the connections we create as makers

between each other and within our work.

Curated by Mariah Lee Ross & Samantha Clarke, Juried by Nick Heyl



 Parking available, BYOB welcome, 213 W 9th St. Greenville, NC 27834.

Introducing the 1st annual ECU Symposium Pin/Charm Raffle


This year we are adding a fun new event to the weekend! A number of us here at ECU have donated a pin/charm to a raffle off to fundraise for the continuing awesomeness of symposium.  The pins/charms will be on display all weekend in the glass cases outside the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery and you can purchase raffle tickets during the T-shirt sale and other selected times.A single ticket will sell for $3 or you can get four for $10. The winners will be picked during the final party at Peasants in downtown Greenville. Only seven more days!!!!

See Ya’ll Soon

Symposium Presentors Part 9: Bruce Pepich

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Lecture: The Museum as Muse

In addition to serving as resources for public education, museums help shape the culture around metalsmithing by their collections and exhibitions. Bruce W. Pepich will address the role museums have in this process and how contemporary artists can participate.

Bio: Bruce W. Pepich is the Executive Director and Curator of Collections of the Racine Art Museum and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. In the 1990s he assembled one of the most significant contemporary craft collections found in any art museum in North America. He opened RAM in 2003 in downtown Racine as a second campus that is home to this collection.

Pepich curates exhibitions from RAM’s 8,000 piece collection and regularly presents lectures on contemporary crafts around the country. He is a published writer and has served as a juror for over 100 national and international art competitions and fellowship awards. In 2012, he was inducted as an Honorary Fellow into the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows.

Get Ready for Some Serious Swapping!


The following info is for those of you who are attending for the first time this year or if you just need a pin swap refresher.

Here are the things to know:

  • When you register on the morning of Jan 17th, please give your one charm ( in an unnamed or unlabeled box) to an attendant at the registration table, your name tag will be marked at this time. Dont forget having a business card inside your package is a good idea!
  • Saturday evening the charm swap will start and tickets will be on sale for our first silent pin auction!!! ( and of course our famous T-shirt booth will be open at this time)
  • During the evening the charm swap desk attendant will call up everyone in groups to pull the box with the corresponding number on your name tag. NO PEEKING!!   After you pick your charm we highly suggest you try to find the person who made your charm.

And that is that!!!

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email us at

Happy Making!


Your Friendly Symposium Staff.