Final Object of the Week in July

Sculpture by Wesley Crawley

Wesley Crawley was a professor at East Carolina University and here he is standing next to his sculpture that was once outside the Rawl building on campus.  This negatives pulled for this image date back to October 28, 1960.  This image was found in the Digital Collections provided by the Joyner Library at East Carolina University. This piece is now a part of our permanent collection here at GMA and is on display in our main hallway.

Object of the Week for the Fourth week of July

Sculpture  by Michael Waller

Currently residing in Hillsborough, NC, Michael Waller earned his BFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University. He has been commissioned to produce pieces all across North Carolina, and he has been exhibited several times in museums across the state. This piece pertains to the horizon and the setting and rising of the sun.

Object of the Week for the Fourth week of July

by A.R. Cole

A. R. (Arthur Ray) Cole (1892-1974) worked on his father’s pottery shop in Seagrove, North Carolina from 1915 to 1925.  He later established Rainbow Pottery in Steeds, North Carolina, and then moved to Sanford on US 1, the tourist highway linking New York to Florida. He was a creative designer who perfected unusual striped, multi-colored glazed and large forms; his work was the product of a vivid rustic imagination.
by A.R. ColeObject of the Week for the Third week of July

Object of the Week for the Second week of July

Painting by Maude Gatewood

Maude Gatewood (1934-2004) grew up in the rural isolation of Caswell County in the 1930s and ’40s, and even there she found a critical eye and vast curiosity that served her well through her visual life. She recieved an Art Education degree at UNC-Greensboro and went on to get her Master’s degree in painting at Ohio State University. During her life she earned many art awards such as the Fulbright Grant, through which she studied art history and painting in Salzburg, Austria. She has had many of her pieces exhibited in museums in North Carolina and Alabama.

Object of the Week: last week in June first week of July

Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs by Burk Uzzle

From North Carolina to Tennessee to Washington DC, my career spanned over 36 years serving at the local, state and national levels, ending my career as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the US Department of Agriculture. As an African-American growing up in Farmville NC, I had supportive parents (Nathan and Hazel Cobb) who empowered my three siblings and me with spiritual wisdom for every situation in life. We were reminded that, “to whom much is given, much is required.” We were always expected to do our best. My parents made supreme sacrifices to help us get an education. I was privileged to earn three degrees, including a doctorate from NC State University.

My father shared stories of our great-great-great grandfather, Crumell Bullock, born a slave in 1814. He was freed after the proclamation of Emancipation and came to own land in Edgecombe County. He was a prosperous black man envied by whites and blacks alike. His tenacity allowed him to succeed against all odds. He lived to be 106 and is buried in the Bullock Cemetery beside his wife. Burk Uzzle photographed me beside their grave site. It was a riveting experience spanning 202 years standing on that hallowed ground. I sensed my father’s spirit in the wind and I was so proud of my family’s heritage. The irony of returning to my roots reminded me that because of my great-great-great grandfather, I am, because he was.

My great-great-great grandfather broke many barriers and it is gratifying to know that the barriers I have broken as an African-American woman are attributable to his achievements, example, and the endowments he passed down through my father and me. It is my personal goal to treat everyone with love and to leave everything I touch better than I found it. I am thankful to my family for their commitment to love, family, faith, education, service, and the perpetual movement of our heritage from generation to generation.


Check out our past objects of the week!

Fourth week of June

Painting by Tony Breuer

Tony Breuer works primarily with acrylic and oil on canvas depicting recognizable images warped to more closely approximate their actual appearance in space time. His work is conceptual, semi-abstract, grounded in and concerned with the nature of reality, energy and matter, space and time. Born in Venezuela, the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, he moved to different countries every three years. This gave him a broad perspective on life, people, cultures, and the world. His training in molecular neurobiology and neurology suggest a certain fascination with things complex and a work ethic and persistence required for mastery. An MFA graduate, he considers art vastly more complex and an avenue into deeper truths not constrained by logic. Space time is always curved, nothing is still, and how things really look, what they are really like, from this perspective is decidedly different from their everyday appearance. Feeling, visualizing, and thinking about these issues is one thing, rendering the outcome of this process in two dimensions is another. The latter, a different way of seeing, is what his painting is about.

Third week of June

Here and Now by Donna Jean Jawrunner

This abstract sculpture made by casting aluminum is a beautiful example of capturing movement and expression. Although the figure is not as obvious or isn’t an exact replication of the human form, it is apparent that the figure is potentially skipping or dancing in a jovial manner expressing her joy.  Maybe she’s received amazing news and can’t help but to dance! What do you think?


Second week of June

Sculpture by Eric Thiele

Thiele attended East Carolina University where he received his MFA in wood design, studying under Terry Smith. He currently lives in Western NC. Four Stringed Escargot is constructed of refurbished hardwood from buildings around Greenville. Thiele’s work in wood is dominated by musical instruments, many of them over sized. The time consuming details he has lavished on Four Stringed Escargot makes it a work of art as well as a piece for music making.


First week of June

June by David Kapp

David Kapp (1953- ) received his BFA from Windham College in 1974 and his MFA from Queens College in 1977. He has been painting in NYC, its roadways, pedestrians, and vehicles for nearly thirty years. Influenced by the Bay Area Figurative School and the New York realists and utilizing the thick gestural brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists, Kapp walks the line between abstraction and representation. Although Kapp begin his study of New York with nocturnal scenes realized with an emitted palate, he moved to diurnal views in the early 1990’s. As evidenced in “June”, the move to diurnal painting also involved a marked change in palette: rich, luscious, saturated colors. Kapp would lend vibrancy to his paintings with a bright under-painting. This composition made in the center of intersections, and beginning in the 1980’s, photographs. Although capturing a glimpse of speed and movement in city life, Kapp’s paintings do not tell stories, but record movements. “I think what a painting is is possibilities, when you’re painting, how can many different directions can something go? It’s like a light or motion or a speed. It’s maintaining things that are ambiguous, resolving a beautiful state of ambiguity.”