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Archives for September 2016

Golden Chain Honor Society seeking nominations

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society for Fall 2016 inductions. Candidates must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and should demonstrate leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgement, magnanimity, and character.

The Golden Chain organization, unique to the UNCG campus, was created in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come.

The nomination form and instructions can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Coretta Walker at crwalke5@uncg.edu by October 7, 2016. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Mysterious celebration

University Libraries will host a reception and pop-up exhibit of crime novels on Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:30-5 p.m. in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room. This event is in celebration of the national recognition UNCG has received for its collection of mysteries written by female authors. Last March, UNCG University Libraries was awarded a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime, to purchase additional rare mystery and crime books for the collection.

“We’re really celebrating the craft of writing mysteries,” said Keith Gorman, assistant dean for Special Collections and University Archives. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the campus and Greensboro communities.

Looking ahead: Sept. 21, 2016

Trustees’ meeting
Friday, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m., Union Square

Special Collections: Vintage Viands – The Roaring 20s
Friday, Sept. 23, noon, Jackson Library Reading Room

Asian Autumn Festival
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 11 a.m., EUC (start time has been corrected)

Men’s Soccer vs. West Virginia
Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Soccer Stadium

Inaugural ‘Business Affairs Expo’
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Kevin Schilbrack, “Religious Practices & the Formation of Subjects”
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m., Faculty Center

Lecture: Daryl Davis, “Klan-Destine Relationships”
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Staff Senate Workshop: Event Planning at UNCG
Thursday, Sept 29, noon, Room 113, Bryan Building

Second language critical discourse studies through social media

On Saturday, Oct.1, 10 a.m. to noon, Dr. Paul Renigar, assistant professor at the University of Alabama, will present “Second Language Critical Discourse Studies Through Social Media” as part of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures’ 15th Language Learning Series.  The workshop will cover pedagogical uses of social networking sites, Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) and approaches to discourse analysis and methods for various levels of instruction of languages. Participants will be given the chance to convene in small groups to develop lesson plans. The free event will be in MHRA 1214.

How to navigate event planning at UNCG

Staff Senate is hosting a workshop to help you navigate the process of event planning at UNCG.  If you are new to campus or if you just need to know where to find updated information and campus resources, please plan to attend.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in Bryan 113 at noon.

You may register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022509

Humanities Network Consortium

The newly created UNCG Humanities Network Consortium will host a launch event for faculty and staff on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. The network’s mission is to connect the university’s humanities scholars to one another and to the public, to support faculty research and interdisciplinary collaborations and to help students identify how humanities coursework leads to successful careers and public leadership. Food and drink will be served at the launch event.

For more information, please see:  https://hnac.uncg.edu/.

Housing Hangout

The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies hosts a “Housing Hangout”‘ once a month, and the next one, “The Link Between Health and Affordable Housing,” will be Friday, Oct. 7, noon-2 p.m at Triad Stage, in the Upstage Cabaret.

A “Housing Hangout” is an informal space in which community housing advocates, city officials, university researchers, students and members of the public gather to discuss housing and community development issues. These informal talks share information about ongoing programs, housing-related studies and community events, and encourage the development of strategic plans and partnerships to move the needle on providing decent and affordable housing in our community. The upcoming session includes multiple speakers and refreshments.

Auditions for “Vagina Monologues” Sept. 26-27

The 4th annual “Vagina Monologues” performance presented by UNCG Housing and Residence Life will hold auditions on Monday, Sept. 26, in the EUC Sharpe Room and Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Shaw Tillman-Smart Room (Quad), from 7 to 9 p.m. both days. No appointment nor previous acting experience is needed. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to participate. Each auditioner will read a monologue from texts that will be distributed, and advance preparation is not necessary.

Performances will be at the EUC auditorium February 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play based on the work of V-Day founder Eve Ensler, and is part of a movement to end violence against women and to raise awareness about related issues. This production will donate its profits to the Clara House, a local domestic violence shelter.

Contact Maggie Gillespie, magilles@uncg.edu, for details.

