Moth Project to Attract ‘Second-Shift Pollinators’

Pollinator Gardens, The Moth Project, PlantBot Genetics

Pollinator Gardens, 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.

PlantbotGeneticsLogo“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
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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.

After 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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Favorite Designs Theatre & Performance 2014/15 Season Promo

Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite designed promotional material for the major productions of the 2014/15 Theatre & Performance season.

Favorite is currently in her 3rd year of the BFSDoArt Graphic Design program and was recently awarded the Peter Smith Memorial Graphic Design Award

2014/15 Theatre & Performance Season, Georgia Southern University. Designed by Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite

2014/15 Theatre & Performance Season, Georgia Southern University.
Designed by Graphic Design student Brittni Favorite

Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern UniversityGeorgia Southern’s Theatre & Performance Program has a long-standing reputation for excellence in artistic achievement among industry professionals. While studying theatre at Georgia Southern, students have the opportunity to perform, design, and direct in two state-of-the-art performance facilities: The Performing Arts Center and the Center for Art & Theatre.

The Theatre & Performance Program is staffed by theatre faculty from the Department of Communication Arts. Performers are made up of students, faculty, staff and community members.

National Association of Schools of TheatreGeorgia Southern University’s Theatre & Performance Program is an Institutional member of The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Boaen Jameson

Michelle Jameson

Michelle (Boaen) Jameson

  1. First & Last Name: Michelle Boaen Jameson
  2. Degree: BFA, 2D Studio Art
  3. Graduation Year: 2003
  4. Personal
  5. Where are you currently working? The Times of Gainesville, Ga; Morris Multimedia
  6. What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? Oh, I have had a job of one kind or another since I was 15. I’ve done everything from tossing pizza to logistics for a large retail corporation. But my “break” came the summer I graduated Georgia Southern when I landed the job at Statesboro Herald as the daily paper’s sole photographer. Since then, I have had the opportunity to ride in presidential motorcades, meet the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several celebrities among other things. I worked my way up the editorial ladder to become the editor of HOME Magazine, a lifestyles publication produced by Franklin Publishing and Morris Multimedia.
  7. What is your favorite type of work? Most definitely my passion is photojournalism. It takes both the keen eye of an artist to frame and compose a shot and a nose for news, but it happens once and never again. You either get the moment, or it’s lost forever. It’s the anticipation of that moment that really excites.
  8. Michelle Boaen Jameson; Home Living in North Georgia & Destination Lanier Magazines

    Michelle Boaen Jameson; Home Living in North Georgia & Destination Lanier Magazines

    Recent Successes? Current Projects? I have several awards from both the Associated Press and the Georgia Press Association. I just published a new magazine, Destination Lanier, where I am the editor, photographer, and designer! The latest edition of HOME features the fabulous art collection at Brenau University here in Gainesville.

  9. Where &/or how are you inspired? Well, I could easily say music, nature and coffee, but to be honest, inspiration comes at our darkest or most unexpected hour, when we are struggling to make sense of life. I do however, find inspiration from the study of the human mind and its endless ability to transform and rewire itself.
  10. Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt?  By far my most enjoyable moments came from long hours in the studio with fellow artists, feeding off one another’s sleep-deprived delirium. I also really miss the time spent in Gallery 303 with the other students hanging shows and prepping for receptions. You learn a lot handling other artists work. One trip that stands out was when I was asked to return the work of a visiting artist. He had 20-30 large cane poles as part of his instillation and my job was to safely transport them back to his studio in Washington, D.C. It was my first and only trip to our nation’s capital. Another interesting event happened my senior year when another student and I were asked to show our work at the state capital for an annual meet and greet with the Georgia legislature. My work was a study in figure drawing/mixed media and was a four canvas piece. Before the night even began, someone asked that I remove two of the canvasses. I refused to compromise the work, so I was forced to move the piece to a corner, which only made everyone more interested to see!
  11. If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? That the economy was going to tank! And that it takes time to get started in your field, and you may end up doing something outside of your major that leads to other opportunities.
  12. Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I would like to be in a position where I can return to studio work full time.
  13. Favorite color. You know that goldish refrigerator from the ’70s? That color.
  14. Involvement with any professional organizations. Associated Press (AP), Georgia Press Association (GPA), SPPJ
  15. Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students? Success isn’t about degrees, it’s about rolling up your sleeves. Oh yeah, and unplug!



Furlow honored with Award of Excellence at Virginia Highlands Festival

Claudia Furlow

Claudia Furlow; Armadillo Tail.
8×10, oil on canvas

Claudia Furlow

Claudia Furlow; Possum Paw
8×10, oil on canvas


Claudia Furlow; Open Chest. 12x9, oil on canvas

Claudia Furlow; Open Chest.
12×9, oil on canvas

Virginia Highlands Festival’s Juried Fine Arts Show awarded Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Claudia Furlow, with the Award of Excellence for her series of oil paintings, Armadillo Tail, Open Chest and Possum Paw.

