Erk Russell Inducted into Georgia Artist Collection

Please join us as Georgia’s Former First Lady, Betty Foy Sanders,
presents a portrait of Erk Russell by renowned Georgia artist, Steve Penley

November 5, 2010

2 o’clock in the Afternoon
Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection
Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University

For more information, please visit the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
or email


Erk Russell, by Steve PenleyErk Russell came to Statesboro in 1981 to restart a football program that had been dormant for more than 40 years. The master motivator led Georgia Southern to three national championships, engaging the local community as well as fans across the state and country.This dynamic portrait of the ‘Father of Georgia Southern Football’ honors a true icon, reminding us of Erk’s indomitable influence on our campus traditions and unsurpassed drive to instill pride in the Eagle Nation.

The portrait of Erk Russell, by Steve Penley, will be on permanent display in the Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection in the Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University.  Curated by Betty Foy Sanders since 1967, the Collection is the only one of its kind on a college campus in our state, and escalates in stature and legacy as Sanders continues to curate artworks for inclusion by notable artists with a connection to the state of Georgia—whether the artist is native to the state, the artwork is created with materials indigenous to the state, or the imagery is about the state of Georgia.In addition to providing for the Georgia Artists Collection, Sanders has established generous academic scholarships, student travel scholarships and opportunities for the art students of Georgia Southern University.  Through her generosity and model of excellence, Betty Foy Sanders has provided for the next generation of Georgia artists, and has honored Georgia Southern with this responsibility.

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