Bielski’s works accepted to 2016 Texas Visual Arts Association National

Sarah Bielski’s (MFA) works “Getting to Third” and “First and Ten; Do It Again” were accepted by jurors Andrea Karnes and Babriel Ritter for exhibition in the 2106 Texas Visual Arts Association National at the Mesquite Gallery in Mesquite, Texas. The show will be on display from December 5 through December 28.

Fashion Photographers: Grayson & Jamie Hoffman

Grayson Hoffman Photography

Model: Li Xiao Xing, Women Management. Grayson Hoffman Photography

GRAYSON HOFFMAN: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Photography, 2006

JAMIE HOFFMAN: Bachelor of General Studies, Minor in Art History, 2008 (Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins)


QUESTION: Where are you currently working? 


Model: Lais Ribeiro, Women Managment, photographed for BOTTLETOP. Grayson Hoffman Photography

GRAYSON HOFFMAN: Jamie and I met while studying at Southern and worked together at the George-Anne Daily. We were married a few years later and continue to work together as Fashion Photographers based in New York City.

Q. How did you get into fashion photography?

GH: It was a little bit of a journey. After graduation, I worked as a freelance photojournalist for the Savannah Morning News and eventually moved to South Florida, working for multiple media outlets. Through photojournalism, I was exposed to a variety of assignments including sports, portraits, street and sometimes even product photography. It was a great career, but I wanted to get back to the type of work I created while at Southern. Over time, I had become more interested in light and composition and wanting to control different areas of the photograph – which was not possible in the journalistic environment. I actually began with portraits of athletes, and that morphed into models, fashion and advertising photographs.

Q. What types of jobs do you currently work?

GH: We currently work with a variety of clients from the athletic, ready-to-wear and bridal fashion lines. Also, we do designer lookbooks and magazine editorials.

Q. What is your favorite type of work?

GH: I have been told that I am a very technical photographer. I enjoy working in a studio environment where I have more control of the lighting, composition and subject. I am also very passionate about my fine art photography and enjoy exploring ways to challenge my eye, camera and post-production skills.

Q. Where and/or how are you inspired?

GH: Jamie and I go on walks throughout the city with our cameras. We have a few travel cameras and film cameras that we use to explore, and I find a sense of clarity on these outings. I always return inspired and full of excitement as I go through the images.

Q. How did your experiences in the B.F.A. program prepare you for your career?

GH: The great things about the BFA program at Georgia Southern are not only the facilities and equipment, but the amazing faculty and the scope of the curriculum. Working on your art degree at Southern requires you to take a wide range of studio art and art history classes. This process, of stepping outside of your immediate interest, gives you a respect for different mediums and enables you to meet a variety of creative individuals. I feel that my photography has been influenced by all the artistic forms and experiences that I was exposed to while earning my B.F.A.

Q. Most memorable moment/experience with the B.F.A.?

GH: I was given the opportunity to work as the darkroom attendant while in the photography program. I would arrive before the students, prepare the room and chemicals, and when the classes were finished, I would help other students and clean everything for the next day. It was an amazing experience and those skills and the work ethic required continue to inspire me today.

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

GH: While you’re completing your studies, no matter what the degree, your competition is the other students in your program – they are your critics and the people with whom you tend to compare your work. But on the day you graduate, your competition suddenly becomes the best people in your field. So, remember to set your goals high and grab everything your instructors teach – you’ll need it all in the real world. Oh! And use the RAC, normal gyms don’t look like that!!

Q. Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years?

GH: Hologram Photography, just kidding. In 10 years, I hope to be working alongside Jamie, creating lasting photographs and continuing to show my fine art pieces in gallery (maybe even museum) shows.

Q. Are you involved with any professional organizations?

GH: GSU Alumni!! ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), APA (American Photographic Artists) and NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)

Georgia Southern alumna designs 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities

Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities 2016, COMPLETE,

Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities 2016, Designed by Georgia Southern alumna Shaunté Francois (BFA 3D Studio Arts, 2015).

