Rain or Shine – ArtsFest is Set to Ignite Sweetheart Circle!


On Saturday, April 5, Sweetheart Circle will come alive as nearly 5,000 people gather to celebrate visual and performing art at the 32nd annual ArtsFest. This free festival, hosted by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University, welcomes the community to become an artist of their own at our ArtStops while enjoying performances, food, and the local Artist Market. Festivities will take place from 11 am until 5 pm. 

“ArtsFest is way more than just an arts festival, it is a wonderful way to meet others in the community while learning to truly appreciate both visual and performing arts!” explains Lauren Mullins, Public Relations Intern for ArtsFest.

This year, ArtsFest invites patrons to watch an igniting display as our headline performers, Balefire, bring the magic of fire dancing from Atlanta. Gather around the community stage and rock out with the rising stars of Pladd Dot Music’s School of Rock and watch the Georgia Southern’s Mischief Makers in their performance of trickery.

Creative juices will be flowing through Sweetheart Circle as festivalgoers create their own artwork at 30 different ArtStops. With more community and organizational involvement this year than ever before, we are thrilled to introduce many new ArtStops alongside our community favorites. ArtStops allow participants to explore types, techniques, and art media while learning about various subject matters not always pertaining to fine art. Patrons can paint, sculpt, measure a fish, fractalize art, create paper flowers, tie-dye an ArtsFest t-shirt, graph sound waves, learn to dance, and much more - all for free! Not to mention, guests can grab some grub and admire one-of-a-kind artwork made by local Artisans in the Artist Market.

“Not only is ArtsFest quite possibly the largest public service event Georgia Southern offers, it provides a platform for our budding performers to build confidence in a social setting and our young artists to exemplify problem solving skills by offering multiple perspectives through creative thinking,” says ArtsFest Director Stephanie Arends Neal.

ArtsFest is a non-profit event made possible by community and student volunteers. The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art takes prides in giving back to the local community while offering events and services to provide students with valuable professional and leadership experience. ArtsFest’14 is supported in part by Georgia Southern University’s Campus Life Enrichment Committee, Averitt Center for the Arts, Campus Evolution Villages, Pizza Hut, and Wal-Mart.

For a complete list of supporters and festival guide visit ArtsFest at

Students to be Recognized for their Outstanding Achievements

Friday, April 4 in Visual Arts Building; 5pm

Please join the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art as they honor their undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements.

In addition to recognizing nearly 20 students chosen for the their 2014/15 scholarships, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will also announce the winners for the undergraduate juried exhibitions, Form & Content and Juried. The exhibitions will award students with title such as Best of Show, Best Drawing I, Best Drawing II, Best 2-Dimensional Design, and Juror’s Choice.

Following the Awards Presentation, the BFSDoArt invites everyone to the Center for Art & Theatre to view the exhibitions while celebrating student achievements with refreshments and merriment.

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Dendy

Steven Dendy
Graphic Communications Management Alumni

1. First & Last Name:  Steven Dendy

2. Degree & Graduation Year: 1994 B.S. in Printing Management

3. Where are you currently working?  Huhtamaki, currently in De Soto, KS

4. What types of jobs (& where) have you held in the past?  I worked for a couple of years in the Eagle Print Shop on campus running the printing presses and copy machines.  Upon graduation I went to work for Rock-Tenn Company I held numerous jobs from Quality Coordinator, Traffic Manager, Assistant Plant Manager and Plant Manager.  In 2001 I became the Plant Manager for Paris Packaging in Andalusia, AL held this positions through a couple of acquisitions, the last one being with Huhtamaki.  Most recently I have been promoted to Director of Operations – Folding Carton for Huhtamaki where my responsibility will be overseeing four folding carton plants (Andalusia, AL , Paris, TX, Hopkinsville, KY and Franklin, OH)

5. What is your favorite part about your job? Working with people.

6. Recent Successes? Promotion from Plant Manager to Director of Operations Folding Carton

7. Current Projects? Optimization of Folding Carton Production through four plants for optimal production and customer service.

