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Katherine Taylor

Sept. 28 – Oct. 20, 2017


Thursday, Oct. 19  
6 p.m. 
Arts Building, room 2071

Reception follows at
Center for Art & Theatre

Atlanta-based artist Katherine Taylor, known for her powerful and sometimes ominous paintings, challenges perceptions with her exhibition “Reflection Plane,” on view at Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art & Theatre from Sept. 25 to Oct. 20.

The public is invited to learn more about Taylor and her work during an Artist Talk on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. in Arts Building, room 2071. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Center for Art & Theatre.

“Reflection Plane” acknowledges the deep influence our perception of the landscape has on the environment. The paintings depict engineered spaces that mirror the boundaries of sky and water, always directing attention back to the surface. The works show direct observations framed, snapped or stopped in action with intact portions of railings, pools, signs or concrete structures grounding the view.

“I paint with an awareness of the emotional territory of our shifting physical world,” said Taylor. “The paintings operate with perceptions of distance to bring abstract surfaces into being by accessing illusions of moving space with fixed impressions of deep space. Coupled with the geometry that orders our lives, these images in painting examine the environmental conditions of our world.”

Taylor’s work has been featured in numerous publications including “New American Paintings,” “Art Papers,” “The Boston Globe” and the newly published book “Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views.” Her work has also been included in exhibitions internationally, including the Quebec City Biennale, Quebec, Canada; Diverseworks, Houston, Texas; The Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia; Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia; and at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am excited to exhibit Taylor’s work here at Georgia Southern,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “Taylor’s paintings are an intriguing mix of eras and implications that take some time and consideration to detect. They initially look like abstract works but are in fact fairly representational, which lends them a spatial complexity not often found in, say, modernist approaches to pictorial flatness. At the same time, the works play interesting games with the notion of a painted surface, a painterly agenda that complicates the relationship between the painting as an object covered with paint, and an imaginary window through which we view a painted scene.”

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Betty Foy Sanders Fluid Structures


Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017


Thursday, Sept. 28  
 5 pm
Center for Art & Theatre

 After spending more than half a century making art, Betty Foy Sanders will present her final exhibition this fall at Georgia Southern University.

As part of the Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection 50th Anniversary events, the exhibition, “Fluid Structures,” will be presented at the Center for Art & Theatre’s University Gallery from Sept. 28 – Oct. 13. It will be on view during the Georgia Artists Collection 50th Anniversary Celebration, a special event, beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.

“‘Fluid Structures’ would be a top-tier exhibition under any circumstances, but the fact that it marks the culmination of a love of art-making that dates back to the mid-century, post-war era makes this fresh and exciting exhibition all the more impressive,” says Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “The suite of drawings, or Doodles, as Mrs. Sanders calls them, looks as contemporary as anything on exhibit at the most contemporary galleries, anywhere. This recent body of drawings, combined with a selection of other recent paintings and mixed media works, makes this is a must-see show by one of the Southeast’s most vibrant artists.”

At age 91, the 74th first lady of Georgia (1963-67) has never stopped looking for ways to challenge her artistic skills. From watercolors to oils, to ink, rocks and minerals, her work spans a range of mediums and reflects a variety of influences. While “Fluid Structures” will focus on her newest body of work, work from each of her eras–including Native American, Wildflowers and Rocks & Minerals–will be highlighted in the Georgia Artists Collection 50th Anniversary Exhibition.

Sanders has a deep love of art and her home state, which has driven her work both in and out of the studio. In her own artwork, Sanders has explored Georgia’s flora and fauna, geology, history and coastal regions. During her time as first lady, she and her late husband, Gov. Carl Sanders, contributed greatly to arts programs across the state, creating the Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities, establishing community arts organizations, and building arts facilities for public institutions, such as Georgia Southern’s Foy Fine Arts Building, named for her father. Sanders is the founder and curator of Georgia Southern’s Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection, which celebrates notable artists across the state and will mark its 50th anniversary this year. She and Gov. Sanders have given generously to the University’s Art Department, which is named in her honor.

For more information about the Georgia Artists Collection, please visit To RSVP to the special 50th Anniversary event on Sept. 28, please contact or (912) 478-6667.

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Donated to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art in 2007 by Statesboro Historian, Smith Callaway Banks, the Smith Callaway Banks Southern Folk Art Collection brings a whole new world to campus with its unique and colorful pottery, paintings and artifacts. View the Collection →



Last updated: 9/20/2017

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