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Exhibition features GSU alumni artwork

Exhibition features GSU alumni artwork

Exhibition features GSU alumni artwork

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In another first for Georgia Southern University, the Center for Art and Theater is featuring a display of alumni art works through Nov. 7.
The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is presenting "Continuum," an exhibition that showcases paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and works in new media.
The works have been on display in the Contemporary Gallery at the center, which will host a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, since Oct. 8.
"The selection of alumni work for this exhibition posed a curatorial challenge," Gallery Director Marc Mitchell said.
Mitchell and Julie McGuire, an art history professor at Georgia Southern, worked feverishly to put this exhibition together, inviting former Master of Fine Arts graduates and faculty to contribute works.
Mitchell said the department "felt as though we should highlight the remarkable things the
students have gone on to do. Most of the faculty contributed to this exhibition as they are the connection to many alumni."
"Without (faculty)," he added, "this exhibition would not have been possible."
McGuire described the difficulty in selecting what to feature.
"We are well aware of the many accomplishments of our alumni, but how were we going to make selections among the many fine possibilities?" she said. "It was akin to being asked which is your favorite child."
Mitchell stressed that art is constantly moving in the direction of "interdisciplinary" and that many of the artists included in the exhibition have blurred the lines of traditional disciplines.
One such artist is Georgia Southern alumnus Matthew Toole, who has been a professor of foundation studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design since 2006. He has practiced and exhibited his art both nationally and internationally as a guest lecturer and visiting artist.
Toole said his works are featured at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; the University of Colorado at Denver; and the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, Ireland. Some of his works will appear, beginning Friday, at the Desotorow Gallery in Savannah.
He credited the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art with providing him a substantial educational experience that eventually led to his career in art.
"The faculty at GSU are vested in teaching and were inspirational in sharing their knowledge," he said. "It was the spark that ignited a career for me in the arts, and I will always be most appreciative."
Rob Chandler, another Georgia Southern art graduate, added: "The GSU art department taught me skills and principles that would have been difficult to learn on my own. With my degree, I can compete professionally and enjoy doing what I've always wanted to do."
Chandler lives in Shellman Bluff, Ga., where he works in commercial graphic design. He said Georgia Southern's art department gave him knowledge, invaluable relationships, skills and experience available nowhere else.
Mitchell and McGuire identified a diverse, yet select, representation of the leading works by graduates and faculty members. Both agree that the artists selected for the inaugural alumni exhibition bring a range of approaches and techniques.
Mitchell added that the art department would like to have an alumni exhibition again, perhaps every two or three years.

 

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