Gregory D. Ivy: Making North Carolina Modern

  • Nov 4, 2005 – Feb 19, 2006
Gregory Ivy, "Stones, Shells and Bones", 1950, varnished casein on
Masonite. A Gift from the Estate of Naomi Ivy, 1989.

Gregory Ivy (1904-1985) founded the art department at Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1935. He was also the founder of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the individual most responsible for its institutional philosophy.

Ivy is also identified as an important mid-century modernist who worked with a hard-edged, non-objective visual language that could communicate universally, independent of time-specific or culture-specific imagery.

Through both his leadership and his art, Ivy contributed to the cultural life of North Carolina in numerous significant ways. This exhibition, organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will serve to reintroduce Ivy into the general academic studies of North Carolina history. A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Image shown at right: Gregory Ivy, Stones, Shells and Bones, 1950, varnished casein on Masonite. A Gift from the Estate of Naomi Ivy, 1989.

On November 13, 2005, the museum celebrated the opening of the Gregory D. Ivy exhibition and was treated to a guest lecture by Dr. Lee Hall. Dr. Hall was the former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, alumna of Women's College and a former student of Gregory Ivy. Her lecture, “The Amazing Journey of Gregory Ivy's Super-Modern Spacecraft” is available (in PDF format) for downloading. With Dr. Hall's gracious permission, we invite you to view her thought-provoking speech (one that has been repeatedly requested since the Ivy opening) in its entirety, complete with historic Ivy images and artwork.  Contact the Weatherspoon for more details.




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