Georgia Southern University to Host 33rd Annual ArtsFest April 11

ArtsFest'13 Tie-Dye ArtStop, 2013, Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University

ArtsFest’13 Tie-Dye ArtStop, 2013

Georgia Southern University’s Sweetheart Circle will come alive on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as thousands of people are expected to visit campus, celebrating visual and performing arts at the 33rd annual ArtsFest.

Hosted by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, the free art festival welcomes and encourages the community to become artists for the day. Festival-goers can express their artistic abilities at more than a dozen ArtStops. ArtStops allow participants to explore types, techniques and media of art while learning about various subject matters. Patrons can paint, sculpt, craft a pattern, measure a fish, create paper flowers, tie-dye a commemorative ArtsFest T-shirt, repurpose materials, shoot a painted arrow, pet an instrument and much more – all for free. Guests can also grab something to eat and admire one-of-a-kind artwork made by local artisans in the Artist Market.

“ArtsFest allows our community, young and old, to celebrate the importance of the arts in our everyday lives,” said Stephanie Arends Neal, director of ArtsFest. “Through the arts, we develop lifelong skills such as decision-making, motor skills, collaboration, analytical and critical thinking, inventiveness, self-expression, confidence and cultural awareness. It has been an honor to be a part of ArtsFest and watching it evolve over the years.”

Neal encourages everyone, but especially youngsters, to visit as many ArtStops as possible during the event to get a well-rounded artistic experience. “Art can be delightfully messy, so be sure you wear clothing that can get as colorful as your ArtsFest experience,” she added.

In addition to the ArtStops, attendees can experience the musical talents of headlining acts, Those Cats, F-Beams, and Pladd Dot School of Rock & Roll.

ArtsFest is a nonprofit event made possible by community and University volunteers.

“ArtsFest is made possible because of individuals who have devoted their time and love of the arts to give back to the community and university. Volunteers and ArtStop hosts consist of community members and faculty, staff, students and alumni from Georgia Southern.” said Neal. “The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art takes pride in giving back to the local community while offering events and services to provide students with valuable professional and leadership experience.”

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BFSDoArt Alumni are Getting Hired!

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

Eastdil Graphic Design Alumni, Collin Schwartz (’13) is now a Graphic Designer at Eastdil Secured. Eastdil Secured is a real estate investment banking company that uniquely combines capital markets expertise with an in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals to execute a wide range of real estate transactions to meet the needs of their clients.
Kaneva Ashleigh Amrine (’14), who minored in art, is working as a software engineer at Kaneva in Atlanta. Amrine is working with video games which she describes as a creative challenge. She also continues to paint while working full time as an engineer.
Zulily Brittany Kolar (’13), Graphic Design alumni, is now a Graphic Designer at Zulily. Zulily is an American e-commerce company. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, zulily sells clothing, toys, and home products. Zulily was started in 2009 by Blue Nile executives. Its initial public offering valued the company at $2.6 billion.
SalesFusion Graphic Design Alumni, Victor Martinez (’06) Customer Experience Manager at Salesfusion. Customer experience management is made up of the processes a company uses to track, oversee and organize every interaction between a customer and the organization throughout the customer lifecycle.
IHM As the new Marketing Graphic Designer at Integrated Health Management, Graphic Design Alumni, Jenny Hager (’08), is designing print and web ads for client’s specific needs. Integrated Health Management (IHM) is a business management & consulting firm based out of New Orleans, Louisiana that has assisted physician groups thrive since 1995.


MFA Candidate’s Work to be Featured in LogoLounge

LogoloungeMaster of Fine Arts Candidate Stephanie Arends Neal will have work featured in the ninth volume of LogoLounge. More than 22,000 logos were considered this year and only the top designs remained. Winning logos will be published in one of the best-selling graphic design book series in the world, which will be released by HOW/F+W Media, Inc in early 2016. The panel of international judges for this years competition included Kendrick Kidd of Shepherd Agency, Matt McCracken of Doublenaut, Sebastian Padilla of Anagrama, Ian Paget of LogoGeek, Tracy Sabin of Sabingrafik, Christopher Simmons of MINE, Matt Stevens of Design Office of Matt Stevens, and Alina Wheeler of Designing Brand Identity.

Hines Featured in Feature Shoot

Spirit Stories, Jessica Hines

A selection from photography professor Jessica Hines’ Spirit Stories published in Feature Shoot. Feature Shoot showcases the work of international emerging and established photographers who are transforming the medium through compelling, cutting-edge projects. With contributing writers from all over the world and a wide range of interests, Feature Shoot features contemporary work in all genres of photography: fine art, documentary, portrait, still life, landscape and more. They believe that photography is a powerful mode of storytelling, and try to share works that have a strong narrative vision. Started in 2008 by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot has now amassed an archive of over 3,000 posts of exceptional photography from around the globe.


Lemon’s Artwork Accepted to International Jewelry Contest

Professor Christina Lemon’s artwork was accepted to 28th International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest, organized by the Japan Shippo Conference, NPO, an international juried exhibition. The accepted artwork will be exhibited at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo Japan April 8-14, 2015.

BFSDoArt Alumni are Getting Hired!