Later this week: Spartan Family Weekend

The campus will have lots of guests this weekend. UNCG Spartan Family Programs hosts Family Weekend Sept. 23-25. Events will range from movie night on the lawn to tours of our downtown. A brunch and a gold tie gala are on tap as well. Learn more at https://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/family-weekend-2016/

See/hear: Sept. 21, 2016

 Joseph Graham, the 2016-17 president of the UNCG Student Government Association, shares his goals for the year, his advice to the Class of 2020, and why he is an advocate for the university. Graham is also an ex officio member of the UNCG Board of Trustees.

Kaplan Center for Wellness ribbon-cutting Sept. 16

Kaplan Center for WellnessThe dedication of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness will be held Sept. 16, 2016, at 1 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on the center’s front plaza, at 1301 W. Gate City Boulevard.

After the ceremony, attendees will enjoy an open house and tours.

Light refreshments will be served.

See earlier report on the opening of the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

UNCG SECC aims to raise $199,999

091416feature_secc-1UNCG kicked off its 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) on Monday with a goal of raising $199,999 for charities across the Triad and the state.

The SECC is an annual giving campaign that allows state employees to support a variety of charitable organizations in North Carolina. Since its launch in 1985, the statewide campaign has raised more than $100 million.

SECC solicitors and core committee members gathered Monday morning for the annual SECC Kick-off and Training at the Alumni House, an event that included a message of shared fate from Chancellor Gilliam.

“The thing I love about this is that it’s about more than just the university. It’s about our community,” Gilliam said. “When our community is stronger, we’re stronger.”

UNCG raised more than $192,000 last year, earning the 2015 Chairman’s Award and Top Ten Award. This year, SECC committee chair and faculty member Dr. L. DiAnne Borders aims to increase participation in order to reach the goal of $199,999 – a number that was specifically selected by committee members to pique interest.

“We think it’s a fun goal, but we also think it’s a realistic goal,” Borders told volunteer solicitors at the kick-off event.

Paper pledge forms are now available for faculty and staff members, and the ePledge system is scheduled to launch on Monday, Sept 19. For more information and to view a complete list of the more than 1,000 SECC charities, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin W. Kane, of Dr. Borders at the SECC Kickoff.

War & Peace Imagined – a yearlong series of events

091416feature_warandpeaceUNCG kicks off War & Peace Imagined, a yearlong, interdisciplinary event series that explores war and peace throughout the arts and humanities.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of World War I, UNCG and community partners will host some of the nation’s most renowned artists, authors and intellectuals, including Lynn Harrell, Najla Said and many of UNCG’s own.

“Our campus is widely known for its intellectual and artistic vibrancy,” said UNCG Provost Dana Dunn. “War & Peace Imagined is the perfect opportunity for our campus and the greater Greensboro community to engage in cultural events and delve deeply into important themes that have shaped the last century.”

Last weekend’s Collage concert – which again sold out – was the first performance of the series. Two screenings as part of the War on the Silver Screen series will be held this Friday.

All series events are open to the public, and many offer free admission. A complete calendar of events can be accessed via the UNCG Guides app – which allows individuals to build their own schedule, check into events and interact on social media – or online at warandpeace.uncg.edu.

Note: Members of the UNCG campus community may get tickets to one upcoming event at a reduced price. Half-price tickets for the Greensboro Symphony’s ‘War & Peace Reimagined’ are available. The event is Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 8 p.m., in the UNCG Auditorium. Student prices are always $6 for symphony events. For adults, prices for UNCG are reduced to $23, $20 and $17, half their normal price. To order these discount tickets, call the box office at 336.335 5456, ext. 224, and give the code UNCGWP.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Visual: UNCG Dance alumnus Emmanuel Malette ’16 from “Comanche: Rescue,” a film by Duane Cyrus and Jonathan Garris. Photo by Candi Yi.

UNCG welcomes record freshman class

091416feature_freshmanclassThis fall, UNCG continues to make history and break enrollment records.

“I’m pleased to announce that this year marks the largest incoming new student freshman class in UNCG history with 2,852 new freshmen – a 2.8 percent increase over last year,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.

It isn’t just the freshman class that’s growing, either. UNCG’s total number of students has continued to rise over the last three fall and spring semesters.

The university’s total headcount enrollment increased 1.3 percent over the last year, from 19,393 in 2015 to 19,653. The number of students seeking a degree increased at an even faster rate – 3.6 percent – from 18,224 to 18,879 over the same period.

