New Art Exhibition by CSU Alum Conveys Struggle for Social Interaction

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new art exhibition called “Fractured” by Columbus State University alumna Emily Elliott is now on display in CSU’s ArtLab in the historic Seaboard Depot building on Front Avenue in downtown Columbus.

Consisting of a life-size sculpture and three paintings, the exhibition is a representation of biological and psychological defense mechanisms resulting from trauma and emotional anxiety, a recurring theme in Elliott’s work.

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“As a student of the Department of Art, Emily always challenged herself and set the bar high among her peers,” said Hannah Israel, associate professor of art and gallery director at CSU. “Her work was well developed and conceptually mature as an undergraduate. I am so happy that she was willing to come back to CSU to meet with our current students and share her ideas and experiences.”

CSU’s Department of Art will host a reception for “Fractured” Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the ArtLab. Elliott will give her remarks at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Columbus, Elliott received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Columbus State University in 2011 and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 2014. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Elliott uses sculptures and the body as a canvas to convey struggle for social interaction. Referencing philosophical metaphors for society and the individual, her work depicts viscerally the damage and effects of interaction on the individual psyche. Elliott’s evocative works blur the designations of the body and mind, while implicating the figure as both victim and perpetrator.

“Fractured” is on display in the ArtLab until Dec. 10. For more information, contact Israel at Israel_Hannah@ColumbusState.edu.

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New Art Degree at CSU Earns Full Accreditation

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Art degree program has been fully approved for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, making all six Department of Art degrees accredited under the highest national standard.

“Achieving this [accreditation] milestone for our newest degree enhances our department’s standing within a peer group of the top art and design programs nationally,” said Joe Sanders, CSU’s Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art.

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CSU’s B.A. in Art degree track, which will begin enrolling students this fall, is designed to provide students a balance of studio art and liberal arts study. An important benefit of the program will be a high quality, flexible path to graduation for incoming freshman, non-traditional students, students who change majors and students who transfer from two-year degree programs, Sanders said.

By prioritizing an inclusive and broad educational approach emphasizing college completion, CSU’s B.A. in Arts degree program will support the University System of Georgia’s initiative to increase student success by boosting retention, progression and graduation (RPG) rates across the state.

CSU’s B.A. in Art will complement and support the art department’s current undergraduate curriculum, which includes three degree tracks: a B.F.A. in Art, a B.S.Ed. in Art Education and a B.A. in Art History. CSU’s new B.A. track will emphasize the liberal arts while preparing students for a wide variety of arts-related and other career fields. The Bachelor of Fine Arts track is CSU’s professional arts degree program that prepares students for graduate study and careers requiring more specialization.

“The inclusion of a B.A. in Art will create a more fully comprehensive Department of Art,” Sanders said.

A new Visual Communication Certificate is also launching this summer as a collaboration between CSU’s Departments of Art and Communication.

Learn more about CSU’s Department of Art at art.columbusstate.edu or apply online at admissions.columbusstate.edu/applications.

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Columbus State University Art Student Commissioned For New Clock Tower Painting to Honor 5th President

Clock Tower Painting by Julianna Wells

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new painting of Columbus State University’s iconic T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower, named for CSU’s first president, will be unveiled this afternoon during the inauguration of CSU’s fifth president.

CSU’s Alumni Association commissioned art major Julianna Wells to finish her painting in time for President Chris Markwood’s investiture ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus.

The painting will be on display in the RiverCenter lobby during Thursday’s ceremony.

“When asked to paint the tower, I was ecstatic,” said Wells. “Ever since attending CSU, I wanted to make a painting centered around the clock tower because of how iconic it is.”

Wells is a junior in CSU’s Department of Art and a private student of Bo Barlett, an American realist artist from Columbus. Wells is also a recipient of CSU’s Funding Future Artists Scholarship that attracts students nationwide to CSU.

“The inspiration for my artwork comes from nature, my memories, dreams and experiences,” said Wells, a resident of Pine Mountain, Ga. “I would paint watercolors of the surrounding landscape, and that eventually grew into a lifelong passion.”

Wells’ experience and passion helped her design a different kind of painting.

“What makes this particular rendering of the clock tower unique is the addition of people,” said Jennifer Joyner, director of alumni and donor engagement at CSU. “Every other previous painting of the tower does not include people, but the tower is CSU’s main central station. It’s where students play Frisbee, host events and more. It only makes sense that that vitality is permanently depicted.”

