Christina Lorena Weisner featured in College of The Albemarle-Dare November/December Art Exhibition

By on November 9, 2023

“Sea Marks: Explorations from the High Arctic to the Outer Banks,” an exhibition of works by Christina Lorena Weisner.

College of The Albemarle (COA) is pleased to announce that “Sea Marks: Explorations from the High Arctic to the Outer Banks,” an exhibition of works by Christina Lorena Weisner, will open on November 15, 2023, in the Professional Arts Building at COA – Dare.

In June of 2023, Weisner took part in “The Arctic Circle Residency,” an annual expeditionary program for artists and scientists in which participants explore the High Arctic near the Svalbard Archipelago and the Arctic Ocean aboard a specially outfitted barquentine sailing vessel. Weisner’s residence on the Outer Banks, a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, and the expedition described above are the catalysts for the collection and creation of context-specific materials that take the form of sculpture, drawings, data, audio-visual materials, scientific and social studies that synthesize and reflect the complexity of the two unique locations – Earth’s polar ice cap and an offshore island in the Atlantic Ocean, and their perhaps not so obvious, relationship.

Weisner’s works in the upcoming exhibition focus on “sea marks.” Traditionally, sea marks are understood as landmarks, structures and devices that can provide warning and guiding signs to mariners – orange flags, channel markers, buoys and beacons. However, Weisner expands the definition of sea marks to include discarded objects found on the shore or at sea, unintentionally or intentionally: umbrellas, beach chairs, coolers, floatation devices, and other plastic items of great variety. These types of sea marks, Weisner says, “should similarly act as a warning and as an indicator of the necessary course that should be followed.” Such discarded materials can be found even in some of the most isolated regions on Earth, such as the North Pole, either intact or as microplastics.

The exhibition will run from November 15 – December 13, 2023. The gallery is on the second floor of the Professional Arts Building at COA – Dare, 205 Highway 64 S., Manteo, North Carolina. The public can visit the gallery Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The artist’s opening reception will be held on Wednesday, November 15th, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at COA – Dare.



Christina Lorena Weisner is a visual artist and an associate professor of art at College of The Albemarle. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpture and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in World Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (2006), and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of Texas at Austin (2010). In 2013 – 2014, Weisner was awarded a Fulbright Grant for Sculpture and Installation Art in Germany, where she worked on a series of site-specific sculptures based on the Ries meteorite impact crater. Weisner explores complex relationships between objects, humans, and the natural environment, from the organic to the technological, drawing parallels between the vast and the microscopic, the subjective and the objective. Her work invites the viewer to consider the deep geological time of water, rocks, and the landscape and the more fleeting existence of living beings through objects, technology, scientific instruments, and the discovery process. Weisner’s work helps widen our gaze without bludgeoning or delivering any final word. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC, and Mercatormuseum, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

For information, please contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA Director of Communications and Marketing, at or 252.335.0821 ext. 2420.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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