Students are taking more classes, too. Fundable student credit hours have risen 3.7 percent since fall 2015, in part because of UNCG’s growing distance-education programs, which have grown nearly 30 percent over the last year as well.

“It’s exciting to watch our enrollment continue to grow,” Gilliam said. “It means more and more students are recognizing UNCG as the world-class university that it is.”

By Jeanie McDowell

2016 International Housekeepers Week

Several members of Housekeeping

Several members of Housekeeping

International Housekeepers Week will be marked at UNCG the week of September 19, 2016. Events will include:

Awards Day (Guest Speaker, Jorge Quintal)
Tuesday, September 20, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Organ Hall, Music Building

Lunch Social
Wednesday, September 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNCG Police Station

Zone Appreciation Days
Thursday and Friday, September 22 – 23

This week is a great time to show appreciation to UNCG’s housekeeping staff members for the essential work that they do for students, faculty and staff.

More information is at https://international.uncg.edu/Fall%202016%20Special%20Print%20Issue.pdf.

Call for volunteers for Chancellor’s Installation

The Chancellor’s Installation will be Friday, Oct. 7. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and immediately following the ceremony is a community celebration on campus from 3:30-5 p.m.

“As for previous ceremonies like this and for our annual commencement, we are counting on volunteers from the campus community, leading up to and throughout that day, to make this special event in the life of the university a rousing success,” says Dr. Dennis AsKew (School of Music), chair of the Chancellor’s Installation Committee.

He has asked campus leadership to forward a call for volunteers to appropriate staff, with instruction/request for them to obtain approval first from their supervisors. For those who are approved and would like to volunteer, he asks that they complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/PP1bq2nqYt14L0nh2

Questions? Email Linda Dunston-Stacey at lrdunsto@uncg.edu.

Asian Autumn Festival will be Sept. 24; begins at 11 a.m.

091416feature_asianfestivalInternational and Global Studies at UNCG invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. This free event will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

The public is invited.

The festival offers fun and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, cultural performances and children’s activities. Everyone is welcome. Admission and parking (Walker Deck) are free.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Matlosz, ylmatlos@uncg.edu.

Update: The start time has been corrected. It begins at 11 a.m.

Lecture: ‘Forecasting the elections’

The lecture “Forecasting the 2016 Presidential & Congressional Elections” will be given by Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz. The event will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His areas of specialization include American politics, political parties, elections, and voting behavior and his research interests involve party realignment and political polarization in the United States and their consequences for presidential and congressional elections.

His recent book publications include “The Polarized Public: Why American Government is so Dysfunctional” (2012, Pearson Longman), “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” (2010, Yale University Press) and “Voice of the People: Elections and Voting in the United States” (2004, McGraw Hill).

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies.

UNCG Intercultural Lecture Series – Fall 2016

091416feature_lectureseriesUNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement presents an Intercultural Lecture Series this year.

The events for fall 2016 will be held in the Elliott University Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The Intercultural Lecture Series is designed to bring leading thinkers, educators and community leaders to UNCG for the purpose of advancing conversations on a variety of intersecting cultural and social issues. This series helps UNCG students become more aware of and engaged with the increasingly diverse and interconnected world around us all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
“Klan-Destine Relationships”

Over the last twenty years, Daryl Davis walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice.  On a quest to do nothing more than explore racism and gather information for a book he was writing, Mr. Davis eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods by Klan members who came to him to rescind their beliefs.  Daryl will take audience members on a thrilling first-person account of a Black man’s journey into the mindset of the Ku Klux Klan.  Filled with exciting encounters and amusing anecdotes, this presentation promises to empower the audience to confront their own prejudices and overcome their fears.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
“Transcending Trauma: If I fall who will catch me?”

Forgiving others is not easy. Forgiving ourselves is equally hard. Patty Grant’s youth was characterized by emotional, physical and mental abuse.  She barely finished high school because of constant bullying and threats to her life.  Patty’s journey to forgiveness has taken her from personal trauma to recovery.  Along the way she envisioned a way to help others heal and begin their own journey toward reconciliation.  Patty weaves a story that moves the audience through Indian boarding schools, survival, abuse, and addiction.  In dealing with historical grief and trauma, Patty found a way forward and has been teaching this concept to others ever since. Patty is a behavioral health consultant for the Cherokee.