ATLANTA– Georgia Southern University alumna Shaunté Francois was selected to design the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities. Francois, a jewelry and small metals artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (3D Studio Arts) in 2015.

Presented by the Office of Governor Nathan Deal in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities honor the outstanding individuals and organizations making significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service to the arts and humanities. A ceremony honoring the recipients was held at the Capitol Building in Atlanta on Oct. 5. This year’s recipients include former first lady of Georgia Betty Foy Sanders, an accomplished artist, advocate for the advancement of the arts and art education, and namesake of the University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt).

“It is such an honor to be chosen to design and create the 13 awards. It was an overwhelming, but wonderful experience,” said Francois. “My favorite part of anything I design is when my sketch comes to life; when the metal forms are cut out, and I can really see what the piece will look like. I am grateful for the mentorship I received from Christina Lemon and the assistance from many others in the BFSDoArt. At the ceremony, I loved watching the recipients receive their awards, and Betty Foy Sanders being one of them made it even more special.”

The awards were each handcrafted using copper and bronze metal, and mounted on mahogany wood bases. The lotus flower, representing the power and beauty of nature, symbolically rises above the stylized city silhouette. It represents both the natural world and expanding cities and development.

Completing the complex, intricate work was a collaborative effort between Francois and the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt). Francois worked with jewelry and small metals Professor Christina Lemon and Art Facilities technician Jason McCoy, as well as Madeline Shelor and other advanced small metals students to assemble the awards.

“The opportunity for BFSDoArt students and faculty to collaborate and create the 2016 Governor’s awards for the Arts and Humanities is indicative of the design expertise and professional quality of the undergraduate programs offered at Georgia Southern University,” said department Chair Robert Farber. “The project provided jewelry and small metals students with a client-based experience that required creative problem solving, collaboration and adherence to a strict project deadline. What a wonderful real world experience for our students and faculty.”  

“This project highlights the importance of 3D art forms and the development of skills that make such works possible. It combined many skills students develop in the 3D program, including small metals, metalsmithing, woodworking, and applied finishing techniques,” said Lemon. “I’m so proud of my students. It is such an honor to work with alumna Shaunté Francois and current student Madeline Shelor on this project and to highlight the talents of these two amazing students and represent our department and University at this prestigious event.”

Francois is from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Her interest in jewelry began when she enrolled in a beading class in her hometown at the age of 10.  She currently works as a production assistant for jewelry designs at Mickey Lynn, Inc., in Atlanta. Her metal work has been featured in Georgia Southern’s literary magazine Miscellany, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s undergraduate juried exhibition, and at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgia.

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Painter needed for hay bale project

blanchard equipmenttBlanchard Equipment, the John Deere dealer here in Statesboro, is sponsoring the football game next Thursday evening. The game is an “Ag Appreciation” game, and Blanchard Equipment would like to bring in two hay bales for painting next Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone interested in the job should contact Marketing Manager Alexandra Sandeford – Office: 762.222.1057,  Cell:706.978.0655,  Email:

Call for Art: Expose Art Magazine

Expose Art Magazine would like to invite students to submit artwork for its upcoming Special Edition International Juried Publication-Next Generation of Artists. Attached with this email is the entry form and complimentary digital copy of our latest issue. The deadline is ongoing- However, the next issue is April. Therefore, works submitted before March will be under consideration and work submitted after March will be kept until the following year.

Expose Art Magazine is available in digital and in-print. It is a bi-monthly international art publication based in the US. Their mission is to provide exposure for contemporary artists and engage in contemporary art dialogue with galleries and museums across the globe. The curatorial team intentionally showcases emerging professional artists who are not yet represented by major galleries. The editorial team and contributors provide critical reviews and interviews with mid-career and established artists. They seek to involve and collaborate with patrons of the arts, collectors, directors, curators, and gallerists in their efforts at enriching and revitalizing the ways contemporary art is shared and created.

Visit for more information and find them on Facebook for interesting reads and behind the scene activities.

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