Category: art

Athens Music Project Symposium April 17


Pylon-40Watt-1979Besides providing a gratuitous opportunity to post this phot of Pylon from 1979 (wow), the Athens Music Project, a Willson Center Research Cluster featuring Franklin faculty, is presenting the community with signifciant cultural dividends:

The Athens Music Project will hold its first symposium April 17 from 4-8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.

The AMP is a Faculty Research Cluster of the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and is co-directed by Susan Thomas, an associate professor of music and women's studies, and Jean Ngoya Kidula, associate professor of music and African studies. The event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

The AMP provides a platform for research, creative development and shared expertise in, about and for Athens' diverse musical communities. 


Michael Lachowski, a member of the Athens band Pylon and currently the public relations coordinator at the Georgia Museum of Art, will give a keynote talk on "How Art Turned Into Music: The ‘Athens Music Scene.'" The talk will be followed by a roundtable on "Hearing the Past and Seeing the Future: The 40 Watt" that will feature Lachowski, 40 Watt Club owner Barrie Buck and Velena Vego, the club's talent buyer. Christopher Lawton, director of the Georgia Virtual History Project, will moderate the discussion.

To find out more about other parts on the program, see here. But I highlight the keynote as a point of emphasis: the Athens music scene enjoys a kind of mystique that flows from and into its world renown. But the mystique is difficult to quanitfy so hasn't been to any great extent. So good for Kidula and Thomas for presenting a platform to delve into these mysteries further - may the best parts remain shrouded, but let us enjoy the discussion and perhaps further celebrate this catalyst for the rich pageant that surrounds us.

Image: Pylon plays at the original non-commercial location of the 40 Watt Club (Myers Building, third floor, 171 College Ave.) in 1979.

LDSOA professor Hwangbo in Huffington Post


Hwangbo_Huff PostImi Hwangbo, a professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, currently has a show on view at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery on West 26th Street in New York City.  Ridley Howard, a painter in New York, is an alumnus of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, interviewed Hwango for the Arts Page of the Huffington Post.  "Portals:  Interview with Imi Hwangbo" by Ridley Howard is a fascinating discussion of her three-dimensional drawings in cut paper.

RH: Some works in this New York show are based on traditional Korean wrapping cloths. Can you talk about how you became interested in that as a subject?

IH: I've always been attracted to the aesthetics of traditional Korean decorative art. Pojagi are functional, four-cornered cloths that are tied in bundles to carry domestic objects. As artworks, they are embroidered drawings on fabric. They are often decorated with patterns and imagery that convey Korean folk beliefs, with plants and animals that offer protection from harm, and express desires for wealth, longevity and fertility.

I wanted to work from these patterns, and stay faithful to the notion of a decorative object that is alluring to the eye and highly crafted over its entire surface. I also like the notion of decoration as a visualization of desire -- as a gesture that covers a surface, repetitively and obsessively, with an iconography of desire.

RH: From what little research I've done, certain eras of Pojagi almost look like op-art and early modernist painting. Do you see your work as a means of subversion? Or is it more reverential?

IH: Pojagi patterns can have specific meanings within that particular cultural tradition. But at the same time, they can embody strategies that are recognizable in modernist painting. I like the notion of women artists in traditional Korea, inventing a modernist aesthetic with scraps of fabric. Their names are lost to history, so their identities can only be guessed through their inventiveness and craft. I'm drawn to the contradiction of that anonymity and the intimacy of the handwork. So perhaps you could consider it an homage.

Read the full interview. Great job, Howard and Hwangbo.

Image: Diviner (detail), 66" x 28" x 3", archival ink on hand-cut mylar, 2010

Cortona Student and Faculty Reunion


main area of CortonaThe Lamar Dodd School of Art will host to a reunion of the UGA-Cortonese as students and faculty gather to celebrate the 44th anniversary of UGA's premier Studies Abroad Program.

The program has grown and changed a great deal over the course of its four-decade existence, though so much about the immersive small town experience remains the same. The medieval hilltown of 1,200 tucked in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, so close to the art centers of Italy but far enough away to preserve the quiet and solitude of Tuscany, continues to attract our best artists. And the experience has lifelong impact, creating friends of UGA as far afield as can be imagined. Among the reunion of students and faculty, along with several of our past directors of the program (including program founder Jack Kehoe) there will also be a closing reception for the LDSOA exhibition, La Mostra Cortona 2013, featuring works by Shawn Ireland. The reception and reunion are both at 3 p.m. in the school of art.

Join us at LDSOA on Saturday to celebrate Cortona!

Image: The lovely city on the hill.

GMOA exhibitions


CROPPEDballet_mec.jpgEven during the upcoming holiday break on campus, the Georgia Museum of Art remains open and a great place to take the kids or visiting family - or even just to catch up on great exhibitions that you've missed in recent months.

