Shop the All Fired Up sale Dec. 1-3

All Fired Up

The Averitt Center for the Arts and the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art has joined forces for the All Fired Up Holiday Sale and Exhibition happening Dec. 1-3, 2016. The public is invited to stop by the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts to shop an array of unique ceramics, jewelry, and fine arts created by local artists.

Thursday, Dec. 1 – 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This event provides BFSDoArt students and Averitt students the opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork. It also allows local artists and students to network with the community and understand the business aspect of selling visual art. The University and local community serve as the BFSDoArt’s biggest supporters by encouraging the students as they develop their creative talents to evolve and grow into experts of their fields.

Lund earns first place in logo contest

Tyler Lund

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art student, Tyler Lund, of Statesboro, Georgia, won first place in the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) 50th Anniversary Logo Contest for students. Lund, a Graphic Communications Management major, was awarded a prize package worth more than $1,000, which included free registration to the ATMAE Conference in Orlando, free admission to Universal Studios, and a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud.

“The intent of my design was to stay clean and simple, yet give the viewer an appealing visual aesthetic. I used the lines and shapes of the background photo to my advantage by wrapping important text to give variation and emphasis to my design while still taking the clean and simple route,” said Lund. “To achieve unity within my design, I used two fonts that had many variations giving my design a stronger appeal. The color choice I went with was the same colors from ATMAEs logo, this was once again done with intent of keeping unity throughout the entire piece and maintaining the feel of the association.”

Entries were judged on their strong visual impact, clear message relevant to the organization and occasion, effective use of text, images and symbols, and positive relationship and flow between elements. Students were required to submit an Illustrator and PDF file along with a brief written explanation of the design’s intent.

Alumni Spotlight: Luke Criddle, Luthier

Luke Criddle

Luke Criddle

Luke Criddle

Bachelor of Fine Arts – 3D Studio Art, 2016

CURRENT JOB: Luthier (Guitar Builder) at Gibson Custom

QUESTION: What is your area of specialization? And what is your favorite type of work?

LUKE CRIDDLE: I specialize in all things wooden with a sprinkling of metalworking and electronics. I find inspiration mainly in history—instruments of the past, furniture fads, and the evolution of the tools used to create these things. For some reason, the design of practical things has always peaked my interest.

Q: What types of jobs have you held in the past?

LC: I have worked in all types of shop environments, and wound up finding a love for woodworking. After a few rounds of thinking, I linked my passion for music with woodworking through guitar building. I was very fortunate to find a job doing exactly that during my time at GSU with Pladd Dot Music in Statesboro. I learned how to be a luthier with them and treated the four years I worked there as an extended internship.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

LC: The knowledge that what I make allows creators of music to express themselves and spreads smiles all around. I’m usually listening to guitar based music while building. I like to think about the fact that the guitar I’m hearing was built by some one like me, also more than likely a lover of music. That person was probably listening to music while building too, and the instruments they were hearing were also built by someone who was also listening to music while building, and those instruments were … It’s a seemingly endless cycle that may or may not be linked directly to the beginning of humanity (well, to the beginning of recorded music at least).

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

LC: In ten years time, I plan to be well underway with my own business. Until then, I will continue to save up and learn about various woodworking techniques. At this point, it’s a toss up between having a custom guitar shop and furniture. But, I’ve got time to figure out things like that.

Q: Any continued education, grad school, etc?

Luke Criddle, BFA Senior Exhibition 2016

Luke Criddle, BFA Senior Exhibition 2016

LC: At this point I am not enrolled in any programs, but plan on pursuing business certifications to aid in starting my own.

Q: If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be?

LC: Keep your scholarships … turns out that they actually want you to pay back those student loans. Who knew?

Q: How has your major helped you in your professional career?

LC: My sculpture and metal-smithing classes allowed me to explore and hone skills that have helped me a great deal so far.

Q: What was your most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt?

LC: Standing back and looking at the spread of wooden and metal sculptures after my senior show was set up was surreal. I stood there for about ten minutes and reflected on all the moments that led to the show’s completion and was completely in awe over how far I had come, all of the skills I had picked up, and how far I still had to go.

Q: Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers, and/or future students?

LC: Find out what your favorite things happen to be and make a career out of that! I can’t imagine doing something that I didn’t love day in and day out; it just wouldn’t be worth it. I really don’t wish that for anyone.

BFSDoArt Alumni are Getting Hired – November 2016

Congratulations to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Alumni who have accepted new jobs!

ASLAN Alumna Sarah Horne joined Atlanta-based ASLAN Training and Development as a graphic designer in July. The company consults clients in developing improved sales training techniques and solutions. Horne received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2015..
Gibson Custom Luke Criddle accepted a job as a luthier (guitar maker) with Gibson Custom in October. Criddle graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (3D Studios).


‘Paradise’ by BFSDoArt alumni Emmitt Smith purchased by North Dakota State University


Paradise by Emmitt Smith

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University recently purchased an installation by Georgia Southern University alumni and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts MFA candidate Emmitt Smith. Smith’s installation “Paradise” has been included in the Student Art Collection at the Memorial Union Gallery. The Student Art Collection contains an extensive selection of contemporary art collected over the last 50 years including Jasper Johns, Judy Chicago, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella.

Each year, the Memorial Union Advisory Board, comprised of appointed community and university members choose one work to purchase. This year’s selection highlight’s the Gallery’s interest in growing multi-media installation work that represents the discussions occurring in contemporary art.

“Emmitt’s work examines the construct of space and degradation of experience through the lens of technology,” said Anthony Faris, Gallery Coordinator at NDSU. “The Board, Gallery and community are very excited to have Mr. Smith’s artwork as part of the NDSU Collection so that student’s can continue to enjoy this installation for years to come.”

Smith’s work currently is on display in the Memorial Union Gallery for the exhibition From the Vault. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 8-17. A reception was held on Wednesday, Nov. 9.


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