Senior BFSDoArt Graphic Design Student wins AIGA Atlanta Type Fight

Christina Mei (Shengping Mei) won first prize at the AIGA Type Fight event held at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. A Type Fight is letter versus letter, swash versus serif, type tussling type, Iron Chef-like style competition. Fighters had on-site battle to design and execute an assigned letter in whatever form they choose, digitally or traditionally, in 3 hours. After the battle royale concluded, the popular vote ruled and Christina Mei took home the prize!

Photography Professor Participates in Lens/Cratch Exhibition

Jessica Hines, Southern Stories #66, Spring Hill, Florida

Photography professor, Jessica Hines, participated in The 2014 Road Trip Exhibition on Lens/Cratch.
Lens/Cratch is considered one of the 10 Photography-Related blogs you should be reading according to ource Review,, Rangefinder and InStyle Magazine.

Students Art Featured In Savannah’s Blick Gallery


Savannah’s Blick Gallery presents Ovation, an exhibition showcasing Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s visual art scholarship and award recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year, from September 1-30. The exhibition includes a closing reception on September 26 at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

Awardees Brittni Favorite, Claudia Furlow, D’Antre Harris, Emily Oren, Ruth Patel, Ray Pettit and Whitney Reddish are featured in the exhibition, which includes their works in drawing, sculpture, painting, graphic design and jewelry.

“We are so excited to introduce Savannah to the best of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. Ovation is going to be a fabulous exhibit,” said Professor Elsie Taliaferro Hill.

The Department of Art awarded the following visual art scholarships and awards: Carolyn Joyner Memorial Scholarship, Eagle Nation on Parade Scholarship, Peter Smith Memorial Graphic Design Scholarship, Robert J. Focht Memorial Drawing Scholarship, Rosalind D. Ragans Art Scholarship, Roxie Remley Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, and four Betty Foy Sanders Scholarships. The criteria for receiving these competitive awards reflect the student’s academic achievement and creative performance while enrolled at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University.

“What a great opportunity to showcase the artistic accomplishments of our scholarship recipients at the Blick Gallery. We couldn’t be more proud!” said Julie McGuire, Ph.D, professor and visual art scholarship director.

This is the first year Georgia Southern’s visual art scholarship recipients have been featured in a collective exhibition, and the Department plans to continue this initiative by securing gallery space in Savannah for years to come.

The Blick Gallery is located inside Blick Art Materials at 318 East Broughton Street in Savannah and is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Blick Art Materials, a leading provider of art materials, is a long-time supporter and advocate for the Arts and continues to be involved in many national and local initiatives to support art and offset budget constraints in schools and communities.

Learn more about BFSDoArt scholarships and their recipients →

Students Design Exhibition For Georgia Southern Museum

Postcard, The Mad Scientist's Laboratory

Postcard, The Mad Scientist’s Laboratory

The Georgia Southern Museum’s popular hands-on science laboratory returned this summer, bigger than ever. With its return, the exhibition also provided a professional learning experience for graphic design students from the University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art.

During Spring 2014, Graphic Design Professor Santanu Majumdar, students of his professional practices course, and Museum Director Brent Tharp, Ph.D., collaborated to design the Mad Scientist’s Laboratory exhibition.

The graphic design students were formed teams in white they collaborated on ideas to pitch to the Museum. Not only did the students have to take lighting, access to electricity, floor-space, wall-area, and obstructions into consideration, but they also had to consider traffic-flow, budget, content to be displayed, age appropriateness, promotional materials, and ergonomics. Each team constructed a 3D model, and, in the end, one team’s design was chosen for the exhibition.

A project between students and a professional helps students understand real-world scenarios, how to work and communicate with a client, and provides experience with challenges that are not normally experienced in a classroom setting.

“A collaborative effort allows students to practice professionalism while experiencing the pressures of competition and working with clients and their timelines. It also builds students’ confidence and presentation skills. Above all, collaborative projects help students and faculty to reach out to other disciplines, work on larger-scaled projects, and educate each other about their subject matter,” said Majumdar.

The four teams included Sandra Hendow, Julia Tillery, Brandon Bearden, Connor Wathen, Ryan Caronongan, and Ahmad Kromah; Christine Byrd, Joey Lanier, Haley Tam, Rachael Dotson, and Bridget Hanney; and Chelsea Brown, Jose Gil, Cydnee Jones, Blake Lane, and Tenny Shen. The final team, comprising Paola Robelo, Jessie Adams, Tom Chambliss, Aaron Ward, Matt Veal, and Michael Whalen, created the chosen design.

Though the students did not install the exhibition, they supplied the Museum with instructions, measurements and grid-work to complete the exhibition.

“The Museum has been very pleased with the creativity and professionalism these students have exhibited as part of this project,” said Tharp. “Their design work is exceptional and helps the Museum a great deal in its mission of presenting great changing exhibits to the community. We hope that the students have benefited as much with an opportunity to work with an actual client and our everyday budget, staff, and space limitations; challenges that they will encounter soon enough in their careers. The very best exhibits we produce are those where our students are more than just the audience, they are also the curators and designers.”