“I wanted to show the tower as a hub of activity for students and as a monument to Columbus State University,” said Wells.

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CSU Department of Art Hosts Statewide Art Education Conference

GAEA color logoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — More than 150 educators and art education students from across the state will work together to rethink ways to reuse junk as Columbus State University’s Department of Art hosts the 2015 Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Professional Learning Fall Conference this week in downtown Columbus.

Titled “Rethunk Junk,” the conference runs Thursday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1, and will address issues of sustainability and the use of recycled, reused and readapted material in the development of creative projects at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center and CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts.

“GAEA continues to provide a tremendous level of support to art teachers throughout the state,” said Bret Lefler, CSU art education program coordinator and the 2013 GAEA Higher Ed Division Teacher of the Year, who is helping to organize this year’s conference. “CSU’s Department of Art is honored to have been selected by GAEA to host their annual fall conference. We look forward to showing off Columbus and working with GAEA on an outstanding conference.”

The conference also will feature workshops, panel presentations, demonstrations, vendor displays, an artist market and a juried members’ exhibition in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery open to the public.

GAEA is a professional organization affiliated with the National Art Education Association, the largest organization devoted to Art Education programs ranging from K-12 to higher education.

Participants will receive the opportunity to visit the Columbus Museum and Pasaquan, an environmental art site in Buena Vista, Ga. and currently undergoing restoration by the Kohler Foundation.

In addition, the conference’s keynote speakers, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, will introduce participants to their “eco artwork.” The artists are known for their projects involving the collection of plastic detritus washed up on 1,000 yards of Kehoe Beach on the Point Reyes National Seashore.

For more information, contact Joe Sanders, chair of CSU’s Department of Art, at sanders_joe@columbusstate.edu or 706-507-8302.

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CSU Art Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Research, Lecture in Sweden

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at CSU, pouring bronze and working metal during his latest residency in Australia at Australia National University.

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at CSU, pouring bronze and working metal during his latest residency in Australia at Australia National University.

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at Columbus State University, has been awarded a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to explore new research at Steneby, part of the University of Gothenburg in the School of Design and Craft in Sweden. The prestigious award was announced recently by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

McFalls will spend five months in Sweden beginning January 2015 researching processes and techniques on forging and metal working. “I plan on exploring, experimenting, and learning as many methods and processes of forging metal by participating and collaborating in workshops with the highly skilled Steneby faculty artisans: Heiner Zimmermann, Pär Gustafsson, and Otto Samuelsson,” McFalls said.

Steneby is home to the Iron and Steel/Public Space facilities, one of Europe’s largest academic metal and blacksmithing workspaces, which inspired McFalls to study at the university during his first visit to the country with Jeff Kaller, a former CSU ceramics professor who now works at Steneby.

McFalls_bronze_02McFalls also will spend four weeks teaching and co-teaching within the VGK (Visuell gestaltning och kommunikation) and master’s programs at Steneby, The VGK program is a module in visual training, drawing, and visual literacy that will center on a project to enhance the student’s ability to interpret the transition of form from two to three dimensions. McFalls will co-teach the module with Steneby faculty member Anna-Lill Nilsson so that students may benefit from a dialogue between artists from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. McFalls will benefit himself from the collaborative exchange of pedagogical ideas.

“The pedagogical influence will be immeasurable – the new skills and ideas that I bring back with me will undoubtedly have a positive impact on students at CSU,” McFalls said.

McFalls_bronze_01McFalls is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. For more information about the program, visit http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program.

“To be a Fulbright Scholar is truly an honor and a privilege, and I feel blessed to be having this opportunity,” McFalls said. “That said, there is no way that we (my family and me) could be doing this without the experiences that CSU’s Center for International Education has provided in the past and the continual support from Joe Sanders, chair of the Department of Art, Richard Baxter, dean of College of the Arts, and Tom Hackett, CSU provost.”

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CSU Art Department Adds Digital Art and Design to Curriculum

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Beginning next fall 2014, Columbus State University’s Department of Art will offer a digital arts and design track to its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

“The digital arts and design curriculum is kind of a hybrid  — I guess that’s the best way to describe it — between digital media fine art and design,” said Joe Sanders, CSU’s Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art. “It’s an area of focus within the BFA degree.”

Heidi May, who completed her Ph.D. in art education at the University of British Columbia in 2013, was hired by CSU in 2012 to specifically develop the digital arts and design curriculum.

