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Katherine Taylor’s Reflective Plane on view at Center for Art & Theatre Sept. 28 – Oct. 20

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.”

Area Educators Invited to Attend Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy Sept. 15-16

Several departments at Georgia Southern University  have teamed up to host the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Georgia, on Sept. 15-16.

The mission of the conference is to provide the opportunity to share research and best methods related to teaching, learning and assessing essential lifelong learning skills. This conference is open to all information literacy and media professionals, educators, scholars, library specialists and anyone with a passion for learning how we share, receive and communicate with one another. Attendees will experience workshops, webinars and roundtable discussions in various breakout sessions.

Cheryl Ball will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. Ball is the director of the Digital Publishing Institute for the University Libraries at West Virginia University, and the co-principal investigator on a $1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to build an open-source academic publishing platform for print and multimedia scholarship.

The conference is jointly hosted by Zach S. Henderson Library, the College of Business, the College of Education, the Department of Writing and Linguistics, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit

Whelan Presents Paper, Conducts Symposium on English Baptist History

On 11 August, a paper by Timothy Whelan, Ph.D., titled “Mary Hays and the Dissenting Tradition of Women’s Correspondence,” was presented at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism at Ottawa, Canada. Whelan could not attend because of a conflict with another event (see below), but his paper was read nevertheless at a panel on the interplay between religious Dissent and Romanticism by Judyta Frodyma. On August 12, Whelan, conducted a day-long Symposium in Baptist Research for Doctoral students in Baptist History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. Whelan’s 5-hour series of power point presentations focused on his work in conducting archival research and uncovering manuscript collections in England and America pertaining to Baptist history and the use of these manuscripts in transforming previous ideas about English Baptist history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Since 2000, Dr. Whelan has published 10 books and 26 articles on Baptist history and life in England between 1750 and 1850 and is now one of the foremost Baptist historians in the world for that period.

Georgia Southern Art Students Exhibit Work at Savannah’s Blick Gallery

“Ovation,” an exhibition showcasing the Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) Visual Art Scholarship recipients for the 2017-18 academic year, will be on view Sept. 1-30 at Savannah’s Blick Gallery.

The nine artists featured in the exhibition are Master of Fine Arts candidates Jessamy McManus and Courtney Ryan, as well as undergraduates Samantha Cleveland, Brandon Kilgore, Elise Rustine, Dylan Stembridge, Megan Tanner, Marian Trainor and Allison Vagase. The exhibition will include animation, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking/book arts, sculpture, and small metals.

A public reception for this year’s exhibition will be Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will coincide with Blick Art Materials’ Madness sales event.

“The exhibition offers a glimpse into the wide range of artwork that is produced by our students. Every year I am impressed with the high-caliber work that the scholarship recipients produce,” said Associate Professor and exhibition curator, Elsie Taliaferro Hill, MFA. “I have no doubt this year will exceed expectations.”

The Department awarded the Rosalind D. Ragans Art Scholarship, Carolyn Joyner Memorial Scholarship, Peter Smith Memorial Graphic Design Award, Roxie Remley Scholarship, the Jane Pleak Scholarship, the Eagle Nation on Parade Scholarship, and three Betty Foy Sanders Scholarships this academic year, as well as four travel scholarships. The criteria for receiving these competitive awards reflect the student’s academic achievement and creative performance while enrolled at the BFSDoArt at Georgia Southern University.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the artistic accomplishments of our scholarship recipients in Savannah, and we could not be more proud of their work,” said Professor and Visual Art Scholarship Director, Julie McGuire, Ph.D.

The Blick Gallery is located inside Blick Art Materials at 318 East Broughton Street in Savannah, Georgia, 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, has been 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 constrictions in schools and communities.

The BFSDoArt at Georgia Southern University is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians, and industry executives.The BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Learn more about the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at

Shivers Named New Vice President for Student Life at Iowa

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences alum Melissa Shivers was named the next Vice President for Student Life at the University of Iowa over the summer.

Shivers brings 20 years of experience to the role after stints at the University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, Clemson University, and Georgia Southern University.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve the University of Iowa in this collaborative role to support student success and be part of the Hawkeye family,” said Shivers.

She received a Bachelor of Science in communication arts from Georgia Southern and a Ph.D. in College Student Affairs from Georgia.

“Shivers has a long history making sure everything she and her team does is focused on having a positive impact on students and their success,” says UI President Bruce Harreld. “She will be an immediate and tremendous asset for the university.”