Mark Gordon teaching ceramics in the Dominican Republic

Sculpting Minds and Inspiring Futures

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by Kirk Butts At first glance, finding a connection between a potter’s wheel and a college degree seems like a futile effort. It might even be considered a “stretch.” Take a moment though, and look a bit closer. Throwing a pot is hard work. It takes focus, ambition, and, most importantly, imagination. The artist must have a goal in mind, and must follow that goal to the end, even if it changes and evolves along the way. Sometimes, it is necessary to start over and begin again. When you think about pottery in this context, each action echoes the efforts it takes to earn a degree. And with that, a […]

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Barton Adds Lacrosse and Swimming to Athletics Offerings

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(by Benny Benton, Sports Information Director) WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will add women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s swimming as intercollegiate sports beginning with the 2016-17 season, school officials have announced. Barton College President Douglas Searcy first shared the news publicly at a quarterly meeting of the institution’s faculty and staff. “As we add new students to our campus community, we focus on choices that strengthen academic programming, positive campus experiences, and provide mentorship to support student learning and engagement,” Searcy said. “Based on our research, these teams best fit with our current athletics infrastructure, meet our academic and enrollment goals, and contribute to the quality of campus life […]

Barton College Names New President

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WILSON, N.C. — Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D., was announced as the 12th president of Barton College on Friday, January 9, 2015. Dr. Searcy was elected by the Barton College Board of Trustees during a called executive session on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  A search committee composed of trustees and representatives of the faculty, staff, and students recommended Dr. Searcy to the Board of Trustees at the conclusion of an extensive national search.  Dr. Searcy is currently Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he is regarded as a decisive leader, skillful collaborator, and strategic visionary. Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College […]

Barton Students Prepare Christmas Gifts for Children in Need

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WILSON, N.C. – The Christmas Spirit is strong at Barton College. Students, along with faculty, staff, and others across the campus and Wilson communities, came together to gather items and prepare gift boxes just in time for the holidays. The efforts are all a part of Barton’s support for Operation Christmas Child. Dozens of First-Year Seminar (FYS) students crowded Kennedy Family Theatre before Thanksgiving break. Eleven FYS classes packaged nearly 200 gift boxes full of special items both purchased and collected. Barton’s Office of Admissions, the Student Government Association, and others donated items for each box. “FYS classes gathered items for boys and girls in three different age groups,” explained Dr. […]

Grubb Installs “Voyager” Sculpture on Barton’s Campus

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Time Lapse of the Installation   Raising “Voyager”   North Carolina artist Tom Grubb, assisted by Barton faculty and students, installed “Voyager,” a sculpture composed of bamboo and colored rope, on Barton College’s east campus on Sept. 19. Grubb has been a professional artist installing monumental site-specific sculptures in the United States and abroad since 1980. He was the executive director of the Fayetteville Museum of Art from 1990 through 2010, and, prior to that appointment, he was the interim director and artist-in-residence at the Museum. He funded his studies in graduate school by working on ships in the North Atlantic Ocean as a crewman and eventually as captain. His education […]

Gordon Showcases Work in “Art of the Auction”

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WILSON, N.C. — For the third consecutive year, Barton College art professor Mark Gordon will have a ceramic work included in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s “Art of the Auction.” This juried benefit exhibition of donated artworks will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the East Building at the Raleigh museum. This year’s featured piece by Gordon is a large, wheelthrown, glazed earthenware bowl that measures 18” x 18” x 3”. The ceramic work is titled “Ripple Bowl,” noting the slip-decorated edging. Gordon formulated the non-toxic glaze for the bowl using copper for green and cobalt for the blue rim. END