“We’ll be adding on to things we are already doing,” Sanders said. “We’re building the digital arts and design program incrementally based on the resources we have available, the people and that sort of thing. What we’re hoping to do is add some faculty in the future to further integrate graphic design and other types of design into the art department program — (adding) more technology into the program.”

Columbus State’s Department of Art recently won national reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for the next 10 years for all five of its degrees. Other undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in art education and the Bachelor of Arts in art history. The department also offers a Master of Education in art education and, for students seeking teaching certification, a Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

For more information on CSU’s Department of Art, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art.

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Columbus State’s Art Department Earns National Accreditation

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Department of Art received word Monday that its programs have been approved for reaccreditation for the next decade by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

“The ten year reaccreditation has been a major goal of the department and achieving this milestone for the first time firmly establishes our program within a peer group of the top art and design programs nationally,” said Joe Sanders, CSU’s Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art.

Ten years is the maximum length of time for NASAD accreditation. Previously, CSU had been accredited by NASAD for shorter periods of time. CSU offers three undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees that will remain in “good standing” through the 2022-2023 school year as a result of the reaccreditation:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in art
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in art education
  • Bachelor of Arts in art history
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in art education (leading to teaching certification)
  • Master of Education in art education

Columbus State had been working toward NASAD reaccreditation since 2012, completing its self-study in 2013 followed by an on-site review by a NASAD-appointed team in March 2013.

After the onsite visit, evaluators presented a Visitors Report summarizing their findings.

“The arts, professional education, community partnerships, service leadership and global awareness are themes that one hears on campus as well as in university promotional materials,” CSU’s Visitors Report states. “The Department of Art is well positioned to take an enhanced leadership role in this mission through its increasing connections and partnerships in the local, regional, national and international art communities, as well as through the programming in the Illges Gallery.”

Columbus State’s reaccreditation effort was approved during the annual NASAD Commission Meeting in May. The commission stated in its letter to Sanders: “NASAD appreciates the institution’s extraordinary efforts clearly evident in its application.”

For more on CSU’s Department of Art, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art.

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CSU Art Department Hosts 2014 All-State Art Symposium

Art SymposiumCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Art will host the 2014 All-State Art Symposium May 16-17 at CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front Ave.

The symposium’s juried exhibition, sponsored annually by the Georgia Art Education Association, presents artwork by Georgia’s top high school art students. Admission is free and tickets are unnecessary. The artwork may be viewed in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 15; from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, May 16; and from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

The annual All-State Art Symposium is dedicated to promoting and recognizing the creative talents of Georgia high school students. This year, selected high school students from around the state will have the opportunity to take workshops on Saturday in welding, photography, animation, digital concepts, printmaking and various other artistic disciplines taught by faculty from CSU’s Department of Art.

Students and their teachers arriving Friday evening will be able to socialize and take tours of CSU’s Corn Center, followed by a keynote address from Bret Lefler, an associate professor of art at CSU and the GAEA’s Higher Education Teacher of the Year.

For more information, call 706-507-8302 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art/artsymposium/.

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Writer: Bill Sutley, University Relations, bsutley@ColumbusState.edu, 706-507-8724
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Columbus State to Open Newly Renovated Seaboard Depot as Art Studios

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The Seaboard Depot Art Studios is the latest addition to Columbus State’s RiverPark campus in Uptown Columbus.

COLUMBUS — Columbus State University will hold a ribbon-cutting Thursday and officially open its newest addition to downtown Columbus: the Seaboard Depot Art Studios.

At the corner of Front Avenue and Tenth Street, this newly renovated historic building will house 18 individual art studios for CSU Department of Art undergraduate students, six faculty studios, a visiting artist studio and a gallery for new media projects, common area, instructional studio, seminar room and display areas.

A ribbon cutting for the studios will be held Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. A reception and building tours will follow until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.

With brightly painted colored walls, lots of window for natural light, historic wood and brick construction, the Seaboard Depot Art Studios are a magnificent addition to the university’s RiverPark campus, said College of Arts Dean Richard Baxter, noting that the studios are another example of the university repurposing facilities downtown to be both functional and beautiful.

“These new studios will allow our art students to have their own dedicated spaces to spur their creativity and help with their assignments,” Baxter said. “I think the Seaboard Depot Art Studios are a much-needed complement to the learning spaces and Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts.”

The Seaboard Depot building has been owned by CSU Foundation Properties Inc., for several years. When several tenants moved out, the Department of Art proposed repurposing the building to help serve the needs of a growing art student population. Private funding was secured — the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation was a major contributor — and work was able to begin last year to renovate the building.