Three special exhibitions will stretch just into the New Year, each ending January 5, and would be a worthwhile treat over the holidays:

The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South

Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762–1796)

L’objet en mouvement: Early Abstract Film

In addition, the Museum will have its Third Thursday on December 19, an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month featuring artwork at the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube & Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens, Ciné and ATHICA.

On top of that, if you aren't familiar with the museum's extraordinarily fine permanent collection, you owe yourself an hour or two spent discovering the fine works that reside right in our community. Amidst the treasures, you will even find work by Franklin College faculty present and past, including by Lamar Dodd himself.

See you at the museum.

Image: from Le Ballet mécanique of the Early Abstract Film exhibition, courtesy of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Phi Beata Heata Jewelry Sale


Now this is our version of micro-small business Tuesday - businesses before they are businesses, buying from artists while they are still students. It's the student-made jewelry sale in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, 10 am to 3 pm, today only.



UPDATE: I was just over there and... it's a ceramics sale, too. Through tomorrow. Presents!

Salon from Refuse


Salon from Refuse_smlr.jpgMore and more, students from the Lamar Dodd School of Art are leading the way in a variety of areas that include thinking about how our society deals with waste:

Lindsay Pennington, a senior from Albany majoring in sculpture at the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art, is challenging the way people think about waste. Her senior exit show, "The Salon from Refuse," features sculptures from discarded materials and converts a 40-yard dumpster into a gallery for visual and performance art. The exhibit opens Nov. 15 on America Recycles Day in the school of art with a reception from 7-9 p.m. and will close Nov. 24.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the UGA Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management Division, both of which are working to change the way the UGA community thinks about—and manages—its waste.

Starting in September, the UGA Facilities Management Division installed 30 solar-powered mixed-recycling and landfill compactor stations at high-traffic locations on the Athens campus. In general, all paper, plastic, metal and glass items go in the recycling bin; food wrappers, food waste and Styrofoam items go in the trash. The project employs renewable solar power and advanced communications technologies to maximize collection efficiency by campus staff.

Because it is so easy to not think about the environment, our water (where it comes from) and our trash (where it goes), it is imperative to find creative ways to make people think about these issues. Kudos to the UGA Office of Sustainability for supporting this effort and leading many others on campus. But an art degree, and specifically one from the Franklin College, is becoming a nexus credential for creative thinking across many fields. If you are an entrepreneur of any sort and don't have a BFA or MFA, chances are that you will be looking for someone who does. More good news for the arts at UGA.

Image: Salon from Refuse exhibition. Thanks to professor Georgia Strange.

The Georgia Virtual History Project: Seen/Unseen


GVHP 2.jpgArt exhibition presents Georgia History up close



Visitors to Saturday’s opening reception for the ATHICA and Georgia Virtual History Project exhibit “Seen/Unseen” were treated to a display of digital local history projects by UGA and Athens Academy students, as well as artworks and archival pieces by local artists and residents.

Many of the pieces were of particular importance to the documentation of the local Athens community’s oft-overlooked enslaved African Americans and African American history in Athens.

Co-curated by Hope Hilton of ATHICA and Franklin College department of history instructor and director of the Georgia Virtual History Project Christopher Lawton, the exhibit was an example of local history from a collaborative perspective—with historians, teachers, students, artists and citizens contributing to the collective historical documentation.

At the reception, guests were treated to opening remarks from the curators, as well as some oral history storytelling from artists about the items that were on display.

The Georgia Virtual History Project gets students and the collective citizenry involved in the constructing the historical landscape and provides access to everyone with access to the Internet.

Beyond being a simple website project, the GVHP will also feature a mobile app.  Imagine standing in front of a building, with an iPad or iPhone, and learning about the history of that place with digital media, audio, video, written word and photographs, all contributed by students, historians and citizens alike.

The GVHP is an effort to use new and interactive technologies to record the history of the state of Georgia and make it available to multiple audiences, from eighth-graders and the general public to college students and academic professionals.

In its first stage, GVHP was built around original research and data collected and analyzed by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in multiple departments at the University of Georgia and by advanced high school students at Athens Academy. It has field tested local Athens components of the project with K-12 students both at Athens Academy and in the Clarke County School District. In fall 2013, it will expand to begin incorporating additional content developed by students and faculty at both Georgia State University and Columbus State University.

GVHP’s goal is to spread this model out across the state, ultimately creating a system whereby students in countless communities can help build their own virtual records of their local past.

The Georgia Virtual History Project will have not only a permanent website, but also a dedicated mobile app that will allow participants to access mini-documentaries, historical resources, and tourism-related information using image-recognition software at multiple locations across the state. As a prototype of this model, GVHP is currently building streaming content for another eHistory initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights in Georgia.”

