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Alumna Linnea West Coordinates Global Art History Program at MoMA

Linnea West headshot

Congratulations to alumna Linnea West, who was recently promoted to Coordinator of the Contemporary & Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Program at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. West graduated from the Lamar Dodd School of Art in 2015 with a Master of Art Degree in Art History with Distinction.

The Power of the Image: Debating Public Confederate Monuments

Image: Kemling at Round Table Discussion

Michael Kemling (Ph.D Art History '13) organized three panels at University of North Georgia (UNG) campuses around the recent controversy over Confederate monuments. The first was held in Gainesville on October 2, 2017, with more than 100 in attendance. The second was held in Watkinsville on October 9, 2017, and the third will be at Dahlonega on October 16, 2017.

Alumna Ansley West Rivers Exhibits Photography in Atlanta this Fall

Ansley West Rivers Animas Creek

School of Art alumna Ansley West Rivers will exhibit current work from her Seven Rivers series in three gallery shows in Atlanta, GA this fall. Rivers was selected to participate in the group exhibitions Landscapes & Interventions at Hathaway Contemporary, which opens on September 23 as well as Exhibition: Airport Show opening September 22, 2017. Images from the same body of work are featured in a solo exhibition at Arnall Golden Gregory, on view through January 4, 2018.

School of Art MFAs Wrestle with Gender Through Performance

sumHER Slam, SEWW

On the evening of Saturday, August 26, 2017, a group of art and wrestling enthusiasts gathered in an Athens field for a night of open-air wrestling organized by School of Art MFA Candidate Kaleena Stasiak. sumHER Slam, a performative evening of women’s wrestling, featured several graduate students from the School as well as a diverse local community of artists and supporters.

Dodd Alumna Profiled for Design of Starbucks Cup Sleeve

Dodd Alumna Meghan Moser (MFA '07 Fabric Design) is featured in Starbucks Newsroom article for creating a sleeve design which honors veterans, including her Navy SEAL father. The design is a hand block printed coffee bean in a camouflage pattern, which recognizes the 10,000 Veterans and military spouses who have been hired by Starbucks.

Growing up in a traveling military family, creating and designing was stability for Moser. She tells Starbucks:

Flagpole Highlights Painting Practices of School of Art MFAs

Painting by Christina Foard

Flagpole Magazine’s Art Notes column highlights the painting practices of incoming MFA student Christina Foard and alumna Erin McIntosh as well as local artist Paul Collins in a recent article. The three artists are featured in Gallery@HotelIndigo’s Spotlight 2017 exhibition, which offers a focused glimpse into bodies of work by the three artists and is on view through September.

Alumnus Greg Shelnutt Appointed Chair of Department of Art and Design at University of Delaware

Greg Shelnutt

Congratulations to alumnus Greg Shelnutt, who joined the University of Delaware faculty as chair of the Department of Art and Design on August 1, 2017. Shelnutt graduated with his MFA from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in 1988. While at the UGA, Shelnutt’s area of focus was sculpture. He subsequently taught through the UGA Cortona study abroad program.

UGA Alumnus Exhibits Landscape Paintings in Colombia

President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on tour of Landscapes of Chingaza

Alumnus Philip Juras recently opened an exhibition of paintings, Landscapes of Chingaza, that celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chingaza National Park, Colombia. Landscapes of Chingaza is on view at the Biblioteca Virgilio Barco in Bogotá, Colombia until September 2017. Juras attended the opening of the exhibition and toured it with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.

ABOVE IMAGE: President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on tour of Landscapes of Chingaza

School Alumna Organizes Exhibition of Work by Emeritus Sculpture Professor

Jim Buonaccorsi, Detail from Fodder, 2006. Steel, cast iron, glass, and bullet casings

School of Art alumna Rebecca Brantley curated an exhibition that features the work by the former head of the sculpture Area Jim Buonaccorsi, among others. The exhibition, Gloria Victis: Three Artists Respond to War, is on view now through September 15, 2017 at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest, Georgia. It includes work by painter Temme Barkin-Leeds of Atlanta, Georgia, and ceramic artist Richard Notkin of Vaughn, Washington, in addition to work by Buonaccorsi.

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