The Wyche Gallery, located upstairs in A Building, features work by local and regional artists. It offers an educational opportunity to our students and community through exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and artist workshops. New exhibits are on view every six weeks during the Spring and Fall semesters. The Student Art Show, held each April, features work created by students in the studio courses during the academic year. Funding for the gallery is provided by the SCC Foundation.
Exhibitors: Tonya Holy Elk Locklear and Margie Beth Labadie
The exhibition “Women of the Red Earth” gives a view through the Indigenous lens and features the poems of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear, who is Lumbee/Oglala Lakota, and the visual art work of Margie Beth Labadie, who is Ashkenazi-Levi. Visually striking Native American objects entice viewers to come closer to read newly written, untold histories of Native Americans who continue to struggle in an overwhelmingly non-indigenous United States. This Native American – non-Native American collaboration crosses cultural boundaries and open up lines of communication between all communities. Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the afternoon discussion and attend the opening reception to learn more about the poetry and art from Earth Women Arts. The companion book, “Women of the Red Earth” will available this December through their website, EarthWomenArts.com.
Reception: Thursday, January 25, 5-7 p.m. There will be a “Talking Circle” from 5-6 p.m. This is an open discussion with the artists and all who wish to join to share ideas and experiences on contemporary issues in the Native American community.
Barbara Bailey-Smith currently teaches at Little River K-8 School in Durham, NC. She has developed and taught a course for integrating the arts with other curricular areas for North Carolina Central University’s School of Education, is an Educational Consultant, as well a consultant for CRAYOLA, and a professional artist, specializing in Pet Portraiture.
Barbara is certified K-12 in Art Education, K-6 Elementary Education, and Curriculum and Instructional Specialist in Supervision ( UNC – Chapel Hill (1991). She achieved her National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Art in 2001 and renewed in 2011.
Barbara received an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of South Carolina (1987), a B.F.A. in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1979) and attended Penland School of Crafts for a concentrated study in weaving (1978) and basketry (1982).
Barbara has taught visual art in a variety of settings and to every age student from pre-school to college undergraduates. In addition to her current teaching positions, she has led professional development for the A+ Schools Program, and been an Assessor for the NBPTS for Early Adolescent and Young Adulthood Art. She also leads workshops about connecting the arts with other curricular areas throughout North Carolina. Barbara has served on the N.C. School Improvement Panel by joint appointment of the Governor and the State School Superintendent.
Barbara has received many honors and awards, including recognition as North Carolina’s Art Educator of the Year by both the NC Art Education Association (NCAEA) and the National Art Education Association. She has presented at regional, state and national conferences on arts education, curriculum integration, classroom management and leadership. Her work has been published in CRAYOLA’s Dream Makers Guides on integrated lesson plans in alignment with the National Standards for Arts Education. Barbara is also a practicing artist and her work art has been displayed in galleries across the state. She spends her time painting, reading, dog training and volunteering with her Therapy Dog, Casey.
Reception: Thursday, Thursday March 8 5-7 p.m.