Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship seeks submissions

julian p auctionPEMBROKE — The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Initiative is seeking submissions for its 2016 Multicultural Juried Art Auction and Dinner  which will take place on June 24, 2016 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 (2 or 3 dimensional works).

From the 20 selected pieces, 3 will be chosen by the jurors for a live auction, and 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, 2016. The 20 artists whose works are selected for the auction will receive a ticket for the evening’s event, including dinner ($50 value) and 30% of the sale amount for their piece, be featured on the website and social media marketing this event. A keepsake program booklet will also feature the selected artists.

Mr. Pierce is remembered for his work to bring about great social change in the community. He helped low-income residents get much-needed health and legal services. He helped found Lumbee River Legal Services and Robeson County Health Care Corporation. 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) where minorities have been historically underrepresented, and to seek justice and equality for all. The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarships are a means to continue his work toward education, equality and justice for all persons.

This invitation is open to all artists working in any medium (2 or 3 dimensional works). Artists may submit their work in one of two ways. Artists may send a high quality photograph (.jpg preferred) to alisha.locklear@uncp.edu by May 17, 2016. Alternatively, artists may choose to bring their piece to the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Old Main Building (UNCP) on May 19, 2016 for consideration by the jurors.

Pierce was the first executive director of Lumbee River Legal Services in Pembroke. The late lawyer helped build Robeson Health Care Corporation and was a driving force behind the Lumbee Tribe’s outdoor drama, “Strike at the Wind!”

A lifelong champion of the tribe, Pierce petitioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize Lumbees in 1987. He resigned his position at Lumbee River Legal Services a year later to run for a newly created judgeship in Robeson County, but was murdered before the election took place.

For information, visit www.julianpiercescholarships.org or contact Alisha Locklear Monroe at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Old Main Building (910-521-6282).

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