“The Seaboard Depot has always been a beautiful building,” said Columbus State President Tim Mescon. “The renovations inside are just stunning, and continue our tradition downtown of partnering with our supporters to create facilities that really are among the finest you will find in this country.”

Joe Sanders, chair of the university’s Department of Art, said “These unique spaces, now called the Seaboard Depot Art Studios, create immediate synergy between our most advanced students, faculty, resident artists, and the public, while providing enhanced opportunities for program growth, productivity, and community interaction. Nationally competitive art programs have great faculty, great facilities, great programs and studios that students can call their own and this facility will become a major recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest students.”

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Columbus Artists’ Guild Makes Gift Through CSU Friends of Art

 COLUMBUS, Ga.  — The Columbus Artists’ Guild, through CSU Friends of Art, has recently given a significant amount of funding to the Columbus State University Department of Art in addition to the annual scholarship funds that the organization donates. This donation reflects the guild’s dedication to promoting the arts in Columbus, Ga., and the surrounding valley area.

The purpose of the guild, which was founded in 1950, is to “encourage all artists to do better work, to share work and ideas with other artists, and to create an opportunity for them to display and sell their work,” according to the organization’s handbook. This non-profit organization continues to fulfill its purpose by holding monthly meetings for members and prospective members, by sponsoring three workshops each year, and by holding its annual members’ juried exhibition.

The guild has many connections with the CSU Department of Art. Several of the guild’s monthly meetings, which typically consist of a small business portion followed by an art-related interactive demonstration or presentation, have been held in the Department of Art’s facilities. Also, for the past two years, the guild has used the Department of Art’s Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery to house its annual members’ juried exhibition. Finally, several of the guild’s members are also members of the Friends of Art, which is an organization that was formed to provide financial support to the CSU Department of Art.

The guild continues to encourage its existing members to further support the Friends of Art at CSU. Whether are a professional artist, an aspiring artist, or someone who simply has an interest in supporting local art, membership is encouraged and welcome at the guild. According to the current president, Bucky Bowles, the guild wants all of its members to come to the meetings and workshops with “an expectation of learning something or being able to ask a question that they’ve always wanted to ask;” the most recent workshop explored pewter casting. Membership in the guild is free to local high school and university students.

To find out more about the CSU Department of Art and how to become a member of the Friends of Art at CSU, please visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art/friendsofart.php. To find out more about the Columbus Artists’ Guild and how to become a member, please visit http://www.columbusartistsguild.org/.

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Photo: Bucky Bowles, from left, current Columbus Artists’ Guild president, with Joe Sanders, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art, and College of the Arts Dean Richard Baxter.

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Art Student’s Painting Selected for Display in Governor’s Office

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University art student Steven Tette has had one of his paintings, “Self Concept (Family affair),” selected to hang in Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive offices at the state Capitol in Atlanta as part of the “Art of Georgia” exhibit.

Tette, graduate assistant in CSU’s art education program, was told in his selection letter from the state that that his work “stood out as an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia artwork.”

The painting of his parents took Tette about 60 hours to complete, he said. The image is mostly from a photograph, but he said he used a little artistic license and painted himself as a child, looking through the window behind his mother.

The painting will hang in the governor’s office until this fall.

Tette was one of many artists throughout Georgia who submitted work to the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts for the The Art of Georgia: Celebrating Georgia’s Landscapes and People, a rotating exhibit to showcase current work of contemporary Georgia visual artists. Works of art were sought and selected by region over a two-year period, with work from each region on display for about six-months. Two-dimensional visual art, in a variety of media, exploring the theme of Georgia’s culture, heritage and environment are considered. Pieces were selected by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

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Caption: Steven Tette, a graduate art student at Columbus State University, presents his artwork to Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor’s office in the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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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 http://ColumbusState.edu/art.

 

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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CSU Grad Mike Howard Returns to Exhibit ‘Paintings of Life and Death’

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University grad Mike Howard, a nationally respected artist and fixture of the New York City art scene, will return to CSU to present his latest body of work, Crossing the Bridge: Paintings of Life and Death.

The Oct. 4-22 show, curated by Fred Fussell, former curator of exhibitions for the Columbus Museum of Art, will be Howard’s first at Columbus State since he graduated in the early 1970s.

An opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the gallery will feature comments from both Howard and Fussell.

