Sale to take place December 5-7 in Center for Art & Theatre
Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) announces the Fall Student Made sale (formerly known as Club Mud Exhibition and Sale), which will take place Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Georgia Southern University’s Center for Art & Theatre.
Artwork from all disciplines of the BFSDoArt will be showcased, including handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, print and papermaking, paintings, and photographs.
“Last year we were unable to host this sale, and we received numerous phone calls and emails asking what happened,” said Interim Chair Hans Mortensen. “We are glad to have the sale back this year and hope that the community will stop by and support our students.”
Jewelry and Metalsmithing Professor Christina Lemon explained that sale provides her students with beneficial experience and knowledge that a professional artist needs to be successful.
“Participation in sales are an educational opportunity for students to learn basics in marketing their work to the public,” she said. “They learn to create thematic jewelry series that appeals to a broad audience of the community as well as fellow students.”
Professor Emerita Jane Pleak began the tradition of the Department’s student art sale in 1985, and the first sale featured artwork from the 3D program. Pleak saw the event as an opportunity to teach students about the business of art and provide the community a place to purchase and learn about artwork. Over the years, the exhibition and sale has grown to become a campus and community favorite.
“People look forward to this sale each year,” said Mortensen. “It provides a great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork that makes the perfect holiday gift!”
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5th Ave. Christmas Window Challenge Returns to Downtown Statesboro
Georgia Southern students in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt), along with fashion, interior design and set design majors are again being challenged to design window displays worthy of a downtown Manhattan streetscape.
After a successful inaugural year, the 5th Ave. Christmas window-display challenge returns this year and features several new downtown retail locations. The event was started by Frills’ by Scott owner Scott Marchbanks as a way for students to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom and recognition for their talents. Last year’s competition drew attention from all who drove down Main Street, and this year the BFSDoArt and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority have joined forces to host a second year of 5th Ave. Christmas.
This year’s challenge features 11 teams that are currently working with businesses to create holiday windows based on a “Winter Wonderland” theme. Students met early in November to select one holiday décor item and one roll of ribbon to assist in the decorating of their window. Madame Couture’s owner Maria Proctor donated surplus holiday décor and Fleurish owner Tray Anderson donated ribbon for student use.
Participating businesses will have their windows covered for a 72-hour installation beginning Wednesday, December 4, while students are installing their designs. All windows will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. during the First Friday event downtown on December 6. The community will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite windows during the First Friday festivities, and voting will continue on the DSDA’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DSDAStatesboro.
Merchants participating in the window challenge include Bellies, Babies and Ballerinas; Merle Norman; Mary’s Linens; De Ja Vu Upscale Resale; Children’s Cottage Consignment; Main Street Bridal; Madame Couture’s Consignment Boutique; Bella Jay Photography; LA Waters Furniture; The Feathered Nest; and Sweet Cheeks Bakery.
The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) presents Narrowing the Margin, the 2013 Fall Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) thesis exhibition of Julian Strayhorn II, from November 15 through December 13 in the University Gallery at Georgia Southern University’s Center for Art & Theatre. The Department will host a reception on Thursday, December 5, at 5 p.m. in the Center for Art & Theatre. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the M.F.A. candidate, as well as discuss the ideas and imagery that shaped his work.
Narrowing the Margin investigates aspects of race and identity through comic-book imagery. Often inserting African-American figures within traditional comics, Strayhorn challenges socialized concepts of black identity. By installing large-scale African-American comic characters on facades of buildings, Strayhorn poses questions to the community regarding how history informs the present commentary on what society recognizes and what it overlooks.
“Like many within the graphic-design industry, Julian has become interested in utilizing public space to present information and elicit a response,” said Ed Rushton, BFSDoArt associate professor of graphic design. “This exhibition is a wonderful example of a student who is exploring all of the facets and possibilities of graphic design, from traditional print to installation and social awareness and even digital media.”
Dedicated to serving the public of southeast Georgia and the University community, the BFSDoArt is geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture.
