Art on Campus

The School of Art and Design manages a number of exhibition spaces within Jenkins Fine Arts Center and on campus. These venues provide opportunities for the campus and local community to engage with world-class art. In addition, the School is the steward of a number of collections and artworks on campus, including extensive African Art, ceramics, and printmaking collections.
The School of Art and Design supports the work of other galleries on campus through ongoing partnerships. ECU’s campus hosts a significant collection of artwork created by students, faculty, alumni, and other artists.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery has hosted work by students, faculty and staff, as well as local artists and traveling exhibits since it was established in 1977. The Gray Gallery participates in community events including monthly First Friday Art Walk along with symposia and lectures provided by visiting artists and designers. The Gray Gallery houses a number of special collections.

The Gray Gallery is located in the north-eastern corner of Jenkins Fine Art Center. The Gallery is open to all. Complimentary parking in the designated Gray Gallery parking spot is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Gallery is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Fridays. Closed on University/State holidays. The Gallery is closed between exhibitions.

Gray Gallery Staff

Maria Modlin, Prepator


Burroughs Wellcome Senior Gallery

Created as a senior exhibition venue, the Burroughs Wellcome is an experimental space that can shows last a week to a month. SoAD students and faculty can request the space through the School’s Main Office for exhibitions and critiques. The space is especially well suited to installations.

Students and faculty can schedule exhibitions in this space by emailing the Director. Students wishing to have senior exhibition in the space should review this information.

Outdoor Sculpture

Almost all the outdoor sculpture on ECU’s Main and West campuses is the result of the School of Art and Design — either student, faculty, alumni, or visiting artist work. The School maintains the sculpture with the support of ECU and rotates artwork regularly.


The Proctor-Younge House

The Proctor-Younge House, home of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, hosts exhibitions of faculty and local artists. Artwork is rotated with receptions celebrating each exhibition. The House is accessible Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. For more information contact Susan Phillips.


The Sonic Plaza

The Sonic Plaza is a public work of art that was commissioned by the state and resides between JY. Joyner Library and Joyner East buildings. The artwork was funded through the Artworks for State Buildings program, which was in place in North Carolina from 1989 to 1995, to “locate public art in places where people gather to live, work, play, or learn,” according to program guidelines from the North Carolina Arts Council. Through this program, artworks were commissioned for new public buildings using one-half of one percent of a building’s construction budget.

The Joyner Library Sonic Plaza consists of four elements designed to “activate the plaza and provide transitions from new to old,” according to Christopher Janney, the project artist. The four components of the Sonic Plaza include the Sonic Gates, the Percussion Water Wall, the Glockenspiel, and the Ground Cloud.

At the north end of the plaza, the Sonic Gates enhance the existing classical columns of the plaza entrance. As visitors through one of three entrances they will trigger a photo-electric cell, activating a tone from a speaker overhead. Across from the entrance to J.Y. Joyner Library, the Percussion Water Wall features  water jets that play a series of water mist patterns.

At the south end of the plaza, students and visitors encounter the Ground Cloud. This 12-foot circle of water mist over a grate is designed to “dance according to the whim of the wind, at times static, at times furious,” according to Janney. Just beyond the Ground Cloud, is the Media Glockenspiel—an 85-foot, multimedia clock tower. Within the face of this clock tower, 12 feet above the ground, is a circular ring of a dozen, 20-inch video monitors centered around a set of three-foot doors from which various elements will emerge four times a day. After its inauguration, as suggested by the artists, students under the direction of former professor Carl Twarog designed and created animations to play on the Glockenspiel. From the doors in the center of the clock face, different sculptures emerge four times a day. In 2017 Professor Carl Twarog worked with sculpture Professor Hanna Jubran to have students create and install new artwork in the Glockenspeil.

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Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library

Located on the second floor J.Y. Joyner Library on Main Campus, the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery hosts rotating exhibitions covering a range of topics. Annually the Faulkner Gallery partners with the School of Art and Design to host a graduate student exhibition, celebrating the work and achievements of graduate students in art.

For more information contact Charlotte Fitz-Daniels.


Student Center Galleries

The Main Campus Student Center Gallery is housed on the second floor of ECU’s beautiful new student center. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions annually ranging from student work to the work of visiting artists.

For more information please contact


Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Gallery

The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center leads with vision, compassion, ethics, transparency, and we always put our students first. We stay current with student development theory and cultural center best practices and develop tools to measure student involvement through the Center and its impact on student retention and persistence. Exhibitions of artwork focused on this mission rotate throughout the academic year.

For more information or to propose an exhibition please contact Associate Director Shaun R. Simon at


Health Sciences Student Center Galleries

The Health Sciences Student Center Galleries are housed on the first and second floor of ECU’s Health Sciences Student Center. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions annually ranging from student work to the work of visiting artists.

For more information please contact


Visiting Artists, Designers, & Scholars

Each year the School, led by student organizations—the guilds—identify and bring in approximately 20 visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Almost every week during the academic year there is a visiting guest lecture, workshops, portfolio review, or discussion forum. Recently our calendar included the Yes Men, Kally Malcom, Marcus Williams, Jessamyn Fiore, Alice Holleman, Frankie Flood, Jacqueline de Leon, Susan Feagin, Morgan Kennedy, and Steven Cozart.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1018 /

ADA Accommodation: 252-737-1018 /

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