The Art Department presents "Universe of the Mind"
Kesha Williams August 23, 2006
The Art Department at Elizabeth City State University presents "Universe of the Mind,"
a collection of sculptures by East Carolina University Professor Hanna Jubran, in
the University Gallery of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center.
Jubran is a professor of art and sculpture in the ECU School of Art and Design.
He earned a MFA in sculpture with a minor in ceramics and a BFA in sculpture/ceramic
with a minor in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Jubran's work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture
occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. Jubran
says his work does not rely on one media to evoke the intended response, but takes
advantage of compatible materials such as wood, granite, steel, stainless steel, iron
"If a goal is sought either consciously or unconsciously in the form of a work of
art, one must solve innumerable problems and make innumerable decisions in order to
achieve that end," Jubran said. "One of many decisions I have made is maintaining
and preserving the natural quality of the materials I work with. Each sculpture occupies
and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings."
Jubran has participated in hundreds of exhibits, international symposiums and conferences.
Some of his most recent activities include: The creation of "A Monument to a Century
of Flight" in Kitty Hawk, N C; The International Sculpture Biennale in Chaco, Argentina;
The Elements of the Earth Symposium at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Sabile, Latvia; The
International Wood Carving Symposium in St. Blasien, Germany and many more. Every
symposium Jubran participates in, the sculpture created is retained as part of the
town or the organization's permanent collection. Hanna is consistent in his pursuit
of creating enjoyable sculptures for private and corporate collections.
He's won many awards including the Great Eastern Management Prize for Best in Show
2005-2006 from the ArtInPlace Foundation of Charlottesville, Va. In addition to the
work on display now in ECSU's University Gallery, Jubran has a sculpture on display
outside the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit at ECSU is free, and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekdays. It is part of the Lyceum Series. For more information, please contact the
ECSU Art Department, 252-335-3347.