The series continues in the Spring 2017 semester. UNCG Campus Weekly will preview those series events later in the semester.

Questions? Email aepenaes@uncg.edu or call 336-334-5090.

UNCG Social Work will host conference led by renowned psychologist

UNCG’s Department of Social Work will host a conference on Friday, Sept. 16, titled “Treatment of Adults with PTSD and Comorbid Disorders: A Constructive Narrative Treatment Approach.” Led by Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy, the event will examine how to provide integrative treatment for the comorbid conditions of PTSD and substance abuse.

The event is the inaugural conference for the Annual Joseph & Susan Dennison Social Work Continuing Education Series, established by Associate Professor Susan Dennison to provide presentations by distinguished speakers for the Triad and surrounding area.

The conference, designed specifically for social work professionals and graduate students, will take place in the Elliott University Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Registration has closed.)

Questions about event? Email Wanda Patterson at wdpatter@uncg.edu.

State of the Campus address on a Tuesday next year

The university is moving the date of the State of the Campus address to Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, beginning next August. The address will be on August 8, 2017. This move is in response to logistical challenges with holding the State of the Campus address on the first day of student move-in, and in the hope that more staff will be able to attend. (Many have been tied up with activities on move-in Wednesdays).

Alianza, UNCG Latino Faculty/Staff Association meeting

Alianza is UNCG’s faculty and staff organization for Latino and Hispanic issues. Since 2013, UNCG’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latino staff, as well as initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latino cultures and communities.

Alianza is inviting the entire campus community to join in at their first meeting for the school year 2016-17. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

The meeting will be held September 19, at noon, at the MHRA Building, 3rd floor faculty lounge, Room 3501.

For questions about Alianza, contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair for 2016-17, by phone at 336-334-3230 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu.

Dr. Asa Eger

Photo of Dr. Asa Eger. Dr. Asa Eger (History) received new funding from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for a book project. He will be co-writer of a book on the history of Antioch. He will write the second half of the book, covering the 5th century to the 15th century.

Dr. Tanya Coakley

Photo of Dr. Tanya Coakley. Dr. Tanya Coakley (Social Work) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Father intervention to prevent at-risk sexual behaviors in African-American boys.” African-American males between the ages of 13 and 29 are disproportionately affected by unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Little research has been conducted specifically on African-American fathers and their sons. Moreover, the abstract states, there is a lack of research to examine whether and how African-American fathers overcome barriers, such as their lack of knowledge and attitudes regarding talking with their sons about sexual health. The contribution of this research project is expected to be the development and testing of an innovative father-son intervention to prevent at-risk sexual behaviors in African-American males.

Ken Pearce, Facilities Design & Construction director

Photo of Ken Pearce. “It’s a beautiful campus,” says Ken Pearce, UNCG’s director of Facilities Design & Construction.

He joined UNCG in March, succeeding Fred Patrick, who retired earlier in the year.

In some ways the campus and architecture remind Pearce of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Classic and timeless,” he says, adding that newer styles have to fit. And at UNCG they do.

He notes that the UNCG campus is pedestrian-friendly and has nice, open expanses, compared to some other campuses. And you don’t feel the constrained hustle and bustle during class changes, he says.

“I have diverse experience,” he explains, in recounting his career so far. He has 10 years of supervisory experience in capital construction. How did he get his start? After graduating from NC State University with an engineering degree, he worked there before joining Cape Fear Community College. He is a registered professional engineer, a LEED accredited professional, and a member of the Innovations Committee of the NC State Building Commission.

You need to learn to build things first, he advises people just starting their careers in design and construction. By doing that first, you have better understanding for maintenance and everything else.

Some things about him you may not know:

  • Pearce lived in Greensboro six months as a kid.
  • He loves deep sea fishing. “Nothing like being 70 miles off-shore.”
  • He grew up in rural Johnston County. After spending years in North Carolina cities, he has a deeper appreciation for our state’s countryside, the quiet, the nighttime stars.
  • He enjoys sports and looks forward to the heart of the fall and spring Spartan sports seasons.

He is an engineer, with one eye on how to build it and another on how to maintain it.

“Everything is a problem,” he says, in a very positive manner. “I like to solve problems.”

