Call for Entries: 2016 Niche Awards

NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2016 NICHE Awards in both Professional and Student divisions.

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions. Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, a prestigious panel of judges is selected by the editors of NICHE magazine, including gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates.


Deadline: August 21, 2015

Fees: $40 for professionals, $20 for professionals who will be exhibiting at American Made Show in 2016, and $20 for students

Awards: After the judging process is complete, and counts are tallied, the top-scoring pieces—5 in each category—become NICHE finalists. Out of these five, the highest-scoring piece in each category wins the NICHE award.


Call for Entries: Creative Quarterly 40

Michael Ward


Creative Quarterly is looking for the best art, advertising, design, illustration and photography done in the past six months. Professional or student. Judged by an editorial staff of award-winning graphic designers, a former judge for Communication Arts annual and represented in The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from around the Globe, a judge for the Society of Illustrators, Print Regional Design Annual and regional and national advertising and design competitions. Recently named one of the top 100 art and design publications in the world, Creative Quarterly accepts professional and student entries from all parts of the globe.

Categories: advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration and fine art.

Fees: Professionals are $30 per single entry, $55 per series—3 to 5 images for all published work, $20/$45; for recent graduates (from the last three years), $15/$45 and for current undergraduates or post graduate students, $10 per single entry, $20 for a series.

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Awards: Winners will appear in the Spring issue of Creative Quarterly and be exhibited in our online gallery. Winners will also be entered in our year-end juried competitions where we’ll select the top 100 pieces for 2015.


BFSDoArt Alumni Continuing Education

Congratulations to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Alumni who have continued their education!

UGA Jessica Golden (’13) is an M.A. candidate for Art History at University of Georgia in Athens.
UGA Megan Neely (’13) M.A. Candidate accepted into Ph.D. program for Art History at University of Georgia in Athens.
 USF Shanna Goodwin (’12) Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant for Art History at University of South Florida.
 GIG Michel Samawi (’11) received a M.A. in Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
UGA Lindsay Cox Duty (’00) is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant of Art History at the University of Georgia, Athens. Lindsay is currently an instructor for the Cortona, Italy Program.


Bielski’s Painting Accepted into National Exhibition

Sarah Bielski, Getting to Third

Foundation’s Professor Sarah Bielski’s painting, Getting to Third, was accepted into the 2015 IU East Inaugural National Juried Exhibition: Gender at the Whitewater Art Gallery at Indiana University East from April 9th through June 19th, 2015. The piece will also be used as the featured work on the cover of the exhibition booklet.


Georgia Southern University to Host 33rd Annual ArtsFest April 11

ArtsFest'13 Tie-Dye ArtStop, 2013, Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University

ArtsFest’13 Tie-Dye ArtStop, 2013

Georgia Southern University’s Sweetheart Circle will come alive on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as thousands of people are expected to visit campus, celebrating visual and performing arts at the 33rd annual ArtsFest.

Hosted by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, the free art festival welcomes and encourages the community to become artists for the day. Festival-goers can express their artistic abilities at more than a dozen ArtStops. ArtStops allow participants to explore types, techniques and media of art while learning about various subject matters. Patrons can paint, sculpt, craft a pattern, measure a fish, create paper flowers, tie-dye a commemorative ArtsFest T-shirt, repurpose materials, shoot a painted arrow, pet an instrument and much more – all for free. Guests can also grab something to eat and admire one-of-a-kind artwork made by local artisans in the Artist Market.

“ArtsFest allows our community, young and old, to celebrate the importance of the arts in our everyday lives,” said Stephanie Arends Neal, director of ArtsFest. “Through the arts, we develop lifelong skills such as decision-making, motor skills, collaboration, analytical and critical thinking, inventiveness, self-expression, confidence and cultural awareness. It has been an honor to be a part of ArtsFest and watching it evolve over the years.”

Neal encourages everyone, but especially youngsters, to visit as many ArtStops as possible during the event to get a well-rounded artistic experience. “Art can be delightfully messy, so be sure you wear clothing that can get as colorful as your ArtsFest experience,” she added.

In addition to the ArtStops, attendees can experience the musical talents of headlining acts, Those Cats, F-Beams, and Pladd Dot School of Rock & Roll.

ArtsFest is a nonprofit event made possible by community and University volunteers.

“ArtsFest is made possible because of individuals who have devoted their time and love of the arts to give back to the community and university. Volunteers and ArtStop hosts consist of community members and faculty, staff, students and alumni from Georgia Southern.” said Neal. “The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art takes pride in giving back to the local community while offering events and services to provide students with valuable professional and leadership experience.”

Learn more and plan your day at


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art • PO Box 8032 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5358 • • (map)