Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina by Burk Uzzle

February 3 – April 30, West Wing Gallery

Perceptions + Recognitions is a new body of work by internationally recognized photographer Burk Uzzle commissioned by the Greenville Museum of Art. The exhibition will be twenty (25) original pictures of residents in eastern North Carolina and shown at the Greenville Museum of Art in 2017.

Perceptions + Recognitions is designed to offer individuals, families, and organizations a way to experience their neighbors, whether familiar or unknown.

The title reflects the fact that too frequently we hold perceptions about others that are disconnected from their truths and therefore inaccurate. Art has always afforded us the opportunity to share seminal emotions with strangers, to realize a connection, to know that our human experience may not be unique although our circumstances may be unrecognizable

Reception: March 3, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Featuring music by Vines Sisters beginning at 6:30 pm and a performance by HYPE Step Team

Panel: Employing Your Goals & Dreams to Find a Job and Change Your Life
March 14 – 12:00 – 1:00: Area large employers closed meeting
                          1:00-1:30: Open to public

Panel: Civil Rights 2.0: Different Methods, Same Goal

March 23, 11:30 – 1:00

Facilitator: Dr. Kendall Campbell, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, ECU Brody School of Medicine


  • Judge J. C. Cole, Superior Court Judge, 1st Division of the Superior Court
  • Dr. Bob Edwards, Professor, Chair, ECU Department of Sociology
  • Jermaine McNair, NC Civil Founding Director
  • Dr. Peter Francia, Professor, ECU Department of Political Science


The Greenville Museum of Art is hosting a free panel to discuss the key issues, concerns, and goals present in eastern North Carolina’s African American community during the Civil Rights Era. The panel will compare and contrast the methods used to address social injustices during the Civil Rights Era and today; and Identify ways in which community activists can borrow from the methods of previous generations to effect change in today’s society.

Panel:Have race relations progressed in the 21st Century, or has America regressed to the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

March 23, 3:30 –  4:30

Speaker: Dr. David Dennard, Director of the African American Studies at ECU is the facilitator

Reception: April 7, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring music by The Nathan Cobb Band beginning at 6:30 pm and a performance by HYPE Step Team and a performance by Ms. JoAnn Williams  

Panel: Entrepreneurship: Cashing in on What We Know

April 11, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Greenville Museum of Art partners with the North Carolina Museum of Art

Make & Mingle with the NCMA

Don’t miss this one time only event!

Free event for educators in Greenville and surrounding counties. An evening of food, drink, networking, and inspiration. Unwind with your friends and colleagues while learning about the North Carolina Museum of Art’s art integration resources for educators of all subject areas. Hear the artist Burk Uzzle speak about his current exhibition Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina. Drop-in and make some art at one of our Pop-Up art stations.

Check In, Making and Mingling opens at 4:00pm and lasts throughout the night.

Artist Talk begins at 5:00pm

Registration strongly encouraged; limited space.  Click on the links below for registration for the event and to check out the North Carolina Art Museum Website!


NCAM Website

For more information contact Kristin Smith

Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs – (c) Burk Uzzle

Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs – (c) Burk Uzzle

Congregation Ladies (c) Burk Uzzle

Congregation Ladies – (c) Burk Uzzle

On loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art

Burk Uzzle Perceptions and Recognitions Virtual Tour

Presenting Sponsor

Artist Supporter


Emily Monk Davidson
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Corbitt, III
Harvey Wooten
Mr. and Mrs. D Jordan Whichard, III
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Webb
East Carolina University School of Art and Design
College of Fine Art and Communications
ECU Division of Research Economic Development and Engagement