Frank Creech Art Gallery

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Closing for the summer.

The Frank Creech Art Gallery will close at 4pm on May 8, 2014. We will return in August for the 2014 Fall semester. Have a great summer and thank you for all of your support!


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Day Trip to Nasher Art Museum and the Ackland Art Museum

Nasher Art Museum

Please click link below for the ticket information about our trip on March 18, 2014. We hope you can join us!

For further information please contact trip coordinator, Bill Gregory at

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African Ceramics: Contemporary Vitality From Ancient Veins


African Ceramics: Contemporary Vitality From Ancient Veins
On March 13th Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, Consulting Curator for African Art at the NCMA, will be presenting a 45-minute lecture on African ceramics at Johnston Community College (JCC). Dr. Perrill’s research specialization in Zulu pottery has dovetailed perfectly with the focus on African ceramics spearheaded by William Gregory at JCC, and the NCMA is proud to facilitate this visiting lecture.
Drawing inspiration from the NCMA permanent exhibition, Dr. Perrill will begin her lecture with a comparison of one of the most ancient works in the African collection, the Nok culture terracotta dating from 600 B.C.E. to 600 C.E., with the contemporary ceramic work of Magdalene Odundo. These two artworks, both currently on display in the NCMA African gallery, are both hand-built, earthenware ceramics. Catering to the ceramic arts studio specialization of the JCC audience, Dr. Perrill will discuss the differences between the techniques used by each artist and then expand from this jumping off point into a broader survey of the various types of ceramic techniques and training that are currently thriving in her own country of specialization, South Africa. Dr. Perrill will conclude by introducing the work of several contemporary African ceramists.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


Fine Arts Building
Room B108
11:00 a.m.
Johnston Community College
Smithfield, NC
Contact: Bill Gregory, 919-209-2032 or



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Frank Creech Art Gallery Lecture: Jane Lillian Vance – The Africa Series


Although my own travel to Africa began in Kenya in 1987, The Africa Series began in 2010 when I first saw photographs taken by Gil Harrington during her work in medical clinics set up under shade-trees in the deep bush of rural Zambia. The stories from The teamwork of Orphan Medical Network International, OMNI, moved me deeply, and I was catalyzed to document those endeavors to service. I saw strong, deserving, beautiful people who happened to be born where there is poor infrastructure, scant food, little choice, and forgotten hope, and the real differences that education, nutrition, shelter, and medicine can make.  But my work in The Africa Series is not about some foreign poverty. I hope in your presence before these paintings you feel the ancient web of humanity vibrate because you are part of the story. We are all pulled by our ancestors, whose whispers we call genes. We know the old stories of drought and rain, vast distance and exhausted arrival.  We all try to sleep at home and wake up to comfort. We seek intimacy, and we know, in our gut, the adrenalin sickness when we are near danger or in-authenticity.  I depend on statues and masks and microbes and animals as much as on human faces to tell these stories.  You will understand this old language, and you will know that the end of the story is not defeat. 

Jane Lillian Vance
Blacksburg, Virginia
Lecture and Reception: February 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room B108, Main Campus of JCC
For further information please contact Bill Gregory at 919-209-2032