Clay & Fiber – Fortuna Exhibition Featuring Artists Dr. Mitchell E. Henke and Mrs. Jennifer G. Newton

November 15, 2018 to January 11, 2019 stop by and enjoy viewing the Clay & Fiber-Fortuna Exhibit from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Gallery at Revelle Realty featuring artists Dr. Mitchell E. Henke and Mrs. Jennifer G. Newton who are on the faculty at Chowan University in the Graphic Communications program.

Fortuna, equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche was the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion. Fortuna is
often depicted with a gubenaculum (ships rudder), a ball or Rota Fortunae (wheel of fortune) and a cornucopia. She might bring good
luck or bad luck: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in  modern depictions of Lady Justice, and came to represent life’s
capriciousness. (

Please enjoy the results of the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random work touched by Fortuna.

The work presented begins with an idea, a vision, an intent. However, given the variability of natural materials, process, and the inherent influence of fortune, the intent is often transformed and results in unexpected outcomes. The coincidental and subjective movement in many of the pieces is desirable and represents the dichotomy between art  and craft.

Dr. Mitchell Henke is best known for his creative problem-solving approach to creating. He tends to incorporate past experience while exploring new processes and adapting practice to complement his style. “My goal is always to create something that has functional value and is aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes it happens”

Henke has a background that includes experience in photography, printing, paper making, wood working and metal working. He has two patents and awards for corrugated and paperboard packaging and is currently a professor in the Graphic Communication program at Chowan University.


In this body of work, Jennifer Groves Newton uses paint and fiber to explore the inherent tendencies of each of these materials individually. By giving the materials freedom to behave naturally – paint to flow, yarn to drape – she was able to generate abstract pieces that result from the artist’s reaction to material rather than, the usual, material’s response to artist.

After growing up in Windsor, Virginia, Newton earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Graphic Communications and Graphic Design from Chowan University, in Murfreesboro, NC. and a Master of Science degree in Print Media from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Communications in the Communication Arts department at Chowan University.  Photo credit:  Melissa J. Groves

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by The School of Fine and Applied Arts
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