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Visual and Performing Arts

The university is widely recognized for presenting quality visual and performing arts to multiple audiences.

Two major presenters are Student Involvement and Leadership and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Visual Arts

Visual art enthusiasts can enjoy frequent exhibitions of student work in the Mendenhall Gallery, as well as student, faculty and touring exhibitions in the School of Art and Design’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery. Campus is sculpture-laden, with work concentrated near the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, but also found in the Heart Institute, at the football field and beyond.

Additional exhibition spaces include the Spilman Gallery, located in the university’s main administration building, and Joyner Library’s Faulkner Gallery. Multiple locations on campus showcase work from the School of Art and Design’s extensive African Art Collection.

Performing Arts

Performing arts enthusiasts enjoy a plethora of opportunities to enjoy student, faculty and guest artist performances.

The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series stages world-class attractions. More than 400 artists, including Bill Cosby, Yo Yo Ma and the London Philharmonic have taken the stage in Wright Auditorium since the program began in 1962.

Family Fare, a series entirely for elementary-aged children, supports literature-based titles while grooming future arts audiences.

The School of Music’s flagship ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble and University Chorale. These groups present concerts throughout the community during the academic year. ECU Opera Theater presents two fully-staged productions annually. The NC New Music Initiative, Billy Taylor Jazz Festival and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival attract musicians at the pinnacle of their careers to teach and concertize.

The School of Theatre and Dance stages five productions annually under the nom de jour/ECU Loessin Playhouse. Student, faculty and experimental work is presented in the Archie R. Burnette Jr. Studio Theatre. Productions from the school regularly grace stages in venerable theatres in Goldsboro and Washington.

Student Involvement and Leadership’s Student Activities Board host two annual concerts. A homecoming event typically is held in Minges Coliseum. In the spring, students celebrate with attractions and live music during Barefoot on the Mall.