He is here to help, as is his department, he explains. He know it’s a big responsibility – and an honor to play a big role in the campus’ current and future appearance.

“I take pride in what we will leave behind – our fingerprint.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Sept. 14, 2016

Artist’s talk, Hank Willis Thomas
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Kaplan Center for Wellness dedication
Friday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.

Greensboro Dance Festival
Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Geeksboro, Lawndale Dr.

Men’s soccer vs. Campbell
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

FOL book discussion: ‘Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay’
Monday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Asian Autumn Festival
Saturday, Sept 24, 2016, 10 a.m, EUC

Put your UNCG announcement on Market Street display

Does your department or program have an event message for the Market Street electronic sign? Perhaps you have a public event to promote in this way? See details and a form to fill out at https://urproc.uncg.edu/sign.shtml.

Faculty Convocation Sept. 14

UNCG’s General Faculty Meeting & Faculty Convocation will be held today (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) in the Alumni House.

Provost Dana Dunn will present remarks, as will Chair Anne Wallace.

Ages 8-12 will enjoy soccer, free Spartan match

The North Carolina Youth Soccer Association will be hosting a free soccer clinic for recreation players ages 8-12. The clinic will be held at the North Field of the UNCG Soccer Stadium on Saturday, September 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All participants will be recognized at the UNCG Men’s Soccer match vs. Campbell immediately following the clinic at 7 p.m. Admission to the match is free. You may email Jane Matejcik at jane@ncsoccer.org to RSVP.

See/hear: Sept. 14, 2016

 In the past two week, Campus Weekly readers have enjoyed videos shown at the 2016 Excellence Awards ceremony. This week, enjoy the third of the three films shows that day. This film highlights the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Research Excellence Awards, Student Learning Enhancement Awards and the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

Update: Export Control & Conflict of Interest programs

Two news items:


The Export Control and Conflict of Interest (COI) Officer reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNCG and is responsible for the development, oversight and administration of the university’s Export Control and COI programs. Dr. Lisa A. Goble ‘03, is a summa cum laude graduate from the UNCG Bryan School, and her PhD is in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill, where she focused her research on federal policy that has an impact upon the academic environment. She has been employed at UNCG since 2003, and was instrumental the early formation of the Office of Innovation Commercialization. In this new role, Dr. Goble leverages her experience with entrepreneurial faculty and provides guidance on decisions that have conflict of interest or import/export impact, and serves as a point-of-contact for UNCG on related issues. Her contact information is below:

Lisa A. Goble, PhD
Export Control & COI Official
Office of Research and Economic Development, UNCG
Office: 336-256-1173

https://coi.uncg.edu/                                    email: coi@uncg.edu

https://exportcontrol.uncg.edu/              email: exportcontrol@uncg.edu


Conflict of Interest Annual Reporting Deadline


The deadline for completing Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures is September 30, 2016.

Annual Disclosures are collected via the Activities, Relationships, and Interests (AIR) online module. Detailed instructions for completing disclosures via AIR can be found here.

UNCG has “best bang for the buck” of UNC System

Photo of Minerva. UNCG has the “best bang for the buck” of the UNC System schools, according to a recent ranking from Washington Monthly.

The university ranked No. 21 in magazine’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges,” surpassing all other UNC System schools. The university also landed in the top 50 nationally, coming it at No. 48.

“I’m thrilled to see UNCG recognized for excellence and accessibility on both a regional and national level,” said UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “This ranking speaks to UNCG’s commitment to provide each student with a high-quality educational experience, while maintaining an affordable experience for students of all income levels.”

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the Washington Monthly looked at factors pointing to affordability, accessibility and post-graduation success. The national ranking also incorporated excellence in research and service.

Qualities that made UNCG stand out were the high number of students receiving Pell Grants – 44 percent – and the percent of students repaying loan principal five years after leaving the University (ranked No. 6 of all colleges in the Southeast).

View the Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide here.


By Jeanie McDowell

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG Pedestrian Underpass takes a top prize in international design awards

Photo of UNCG underpass.UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass took top honors in the Institutional category of the the Collaboration of Art + Design (CODA) Awards, an annual international competition that judges design projects on their successful integration of commissioned art into interior, architectural or public spaces.

