2021 UNCP Art Alumni Biennial Juried Exhibition

On View in A.D. Gallery: September 30-October 27, 2021

Every two years, the Department of Art at UNC Pembroke issues a call for alumni to submit work to be chosen for a juried exhibition in the A.D. Gallery.   This year, we invited seventeen of our graduates to participate.   The resulting artwork on display through October ranges across multiple styles and media, including photography, imaginative figurative paintings, digital abstractions, video, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and drawing. 

This year's participating artists include John Rhodes, Stirling McKelvie, Amber Tyler-Elliott, Allison Ellis, Lilly Fowler, Reilley Jones, Isaiah Holley, Ashley Berdeau, Kris Williamsm Raven Aguilar, Courtney Cappa, Bonaventure Ogbaugo, Angel Crespo, Lemuel Subdias, Desiree Thomas, and Christian Happel.


Congratulations to our award winners:

1st Place:      Desiree Thomas, "Stuffed"

2nd Place:     Raven Aguilar, "Mirror Work"

3rd Place:      Angel Crespo, " Dispersal Unit"

Honorable mention:  Bonaventure Ogbaugo,  Courtney Cappa, Kris Williams, Ashley Berdeau, and Reilley Jones

All award recipients have been invited to have a solo exhibition in the Inner Peace gallery.

Juror Melvin Morris speaking at the reception


Juror: Melvin Morris

After graduating from UNCP with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Melvin founded the Inner Peace Center for the Arts in Lumberton, NC.   As a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the arts, he continues to support local artists and the arts within his community.  As owner and curator of the newly renovated IPCA gallery in downtown Lumberton, Morris remains committed to hosting a variety of art events including poetry slams, wine and paint, jazz nights and as well as high quality visual art exhibitions.   Morris and the IPCA were recently featured in the July 2021 Issue of Our State magazine as " A Beacon of Hope."