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

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University, BFA, BA, Visual Art, Fine Art, MFA, Art School, Bachelors of Fine Art, Bachelors of Art, Masters of Fine Art,   Faculty, Professor, Alumni, Staff, US alarm, Hongteng Shen (’14), Graphic Design Alumni is now a Graphic Designer at Additional Technology Security.
Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University, BFA, BA, Visual Art, Fine Art, MFA, Art School, Bachelors of Fine Art, Bachelors of Art, Masters of Fine Art,   Faculty, Professor, Alumni, Staff, NCSU, NC state, Jean Gray Mohs (’08),  is now at NC State as a Curriculum Module Developer. NC State is located in Raleigh, NC. Where she develops science and arts related curriculum for citizen science projects based out of ZooUniverse. Collaborating with organizations & universities near and far such as Cornell Ornithology Lab, North Carolina Museum of Art & many more.
Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University, BFA, BA, Visual Art, Fine Art, MFA, Art School, Bachelors of Fine Art, Bachelors of Art, Masters of Fine Art,   Faculty, Professor, Alumni, Staff, psp, red dog, logo, Print, decatur ga, printing management, graphic communications management, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Book Arts, Etching, Woodblock, Print Paper Society, GCM Alumni, Justin Alderman (’14), is the new Project Manager Associate at PSP in Atlanta, GA. At PSP, Justin coordinates and facilitates printing of products and customer projects. Assists in the sales process by providing a communication link between customer, sales personnel, and production plant.


Majumdar’s Paper Accepted into Teaching and Learning Conference

USG Teaching and LearningGraphic design professor Santanu Majumdar’s paper Impact of Shaping the Future was accepted into the upcoming USG Teaching and Learning Conference, Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning. The paper discusses how good mentoring can help a significant success of student learning outcome.

Alumna featured artist at Mudfire in Atlanta

Mudfire Presents Resident Amy Roberson

“Lamp,” Amy Roberson

Amy (Bryan) Roberson, 3D Studio Arts alumna, is a continuing resident artist at Mudfire. She is from Ellijay, Georgia, a small town in the foothills of the Appalachians. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Georgia Southern University and soon joined the Mudfire family.

Amy’s work is inspired by the entanglement of youth and adulthood, visualized through mid century ideals and rave culture influences. Though these symbols of adulthood and youth seem distantly separated, their meaning and representations are combined in each piece to show the impossibility of their division. While the colorful influence of each can easily be seen, it takes a moment to understand the expectations and rewards each side involves. Mid century aesthetics represent many forces ranging from concern with public image, to the unattainability of the ideal lifestyle. Rave culture is idealistic in its own sense, the symbolism of youth and excitement is joyful, but in reality it is only an escape from the everyday norms we all create. The work in this exhibition shows the beginning of the exploration between these two symbolic forces and all they represent.

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Exhibition opens February 14, 2015 at 6PM

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Hines featured in Huffington Post

BFSDoArt Photography Professor, Jessica Hines, was recently featured in the Arts & Culture section of The Huffington Post.

These Bewitching Photos Of Rainbow Swamps Reveal The Magic Lurking In Mire

Spirit Stories #19, Jessica Hines

Spirit Stories #19, Jessica Hines

Originally from The Huffington Post
By Priscilla Frank
February 9, 2015

“Photographer Jessica Hines built a house on a swamp in southeast Georgia, not far from Savannah. Her reasoning was simple: “It is home to a large number of animal species and seeing the natural world everyday from my windows makes me happy,” she explained to The Huffington Post. It’s not hard to see why.

There is, however, something uniquely enchanting about Hines’ habitat. Every January and February during sunny days, a film of rainbow light stretches across the swamp’s surface. The colors result from plant oils and pollen forming a monomolecular film that reflects and refracts a spectrum of light. Hines compares it to the colors seen on a soap bubble. When Hines noticed this natural phenomenon, she purchased a pair of chest-high waders to photograph the colors at ground level, at their most intense…”

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These Bewitching Photos Of Rainbow Swamps Reveal The Magic Lurking In Mire

Collaboration Success for Master of Fine Arts Alumni and Sculpture Professor

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Professor Marc Moulton and MFA alumni Duke Oursler have collaborated to create Genesis, the first permanent installation of its kind for Founders Park in Johnson City, TN.

Founders keeper: First permanent art piece goes up at Johnson City’s newest park

Johnson City Press

City crews install a piece of “Genesis,” the first piece of permanent public art at Founders Park, by artists Duke Oursler and Marc Moulton. (Photos by Tony Casey/Johnson City Press)

“If you’re a frequenter of downtown Johnson City’s Founders Park, get used to seeing the names ‘Duke Oursler’ and ‘Marc Moulton.’The two artists have their signatures, in steel, stuck to the side of their piece “Genesis,” which was installed at the Sevier Street entrance of the park. Set to become illuminated, weighing in at a collective 3,000 pounds and reaching a height of 15 feet, the new piece is set to be an eye-catcher, and that’s before going into the details of its construction.

It’s made up of two pieces, a giant cone and a large sign that bears the park’s name with decorations of fauna and flora, tying in the envisioned theme.

It will be the first piece of permanent public art in the park, though several rotating piece of temporary art have graced the community space…”

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Genesis came to life after Oursler and Moulton submitted a proposal to the The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN who sought proposals for an art project that incorporated identifying signage for the new Founders Park retention pond project in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. The artwork must withstand varied environmental conditions, including occasional high water. Johnson City is distinguished as a community that embraces art, the environment, commerce, science, community, and education. The budget for this project was $50,000.

The park will eventually become integrated into what is envisioned as a greenway plan, a zone of property between downtown Johnson City and the campus of ETSU that would include patches of pollinator plants, sites for public art, as well as functional art – benches, planters, educational kiosks and bike racks. Opportunities for community events include art workshops and workshops on native plants and animals, using Brush Creek as an outdoor classroom for children. Nearby is the future home to the Johnson City Farmers Market. The greenway plan is envisioned as both symbolic and practical: feeding ideas and commerce between community and university, supplying exchanges between town and gown, as well as physically nurturing the environment and providing a habitat for beneficial birds and insects.

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