8. Where &/or how are you inspired?  I was raised around printing and folding cartons.  I loved going to the folding carton plants with my dad.  I worked out in the plants while going to college in the summer and love working with the people on the machines.  I am inspired by the production people in my plants from the lowest paid worker to the plant managers.  These people are the reason I go to work every day.  I love seeing what you can do with ink and paper.  The challenge of a new account and delivering the product to the customer,  meeting or exceeding their expectations that is what keeps me going.

9. Most memorable moment/experience studying your degree at Georgia Southern?  Taking the introduction to Printing Management and the conformation that I had chosen the right major for my degree and career.  Any day in the computer lab with Dr. Jim Holmes!

10. If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated what would it be?  That Snooky’s would close!  I would have eaten there more often!

11. Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I just achieved what would have been my 10 year goal.  Now I would like to see our organization as the number one food service packaging provider in the US.

12. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Yes,

13. Favorite program/machine to use, and what it is used for?  Any wide web Flexographic printing press or Lithographic printing press.  Nothing is better than the smell of blanket wash in the morning!

 14. Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students?  Realize that Georgia Southern University gives you the knowledge for your career.   It is your hard work and determination that leads to success in your career.

 15. Favorite color? Blue

Graduate Student Exhibition Opens April 4

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The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) on the campus of Georgia Southern University each year is the home of a select group of artists vying for a Masters of Fine Arts in their chosen medium. The three-year path guides them to clarify a thesis focus, but it also refines these artists into professionals who will spearhead their artistic voice in regional and national circles.

The Averitt Center for the Arts marks First Friday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for the opening of Graduate Fusion, a show of current works from the graduate program of BFSDoA at GSU during the month of April. The show will include both two- and three-dimensional paintings as well as sculpture. Exhibiting artists are Scott Foxx, Claudia Furlow, Dianne Johnson, Michael Lesh, Brandon Strode and Ruth Patel.

Foxx, a native of Savannah, Georgia, investigates the blurred line between the temporal world of actual experience and the simulated worlds of our digital age. Furlow, from Shenandoah, Virginia, examines the textures and patterns of animal tissue in oil on canvas. The designs of Dianne Johnson, of Sheffield, Alabama, employ the multiple functions of jewelry both as body adornment and sculpture. Michael Lesh, of Columbus, Georgia, infuses skateboard culture into forged works. Brandon Strode, of Canton, Illinois, explores the subconscious in his assemblages. Ruth Patel, of Huntsville, Alabama, probes how the instability of memory alters recollection of mental and physical space.

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at Georgia Southern University is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians, and industry executives. Georgia Southern’s MFA degree program guides the graduate student toward competence in specific art media while addressing that in contemporary art the boundaries of various disciplines often consciously cross when relevant to student conceptual and production goals.

Offering a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the practical, theoretical and historical aspects of the visual arts, the BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is pending accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC).

First Friday in Statesboro offers a celebratory atmosphere for shopping the best from local vendors, downtown merchants and local cuisine. The Averitt will also host the music of the First Baptist Big Band Orchestra, The Starlights, in the Emma Kelly Theater. 

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Averitt Center for the Arts

BFSDoArt Alumni are in Residences, Exhibitions, & More!

Alumni from the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art are advancing their professional careers through residences, exhibitions, and more! 

Alla Parsons, Master of Fine Arts Alumna and Artist-in-Residence at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History has a solo exhibition, ‘Magic Realism’ at the Danville Museum in Danville, Virginia until May 25, 2014. Additionally, one of Alla’s watercolors was accepted into the Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Show in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Kristina (Brennan) Hall, Master of Fine Arts Alumni, has been actively involved with Gilmer Arts in Ellijay, Ga. She recently served as the juror and gallery designer for the National Exhibition “Work of Nature,” and she is continuing to work on her own bodies of artwork. One inspired by her time at Georgia Southern University and the other is from living in North West Georgia.

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