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The Center for the Arts & Design is a collaboration of the Art & Design Department, which is comprised of studio art, fashion design and fashion merchandising programs, as well as the Interior Design Department, Music Department, Dance Department and Brenau University Galleries to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and further greater access to academic programs and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and the Brenau community.

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Historic Collection Highlight: Aunt Fannie’s Mother Hubbard

Aunt Fannie dress

This Historic Collection Highlight features an unusual garment that belonged to an unusual woman: A Mother Hubbard owned by Francis Caroline “Aunt Fannie” Picklesimer Kerby Smith (1825-1914) of Rabun County, Georgia. Who was “Aunt Fannie,” you might as …

Brenau Galleries hosts exhibit by local folk artist

Alpha Andrews

By Nichole Ferguson This semester, Brenau Galleries hosted Inner Worlds: Art by Alpha Andrews in the Presidents Gallery. Alpha Andrews (1932-) is a Georgia-born folk artist with many stories. It is always a privilege to work with living artists and col …

Textiles class visits local alpaca farm

Textile class posing in front of alpacas

Brenau University’s FM 242 Fashion Textiles class recently visited Noa’s Ark Alpaca Farm in Gainesville and were led on a tour of the fiber mill by Jack Noa.  Starting with a fleece sent for processing by a customer, Noa demonstrated each step in …

Mozart Mosaic: Department of Music hosts opera workshop

Brenau Music's Mozart Mosaic

Brenau University’s Department of Music will hold Mozart Mosaic on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Dr. Barbara Steinhaus is the artistic director, and Ben Leaptrott will provide musical direction. The mosaic quality of the perfor …

Interior design students tour multimillion-dollar home

Students visiting house on Lake Lanier

By Jill DeMarotta In February, Brenau University’s interior design students were given a tour of a multimillion-dollar home on Lake Lanier that is currently under renovation. The tour was led by Brenau trustee Jill Mansfield, owner of Jill Mansfield In …

CAD artwork showcased in local winter exhibition and art festivals

Artwork Featured in Hallway Invitational

by Pam Bousquet The Center for the Arts & Design recently exhibited original works by Brenau students and faculty at the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. The center’s Hallway Invitational exhibition, held Jan. 14 through Feb. 27, showcased drawing …

Interior Design students visit Biltmore Estate

Group of Students Visiting Biltmore Estate

By Michael Kleeman The Brenau chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers visited the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, on Dec. 6. The ten students who made the trip — which was not only to study history but also celebra …

More than Filters & ClipArt

Nichole Fish pattern with seahorses

Digital Graphic Design at Brenau University is open to any major as part of the liberal education curriculum. This course (GR 207) and the corresponding lab (GR207L) are an option for students looking to fulfill their Communications portal requirements …

Brenau Dance celebrates vibrant fall semester

student standing in dance uniform

By Madia Cooper-Ashirifi The Brenau University Department of Dance transitioned back into the rigors of a daily groove this fall with widely attended in-person performances, robust rehearsals and classes, guest artists, and community outreach. The depa …

Brenau Music Demonstrates Resilience

Students singing in concert

Though in singer’s masks, the ensembles of Brenau University’s Department of Music opened the doors to our community with successful live performances in fall of 2021. The Vocal Chamber Ensemble opened our fall concert series with the first live public …

Permanent Art Collection Highlight: “Catinou Knitting”

Catinou Knitting
Anna Elizabeth Klumpke (American, 1856 – 1942),“Catinou Knitting”, 1887, Oil on canvas, Gift of Alan and Louise Sellars

Encouraged by an independent, educationally oriented mother, Anna Elizabeth Klumpke was a copyist in the Luxembourg Museum and studied at the Académie Julien in Paris. She enjoyed an education guided by the concept that women artists could compete with …

Brenau Historic Clothing Collection receives donation of exhibition materials


In November, the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection added a large donation of exhibition materials from Lori J. Durante and the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Delray Beach, Florida.  Charity Armstead, fashion merchandisin …

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