CSU Welcomes Visiting Artists for Summer Residency

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Artists skilled in photography and printmaking and drawing will serve in Columbus State University’s new Summer River Fellows Program.

Joshua Dudley Greer and Amy Fleming, both recently out of graduate school, will log two weeks of studio time in June as guests of CSU’s Department of Art.

Each will donate their work to CSU’s art collection and give free public lectures and workshops in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts as the residencies are designed to expose CSU art students and community art enthusiasts to new professionals, while helping these artists launch their careers.

The lectures are billed as “brown bag lunch and learn” presentations starting noon Thursday, June 10 (Greer) and Thursday, June 24 (Fleming).

Greer, whose residency is June 1-14, will direct his workshop — a photography class — 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 14. Meanwhile the date of Fleming’s printmaking and drawing workshop will be announced. Her residency is June 15-27.

Greer, a recent graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and a newly appointed visiting professor of photography at East Tennessee State University, has works in the collection of the New York Public Library and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo. His photography focuses on the perception and mythology of America as a society that relates to acts of violence and military conflict. While at CSU, Greer plans to work on a photographic project at the McKenna MOUT (military operations in urban terrain) site at Fort Benning to document the architectural and topographical structures behind contemporary military training.

Fleming, with a 2010 MFA degree from Florida State University, is currently an adjunct professor of printmaking and drawing at FSU. Her work focuses on dumping or burial grounds as landscapes where damaged and broken things and the discarded bones of people tell their stories.

The Summer River Fellows 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.