NC Museum of Art Features Works by University of Mount Olive Art Majors

Several University of Mount Olive art majors have been recognized for their exemplary artistic skills by having their works displayed in a special juried exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art entitled Self, Observed.

Self, Observed is organized by the Museum of Art to coincide with the Rembrandt in America exhibition starting October 30, 2011, and lasting through January 31, 2012. Rembrandt van Rijn is a celebrated Dutch artist from the 17th century.  The exhibition celebrates the exploration of identity that occupied Rijn throughout his life.  The Museum of Art invited college students to submit original self-portraits for inclusion in the exhibition.  The University of Mount Olive students who submitted works were:   Chris Allen of Kenly, Georganne Carlton of Warsaw, Tami Grady of Goldsboro, Troy Herring of Mount Olive, Megan Jones of Four Oaks, Olivia Jones of Benson, Samantha Kennedy of Trenton, Josiah King of Faison, Lindsey Merryfield of Goldsboro, and Brianka Morgan of Goldsboro.
The North Carolina Museum of Art chose 42 submissions out of 163 entries to display during the duration of the exhibit. Among those selected were submissions by University of Mount Olive students Tami Grady, Troy Herring and Josiah King.  To view the works of Grady, Herring and King, as well as the rest of the University of Mount Olive participants, visit The website includes a biography of all the artists, as well as a description of their self-portraits.
“These students are passionate about their work and the impact their work has on their audiences,” said Professor Cheryl Hooks, chair of the Department of Art and Visual Communication at University of Mount Olive. “They also have an extraordinary command of both technique and personal aesthetic.  We are proud of them and this well deserved honor.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit