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Center for Art & Theatre to present Betty Foy Sanders’s final exhibition

Betty Foy Sanders Fluid Structures

NOTE: Due to delays caused by Hurricane Irma, the opening date of this exhibition has been changed to Sept. 28.  

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. 25 – 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. Read more…


Katherine Taylor’s Reflective Plane on view at Center for Art & Theatre Sept. 25 – Oct. 20

Katherine Taylor

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. Read more…


Georgia Southern marks 50th Anniversary of the Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection

50th Anniversary

 

STATESBORO, Ga. — The Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection, one of Georgia Southern University’s largest permanent collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone anniversary, a special exhibition of the Georgia Artists Collection will be on view at the Center for Art & Theatre from Sept. 25 through March 9, 2018, and a special event is set for Sept. 28.

“The Georgia Artists Collection is the cornerstone of the Center for Art & Theatre’s art exhibitions. The collection offers a wealth of styles and disciplines to exhibit for the benefit and inspiration of our students here at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher, who oversees the collection. “That Mrs. Sanders had the foresight to establish the collection 50 years ago, and has kept it vital through her continued generosity, is a testament to her passion for the arts, and to her passion for exposing our students to artists and artworks from the many walks of life here in the state of Georgia.”

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition will feature a large sampling of the Georgia Artists Collection’s nearly 100 pieces of art, which ranges from textiles, woodwork, paintings, ceramics and more, and features notable artists such as John Abbott, Lamar Dodd, Betty Foy Botts, Mary Engel, Matthew Hatala, George L. Parrish and Steven Penley, among many others.

A 50th Anniversary Celebration is set for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5-7 p.m., and will feature live music, a gallery talk and refreshments. Running in parallel with the event, former first lady of Georgia Betty Foy Sanders will present her final exhibition, “Fluid Structures,” which consists of more than 40 recent works. Paintings by Atlanta-based artist Katherine Taylor, an exhibition of Georgia Folk Art from the Smith Callaway Banks Southern Folk Art Collection, and work by Georgia Southern alumnus Timothy Earls, an art director and set designer who has worked on many popular feature films including “The Avengers” movies, also will be on view.

The Celebration will be followed by a  performance of “Anon(ymous)” at 7:30 p.m. in the Center’s Black Box Theatre. Poster Artwork for the 2017-2018 Theatre season was created by Georgia Southern students and faculty artists. The original work and prints will be available for purchase in the lobby with proceeds supporting the student artists and theatre scholarships.   

To RSVP for Georgia Artists Collection 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 28, please contact cstoddard@georgiasouthern.edu or RSVP online by Sept. 7. For tickets to the Black Box Theatre Performance, please contact the Box Office at (912) 478-5379, or go to GeorgiaSouthern.edu/CAT.

In 1967, Betty Foy Sanders established the Georgia Artists Collection when she donated a painting of her own, “Coastal Sand Dunes,” for permanent display. Since then, Sanders has curated the collection by adding key works of art created by notable artists. With her impeccable aesthetic sense and critical eye, Sanders chooses artworks for the collection based upon their association with Georgia—whether the artist’s origin, the indigenous materials used or the regional content of the artwork.

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New artwork added to Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection

Matthew Hatala

Matthew Hatala, 2016

New artwork from artist Matthew Hatala has been added to Georgia Southern University’s permanent art collection, the Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection, and is currently on view at the Center for Art & Theatre.

The work, a wood vessel created by Hatala, was acquired and curated into the collection by Betty Foy Sanders in May. The vessel also will be included in the Georgia Artists Collection 50th Anniversary Exhibition beginning Sept. 25.

Hatala, of Danielsville, Georgia, is one of the Southeast’s most prominent woodturners. He has been creating vessels using a variety of rare and exotic wood for nearly 27 years. The piece added to the collection was made from pippy yew wood, native to the Pacific Northwest.

“Matthew’s new piece, made this past January, is a real gem of a work,” says Jason Hoelscher, who, as gallery director at the Center for Art and Theatre, oversees the Georgia Artists Collection. “The form of the vessel is gorgeous in its sinuous quality, and Matthew’s handling of the materials creates an interesting feel of marble or some other highly polished stone, while at the same time highlighting the features inherent to his choice of wood.”

Hatala participates in dozens of national shows and crafts festivals each year. His work can be found in notable collections such as the Detroit Institute of Art, the New York Museum of Art and Design, the Bohlen Wood Art Collection at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and many private collections, including the Montalto Bohlen Collection.

Betty Foy Sanders established the Georgia Artists Collection in 1967 when she donated a painting of her own, “Coastal Sand Dunes” for permanent display. Since then, Sanders has continued to curate the collection by adding key works of art created by notable artists. Artwork is selected based on its association with Georgia–whether the artist’s origin, the indigenous material used or the regional content of the work. Now in its 50th year, the Georgia Artists Collection has grown to nearly 100 works, and is an invaluable resource to the state.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art presents “Continuum” alumni exhibition in August

Continuum 2017

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) will present “Continuum,” its 2017 alumni biennial exhibition, from Aug. 14 to Sept. 15 in the Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre on campus. A reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Highlighting the diverse professional art practices and continued creative endeavors of BFSDoArt alumni, this exhibition showcases an interdisciplinary selection of painting, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, photography, prints and sculpture. Featured artists are Robert Chandler, Eric Clark, Alfred Conteh, Amy Fix, Grayson Hoffman, Jason McCoy and Max Rebel.

“However dynamic an art department is in and of itself, the true test comes in seeing what its graduates end up doing once they’ve finished school,” says Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher, MFA. “I think the diversity of approaches, styles, disciplines and media featured in this exhibition is a true testament to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s interdisciplinary approach, and to the hard work and creative drive of our alumni. Not to mention, and most crucially, the exhibition itself is a real attention-grabber, offering great art and design work to look at and think about.”

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