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Photography Internship: Georgia Forestry Commission

DEADLINE: APRIL 7, 2017

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is offering a 10-week summer internship that will give students access to all of these subjects and more!  GFC is a dynamic state agency that provides wildfire suppression, wildfire prevention, reforestation and forest management assistance to landowners throughout Georgia. Please see the Internship Announcement for more details. Interested candidates can apply by emailing their resume to hcowart@gfc.state.ga.us .


Davidson Fine Arts seeks Art Teacher

The Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Ga., has an opening for a middle-high school art teacher for the 2017-18 school calendar.  Davidson is a nationally ranked school, which excels academically as well as in the fine arts. It is a public magnet school that auditions Richmond County fifth-graders in math, writing, and in all of the fine arts.

The visual art department consists of three art teachers, part of a sixteen member fine arts department: Ballet, Modern and Tap/Jazz, Drama and Costume Design, Stagecraft, Chorale, Orchestra, Concert and Jazz Band, Piano, and Audio Visual.

For district information and the position’s posting, go to www.rcboe.org.

For questions, contact Dawn Moore Wiggins.


Student’s ceramic work accepted into NY show

MacKenzie Willard

MacKenzie Willard, Mac-a-lope (Animals are People Too), Ceramics, 2016

Ceramic work by MacKenzie Williard recently was accepted into a group exhibition at Local Project in Long Island City, New York. ANIMILIA was curated by Julian Calderon. It includes work from more than 60 artists. The show will be on view from March 2 – March 18. Willard is a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts student concentrating in 3D Studio Art.


Hines curates Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

Jessica Hines recently curated the 10th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at the East Carolina University Wellington B. Gray Gallery in Greenville, N.C. The exhibition features 85 pieces by 30 different artists from around the country, each capturing humanity in their own unique way. Hines also presented a lecture, “The Path So Far.”


Night Vision brings 1980s party vibe to Georgia Southern’s Contemporary Gallery

Claire Ashley
Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley’s large-scale inflatable paintings/sculptures combine humor, acidic color, and pop culture references in rebellion to art world tradition.

STATESBORO, Ga. – Inspired by Grace Jones’ iconic 1981 album “Nightclubbing,” Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley’s “Night Vision” uses humor, acidic color and absurd pop culture references to create large-scale inflatable painting/sculpture-hybrid work that rejects longstanding art world traditions. The exhibition will be presented at Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Feb. 15 – March 17. A lecture and reception will be Feb. 15. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Art Building, room 2071, with the reception to follow immediately after, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Art & Theatre.

“I wanted to bring Claire’s work here because it’s got a good combination of being challenging, while at the same time being fun and engaging. Art that poses big questions like what is art? or why is this art? Can sometimes be dull or stuffy, but Ashley’s work is anything but,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “The notion of a painting as an inflatable surface (rather than a flat plane) is an interesting one from a theoretical point of view, but is also just plain fun to engage: who doesn’t feel a bit like a kid again when surrounded by big, weird, inflatable objects?”

Ashley’s work is deeply feminist, and is particularly invested in exploding the structural possibilities of abstract painting, expanding kinetic possibilities for monumental sculpture and enlivening the dialogue around contemporary art by utilizing a deliberately egalitarian collection of humorous and formal entry points for multiple communities to engage with her work. “Night Vision” will transform the gallery into a nightclub-like setting using projections and internally lit inflating/deflating “breathing” painted sculptures.

“Claire Ashley’s work combines large scale–often considered, or at least intended to be read as, a sign of big, serious art–with a sense of fun and engaged interaction. The objects are painterly in ways that light up an art critic’s brain with interesting questions and problems, while also lighting up the pleasure or fun center of the brain. Much fun art is shallow, much ‘deep’ art isn’t necessarily fun or viscerally interesting, but Ashley’s work manages to bridge these divides,” said Hoelscher. “For that matter, as more and more of our cultural objects dissolve into the immateriality of screen space, there’s a real, visceral pleasure in being around objects and tangible things. With Ashley’s work the fun becomes serious, the serious becomes fun, and the two combine to pose important questions about, and challenges to, what we have come to expect from art experiences in this second decade of the 21st century.”

All events are free and the public is invited to attend. Read more…


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