The work will include a series depicting “The Assassination of Albert Patterson,” referring to the Alabama attorney general who was immortalized in the film, The Phenix City Story, about organized crime that overran the city in the 1950s. artwork

artworkOther works include depictions of the assassinations of icons such as John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, plus the 1940 pickaxe murder in Mexico of exiled Soviet political figure Leon Trotsky and the 1983 killing of subway graffiti artist Michael Stewart by transit officers in a New York City subway.

Raised in Phenix City, Howard served in the Marine Corps., then attended University of Georgia and New York’s Whitney Museum Independent Program. He worked in SoHo as an assistant to the late minimalist artist Donald Judd from 1969-1971 before returning home to complete an art education degree from Columbus College in 1972. He received an MFA from Rutgers University, where he studied with artist Leon Golub and taught for eight years.

Now based in Brooklyn, Howard has exhibited his work around the country since 1971, including a 1990 show at the Columbus Museum.

He also has been associated with Fluxus, a movement emphasizing the concept of anti-art and ridiculing the seriousness of modern art.

A prominent New York art dealer, Michael Walls, once wrote: “With the exception of a small number of superb artists … Michael (Howard) was one of the first painters in New York to work in a manner that combined a tough and rambunctious conceptualization, strong social commentary and an approach to the handling of paint that was both gestural and diagrammatic. The paintings made a deep and lasting impression on the large number of young artists …”

This exhibition in the Illges Gallery coincides with an exhibition of Howard’s work at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center titled Good Ole Boy, curated by Stuart Hordner.

For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art.

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Images are from Mike Howard’s “The Assassination of Albert Patterson” series: (Top) Moments before the assassination of Albert Patterson. (Bottom) Iconic author and Columbus native Carson McCullers in a Phenix City nightspot.

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CSU Hosts River Fellow Visiting Artist

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Californian Mathew Zefeldt, an artist whose paintings, according to a recent published review, “exhibit an exciting sense of exploration,” is Columbus State University’s most recent River Fellow Visiting Artist. artwork

The summer residency program, in its second year, is designed to expose CSU art students and community art enthusiasts to new professionals, while helping these artists launch their careers.

Zefeldt, a 2011 MFA studio art graduate from the University of California-Davis, is a July 8-31 guest of CSU’s Department of Art. As a River Fellow, he is researching, creating a new body of work, collaborating with CSU students and professor Orion Wertz, and delivering a free public lecture, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, room 178.

Hannah Israel, CSU art professor and gallery director, said the subjects in Zefeldt’s work function as alter egos for the self. “He uses fantastic illustrations of heaps of paint, objects covered in paint, cross sections of imaginary impasto paintings and figures that are altered in a painterly abstraction,” she said. “He is interested in connecting the thin line between fiction and nonfiction to create an alternate fantastic reality.”

According to Sacramento Midtown, “Zefeldt’s art has an exciting sense of exploration that only exists in the work of artists who make work constantly, and then use their own archive as a main inspiration. One can almost watch Zefeldt’s thought processes play themselves out in each successive canvas.”

The River Fellow Program also is supported by CSU’s College of the Arts, CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Illges Foundation. For more information, call the art department at 706-507-8300.

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Image: Mathew Zefeldt’s Matter 2, acrylic canvass, 2011

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Uptown Columbus Art Walk to Kick Off Major Bo Bartlett Exhibition

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will partner with two Uptown Columbus institutions the evening of March 24 to offer Art Walk, kicking off a major local exhibition of works by internationally known artist Bo Bartlett, a Columbus native.

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More than 120 Bartlett pieces — from monumental paintings to sketchbooks and journals — will be on display at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum and the Turner and Jordan Galleries of Columbus Bank and Trust’s Uptown Center. Bartlett, right, and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, plan to attend receptions at each location during the 5:30-8 p.m. Art Walk, which is free and open to the public.

The three venues are within walking distance, but transportation to and from each venue by golf cart or tram will also be provided.

James W. Bartlett III left Columbus at age 19 to study with an earlier, noted realist, Ben Long, in Florence, Italy. Today, Bartlett divides his time between island homes in Maine and Washington. He returns to Columbus often to visit family in the area.

