We Are Who We Are

We Are Postcard

UNCP B.A. Senior Capstone Exhibition

On View: April 29 to May 12, 2021

Featuring work by:

Shelly Burton, Arturo Carmona, Amber Cranford, Juwan Lockhart, Sarah Nelson and Ian Schmude


The A.D. Gallery is pleased to present the student capstone exhibition entitled “We Are Who We Are.” This spring show is presenting works by six B.A. UNCP students: Shelly Burton, Arturo Carmona, Amber Cranford, Juwan Lockhart, Sarah Nelson and Ian Schmude. We are an eclectic group of artist with no hesitations, giving everyone a glimpse into our minds. It is now on display at the A.D. Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Shelley Burton’s series consist of three individual ceramic works; one is constructed with hand painted ceramic tile and the other two use different sized slip-cast ceramic skulls. She draws inspiration from a variety of perspectives relating to living life and dealing with death.

Amber Cranford stated, “For my Senior Exhibition I wanted to incorporate my Irish Heritage and childhood experience. When I was younger, my sister and I would carve pumpkins for Halloween. Jack-o-lanterns originally came from the Irish myth of Stingy Jack.  Because of this myth, people would carve lanterns from turnips and other gourds. Today, people use pumpkins. In this show I chose to create a representational painting of Stingy Jack, and used my childhood experience of pumpkin carving to hand-built and carved Jack-o-Lanterns out of clay.”

Sarah Nelson’s series is titled “Secrets; you tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine.” Her mixed media pieces have you trying to discover what the secret is. She states “We all have a secret, some smaller than others. Sometimes those secrets eat away at you till it is set free.” 

Ian Schmude is a digital and drawing artist. His theme is character art involving cyborgs and construction and deconstruction of identity. Schmude’s work will include a slideshow or video and two to three ink drawings.