First & Last Name: Eric Strauss
3D Studio Art Alumni
- Degree: BFA, 3D Studio Art
- Graduation Year: 1985
- Personal Website: StraussSculpture.com
- Where are you currently working? I own my own studio in Elijay, Georgia.
- What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? After he receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focusing in bronze casting and ceramics, I studied in Italy and apprenticed for two years with Caroline Montague, a Georgia artist known for her monumental stainless steel and wall sculptures.
- Recent Successes? Current Projects? I have exhibited in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, California, Arizona, New Mexico and several other states. Today, my pieces can be found in museums, companies, schools and the collections of private collectors such as legendary musician Elton John and a founder of Home Depot.
- Where &/or how are you inspired? Living at the foot of the Smoky Mountains inspires my creativity My work is organic and I am constantly surrounded by nature. I live in it, I live with it and my kids grow up in it… I just love it. I look at everything through an artist’s eye. If not for University teachers like Professor Emeritus Pat Steadman I would not have made it as a full-time sculpture. The professors were great and really molded me to what I am today. I didn’t know it then. It took me years to discover it, and come back and say ‘wow’ I now know what they were talking about then.
Truffels (Lowly Shadows)
10′ x 7′ x 2.5′; Stainless Steel, 2007
An installation at Georgia Museum of Art
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? During a photography class I was taking as an elective, I opened the sculpture door that was always kept shut to keep the dust down. I saw this wonderful chaotic feast of materials and tools. What I saw spoke to me; it called me. It was then I changed my major from business to art.
- Involvement with any professional organizations. I’ve estimated that my art has helped raise at least $400,000 in almost 30 years. I do a lot of charity work because it is the only way I can give back.
View Strauss’ Feature Story in Georgia Southern Magazine →
Santanu Majumdar presented at the Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices – Design as Collective Intelligence that took place January 16 – 18, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Santanu presented his paper, “The State of Design Education: Twenty-first Century Design Education.”
Additionally, Majumdar is part of Statesboro’s South Main Revitalization Team who are working to bring culture back to the southern part of downtown Statesboro.
Jeff Schmuki will be exhibiting ‘Foodture: PlantBot Genetics’ from January 31 through April 11 at Wayne State University in Michigan. PlantBot Genetics is a venture between Schmuki and artist Wendy DesChene where they couple interdisciplinary art practices with current scientific knowledge on the environmental and social costs of bioengineered crops.
Don Armel and two of his graphic communications management students, Rebekah Thompson and Timothy Davis, will be attending the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference in Columbus, Georgia. Thompson and Davis will present research they conducted testing the effectiveness of using a laser engraver to make flexographic plates during the conference.
(originally posted by Middle Georgia State College)
Ceramic Sculpture Featured At Peacock Gallery
The work of Lois Harvey, a ceramic sculptor, will be exhibited at Middle Georgia State College’s Peacock Gallery from January 27 through February 1. Peacock Gallery is located in Russell Hall of the Cochran Campus.
A gallery talk and art opening – free and open to the public – will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. The Peacock Gallery’s daily hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Admission is free.
Lois Harvey’s artist statement:
“I’m interested in how physiological frameworks are organized within nature. Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by structures found in the human body, specifically these anatomical elements that experience change or evolution over time or during spurts of growth. It is the correlation between a form and evolution that I find extremely engaging.
My sculptural ceramics can be seen as abstract representations of human infrastructures. The hand-made forms do not depict organisms found in nature, but mimic relics that could be attributed to human society. By creating structures based on simple linear elements, I can explore the role of repetition, gravity and the limitations of weight within nature. The result is objects that straddle the line between real and abstract.”
Cochran Campus maps and directions: http://www.mga.edu/about/maps.aspx.
International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective
on View January 17 – February 28 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Artesanias of Michoacán, Richard Tichich
AUGUSTA, GA (01/02/2014) —The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will present a solo exhibition of work by photographer Richard Tichich on Friday, January 17, in the Main Gallery with an opening reception from 6:00—8:00 p.m.
International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective is comprised primarily of portraits from the artist’s travels around the world. Interested in contrasting myth and reality, Tichich offers a provocative glimpse into his subject’s lives and cultures presenting the viewer with an opportunity to discover their own perception of the images’ truths.
