Artist to Give Talk, Open Exhibition at CSU’s Corn Center

art dept. visiting scholarsCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Blane De St. Croix, a visiting artist at Columbus State University’s Department of Art, will give a talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts.

The public is invited to the talk, which will be followed by the opening reception for an exhibition of his work,  (Un)Natural History. In the exhibit, De St. Croix explores the geopolitical landscape through drawing and sculptural installation. The exhibition is on view now through Nov. 21. For more information, visit


De St. Croix and art historian Laura Amrhein are at CSU this academic year through the art department’s  Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program, which is made possible by support of the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, CSU student activity Fees and CSU’s Friends of Art.

De St. Croix earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Mich. De St. Croix has exhibited his sculptures, drawings and installations in New York, Los Angeles, London, Lithuania and Tokyo. He is the recipient of several national and international awards, grants, fellowships and residencies, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholarship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture. He’s currently an associate professor of sculpture at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

In the spring, Amrhein will join the CSU faculty to teach Mayan Art and Architecture, an art history course that will be cross-listed with CSU’s anthropology program. Amrhein, an associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, received her master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the last five years, the Virginia native has conducted research, delivered papers before international professional organizations and taught students onsite in 11 countries.

Last year, Amrhein and a UALR colleague led a contingent of students to two Mexican states where Mayan culture can be examined. Her study of classic Maya iconography is pending publication by the University Press of Colorado. She has received 14 grants to support her research, including awards from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. Amrhein was recently awarded a grant to support her research in New Delhi, which focused on Indian environmental artists and their impact on global awareness.

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