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Moth Project to Attract ‘Second-Shift Pollinators’

Pollinator Gardens, The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics

Pollinator Gardens, The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics

Georgia Southern University will host The Moth Project at various locations on campus from Thursday, September 11, to Wednesday, September 17.

The Mother Project, presented by PlantBot Genetics, a collaboration of Ceramic Professor Jeff Schmuki, of the University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, and Wendy DesChene, associate professor of Art at Auburn University, has received a grant from Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability. During its presentations, from 7 p.m. to midnight, The Moth Project creates fluttering -lights to attract insects and educates attendees on the importance of ecologically responsible power sources to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for humans, insects, and plants. However, the Project’s main focus is educating the public on the decline of pollinator populations and the need to preserve the environment while seeking alternative solutions for pollination.

PlantbotGeneticsLogo“Earth’s primary pollinator, the honeybee, is in rapid decline, and scientists don’t know exactly why,” Schmuki said. “Through The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics asks: ‘What if we had to rely on second-shift pollinators, such as moths, to pollinate our food and flowers?”

“This visually stunning project acts as the stage for a public art experience, cross-pollinating various disciplines, and further expanding an understanding of and appreciation for moths and other nighttime pollinators that are vital to the area,” he said.

While on campus, PlantBot Genetics will set up reflective-light tents alongside its ArtLab at several locations, including:

• Thursday, September 11: The Garden of the Coastal Plain
• Friday, September 12: Sweetheart Circle
• Monday, September 15: Sculpture/Ceramics Building
• Tuesday, September 16: Outdoor Classroom, Biological Sciences Building
• Wednesday, September 17: Fielding S. Russell University Union Rotunda
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During the public demonstrations, the ArtLab, an 18-foot solar-powered trailer that houses a mobile art space, will project videos of black-lights to attract moths, other nighttime pollinators, and people. The Moth Project’s lighten and projections are completely off-grid and solar-powered, freeing it from the tether of an electrical outlet.

Schmuki said that he expects the demonstration at the Garden of the Coastal Plain to attract the largest and most diverse array of insects, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will feature the Project in a Great Minds lecture before the demonstration on September 15. The Great Minds lecture will take place in the Biological Sciences Building and is free to attend.

After its weeklong study on campus, PlantBot Genetics will compile its Moth Project findings into a free pollinator field guide to catalog the moths and other insects that it identifies. The field guide will also contain information on the importance of pollinators and resources for those curious about backyard naturalism.

The Moth Project will return to Statesboro on Saturday, October 4, during the city’s Greenfest, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn.

Learn more about The Moth Project at Georgia Southern University.

The Moth Project’s on-campus study is made possible by Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability’s Sustainability Free Project Grant: Student Sustainability Fees at work! For more information about the Center for Sustainability, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/sustainability.

For more information about the Great Minds Lecture Series and to register to attend the September 15 event, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/class.

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Favorite Designs Theatre & Performance 2014/15 Season Promo

Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite designed promotional material for the major productions of the 2014/15 Theatre & Performance season.

Favorite is currently in her 3rd year of the BFSDoArt Graphic Design program and was recently awarded the Peter Smith Memorial Graphic Design Award

2014/15 Theatre & Performance Season, Georgia Southern University. Designed by Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite

2014/15 Theatre & Performance Season, Georgia Southern University.
Designed by Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite


Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern UniversityGeorgia Southern’s Theatre & Performance Program has a long-standing reputation for excellence in artistic achievement among industry professionals. While studying theatre at Georgia Southern, students have the opportunity to perform, design, and direct in two state-of-the-art performance facilities: The Performing Arts Center and the Center for Art & Theatre.

The Theatre & Performance Program is staffed by theatre faculty from the Department of Communication Arts. Performers are made up of students, faculty, staff and community members.

National Association of Schools of TheatreGeorgia Southern University’s Theatre & Performance Program is an Institutional member of The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).


2014/15 BFSDoArt Student Convocation

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At the beginning of every academic year, we invite all BFSDoArt students to join together to kick off the new academic year. During the BFSDoArt Convocation we welcome new students, introduce faculty and go over the year’s events and important student announcements. In addition, we hand out department goodies and invite others to do so as well (like Dick Blick and Utrecht)!

