PEMBROKE — Art history professor Nancy Palm has been named director of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s A.D. Gallery, and her first exhibition is already hanging on the walls of the gallery in Locklear Hall.
Palm is an assistant professor in the Department of Art, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. She is eager to contribute to the cultural experience at the university by continuing the prestigious exhibition history at the A.D. Gallery.
Currently on view in the gallery is the Biennial UNCP Art Faculty Exhibition.
“Art Department faculty members have pooled their talents in an exhibition that celebrates the full spectrum of areas in studio art and design: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and digital,” Palm said.
Featured artists include Joseph Begnaud, Julie Floss, John Labadie, Margie Labadie, Tulla Lightfoot, Carla Rokes, Brandon Sanderson, Ralph Steeds, Adam Walls, Cary Wilson and Scott Ziegler.
A reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The next exhibition in the gallery is titled “FABRICation” and is scheduled to open on Sept. 22.
Palm received a dual Ph.D. in art history and American studies from Indiana University in 2010. While maintaining an educational exhibition schedule, Palm also hopes to bring an interdisciplinary scope to the gallery by designing shows that explore the culture of music, design and material culture, in addition to the gallery’s already intense focus on the visual arts.
“Dr. Palm is well prepared to accept the challenge of managing the gallery, and I look forward to seeing her vision for its programs materialize,” said Richard Gay, chairman of the Art Department.
“Dr. Palm is a strong member of our art faculty, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. The A.D. Gallery is certainly in good hands,” said Mark Canada, dean of the College of Arts and Science.
Carla Rokes, who directed the gallery for seven years, was praised for her work. During her tenure as director, Rokes launched a biennial American Indian exhibition series and brought internationally renowned artists to the gallery.
“UNCP was very fortunate to have someone of Professor Rokes’ ability and character in this role. Every exhibition she staged was impeccably publicized and executed. She did an outstanding job,” Canada said.
“Being a gallery director is difficult, especially when combined with teaching responsibilities,” Gay said. “There are a lot of activities that take place behind the scenes to make exhibitions possible, and Professor Rokes has done a wonderful job. Her contributions to the community are greatly appreciated.”
For information about the A.D. Gallery, call Palm at 910-775-4264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.