Student Announcement

Islamic Art Historian to speak at Georgia Southern

Book published by Caroline Williams

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.


Georgia Southern design student aims to create conversation with comics

Julian Strayhorn II's artwork featured on the outside of Galactic Comic and Games of Statesboro.

Julian Strayhorn II’s artwork featured on the outside of Galactic Comic and Games of Statesboro.

You might have seen his work on the side of the Galactic Comic and Games building downtown or perhaps on Georgia Southern University’s campus: Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s Master of Fine Arts Candidate Julian Strayhorn II is plastering Statesboro and Georgia Southern with comic-style wall art, and while he says he wants people to visually enjoy his work, it also has a deeper meaning.

Strayhorn always loved comics and watching Saturday-morning cartoons.

“As a child, I was looking for some glimpse of myself, but all I really found were stereotypes,” he said.

As a young African American male, Strayhorn says he wants his art to explore traditional super heroes and comic book characters beyond the sterotypical labels and typecasts.

“Even if you do not enjoy comic books, almost everyone has seen movies based on comic books,” said Strayhorn. “Superman, Captain America; We cannot seem to escape these same type of characters.”

Inspired by Marvel and DC Comics, Strayhorn has created his own comic strip, “Problem Six Comic,” where he adapts well-known superheroes such as Batman and Robin into unique cultural identities.

Strayhorn’s current installations are temporary and will remain intact though early December. Using large-scale prints of his work, Strayhorn pieces the murals together on the walls with wheat paste. One installation is located at Galatic Comic and Games on Siebald Street near the BB&T drive-through. The second comic artwork can be found in the Sculpture Garden located outside the Center for Art & Theatre and the Visual Arts Building on Georgia Southern’s campus. Most recently, Strayhorn created his largest installation yet located at the staircase between the Carroll Building and the Zac Henderson Library.

“I am looking for locations that are willing to allow my artwork to be up for about three months,” he explained. “I have a few places already in the works, but I would love to have more!”

Strayhorn releases a new comic strip every Wednesday on his website. For more information about Strayhorn and his comics, visit problemsixcomic.com. Though his current public installations are open for all audiences to enjoy, Strayhorn does warn that his website comics can address content that is mature in nature, and parents are encouraged to visit the site prior to allowing their children to access the comics.


5th Ave Christmas Window Display Challenge

Application deadline extended to Friday, November 8

Get your application here!

5thAvenueChristmas_LogoNothing captures the Christmas spirit in New York City quite like the classic department store window displays.

After a successful inaugural year, the 5th Ave Christmas window display challenge returns this year featuring additional retail locations. The event was started by Frills’ by Scott owner Scott Marchbanks as a way for students to get “hands-on experience in their majors outside of the classroom and be recognized for their creative talents.” The competition drew attention from all that drove down Main Street, and this year, the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority (DSDA) has joined the 5th Ave Christmas team. With many merchants in the downtown area wishing to be a part of the event, the number of students needed for the challenge has risen drastically.

“We are honored that the DSDA has reached out to us and asked that our students take part in this event again this year,” said Outreach Coordinator Cinnamon Dowd. “For this year’s challenge we are looking 20 or more teams of students, and that truly shows how much the DSDA and downtown business value the creativity and talents of Georgia Southern students.”

This holiday season, Statesboro retailer Frills by Scott and the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art are bringing a Fifth Avenue feel to the windows of the downtown Statesboro store.

The students will begin a 72-hour construction on December 4, and the windows will be revealed on December 6 at 6:30 p.m. during First Friday Downtown. People can vote starting December 7 for their favorite window by casting a ballot in-store or “liking” photos of the window designs on the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority page, facebook.com/DSDAStatesboro.

The winning team will be announced on December 20 and will receive holiday gift cards.

For more information contact Cinnamon Dowd at (912) 478-7228.