Richard Tichich received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio and was the founding director of the School of Art & Design at Western Carolina University. He has held similar academic positions at both East Carolina University and Georgia Southern University. Currently, Tichich serves as a professor at WCU and Professor Emeritus at Georgia Southern.
To further compliment the Main Gallery’s exhibition, works from Richard Tichich’s previous students at Georgia Southern University will be on display in the Creel-Harison Gallery. Before, During, and After: Georgia Southern Alumni will feature artists Roger Finch, Janine Reynolds, Travis Wiggins, and Dorothy Eckmann Fletcher. Tichich describes his years at Georgia Southern as “a chance to work with talented individuals who share my love for creative processes…these gifted artists were not my apprentices; they have always been distinguished in their own ways, and I merely helped structure an educational environment conducive to encourage their creative development.”
The opening reception for International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective will be held Friday, January 17 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. and will include an informal gallery talk by the artist. The reception is free for members of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and $5 for nonmembers. Opening in conjunction with Richard Tichich is Before, During, and After: Georgia Southern Alumni, in the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery. Both exhibitions will remain on view through February 28, 2014.
International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective Opening Reception
Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair Street
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers
Before, During, and After: Georgia Southern Alumni Opening Reception
Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair Street
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers
Image Credit: Richard Tichich, Artesanias of Michoacán, portrait series.
Founded in 1937 and housed in historic Ware’s Folly (c. 1818) and the Walker-Mackenzie Studio (c. 1909), the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art has as its mission to provide opportunities for visual arts education and to develop visual arts awareness and appreciation throughout the greater Augusta community. The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art serves as the only independent nonprofit visual arts school and contemporary art gallery in the Central Savannah River Area, offering studio art classes and workshops on an ongoing basis for art enthusiasts of all ages, from beginners to professionals. As a contemporary art gallery, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art presents over twenty exhibitions each year, spotlighting regional, national, and international artists in a variety of styles.
WALKER-MACKENZIE STUDIO AND WARE’S FOLLY GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5 pm, Saturday by appointment. Free Admission!
For additional information and images, contact the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art at 706.722.5495. The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is located at 506 Telfair Street in historic downtown Augusta.
5th Ave. Christmas Window Challenge Returns to Downtown Statesboro
Georgia Southern students in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt), along with fashion, interior design and set design majors are again being challenged to design window displays worthy of a downtown Manhattan streetscape.
After a successful inaugural year, the 5th Ave. Christmas window-display challenge returns this year and features several new downtown retail locations. The event was started by Frills’ by Scott owner Scott Marchbanks as a way for students to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom and recognition for their talents. Last year’s competition drew attention from all who drove down Main Street, and this year the BFSDoArt and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority have joined forces to host a second year of 5th Ave. Christmas.
This year’s challenge features 11 teams that are currently working with businesses to create holiday windows based on a “Winter Wonderland” theme. Students met early in November to select one holiday décor item and one roll of ribbon to assist in the decorating of their window. Madame Couture’s owner Maria Proctor donated surplus holiday décor and Fleurish owner Tray Anderson donated ribbon for student use.
Participating businesses will have their windows covered for a 72-hour installation beginning Wednesday, December 4, while students are installing their designs. All windows will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. during the First Friday event downtown on December 6. The community will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite windows during the First Friday festivities, and voting will continue on the DSDA’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DSDAStatesboro.
Merchants participating in the window challenge include Bellies, Babies and Ballerinas; Merle Norman; Mary’s Linens; De Ja Vu Upscale Resale; Children’s Cottage Consignment; Main Street Bridal; Madame Couture’s Consignment Boutique; Bella Jay Photography; LA Waters Furniture; The Feathered Nest; and Sweet Cheeks Bakery. See a map with all participating locations here!
BFSDoArt students participating in the 2013 challenge include Graphic Design Minor Niya Euwing; 2D Studio Major and Art History Minor Kenneth Olowoyo; Art History and Studio Art Minor Alyson Gilbert; 2D Studio Art Major Katie Randall; Graphic Design Major Kiera Johnson; and Graphic Design Major Yendi Noelle Reid.
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.
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!
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.