GVHP Crowd Pic.jpg

This weekend’s opening reception was just one of over 60 events going on now in conjunction with the “Spotlight on the Arts Festival.” Luckily, if you missed this one, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the wealth of arts in the UGA and Athens community.

You can view the Spotlight on the Arts schedule of events here, find out more about Georgia Virtual History Project here and read more about the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts here.

Images: Pictures on display of Georgia Illustrated at Saturday’s exhibit opening reception and a view of the crowd by Jessica Luton

Cercle et Carré at GMOA


Kandinsky-Tension-in-Red_0.jpgModernist painting has a very strong pull and appeal, whether or not one is familiar with its history. The forms and images that were created in the early part of the 20th century speak to something elemental within all of us, a natural aesthetic ease accessed by painting, music and literature that is simple yet challenging. It's a dichotomy to which we respond well - and at least one reason that the work of Paul Klee, Erik Satie and James Joyce have enjoyed such staying power. We enjoy the elegance and complexity of the imagery.

To take this discussion to a much higher level than I can do here, the Georgia Museum of Art is presenting a symposium on the modernist artists’ group Cercle et Carré on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"The group's 1930 exhibition is widely considered a landmark event in the history of modernism, and many of the participants are well known, but their journal and exhibition have been little studied before now," Boland said. "There are also a number of lesser known participants long past due for ‘rediscovery,' something the exhibition and the mini-symposium hope to encourage."

Well known members of Cercle et Carré also included Wassily Kandinsky, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Kurt Schwitters and Sophie Taueber-Arp.

The symposium features Franklin College faculty members Jed Rasula (department of English), Nell Andrew and Janice Simon (school of art), plus Catherine Dossin of Purdue University on a panel moderated by curator Lynn Boland of the Georgia Museum. Should be a great event. Free and open to the public

Image: Wassily Kandinsky's "Tension in Red" will be part of the exhibition "Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art" on display Oct. 12 through Jan. 5 at the Georgia Museum of Art. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris (Kandinsky)

Kudos, September 2013


swell print installation

Great news this month about our faculty, students and alumni. A few of the highlight of accomplishments and awards in the Franklin College:


University Professor Lynn Billard of the department of statistics was selected to receive the 2013 Florence Nightingale David award by the Committee of Presidents of the Statistical Societies. The award recognizes a female statistician who exemplifies David’s contributions to education, science and public service.

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry in the department of chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2014 Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry sponsored by the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. The award, one of the three most prestigious given by the American Chemical Society, was announced in Chemical & Engineering News.

Julie Spivey, associate professor of Graphic Design in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, recently began a two-year term as co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee. AIGA is the professional association for design and its Design Educators Community seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice and theory.

The CCRC research group of Michael Pierce, Distinguished Research Professor and director of the UGA Cancer Center, received a $10.4 million grant for glycobiology research from the National Institutes of Health.

Jon Swindler, assistant professor of art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, was selected to be one of eleven artists in a national juried exhibition at the Cheltenham (PA) Center for the Arts, THE REALLY BIG PRINT SHOW.

Professor of marine sciences Merryl Alber was named to become the director of the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. She succeeds marines sciences professor William Miller, who led the Institute from 2004 to 2013.


Student kudos

Five current Franklin College students  (or recent graduates) accepted international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Doctor of Musical Arts student in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Lauren Hunt took first prize in the International Horn Competition of America’s university division.


And on one spectacular alumni note, Ashley Adams Crews (A.B. English, 2000) was selected for one of six 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards and will receive $30,000.

Image: "Swell" by Jon Swindler. 108"x120". digital inkjet and screen print installed with 1"x2" pine boards and gravity.  

English alumna one of six Rona Jaffe Writers' Award winners


Ashlee Crews-Jaffe, seatedIncredible news for department of English alumna Ashlee (Adams) Crews ( A.B., 2000) who was selected for one of the six 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards and will receive $30,000:

In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its nineteenth annual Writers’ Awards under a program that identifies and supports women writers of exceptional talent. The emphasis is on those in the early stages of their writing careers. This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs.

Six emerging women writers have been singled out for excellence by the Foundation and will receive awards of $30,000 each. 

The author of the 1958 best-seller, The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award in 2005. This awards program is a phenomenal effort to support American Arts and Letters, and the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated exclusively to women writers. We are obviously proud of and very happy for Crews. The list of our distinguished alumni continues to grow, and with their accomplishments UGA and Franklin College recommit to our mission and to our current students, to being the home of great scholars, scientists, artists and writers.

Image of Ashlee Crews courtesy of the Rona Jaffe Foundation.