 


Dr. Rebecca Ziegler’s October Books

In case any of you missed it, Dr. Rebecca Ziegler is our Library Liaison. We can’t stress to you enough — Dr. Ziegler is a vital source to any creative research.

Dr. Ziegler obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History of Religions from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Folklore and Mythology, a Masters in Library Science and an interdisciplinary PhD with a dissertation on Norse Mythology from from University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). While Ziegler does not have a degree in art specifically, her scholarship focuses on symbolism, plus ideas, stories, and history relevant to iconography — a subject matter very well versed in art and design. Not to mention, Dr. Ziegler is one of the Department’s biggest fans – she has a high interest in art and attends nearly each of our events.

Dr. Ziegler brings a unique book from the Zach S. Henderson library during her weekly office hours.

SEPTEMBER BOOK ROTATION
  • Oct 10: Painting People: Figure Painting Today by Charlotte Mullins
  • Oct 17: The Power and the Glorification: Papal Pretensions and the Art of Propaganda in the 15th and 16th Centuries by Jan L. de. Jong
  • Oct 24: Frank Stella: An Illustrated Biography by Sidney Guberman
  • Oct 31: Gerhard Richter: Landscapes by Gerhard Richter
OFFICE HOURS

Thursdays from 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Center for Art & Theatre Atrium, upper level


BFSDoArt Instagram Challenge

Now that you are settled into your fall semester’s routine, it’s time we bring back our BFSDoArt Instagram Challenge!

Each Monday we’ll announce a new weekly challenge for you guys to participate in and post to Instagram.  Now both photos and videos will be accepted, so use your imagination and be creative!

A winner will be chosen each week and will be featured on the @bfsdoart webpage and Facebook page to promote our department.  Prizes will also be given to the weekly winners!  Be sure to use #bfsdoart on your images/videos in order to qualify!  Keep in mind that the #bfsdoart tag feeds to our webpage, so this is a great way to get involved and help promote your name!

September 3-6:
Elisabeth Condon: The Seven Seas exhibit

September 9-13:
The Elements of Design: Color

September 16-20:
Rena Leinberger: Zero Panorama

September 23-27:
Printing techniques predigital world

September 30-October 4:
Modern printing techniques


Dr. Ziegler; BFSDoArt Library Liaison

In case any of you missed it, Dr. Rebecca Ziegler is our Library Liaison. We can’t stress to you enough — Dr. Ziegler is a vital source to any creative research.

Dr. Ziegler obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History of Religions from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Folklore and Mythology, a Masters in Library Science and an interdisciplinary PhD with a dissertation on Norse Mythology from from University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). While Ziegler does not have a degree in art specifically, her scholarship focuses on symbolism, plus ideas, stories, and history relevant to iconography — a subject matter very well versed in art and design. Not to mention, Dr. Ziegler is one of the Department’s biggest fans – she has a high interest in art and attends nearly each of our events.

Dr. Ziegler brings a unique book from the Zach S. Henderson library during her weekly office hours.

SEPTEMBER BOOK ROTATION
  • Sept 5: Christie’s Arts and Crafts Style by Michael Jeffery
  • Sept 12: Creatures’ Paradise:  Animals in Art from the Kyoto National Museum by Tokubetsu tenkan hyakuju no rakuen
  • Sept 19: The Shape of Place by David Alexander
  • Sept 26: The Artist and the Asylum by Richard Dadd
OFFICE HOURS

Thursdays from 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Center for Art & Theatre Atrium, upper level


2013 Convocation

2013 BFSDoArt Convocation

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 Interim Department Chair Hans Mortensen. “This is a great opportunity to meet your faculty and classmates as well as learn about useful regional and campus resources for artists and industry professionals.”

Questions? Contact Cinnamon Dowd, Communications & Outreach Coordinator.


New Student Drop In!

New Student Drop In!

Drop in & Join Us

Cool off with some ice-cold lemonade, and ease any new student stress by allowing us to show you where your Art &/or GCM classes are and answer any last minute questions.