Described as “an American realist with a modernist vision,” Bartlett’s artwork has been celebrated and displayed in exhibitions at major U.S. art museums for three decades. As one observer put it, “His work celebrates the immensity of everyday life.” The Columbus exhibition has been organized into three categories:

  • “Paintings of Home,” at the Illges Gallery, 901 Front Ave. A collection of small to monumental scale paintings of Bartlett’s Columbus influences, Columbus icons and memories, from a recent New York show, including  familiar works such as Ma Rainey, Queen of the Blues; Dr. Pemberton Discovers Coke: School of Charm; Inheritance and more. A 12-minute DVD interview of Bartlett, produced in conjunction with a recent New York show, will also be available for viewing.
  • “A Survey of Painting,” at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave.  An overview of paintings produced from 1998 to 2009, including Young Traveler (Bartlett with a fur hat), Painters Crossing (the well-known painting of Bartlett’s friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth) and Hiroshima, which measures 134 inches by 204 inches. In all, more than 50 Bartlett paintings will be on display in this 11,000-square foot former cotton warehouse. Bartlett’s film, Heartland, will also be available for viewing at this location.
  • “Sketchbooks, Journals and Studies,” at the Turner and Jordan Galleries, CB&T, 1148 Broadway. These two galleries offer an opportunity for up-close study of sketchbooks Bartlett has created through the years. The journals and objects of inspiration all personally selected by Bartlett demonstrate the inspiration, practice, and the discipline behind his creations. This exhibition includes a DVD lecture by the artist, available to visitors.

In conjunction with the exhibitions, Columbus State plans several special events: sack lunch lectures, evening guest speakers and panel discussions, to be announced later as plans are finalized. Clubs, school groups, businesses, individuals and families are welcome to explore the work of the artist on their own or through a personal docent tour, which can be scheduled.

Following Art Walk, Bartlett will teach a nationally advertised three-day master class at the Corn Center from March 25-March 27. Bartlett will paint alongside a limited number of participants during the weekend and discuss his creative process. For details, visit http://art.colstate.edu/visiting_artist.asp.

For more information on the artist, visit http://www.bobartlett.com/.

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Uptown Columbus Art Walk to Kick Off Major Bo Bartlett Exhibition

Bo BartlettCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will partner with two Uptown Columbus institutions the evening of March 24 to offer Art Walk, kicking off a major local exhibition of works by internationally known artist Bo Bartlett, a Columbus native.

More than 120 Bartlett pieces — from monumental paintings to sketchbooks and journals — will be on display at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum and the Turner and Jordan Galleries of Columbus Bank and Trust’s Uptown Center. Bartlett, right, and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, plan to attend receptions at each location during the 5:30-8 p.m. Art Walk, which is free and open to the public.

The three venues are within walking distance, but transportation to and from each venue by golf cart or tram will also be provided.

James W. Bartlett III left Columbus at age 19 to study with an earlier, noted realist, Ben Long, in Florence, Italy. Today, Bartlett divides his time between island homes in Maine and Washington. He returns to Columbus often to visit family in the area.

Described as “an American realist with a modernist vision,” Bartlett’s artwork has been celebrated and displayed in exhibitions at major U.S. art museums for three decades. As one observer put it, “His work celebrates the immensity of everyday life.” The Columbus exhibition has been organized into three categories:

  • “Paintings of Home,” at the Illges Gallery, 901 Front Ave. A collection of small to monumental scale paintings of Bartlett’s Columbus influences, Columbus icons and memories, from a recent New York show, including  familiar works such as Ma Rainey, Queen of the Blues; Dr. Pemberton Discovers Coke: School of Charm; Inheritance and more. A 12-minute DVD interview of Bartlett, produced in conjunction with a recent New York show, will also be available for viewing.
  • “A Survey of Painting,” at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave.  An overview of paintings produced from 1998 to 2009, including Young Traveler (Bartlett with a fur hat), Painters Crossing (the well-known painting of Bartlett’s friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth) and Hiroshima, which measures 134 inches by 204 inches. In all, more than 50 Bartlett paintings will be on display in this 11,000-square foot former cotton warehouse. Bartlett’s film, Heartland, will also be available for viewing at this location.
  • “Sketchbooks, Journals and Studies,” at the Turner and Jordan Galleries, CB&T, 1148 Broadway. These two galleries offer an opportunity for up-close study of sketchbooks Bartlett has created through the years. The journals and objects of inspiration all personally selected by Bartlett demonstrate the inspiration, practice, and the discipline behind his creations. This exhibition includes a DVD lecture by the artist, available to visitors.

