Frank Creech Art Gallery

Johnston Community College Fine Art Department and the

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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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Statewide Lecture: An Anthology of Flowers

Statewide Lecture: An Anthology of Flowers

Drawing from its Greek origins—anthologia, literally: flower gathering—this lecture will focus on the splendid floral still life paintings found in Visual Feast: Masterpieces of Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  NCMA Director of Education Sandy Rusak will preview selected works ranging from abundant 17th century Italian masterworks to the heady bouquets of the Impressionists and more. There will also be an optional luncheon after the lecture. We hope you will be able to join us.

$10 Individual; $11 on-line
Box Office is 919-209-2099 or (click on the big ticket)

September, 18, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.