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The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Initiative

Artwork being accepted for 2016 Multicultural Juried Art Auction

Proceeds benefit the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarships

PEMBROKE – The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Initiative invites all artists to submit one piece of their work for our 2016 Multicultural Juried Art Auction and Dinner.

The annual fund raiser will be held June 24 in the University Center Annex at UNCP. The first 30 submissions received will be considered for inclusion in a 20-piece juried competition where once sold they will receive a 30% commission of the sale amount. This invitation is open to all artists working in any medium, including two- or three-dimensional works.

Jurors will choose three of the 20 selected pieces for a live auction. The remaining 17 pieces will be included in a silent auction. Both the live and silent auctions will be held at the event on June 24.

The 20 artists whose works are selected for the auction will receive a ticket for the evening’s event, including dinner valued at $50 and 30-percent of the sale amount for their piece. They will also be featured on the website and social media marketing this event. A keepsake program booklet will also feature the selected artists.

About Julian T. Pierce and the Initiative

All other proceeds will go to the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarships for deserving students at UNCP, Robeson Community College, and the Law School at NC Central University where Pierce attended law school.

Julian T. Pierce is remembered for his work to bring about great social change in the community. His message stemmed from inclusion and equality of all races.

He worked tirelessly to help low-income residents gain access to much-needed health and legal services. To that end, he was instrumental in founding Lumbee River Legal Services and Robeson County Health Care Corporation.

The Julian T. Pierce health center in Pembroke was named in his honor along with the Julian T. Pierce Administrative Complex of Legal Aid of N.C. Inc. in Raleigh. He was instrumental in the movement to merge Robeson County’s inequitable school systems into one school system to provide quality education for all.

His life’s work embodied honor, integrity and strength of character. In the years since his death, many people have been inspired by his life to seek positions never before held by minorities, to enter professional fields, including law, and to seek justice and equality for all.

Indians and other minorities have been historically underrepresented in the law field. The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarships are a means to continue his work toward education, equality and justice for all persons.

Artists may submit their work in one of two ways:

  • Send a high quality photograph (.jpg preferred) to alisha.locklear@uncp.edu by May 17.

  • Alternatively, artists may choose to bring their piece to the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Old Main Building at UNCP by May 19 for consideration by the jurors.

For more information, contact Alisha Locklear Monroe at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Old Main Building at (910) 521-6282. Operating hours for the Museum of the Southeast American Indian are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Once the submissions are juried, artists will be notified.

Physical Delivery of Chosen Work:

If an entry is chosen to be a part of the auction events, then the entries will need to be delivered to the Museum of the Southeast American Indian no later than June 13.

This very prestigious event has consistently raised a large amount of money for a worthy cause. We encourage all interested artists to participate.

For more information about the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship dinner, visit http://www.juliantpiercescholarships.org on the web.


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