The 200 foot underpass with a footpath beneath railroad lines won in the Institutional category.  Projects were judged on the extent of collaboration between craftsman to integrate commissioned artwork into the design project, and the influence of that artwork on the overall design.

The underpass boasts a vaulted ceiling with ribbons of cast concrete painted in blue and gold.

In selecting the project for the top prize, one CODA juror stated, “Stunning. One does not normally think of tunnels as optimistic places, but this one is a bright, vibrant weave of color and panels of light.”

Wagner Murray Architects, P.A., a boutique commercial architecture practice in Charlotte, N.C., was the architect of the project.

Creative manipulation of light was a theme among the winning projects. Taking first place in the Public Spaces category was an oculus design in the student activity center at the University of Texas at Austin, a feature that floods the space with natural light and a programmed LED light show.  A riotous neon light installation gracing a landmark New York City hotel won in the Hospitality category.

The mission of the CODA Awards, now in its fourth year, is to recognize those building architecture and interior design projects that promote happiness, well-being and beauty.

Copy drawn from Wagner Murray release.

See additional Charlotte Observer report.

Weatherspoon and Revolution Mill collaboration

090716Feature_RevolutionMillUNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum and Greensboro’s Revolution Mill have partnered to present a painting installation by Raleigh-based artist James Marshall (aka Dalek) inside the newly completed Gallery 1250 space at 1250 Revolution Mill drive in Greensboro, NC.

Titled “Articulate,”Marshall’s design was inspired by a desire to both feature the angular geometries found throughout the historic mill building and set off the vibrant red that has been used as the signature color of its renovation. He created a composition in which interlocking and overlapping bands fit together to form an array of rectangles, diamonds, and bisected squares. His use of wall space emphasizes the height and depth of the gallery, while a cool palette of greens and blues contrast with, and give greater definition to, the hot red of the historic industrial duct work overhead. “Marshall’s installation is stunning” says WAM curator Emily Stamey. “He not only responded thoughtfully to the space, but used every inch of the gallery walls to dramatic effect.”

WAM and Revolution are working to make this installation the first in a series of ongoing WAMRev collaborations, reflecting a shared commitment to presenting bold and imaginative exhibitions and reaching new audiences. Nancy Doll, Weatherspoon’s director, says, “This collaborative venture supports our continuing interest in reaching audiences beyond the physical space of the museum building. In the last several years, board members and supporters also have expressed hope that we would someday have another location. It’s an opportunity for us to commission artists to create new and adventurous work that might live better in an experimental space such as the gallery at Revolution Mill. We are grateful to the Office of the UNCG Chancellor and to Revolution Mill for help in supporting the effort.”

Gallery 1250 is a new art space on the first floor of Revolution Mill’s newly redeveloped 1250 building. The gallery was designed in the center of the floor, with walkways through the space and large glass windows so that tenants and visitors can continually view and experience the art. The 1250 building is part of the 50-acre mixed-use campus, and is home to artist studios, creative office spaces. It also features a multimedia gallery for film installations, a café area, and an outdoor event and performance space named Revolution Docks.

This installation is the first in a series of ongoing collaborations between Revolution Mill and WAM that will take place in Gallery 1250. “Articulate” will remain on view through the end of 2016.

Learn more about this partnership at www.revolutionmillgreensboro.com/WAMRev.

Matisse originals, works by Kelly on view through Sept. 18

090716Feature_MatisseOriginalsA great exhibition featuring original works by Henri Matisse will close Sept. 18.

“Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection” is the exhibition.

With forty-five drawings from across fifty years of Henri Matisse’s career, Matisse Drawings provides new insight into the French master’s graphic work. Ranging in date from 1900 through 1950, the drawings reveal both Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman.

Curated by contemporary artist Ellsworth Kelly (who selected not only the drawings but also the frame choice and placement of the work), “Matisse Drawings” is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that features an interview with Kelly, Kelly’s original installation plan, and a special plates section reproducing all of the works in the exhibition.

Complementing the “Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection” is an exhibition of works by Kelly. It is titled “Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966” (see visual).

This was organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

“Matisse Drawings” and the adjacent exhibition, “Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, 1964-1966, are sponsored at the Weatherspoon by a generous gift from Jane R. Kearns.

Visual: Ellsworth Kelly, “Magnolia”, 1966