[ + get your complimentary BFSDoArt swag before anyone else! ]

Friday, August 16

Short, informal meet and greets for new students and their families will be held at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Center for Art & Theatre, 2018

 


Director to present screening of “Linotype: The Film”

September 30 event is free and open to the public
"Linotype: The Film" Director Doug Wilson

“Linotype: The Film” Director Doug Wilson

Join Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) on Monday, September 30 at 6 p.m. for the screening of Linotype: The Film and a follow-up question and answer session with the film’s director Doug Wilson.

“I like to call the linotype the ‘Twitter of 1886,’” said Wilson. “It was the machine that allowed for practically instantaneous news and information back before electricity. The linotype is the reason we have the speed of communication today.”

Since creating the film, Wilson has toured the country educating community groups, universities and organizations about the linotype. September 30 will mark his first-ever visit to Statesboro, and Georgia Southern University students and community members are invited to attend the screening of Linotype: The Film at 6 p.m. in Georgia Southern’s Russell Union Theatre and Wilson’s presentation about the making of the film. Following the event, light refreshments sponsored by The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) will be served. At that time, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak personally with Wilson as well as the President of PIAG Randy Camp and other industry professionals.

The linotype type-casting machine revolutionized printing and society in the late 1800s. Once hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world” by Thomas Edison, the linotype is an often forgotten piece of history among today’s digitally focused youth.

Determined to remind the population of the impact of this instrument, Wilson created Linotype: The Film, a feature-length documentary centered on the people connected to the linotype machine and how it changed the world.

“We are very elated to have director Doug Wilson joining us,” said BFSDoArt Interim Chair Hans Mortensen. “The linotype machine is relevant to all students and members of the community as without such an invention we may not have the newspaper, 24-hour news or the Internet as we know today.”

“I am looking forward to sharing the story of the linotype and to surprise people about how entertaining a film about ‘old’ technology can be,” said Wilson.

This event is supported student activities fees and is free and open to the public.


Sponsored in part by

   CLEC: Campus Life Enrichment Committee


Call For Entries – Student Artwork Needed

CALL FOR ENTRIES // DEADLINE: 5/15/03

STUDENT ARTWORK NEEDED.
The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is currently redesigning their website and is looking for student artwork to showcase online.

BENEFITS: Your work and your name online, google-able, searchable and featured with other successful student artwork. Can we say resume-worthy? Yes.

DEADLINE: All submissions are due Wednesday, May 15.

DETAILS

TYPE OF WORK NOT LIMITED TO: Animation, Book Arts, Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Graphic Communications Management, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry, New Media, Papermaking, Photography, Presentation Posters, Printmaking, Sculpture, Small Metals and Study Aboard Photographs.

Art History Majors? Submit any presentation posters or study abroad images you may have.

DIRECTIONS
  • Must be portfolio quality, high resolution images
  • Must have been created under the tutelage of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
  • 3D projects (Book Arts, Ceramics, Jewelry, Package Design, Sculpture & Small Metals) should be photographed using a photo studio or have minimal background distraction
  • 2D Graphic Design projects must submitted as a PDF with all typefaces outlined and images imbedded
  • All images/files should be labeled using your first and last names (Example: BettyFoySanders.pdf, BettyFoySanders01.pdf)
  • All images must be accompanied with image information:File name, your first and last names, title, medium, date and course it was completed under. Example:
    BettyFoySanders.pdf
    Betty Foy Sanders
    Snow Scene with Stream
    Acrylic
    1970
    Painting II

Submit your work to:
Stephanie Neal, Center for Art & Theatre, 2009 (on a labeled disc) or by emailing a zipped file to art@georgiasouthern.edu
Include your name and contact information


** Remember: This is a Call for Entries. Not all work will be accepted for use on the website, but may be of use elsewhere within the department. You will be notified via email if and when your image is used.

 


 


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