In conjunction with the exhibitions, Columbus State plans several special events: sack lunch lectures, evening guest speakers and panel discussions, to be announced later as plans are finalized. Clubs, school groups, businesses, individuals and families are welcome to explore the work of the artist on their own or through a personal docent tour, which can be scheduled.

Following Art Walk, Bartlett will teach a nationally advertised three-day master class at the Corn Center from March 25-March 27. Bartlett will paint alongside a limited number of participants during the weekend and discuss his creative process. For details, visit http://art.colstate.edu/visiting_artist.asp.

For more information on the artist, visit http://www.bobartlett.com/.

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Multimedia Exhibition Showcases Current and Recent Visiting Artists

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting a pair of Jan. 18-Feb. 26 exhibitions by artists who are current and recent participants in its Residency Program for Artists and Scholars.

The concurrent shows are Mark Clare’s Remote Control, a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and In-Out, works in various media by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, as well as Deborah Aschheim, who served a fall 2010 residency.Mark Clare's

A free opening reception for the exhibition takes place 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the Illges Gallery.

The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency. Remote Control, right, is based on his sculpture modeled after a portable air traffic control tower, similar to ones used by the U.S. military in the Korean War.

Clare’s residency project, Utopian Socialism, explored America’s relationship with the current trends of modern socialist thought through a combination of photography, audio and video interviews. Columbus-area residents were invited to share their thoughts and views on the subject at the Rankin Arts Center. The interviews and photographs also are part of his Illges gallery display.

Clare’s work has been supported by a grant from the Irish Cultural Council.

Poor’s work consists of sculpture. He is teaching a special topics course, “Memory Mapping,” focused on the connection of memory to object-making, as part of his CSU residency this spring. A Rhode Island College faculty member, Poor completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia State University and has exhibited his work in several solo and group exhibitions in Atlanta, as well as around the Northeast.

Deetz, chair of the art discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, works in painting, encaustic and bookmaking. Her encaustic and oil paintings revise traditional images of drapery and still life and explore how image and process reveal and conceal substance and spirit.

Aschheim’s display includes architectural drawings of Columbus’ former Kervin’s Department Store parking garage at 1st Avenue and 11th Street, which she produced during her CSU residency. Presently, she is the inaugural Hellman Visiting Artist in Memory and Aging in the Department of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco medical school.

 

The exhibitions and other Department of Art programming is made possible by the support of The Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Foundation, CSU student activities fees and CSU Friends of Art.

 

Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to http://art.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8300.

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Award-Winning Book Illustrator Barry Moser to Speak at Columbus Library

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Barry Moser, called “one of America’s greatest book artists” by Filmakers Library, will give a talk, “A Bookwright’s Tale: Race, Religion, and a Quest for a Perfect Book,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Columbus Public Library auditorium. The program is free and co-sponsored by Columbus State University Friends of Art, Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. Barry Moser: Self Portrait @ 60

An illustrator, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist and professor at Smith College (R.I.), Moser has won numerous national and international awards.

His edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983. His Jump, Again! The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit, was named by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of 1987, as well as one of Redbook‘s “Best Books for Children” for the same year.

His collaboration with Cynthia Rylant, Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds, won the prestigious Boston Globe “Horn Book Award” in 1991, and his collaboration with Ken Kesey, Big Double the Bear Meets Little Tricker the Squirrel, was named among the best books of 1990–1991 by the Switzerland-based International Board of Books for Young People.

Moser has drawn numerous citations and awards of merit from Communication Arts magazine, Bookbuilders West, the American Association of University Presses and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His illustration of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible (1999) has drawn extensive media coverage, is the subject of the film A Thief Among the Angels and was featured in the only one-man exhibit ever by a living artist at the Library of National Gallery of Art in Washington.

For more information, visit http://www.thecolumbuslibrary.org/programsevents/specialprogramming.html or call 706-507-8300.

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Art Open House and Sale to Feature Works by Students, Alumni

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Guests can purchase unique gifts for the holidays as Columbus State University’s Department of Art holds its second annual Studio Open House and Student Art Sale 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

Columbus State students and alumni, including recent graduates, will display and sell their work — ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture — that fits any price range. Proceeds will benefit students by offsetting textbook costs and related course expenses.

The event also is an opportunity for the public to interact with the Department of Art students and faculty and view classroom-studio works in progress. “The students really enjoyed it last year,” said Michele McCrillis, associate professor of art history. “It was an opportunity for them to meet and talk to people about their work.”

The open house and sale also will feature live music by the CSU Jazz Band and refreshments.