The Award of Excellence is the highest award an artist can receive at the Virginia Highlands Festival. Furlow received recognition at the awards presentation on July 31, 2014 by the exhibition’s juror, Charles W. Goolsby, the department chair and professor of art at Emory and Henry College in Virginia.

Each year, multi-talented artists from all over the East Coast enter the Virginia Highlands Festival Juried Fine Arts Show, and I have been among them. It is an honor for my body of work to be selected this year.” says Furlow.

Of 140 entries, 77 were accepted into the juried show. Awards ranged from 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Awards of Distinction, 3 Awards of Merit, Carl Jessee Award, and 10 Honorable Mentions.


About the Virginia Highlands Festival

The Virginia Highlands Festival, located in Abingdon, Virginia, was started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre  (State Theatre of Virginia), Porterfield’s mission was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. The two week festival, over the past 60 years, has grown into a regional festival representing all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but also imports talented artist and performers from all over the USA and the world for the enjoyment of area residents and visitors.


Andrew Pate Accepted to Boston University Graduate Program

Boston UniversityAndrew Pate, 2D Design Alumni has been accepted to Boston University after interviewing at a few top choice schools. We’re proud to say that Pate is planning on going there next semester to start graduate school.

Robelo and Jones Featured in Honors’ 2014 Magazine

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Honors students Paola Robelo and Cyndee Jones were featured in the 2014 issue  of Honors @ Georgia SouthernInquiry and Creativity. Graphic design professor Ed Rushton was both Robelo and Jones’ faculty advisor who guided them through their research. Robelo, an international student focused on the difference in design between cultures and Jones researched how graphic design could impact recycling and sustainability.

Spring 2014 Honors @ Georgia Southern

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Lindsay DeBlasio Offered Internship at Cornelius Arts Center

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Alumna, Lindsay DeBlasio recently graduated Georgia Southern University with a double major in Art History and Spanish, and a minor in Business. DeBlasio was offered the opportunity to intern at the Cornelius Arts Center in Cornelius, NC this summer from June 9th- mid August where she will gain experience in arts administration, gallery management, art education and marketing.

Toni Todd featured in the 2014 College Juried Exhibit

Toni Todd, Charcoal Drawings, BFSDoArt

Toni D. Todd, Charcoal Drawings. (L-R: The Trifocal Snapshot, Togetherness and Loneliness, Visual Path and Indirect Connection) CLICK TO ENLARGE

As if preparing for Student Made and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition wasn’t enough, 2D Studio major Toni Todd also spent her final college semester building her portfolio by submitting her artwork to various exhibitions.

Her hard work paid off – Toni was accepted into The Art Place – Mountain View‘s 2014 College Juried Exhibit that was on display from April 11 to May 2. Juried by Licha Ochoa Nicholson, Anita Ronin-Hunter and Heather Lund, Toni was 1 of 24 students accepted into the exhibition out of over 100 entries. The only exhibiting artist from Georgia Southern University, Toni was alongside students from Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, University of Georgia and Savannah College of Art & Design.

Each of Toni’s four submissions from her Human Experience series, which are photorealism charcoal drawings, were accepted into the exhibition.

“My professor, Patricia Carter, told my class about the College Juried Exhibition. Throughout our studio courses and professional practices course, she urged us to gain experience and seek opportunities to expand our knowledge of the art world,” said Todd.

The Art Place – Mountain View is a facility of Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department.  They seek to encourage fine arts programs that will enhance and promote processes of artistic merit.  This is done by fostering creativity in each individual rather than the emphasis on a finished product.   Their facility has spaces designed to be flexible for visual and performing arts activities and also offers gallery exhibitions, theatre productions and meeting space for non-profit arts related organizations.

Jessica Hines Invited to Teach a Workshop in Maine this Summer

Maine Media CollegePhotography Professor, Jessica Hines, was invited to teach a week long workshop this summer at The Maine Media Workshop in Rockport, Maine.

The oldest photography workshop school in the US, The Maine Media Workshop, embraces historical processes as well as leading-edge technologies in image making and narrative expression. The Workshops at the school offer a unique opportunity to learn in a beautiful remote environment and join a community of other passionate imagemakers and storytellers — all gathered to become better artists.

The title of the workshop Jessica Hines will be teaching is: “The Personal Documentary“. The aim of the workshop is to collaborate to hone the student’s creative and story-telling skills through the use of photography.

Jessica Hines Published in UK Magazine “Interalia”

Spirit Stories #9Photography Professor, Jessica Hines‘ work from “Spirit Stories” was published in the April issue of the magazine, Interalia.

Interalia is an online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.  Coming out of the UK, Interalia aims to foster a dialogue of art and how ideas can change the way we see and think about the world.

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