“The Department’s Master of Fine Art graduate program is extremely diverse and offers degree specialization in two- and three-dimensional art, as well as graphic design,” said Marc Moulton, the director of the Department’s M.F.A. program. “Courses are specifically tailored to develop the professional practices necessary for contemporary artists. Our graduate-student body is dynamic, energetic and passionately focused on creating work that reflects its broad interests.”
Ceramic students contribute ‘largest singular monetary donation’ to Statesboro Food Bank
Professor Jeff Schmuki (pictured right) and his advanced ceramic students present the proceeds of the 2013 Empty Bowl Project to the Statesboro Food Bank’s Operating Manager Joe Bill Brannon.
On Monday, November 4, Joe Bill Brannon, the operations manager of the Statesboro Food Bank, stood in awe as Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s advanced ceramics class revealed the total amount raised from its efforts during October’s Empty Bowl Project.
The “big check” presented to Brannon totaled $5,425 that students raised by handcrafting bowls and selling them full of chili. As a part of the national Empty Bowl Project, bowls are sold with a simple meal and the bowl serves as a reminder of the many who are in need both locally and nationally.
“The students and I work all year long to prepare for this project,” said Ceramics Professor Jeff Schmuki. “Students come in on their own time, outside of the class, to make many of these bowls.”
Schmuki’s advanced ceramics class is a service-learning certified course, where students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs.
“The mission of this event is something I believe in, as well as something the students and community believe in,” said Schmuki, “and when we all work together that is when an event such as this will be successful.”
During Brannon’s visit to the ceramics studio, he explained the importance of the local food bank, stating that one in seven American families are on food stamps. In Bulloch County, the food bank serves a hot meal to upwards of 700 people two days each week and provides canned and frozen foods to those in need. Brannon also mentioned that he has learned that there are students on Georgia Southern’s campus who are in need, proving that the need is growing.
“The only way to do what we [the Statesboro Food Bank] do is through donations of food or money,” he said.
Brannon also announced to students that the food bank would soon relocate to the former Julia P. Bryant Elementary School building located off West Main Street. With the move, Brannon said that the Statesboro Food Bank hopes to open its doors for five or even six days a week to serve hot meals at lunchtime, efforts which will require continued assistance and support from the local community.
“It can only happen because people care, and not only that but that people know about the need,” said Brannon. “Everyone who helped with this project deserves a heartfelt thanks from everyone here in Bulloch County.”
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Book published by Caroline Williams
Traveling the around the world, Caroline Williams has photographed and studied art and architecture in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, as well as Egypt. On Wednesday, November 6, Williams will visit Georgia Southern University to share her knowledge of the spiritual dimension of Islamic art.
Join the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at 5:30 p.m. in room 2071 of the University’s Visual Arts Building, located at 223 Pittman Drive, to hear Williams speak first-hand about her experience of the Islamic art traditions and religious context. Following the lecture, a reception featuring traditional Arabic cuisine will be held. This event is free and open to the public.
Unlike that of many world faiths, Islamic religious artwork is non-figural. Muslim mosques are beautified with inscriptions and rhythmic linear and geometrical patterns. Williams will discuss how this detailed yet abstract decoration possesses evocative meaning to the Islamic faith.
“William’s scholarship, grace and generous nature make her one of our most valuable and cherished colleagues in the field of Islamic Studies,” said Art History Professor Dr. Tiffanie Townsend. “I am honored that she has accepted Georgia Southern’s invitation to speak, and I know that our students, faculty and staff, as well as the Statesboro community will benefit greatly from this opportunity to meet her and learn from her, as I have.”
From the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, Caroline Williams (MA, Middle East Studies, Harvard University, 1966; MA, Islamic Art and Architecture, American University in Cairo, 1971) alternated between Cairo, where she concentrated on the architecture and urban transformations of Cairo, and Austin, Texas where she taught courses that incorporated her fieldwork at the University’s Middle East Center.
Williams is currently an adjunct lecturer at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a consultant for auction houses on Egyptian views and subjects. She published Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide (6th edition, 2008), and a video/DVD which describes Cairo’s Islamic heritage in a three part presentation.
The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians & industry executives. As an accredited member National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and pending accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC), the department offers a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the practical, theoretical and historical aspects of the visual arts. For more information about the department, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/art.