Summer school can be a time to pick up a few credits at UNC Pembroke or to take unique and enriching courses.
Adam Walls and his ‘Creepy Crawly’
Two newcomers in UNCP’s Art Department – Adam Walls and Dr. Amy Tevelyan - are serving up opportunities to study sculpture and contemporary American Indian art respectively.
Art Department Chair Janette Hopper said the two courses represent a great opportunity for students this summer.
“After many requests from the community, we are offering Sculpture for the first time this summer and it will be an excellent course for beginners or more advanced students or community members that wish to study sculpture with our new faculty member Adam Wall,” Hopper said.
“Dr. Amy Trevelyan is an excellent teacher and well-known scholar in the area of American Indian art,” Hopper continued. “UNCP is fortunate to have her expertise and she is also an excellent teacher. Her course will give all students and those who are not usually able to attend classes for a variety of reasons the opportunity to take this special offering.”
First-year faculty member Adam Walls has already made a large impression on campus. His colorful and playful outdoor sculptures inhabit the Arts Quad in front of Locklear Hall.
In a class for beginners and advanced sculptors this summer, Walls will help students find their place as artist.
“I try to get my students to find their own voice, their vocabulary, their medium,” he said. “Summer is a good time to teach sculpture.”
Dr. Amy Trevelyan and a piece from her collection
Walls makes art that makes him happy and others find it fun too. It’s no surprise that Walls believes laughter should be part of the classroom, he said.
“It’s nice to have a class where you laugh through the entire period,” Walls said.
Dr. Amy Trevelyan, an expert in Eastern Woodland Indian art, will teach a summer course in contemporary North American Indian art.
“I would build an awareness among our art majors and the local community of what Native Americans are thinking about and creating today,” Dr. Trevelyan said. “Because this is an American Indian community, it is important to know how these artists define themselves and the world.”
One of the artists Dr. Trevelyan will study is James Luna, a installation and performance artist. Luna is a member of the Lusieno Tribe from the La Jolla Reservation, San Diego, Calif.
“Luna produces spectacular and wonderful installations, often on a large scale,” Dr. Trevelyan said. “His tribe is of particular interest to the Lumbee, because it is also a tribe without a historical name. It is named for a place.”
Dr. Trevelyan’s students will personally interact with artists across the continent in their research. Her students too will find humor in art.
“Some of these artists are wickedly funny and poignant,” she said. “Humor is fundamental to contemporary Indian artists.”
Dr. Trevelyan looks for the larger story in art and history as it reflects cultural themes and expression of identity. “I find American Indian art more profound and interesting and European art,” she said. “For instance, the metal work of pre-Columbian Eastern Indians is as complex as work by the Greeks or Romans during the same period.”
The bonze age of North America is an area of scholarly interest for Dr. Tevelyan, but she also has some local research interests.
“My hope is to study Lumbee artists to find what is distinctively Lumbee in it,” she said. “The artistic choices they make stem from their unique history and culture.
“I don’t know what I’ll find, but my hope is that it will shed light on the Lumbee and be helpful to them,” Dr. Trevelyan said. “I’m having a wonderful time living here, and I’m learning a lot.”
Summer school students need not be enrolled at UNCP.