Dwight M. Holland Ceramics Teaching Collection
Dwight Holland was a primary mover to bring art to the Asheboro area schools many years ago by becoming the first art teacher in their schools. Mr. Holland was also instrumental in establishing the Mooring Art Center in Asheboro which hosts the annual North Carolina Potter's Conference. Retired from a career as Curator of Design and Planner of the North Carolina Zoological Park, Mr. Holland returned to the Zoo as Interim Director for a year. He continues working during retirement by being involved with many national consultations on artificial habitats. His most recent project is the artificial rock outcropping in front of Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
In 1998, Dwight M. Holland of Asheboro, NC, approached the East Carolina University School of Art for the purpose of donating his extensive collection of pottery and contemporary ceramics. Mr. Holland's interest is to provide a "hands-on" experience to others with ceramic works that are ordinarily placed in "untouchable" museum collections. Since East Carolina University School of Art has a large studio ceramics program within North Carolina, the Dwight M. Holland Ceramics Teaching Collection is under development and is housed in Jenkins Fine Arts Center at ECU.
The online collection includes an assortment of master works from the teaching collection. Many of the Seagrove area works illustrate very simple and humble dirt dishes. Later Seagrove area examples include art ware which was made during Prohibition when pottery was shipped out on mule drawn carts. Contemporary pieces include ceramic artists from as far away as Russia and Estonia, and many famous American ceramists and potters.
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