‘In the Spirit of Dada and Surrealism’ opens at Averitt Center for the Arts


The Averitt Center for the Arts Legends Gallery and the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art are pleased to announce In the Spirit of Dada and Surrealism with an opening reception November 7, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.

In the Spirit of Dada and Surrealism is a group exhibition of students currently enrolled in Dr. Julie McGuire’s Dada and Surrealism art history course at Georgia Southern University.  Born in a Europe shattered by World War I, Dada and Surrealist artists sought to escape the traditional and rational in art and thought. And, just as their predecessors did, the student works on display in In the Spirit of Dada and Surrealism are similarly designed to amuse, annoy, bewilder, mystify, and inspire reflection.

Students were challenged to create as closely as possible a work of art by a Dada or Surrealist artist in order to fully understand the artwork and to inspire their own future creative endeavors. By connecting the great ideas of others (through initially copying), some of the greatest leaps of originality have occurred in the history of art.

Included in the exhibition are Delonoe Baker, Sara Campbell, Brandon Coe, Stephanie Conmy, Chloe Coulibaly, Anna Currence, Sarah Diller, Lauren-Ashley Evans, Eleanor Ferrara, Taylor Genereux, Kaylee Johnston, Erika Jordan, Ahmad Kromah, Kaitlyn Lewis, Honor Lind, Kristen Lynch, Danaris Madera, Jacquaya McKenzie, Stephen Mincey, Kristin Moore, Deidre Pugh, Kathryn Rakoczy, Kennedy Rousseau, Allyson Schuman, Emmitt Smith, Alexandra Tobia, Megan Uphaus, Brandon Warnock and Cierra Willingham.

For the first time, this biennial exhibition will be showcased off-campus at the Averitt Center for the Arts for the community to enjoy.  In the Spirit of Dada and Surrealism will be on display in the Legends Gallery until Friday, November 28.

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Averitt Center for the Arts

The Averitt Center for the Arts is located at 33 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia and is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


‘Oh, The Abstracted Spaces’ on Display at The Center for Teaching and Technology

oh the abstracted spaces 2Artist’s Paintings and Drawings Exploring Abstraction

The Center for Teaching and Technology (CT2) is proud to host the exhibition Oh, The Abstracted Spaces. The exhibition includes an artist reception to be held on October 23rd from 3-5pm in Suite 1303 of the Henderson Library. The event is free, and all are invited to attend.

Created and curated by students from the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, the exhibition features recent artworks exploring abstraction as a way to investigate space over time. The exhibition features new and recent paintings and drawings by Emmitt Smith, D’antre Harris, Courtney England and Kenny Olowoyo. Oh, The Abstracted Spaces is a candid and creative showcase of varied approaches artists take when utilizing abstraction as a mode to communicate their ideas.Oh the astracted spaces

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art and CT2. “We are so happy to work with CT2 by sharing our BFA student’s artwork through a themed exhibition,” said Gallery Director Anthony Faris, “The addition of the exhibit activates the space in a way that makes viewers stop and reflect on the work. The student curators did a wonderful job.”

The exhibition will be on view at CT2 until December 11th the reception on October 23rd, 2014. The artists will be in attendance at to answer questions and speak about their recent works.



BFSDoArt Alumni are Getting Hired!

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

Joey Lanier (’14), accepted a job at CNN in Atlanta. Lanier graduated with a BFA in graphic design spring of 2014.
anisa April Faison (’14),  is now a Digital Media Specialist at Anisa International, Inc. Anisa International is the personal care industry’s leading global solutions innovator for cosmetic brushes, accessories, package design, market research and manufacturing capabilities. Brands worldwide depend on Anisa’s strong R&D to design premium products that create a need among consumers in prestige and masstige markets. By combining an intimate understanding of industry trends with innovative design manufacturing and sourcing capabilities, Anisa International gives their clients true creative and strategic partnership opportunities.
CulumbusMuseum Dori (Johnston) Nix (’14), in addition to expanding her brand as a wedding and lifestyle photographer, Dori (Johnston) Nix recently accepted two jobs in Columbus, GA as the Social Media and Online Coordinator for the Columbus Museum and a Teaching Artist for Empowered Youth of Columbus. Nix is also working publishing a quarterly magazine featuring local artists and business owners who actively collaborate in their community.
WierStewart Russ Pate (’12),  works for Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Ga as a Communications Designer.


BFSDoArt Alumni Bennett & Roberson in MODA Ceramics Sale and Exhibition

MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta), in conjunction with The Signature Shop, will be hosting Design + Crafted 2014, a Ceramics Sale and Exhibition from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5. As part of the festivities Mudfire Resident Artist and BFSDoArt Alumni, Kevin Bennett & Amy (Bryan) Roberson (2013), will be demonstrating on Saturday and Sunday. Bennett works in raku sculpture and throws dynamic goblet and stein forms on the wheel. Roberson’s work is a contemporary vision of mid-century modern forms. Her forms range from the functional to sculptural vessels or stacks and her work fits in beautifully with modern and mid-century decor. Her palette is bright, cheerful, and fun.

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.


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