Slideshow of Artist Kevin Reese Installing the Sculpture at NCDPI0000




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The North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) commissioned collaborative sculptural artist, Kevin Reese, to assist the organization in creating a mobile in recognition of the new standards comprising the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. This historic change in our state’s educational program is visually represented through the sculpture hanging in the lobby of the Education Building, which was installed on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The sculpture represents the many integrated components of the North Carolina Essential Standards and Common Core State Standards. Members of the association collaborated with the artist to generate representative images and symbols and created the parts of the mobile during the 2012 Professional Development Conference, Nov. 1-4, in Asheville, NC. In a landmark keynote address at the conference, the artist assembled the mobile, demonstrating the interconnection of physics and visual arts.

NCAEA has donated the sculpture to the Department of Public Instruction to hang from the atrium ceiling in the Education Building in Raleigh. It is the hope of the association that the sculpture will serve as a visual reminder of the great strides in education that our state is making and the balance in the curriculum that we continuously aim to achieve. The sculpture was formally dedicated to NCDPI following the State Board of Education Meeting in December 2012.

The North Carolina Art Education Association is affiliated with the National Art Education Association, and is the professional organization for all pre-service, elementary school, middle school, high school, higher education, retired and supervisory art educators. The mission of the North Carolina Art Education Association is to promote and improve quality visual arts education throughout the state. NCAEA focuses on leadership in our state and nation and on serving the community through arts education.

The Mural in the Education Building

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The main inspiration for this mural, which was a professional development activity for North Carolina art educators and students, was to create a composition illustrating and celebrating all of the arts and other curricular areas. For example, children exploring leaves with a magnifying glass for science, a boy with a violin for music, etc. This mural was to be educational from every angle, both in terms of what our schools offer, but also what our state represents.


Raphael's "The School of Athens" was the backdrop, or inspiration for the composition. The overriding concept of "knowledge" is carved into multiple languages in the clay tiles, including braille, and also "signed" by a child in the upper right corner. The columns on each side depict the symbols of North Carolina, such as the emerald, the sweet potato, the cardinal, etc.


The components were completed in the Gaddy Hamrick Art Building in the 3-D Studio and Art Education classroom at Meredith College in Raleigh, and then moved to the Education Building for installation. Lisa Pearce (Meredith College) and Rebecca Bailey (retired from Meredith College) installed the mural, where it was covered with a curtain until its unveiling to the State Superintendent and other invited dignitaries during a special ceremony.

The Education Wall outside the Education Building

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The Education Wall
by Vernon Pratt and Georgann Eubanks
Education Building
Government Mall
Raleigh, North Carolina

"The red granite wall was once a vast, empty, rock-hard canvas. Now sandblasted and colored with words and other symbols, the education Wall celebrates the native wisdom of North Carolina's people."