The Mad Scientist’s Laboratory opened June 16 and is on-display until January 25, 2015 at the Georgia Southern Museum, located at 2142 Southern Drive. To learn more about the exhibition, visit, and to view images of the exhibition, visit

BFSDoArt Alumni Continuing Education

Congratulations to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Alumni who have continued their education!

Georgia State University Lisa (Ragsdale) Underwood (’10) Bachelor of Fine Art alumni who focused on 2D Studios is finishing her Masters in Art Education at Georgia State University and showing her work at places around Atlanta including The Goat Farm Arts Center and the Smyrna Public Library. She is currently a High School Art Educator for the Cobb County School System
LSU Jenny Hager (’08), Fine Arts Alumni, graduated from Louisiana State University with an MFA in ceramics in May 2014. LSU has one of the top ten programs in the country for ceramics. Hager was recently invited to show work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in their exhibition, Art of the Cup. She will also have work in Plate, an exhibition of ceramic plates at Mudfire in Atlanta, Georgia.


BFSDoArt Alumni are Getting Hired!

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

Walton Press Timothy Massey (’92), Graphic Communications Management alumni, is the Vice President of Sales at Walton Press and is responsible for all sales related management for Walton Press, a cold-set printing company in business since 1900. Massey manages 10 employees including Sales Consultants, IT Support personnel, Estimator, and Receptionist. Massey is also in charge of managing the Estimating Department which involves cost analysis and overall company profitability performance.
Becky (Lascek) Wilson (’91), Graphic Communications Management alumni, is the new head of the Communication Ministry at First Baptist Church of Conyers.
Brandon Hall School James Bentley (’07) has accepted the position of Full Time Digital Production Teacher at Brandon Hall School (Boarding). He will also be continuing as Adjunct Professor at Georgia Perimeter College. At Brandon Hall School, he will be working on robotics, 3D modeling, live streaming and aerial videography. Brandon Hall School is located in metropolitan Atlanta and is Georgia’s only independent, coeducational, college preparatory day and boarding school serving grades 5-12.
PSU Michael Dickens (’97) , Bachelor of Fine Art alumni with an emphasis in photography, is the new Gallery Director for Austin Peay State University.
CBRE Recent graphic design graduate, Jose Gil, received a graphic design job with CBRE.
CBRE is the world’s premier, full-service real estate services company that holds a leadership position in virtually every key business center across the globe.
Brett Houston (’06), Graphic Design Alumni, is the new Art Director at W3BG Web Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Founded in 2008, the W3BG Group specializes in web-centric marketing including design, web development, social media, and video production.
Superior Essex John Duncan (’08) Graphic Design Alumni, is the new Graphic Designer for Superior Essex.


Lois Harvey accepts residency at The Clay Studio

It’s been a busy year for recent graduate, Lois Harvey (’14). Just this year, Harvey graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on ceramics, had a solo exhibition, held a residency, and was juried into exhibitions.  

Just recently, Harvey was accepted as a resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. This juried program attracts ceramic artists of the highest caliber to immerse themselves in their creative growth and professional development. The Studio’s reputation as a world class art center and the Resident Artist Program’s unique features have made the program extremely competitive, attracting a diverse range of talented artists. Current Residents include functional potters, vessel makers, sculptors, conceptual artists and installation artists.

Bielski Painting in International Juried Exhibition

Sarah Bielski first and ten; do it again

1 and 10; Do It Again Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″ 2012


Foundations professor Sarah Bielski’s painting First and Ten; Do It Again will be in the 2014 Arts Guild New Jersey NEXUS International Juried Exhibition in Rahway, NJ.

Lois Harvey exhibits at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lois Harvey was selected to participate in the third annual Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition will open on Sept. 5 and continue through Sept. 25 at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall.

An opening reception will be held on First Friday, Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery with awards announced at 7 p.m.

With more than 75 artists accepted into this year’s exhibition, The Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Exhibition features the work of the best undergraduate student artists from across the country.

Each year three different media disciplines are featured. This year’s exhibition includes ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Jurors included Bobby Silverman, director of ceramics at 92nd Street Y in New York City; Jeff Whetstone, assistant professor of art, University of North Carolina; and Rosalyn Richards, professor of art, Bucknell University.

The Howard Awards for Excellence will be presented at the opening reception. There will be four awards, including three $1,000 awards for first place in each category and a $1,500 grand prize.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The Eisentrager-Howard Gallery is located on the first floor of Richards Hall at Stadium Drive and T sts. on the UNL city campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Moth Project to Attract ‘Second-Shift Pollinators’

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.

Pollinator Gardens, The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics

Pollinator Gardens, The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics

“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
(view locations →)

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.

TMP_Icon_LM_transAfter 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

For more information about the Great Minds Lecture Series and to register to attend the September 15 event, visit


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