Friends of Art — community leaders, alumni and others who donate and raise funds supporting CSU’s art department — have an opportunity for an exclusive sneak peek of the artwork prior to the open house, from 4-6 p.m.

The Corn Center is located at Front Avenue and Dillingham Street. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or 706-507-8313.

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Columbus State Brings Home Pioneering Brooklyn Artist, Curator for Community-Oriented ‘River Project’

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Florence Neal’s artistry and enterprising savvy has been recognized as a force behind a New York City neighborhood’s cultural revival. But during the next several weeks, she’s spending time away from her Brooklyn gallery and studio to engage in a community-oriented project in her hometown.
As an artist-in-residence hosted by Columbus State University’s Department of Art, Neal will depict  the Chattahoochee River, from bridge to bridge and Georgia to Alabama, by using hand tools on a 24-by-8-foot linoleum block print. Titled The River Project, the work will incorporate recorded, local residents’ oral histories related to the river collected by Neal while she works on the project.

Prior to the work, Neal will give a talk about the Oct. 19-Nov. 20 Illges Gallery exhibition, Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, The free, public lecture is set for 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the gallery, where the show features drawings from the Kentler International Drawing Space, co-founded in 1990 and directed by Neal in Brooklyn’s historic Red Hook neighborhood.

The exhibition’s opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the gallery.

Neal’s Kentler Flatfiles contains work by more than 160 artists. The collection also is featured by the Columbus Museum through drawings by Richard Howe, Beth Caspar, Marietta Hoferer and Barb Bondy.

In preparing for The River Project, the daughter of prominent Columbus architect Edward Neal will sketch and photograph the river scenery. She will begin work on the block print Oct. 21 outside the Corn Center, alongside the river she crossed regularly since childhood, including commutes to Auburn University, from where she graduated in 1976.

Public Participation Welcome Oct. 21-22 and 25-26

Neal, right, invites community members to drop by from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22 and Monday and Tuesday Oct. 25-26 to watch her work and share stories associated with the river and its environs. The stories will be recorded, and a selection of them will be incorporated into the project at a later date. Every storyteller will receive a commemorative button designed by the artist. In case of inclement weather, prospective contributors can find Neal working inside the Corn Center.

Neal said the community members’ input is vital to the project, as “the river, with a life of its own and trove of stories swirling in its muddy depths, divides the land, separating not only states but states of mind.”

The project also represents a homecoming for Neal, who left Columbus in January 1977 to join the New York City art scene. By the early 1980s, she was displaying her paintings, prints and sculptures around New York, and eventually around the country. The Columbus Public Library holds one of her public collections, a “Fireworks Series” of 10 block prints.

Upon establishing the Kentler studio and gallery, media outlets, such as the New York Times, have identified and profiled Neal as among the pioneering artists and entrepreneurs who have revitalized what Life magazine in the 1980s described as the “crack capital of America” and one of the “worst” neighborhoods in the country. Today, Red Hook, along the East River, is an emerging cultural center and tourist destination.

Neal has created a niche among Red Hook’s eclectic mix of artists, as her storefront gallery displays contemporary drawings and textual work by emerging and under-recognized artists, whose work is noted for effectively integrating the cultural fabric of the community.                                                                 

‘Degrees of Density’

For the Degrees of Density exhibition, Neal has called upon curator Marilyn Symmes of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Symmes selected 54 contemporary drawings by 29 artists from the Kentler Flatfiles.

Those artists “challenge what is real or abstract as they explore new expressions of line, color and surface, as well as… degrees of density,” Symmes said. “(The exhibition’s title) is adapted from a 1920s quote by Dutch modernist Theo van Doesburg, who said ‘Nothing is more real than a line, a color, a surface.’  Doesburg’s statement has become a fundamental rationale for abstract art, which he believed ‘has no other significance than itself.’”

Marquetry Artist to Speak Oct. 21

Another widely recognized artist from Brooklyn is visiting Columbus State. Alison Elizabeth Taylor, who specializes in the Renaissance craft of marquetry, will discuss her work 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in Carpenters Hall at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

A Selma, Ala., native, Taylor’s contemporary interpretations within a medium based on producing scenes with veneers of wood and other materials has attracted coverage from the likes of the New York Times. Her work has drawn numerous awards and has been shown internationally.

Taylor’s lecture, plus the Degrees of Density opening reception and Neal’s gallery talk, all are free and open to the public.

Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 

For more information, call 706-507-8300.

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