I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now to show during Symposium Weekend!


The I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now Exhibition will be featured alongside the 2017 Symposium. The show will be located in the Gray Gallery of ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center.The show is curated by artist Boris Bally of Bally Humanufactured, LLC.

The Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions, or IMAGINE PEACE NOW Exhibition, is a call to arms, hearts and hands intended especially for contemporary metal artists.  The artwork within the show responds to, and initiates conversations regarding, the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today.

There will be a closing reception for this show on Friday, January 13th during the Gallery Crawl. Boris Bally will be giving a talk about the show Friday night at 6:30 in Auditorium (room 1220) at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.


We are equally excited to share with you the list of presenters for the Collective Voices- 2017 Material Topics Symposium.


Keynote Speaker:       Tim McCreight

Capstone Speaker:     Robert Ebendorf

Lectures by:

  • Leslie Noell
  • Amy Wieks of Smith Shop
  • Harold Nelson & Bernard Jazzar of the Enamel Arts Foundation
  • Dustin Farnsworth
  • Les Lepare

Break-out Sessions:

  • Blaine Lewis
  • Ron Porter & Joe Price
  • Abigail Heuss
  • Jessica Calderwood
  • Amy Wieks of Smith Shop
  • Hiroko Yamada
  • Sharon Massey
  • Melanie Bilenker

Gallery Talk:

  • Boris Bally

Look forward to future posts for more information pertaining to the schedule as well as posts concerning how to register. Registration begins Thursday, October 20th 2016 for the Collective Voices Material Topics Symposium (January 13th-15th 2017).

We will also be updating you with information about gallery openings and events that will be taking place along with symposium.

2017 ECU Material Topics Symposium

Greetings! The 2017 ECU Material Topics Symposium is in the works. This year’s symposium is titled “Collective Voices” and celebrates the individuality of, not only the artists of the material, but the vast array of techniques that are categorized under metalsmithing.

The date is set! Please mark your calendars for these two important events…

  • Registration Begins: Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • ECU Material Topics Symposium: January 13th-15th, 2017

We are pleased to announce our co-chairs for Symposium 2017- Joanne Lang and Holly Roddenbery.

Joanne Lang spent way too much of her earlier years in the medical sciences before she came to her senses and discovered her love of the arts and metal. She has spent the last eight years learning metals through numerous workshops including those with Bob Ebendorf, Ken Bova, Tim Lazure, and Mi-Sook Hur. She is now in her first year of the MFA program in Metals Design at East Carolina University. Joanne is fascinated by the problem-solving aspect of metal, pulling together multiple parts and found objects to create a new piece. Her latest metal explorations have been in the realm of kinetics which may be due to watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein too many times.

Holly Roddenbery received her BFA in Art from Valdosta State University where she studied metals under ECU Alumni, Abigail Heuss. She is in her first year of the MFA program in Metal Design at East Carolina University. Her work showcases a softer side of metal using smooth beveled edges and organic forms. She seeks inspiration from personal experiences of spiritual healing. Holly describes herself as a “student of life” and enjoys dogs above cats.

Please look forward to more posts regarding:

  • Presenter & Workshop Information
  • Calls for Entries
  • Exhibitions
  • 2017 Registration Information


IMPORTANT INFO!! Parking, Art Walk, Charm/Pin Swap

Hello everyone! We are so excited to be hosting you all in a few days! With an event like this, parking can always be an issue, but this year we expect it to be a little more difficult, and we want to prepare you as best as possible.

The campus has just begun a construction project that has closed two main parking lots behind the Joyner Library and Mendenhall Student Center, off of 10th St. As a result, there is no longer visitor parking on the main campus itself.

The symposium starts on Friday the 15th, with registration from 5-7pm on the second floor of the Jenkins Fine Arts Center (#14 on the map), located off of 5th and Jarvis. The parking authority has lifted the permit requirements for us around the building starting at 5pm on Friday. If you park next to the building before 5pm you may be ticketed! They have been enforcing these rules more stringently than in the past.

For Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, additional parking can be found in the housing grid directly across from the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, starting at Holly to Maple, and 5th to 1st. These spots require a permit from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, but are open at all other times.

There is free two-hour parking on Reade Circle between 5th St and 1st St, and a larger parking lot at the corner of 5th and Evans, which is close to several of our shows downtown. The Jolly Trolley will be providing transport between the Jenkins Fine Arts Center and the shows at the Greenville Museum of Art and Art Avenue. If you park downtown, you can catch a ride on the Jolly Trolley up to campus, which is about a 10-15 minute walk.


Make sure to stop by the Jenkins Fine Arts Center for registration, as well as two symposium exhibitions and Jewelry Edition 2’s pop up store! You will receive your workshop assignments at registration And we will have maps and info for the Art Walk at the check-in table!

⇒Campus Map⇐

*As usual, we are having a Charm/Pin Swap on Saturday January 16th at 6:00PM. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped or boxed single piece of jewelry and drop it off at registration. You will then randomly be matched with another person, which is a great way to add to your jewelry collection.*

Saw File Solder @ Dirty LAM


The Dirty Lam is studio home to ECU alum Andy Denton, who is graciously opening his space for a Saw, File, Solder Race from 7:30-9:30 January 15th during the ECU Material Topics Symposium Art Walk.

Dirty Lam
213 W 9th Street 
Greenville, NC

*This is a BYOB event for those of age only*

Momento Exhibition

Momento, an exhibit curated by current graduate students Barbara McFadyen and Kayla Staigvil, will be on display in conjunction with the Annual ECU Material Topics Symposium from January 15-17th. Opening Reception: January 15th 5-8PM Momento Burroughs Welcome Gallery Leo Jenkins … Continue reading

It Came From Under the Bench Exhibition


It Came From Under The Bench will be featured January 15-17th, in conjunction with the ECU Material Topics Symposium. It is curated by current graduate students Hosanna Rubio and Sarah Loch-Test.

Opening Reception: January 15th 5-8PM

It Came From Under The Bench
Burroughs Welcome Gallery
Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center
East Carolina University