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Professor Ivy and His New Experiment: Beaufort Art Colony

“Woman’s College Trying New Experiment On Coast,” reported the Greensboro Daily News in June of 1938. Beginning in the early 1930s, the North Carolina College for Women (now UNC Greensboro) offered a course in marine science for a select group of students. Each summer, students applied to attend the course in Beaufort, North Carolina. Students […]

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Gregory Ivy: The Legacy of a Non-Conformist

Today’s Spartan Stories post was written by Arlen Hansen, a PhD student in History. Arlen worked in Special Collections and University Archives during Summer 2017, assisting with research related to the University’s 125th anniversary celebration. To the extent that UNCG is known as an “arts school” in North Carolina, much of the credit for that reputation […]

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The Coraddi Controversy of 1954

Page 15 of the Fall 1954 issue of the Coraddi, the art and literary magazine of the Woman’s College (now UNCG) featured a short story by student Mary Wells Edward titled “Dinah.” But, the page also contained an unrelated pen and ink drawing of a nude man. The drawing was done by Lee Hall, a […]

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Building a “Commencement House”

In May 1958, a beautiful new home opened in Greensboro’s Irving Park area at 2207 North Elm Street. The tri-level structure, constructed of cypress and previously-used brick – contained approximately 2350 square feet of enclosed living space plus a 484 square foot double carport, a 248 square foot storage and heating room, a balcony, and […]

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The Development of the Weatherspoon Art Museum: Bridging Art and Education

Elizabeth McIver Weatherspoon Elizabeth “Lizzie” McIver enrolled at the State Normal and Industrial School at its opening in October 1892. She was the younger sister of the school’s founding president Charles Duncan McIver. In fact, one of the drivers that led McIver to advocate for State Normal was the lack of reasonably priced institutions in […]

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Maud Gatewood: Southern Artist

Maud Gatewood’s senior yearbook photograph, 1954 (p. 81) Maud Gatewood was born and raised in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Her mother encouraged her to take drawing classes at Averett College in Danville, Virginia. Her sketchbooks show dozens of drawing of her mother. Mostly, seated and probably drawn while the subject was unaware. Maud spent her youth […]

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Pieces of the Past: Gwendolyn Magee Quilting for a Better Future

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, our Spartan Stories this month focus on remembering important people and events related to the history of African Americans and UNCG. Today’s post is written by guest authors Jordan Rossi and Lisa Withers, students in UNCG’s Graduate Program in Museum Studies. The exhibit of Pieces of the Past […]