Student Announcement

Call for Entries: GDUSA Cover

Visit and review the rich variety of paper colors and textures available. From this offering simply designate your desired Neenah Digital paper brand and color name on the Entry Form.

Call for Entries: Now You See Me (photography)

Sunday, August 3

An international juried competition challenging you to explore how you define yourself, the people you relate to and the world around you via dreamscape, fairy tale, fantasy world or reality check. The challenge is to take your creative process beyond self-created walls, inhibitions, or restrictions while using any one or a combination of the emerging apps, software, gadgets and technologies available on smartphones & smart devices.


Call for Entries: Level 25 Artjournal

Wednesday, December 31

Level 25 Artjournal, a new online art magazine, seeks artists to present their works to a worldwide audience and demonstrate their unique points of view. Each month, Level 25 Artjournal will select 10 artists to receive a multipage spread in the journal, showcasing the work submitted as well as an artist statement and biography. Featured artists will also be interviewed.

Entries may include works of drawing, mixed media, installation art, painting, photography and sculpture.

Learn more. For more information, send an email or call Sean David Wright at 480.234.6783.

Call for Entries: Applaud the Artist Cover Contest

Thursday, August 14

The Augusta Chronicle and Applause invite readers to join us in celebrating the arts in our community by entering our third annual Applaud the Artist Cover Contest.

The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the Applause fall arts preview edition on Sept. 4.


  • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, and must include the artist’s full name, age, address and phone number.
  • The contest is open to all ages, amateurs and professionals.
  • Cover design must be original work and must illustrate the arts in the Augusta community, including one category or several (dance, theater, music, visual arts).
  • Finished cover size must be 10¼ inches wide by 10 inches deep (your design can, but is not required to, include the word Applause; The Chronicle reserves the right to add the Applause logo, The Augusta Chronicle logo and the date of publication).
  • Employees of Morris Communications Co. and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.


Entries can be submitted electronically (.jpg format; minimum 200 dpi) by e-mail to or by mail to Applaud the Artist Cover Contest, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901. Entries will be converted to digital format by The Chronicle staff.


  • The winning entry, chosen by a panel of judges, will be the Applause cover Sept. 4. Finalists will be featured in the Sept. 4 Applause, and copies of finalists’ entries will be displayed at The Augusta Chronicle booth Sept. 19-21 during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.
  • Entrants retain copyright to their work but grant The Augusta Chronicle permission to use images of their work for digital and print publications and for promotion of Applause and this contest.
  • Artists may pick up the original artwork between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 23-26 at The Augusta Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St. Entries will be returned by mail if a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope is included with submission. The Augusta Chronicle will carefully handle submissions but cannot be held liable for their condition.


  • Keith Claussen, Applause columnist, The Artside
  • Todd Beasley, Creative Director, Morris Museum of Art
  • Alan C. MacTaggart, Chair, Department of Art, Georgia Regents University


Contact Mary Frances Hendrix, Applause Editor, at (706) 823-3347 or e-mail

Call for Entries: Savannah Bridge Run



‘2014 Graphic Design Portfolio Reveal’ On Display In Contemporary & University Galleries

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at Georgia Southern University is pleased to present the 2014 Graphic Design Portfolio Reveal. The exhibition will be on display in the Center for Art & Theatre from April 25th through April 30th, 2014 with a reception Friday, April 25th from 5 – 7pm; the event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

The Graphic Design program at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is comprised of a dynamic and multi-faceted curriculum that is led by exceptional faculty. Every year, The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art graduates many gifted and diverse designers that successfully transition into various careers within the design profession.

“Each year the graduating graphic designers present their final body of work as part of the senior exhibition. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase the BFA graphic design program. Friends and family are invited to celebrate student success and design professionals are invited for their industry feedback. Our students work hard in preparation for this event to show their very best work,” explains Santanu Majumdar and Derek Larson, Assistant Professors of Graphic Design at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art.

The 2014 Graphic Design Portfolio Reveal includes the work of the following students: Jessie Adams, Brandon Bearden, Chelsea Brown, Christine Byrd, Ryan Caronongan, Tom Chambliss, Racheal Rose Dotson, Jose Ramon Gil, Bridget Hanney, Sandra Hendow, Cyndee Jones, Ahmad Kromah, A. Blake Lane, Joey Lanier, Johnesia Lucas, Paola Robelo, Tenny Shen, Haley Tam, Julia Tillery, Matt Veal, Aaron Ward, Connor Wathen, and Michael Whalen

Graphic Design professors include Derek Larson, Santanu Majumdar, Onyile B. Onyile, and Edward Rushton.