Convocation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Black Box Theater located on the first floor of the Center for Art & Theatre. Once announcements conclude, stick around for a free pizza social and meet your BFSDoArt faculty, staff and fellow classmates!

“It is important for students to take part in convocation because it creates an informative outline for not only the semester but the academic year,” said Department Chair Robert Farber. “This is a great opportunity for me to meet students and students to meet their faculty and classmates as well as learn about useful regional and campus resources for artists and industry professionals.”

As usual, the BFSDoArt has an exciting year lined up and we can’t wait to share our plans with our students.


Friday, August 22, 2014
1 – 3pm
Center for Art & Theatre


Derrick Buisch: Off Season in the Center for Art & Theatre

Derrick Buisch “Studio Notations (Upstairs Room)”
Silkscreen and oil paint on canvas
39 1⁄2 x 76 1⁄2 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University presents Derrick Buisch: Off Season from August 18 – September 19 on campus in the University Gallery of the Center for Art & Theatre. The exhibition includes an artist lecture Thursday, September 18, at 5 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building, Room 2071, followed immediately by an artist reception in the gallery.The events are free, and the public is welcome.

Derrick Buisch: Off Season features imagery culled from pedestrian subjects including maps, album covers, roadside signs, and commercial products. Informed through his practice of maintaining sketchbooks, Buisch creates distinctive images that present an extensive exploration of graphic motifs. Often influenced by aspects of music, such as LPs and zines, Buisch’s paintings and drawings are simultaneously playful, celebratory, and subversive.

“We are thrilled to show the work of Derrick Buisch,” said Marc Mitchell, the exhibition’s curator. “We live in a society where images and symbols are constantly around us – just look at the apps on our phones. Derrick Buisch explores the ways in which we can manipulate images and symbols to create a new and singular language.”

Buisch’s work has been shown at venues such as Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia; The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Mississippi State University; University of California-San Diego; and the London Biennale.

Buisch is represented by Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, WI. Learn more about Derrick Buisch at 202c.com.


Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Gallery Programming is supported in part by Student Activity Fees; all events are free and open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Georgia Southern University will honor reasonable requests for accommodations. The Center for Art & Theatre is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information on this exhibition, other gallery programming, and visiting artists lectures provided by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/CAT.


Joseph Peragine: Kingdom Under Glass opens in the Center for Art & Theatre

Joseph Peragine “Rhino Field”, 2014
Acrylic and oil on canvas
66 x 96 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art presents Joseph Peragine: Kingdom Under Glass from August 18 – September 19 on-campus in the Contemporary Gallery of the Center for Art & Theatre. The exhibition includes an artist lecture Thursday, August 21, at 5 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building, Room 2071, followed immediately by an artist reception in the gallery. The events are free, and the public is welcome.

Joseph Peragine: Kingdom Under Glass examines the fragile relationship between exploration and exploitation. Focusing on the use of animal dioramas in the Museum of Natural History in New York, Peragine questions the role of these displays in our society. Initially created to educate patrons and preserve endangered species, these displays are often overly seductive and utopian. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition highlight the irony in these displays and give the viewer clues to their counterfeit nature.

“We are thrilled to show the paintings and drawings of Joseph Peragine,” said Marc Mitchell, the exhibition’s curator. “Not only does Joe have an outstanding reputation as an artist and educator in Atlanta, but he also has national acclaim. His work is always evolving and has garnered the attention of curators from across the country.”

Peragine’s work has been shown at institutions such as the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson; Cheeckwood Museum of Art, Nashville; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, North Carolina; Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe; The Drawing Center, New York.

Peragine is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Learn more about Jospeh Peragine at josephperagine.com.


Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Gallery Programming is supported in part by Student Activity Fees; all events are free and open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Georgia Southern University will honor reasonable requests for accommodations. The Center for Art & Theatre is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information on this exhibition, other gallery programming, and visiting artists lectures provided by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/CAT.


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art • PO Box 8032 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5358 • art@georgiasouthern.edu