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, and industry executives.

Offering a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the practical, theoretical and historical aspects of the visual arts, the BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is pending accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC).


Students to be Recognized for their Outstanding Achievements

Friday, April 4 in Visual Arts Building; 5pm

Please join the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art as they honor their undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements.

In addition to recognizing nearly 20 students chosen for the their 2014/15 scholarships, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will also announce the winners for the undergraduate juried exhibitions, Form & Content and Juried. The exhibitions will award students with title such as Best of Show, Best Drawing I, Best Drawing II, Best 2-Dimensional Design, and Juror’s Choice.

Following the Awards Presentation, the BFSDoArt invites everyone to the Center for Art & Theatre to view the exhibitions while celebrating student achievements with refreshments and merriment.

Student Made offers student, faculty artwork

Sale to take place December 5-7 in Center for Art & Theatre

Student Made, Betty Foy Sanders Department of ArtGeorgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) announces the Fall Student Made sale (formerly known as Club Mud Exhibition and Sale), which will take place Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Georgia Southern University’s Center for Art & Theatre.

Artwork from all disciplines of the BFSDoArt will be showcased, including handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, print and papermaking, paintings, and photographs.

“Last year we were unable to host this sale, and we received numerous phone calls and emails asking what happened,” said Interim Chair Hans Mortensen. “We are glad to have the sale back this year and hope that the community will stop by and support our students.”

Jewelry and Metalsmithing Professor Christina Lemon explained that sale provides her students with beneficial experience and knowledge that a professional artist needs to be successful.

“Participation in sales are an educational opportunity for students to learn basics in marketing their work to the public,” she said. “They learn to create thematic jewelry series that appeals to a broad audience of the community as well as fellow students.”

Professor Emerita Jane Pleak began the tradition of the Department’s student art sale in 1985, and the first sale featured artwork from the 3D program. Pleak saw the event as an opportunity to teach students about the business of art and provide the community a place to purchase and learn about artwork. Over the years, the exhibition and sale has grown to become a campus and community favorite.

“People look forward to this sale each year,” said Mortensen. “It provides a great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork that makes the perfect holiday gift!”

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2013 Empty Bowl Project raises $5,425

Ceramic students contribute ‘largest singular monetary donation’ to Statesboro Food Bank

Professor Jeff Schmuki (pictured right) and his advanced ceramic students present the proceeds of the 2013 Empty Bowl Project to the Statesboro Food Bank's Operating Manager Joe Bill Brannon.

Professor Jeff Schmuki (pictured right) and his advanced ceramic students present the proceeds of the 2013 Empty Bowl Project to the Statesboro Food Bank’s Operating Manager Joe Bill Brannon.

On Monday, November 4, Joe Bill Brannon, the operations manager of the Statesboro Food Bank, stood in awe as Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s advanced ceramics class revealed the total amount raised from its efforts during October’s Empty Bowl Project.

The “big check” presented to Brannon totaled $5,425 that students raised by handcrafting bowls and selling them full of chili. As a part of the national Empty Bowl Project, bowls are sold with a simple meal and the bowl serves as a reminder of the many who are in need both locally and nationally.

“The students and I work all year long to prepare for this project,” said Ceramics Professor Jeff Schmuki. “Students come in on their own time, outside of the class, to make many of these bowls.”

Schmuki’s advanced ceramics class is a service-learning certified course, where students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs.

“The mission of this event is something I believe in, as well as something the students and community believe in,” said Schmuki, “and when we all work together that is when an event such as this will be successful.”

During Brannon’s visit to the ceramics studio, he explained the importance of the local food bank, stating that one in seven American families are on food stamps. In Bulloch County, the food bank serves a hot meal to upwards of 700 people two days each week and provides canned and frozen foods to those in need. Brannon also mentioned that he has learned that there are students on Georgia Southern’s campus who are in need, proving that the need is growing.

“The only way to do what we [the Statesboro Food Bank] do is through donations of food or money,” he said.

Brannon also announced to students that the food bank would soon relocate to the former Julia P. Bryant Elementary School building located off West Main Street. With the move, Brannon said that the Statesboro Food Bank hopes to open its doors for five or even six days a week to serve hot meals at lunchtime, efforts which will require continued assistance and support from the local community.

“It can only happen because people care, and not only that but that people know about the need,” said Brannon. “Everyone who helped with this project deserves a heartfelt thanks from everyone here in Bulloch County.”

View more images from the Empty Bowl Project!

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

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