The Center for the Arts & Design

Black Rayon Crepe Evening Dress

Historic Clothing Collection Highlight

Feb 03, 2020

Written by Dr. Charity Armstead Black Rayon Crepe Evening Dress, c. 1932-1933  In the 1930s, a noticeable shift in power occurred in the fashion world: Hollywood became an arbiter of style, taking a share of power from the French fashion houses that for years had been the authorities on women’s fashion. The man credited with […]

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Dr. Charity Armstead speaks at opening reception for "Crimes and Fashion"

Photo Gallery: “Crimes and Fashion”

Feb 03, 2020

Written by Nichole Ferguson  This fall semester, the Center for the Arts & Design hosted Crimes and Fashion: Clothing to Die For, exhibiting fashion from Brenau’s Historic Clothing Collection inspired by classic fictional detectives and criminals.  At the opening reception Oct. 10 in Presidents Gallery, guests dressed as their favorite mystery characters. Nancy Drew, Waldo, […]

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The Colossal Prints printmaking workshop at Brenau University on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Save the date for the second Colossal Prints event

Jan 17, 2020

What: The Colossal Prints event When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 Where: Golden Tiger Way After an enormous success in its first year, the second Colossal Prints event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Brenau University. Hosted by the Center for the Arts & […]

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Guests view paintings on display

Guests view works by Charles Webster Hawthorne during a reception in November celebrating his works on exhibit in the Brenau University Downtown Center from the collection of Doug and Kay Ivester. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Hawthorne works on display at Downtown Center

Dec 09, 2019

The Brenau University Downtown Center is currently playing host to an ongoing special exhibition of works titled, “Charles Webster Hawthorne: Paintings from the Collection of Doug and Kay Ivester.” The Theatre on the Square Lobby’s towering walls now display 30 oil paintings and watercolors on loan from Doug and Kay Ivester by Hawthorne (1872-1930), an […]

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Huimin "Anne" Ying, left, and Jingyuan "Samantha" Ye place decorations on a tree.

Interior design students decorate Callanwolde for the holidays

Dec 04, 2019

Brenau University interior design students once again decorated for Christmas at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Callanwolde is decorated seasonally for the holidays and Brenau interior design students have worked to decorate the mansion with professional designers annually since 2016. The center, built between 1917 and 1921, was the home of the family […]

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Student films a ballet dancer

Freshman dance major Brianna Gutierrez captures her classmate dancing for the Campus Movie Fest at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Campus Movie Fest comes to Brenau

Oct 24, 2019

Brenau University students had the opportunity in October to vividly tell the stories that matter most to them through the institution’s first Campus Movie Fest. Campus Movie Fest is the world’s largest student film festival made possible in partnership with Panasonic, the Walt Disney Company and the Elfenworks Foundation. It is the premier outlet for […]

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Th Brenau University student fashion show Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Pearce Auditorium. Design by Fashion Design major Jordyn De La Rosa

Call for Submissions: Spring 2020 Fashion Show

Oct 11, 2019

The Brenau University Center for the Arts & Design is looking for members of the community who are designers/sewers and who would be interested in submitting work for our annual fashion show.  The theme for this year’s show is Sustainability. Priority will be given to work that links to the theme. As part of the […]

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This ensemble from the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection represents the classic mystery character Sam Spade

Crimes and Fashion: Clothing to Die For

Oct 08, 2019

Written by Kristen Bowman Join the Center for the Arts & Design as they answer two questions: Who did it, and, more importantly, what were they wearing?  From Oct. 3 through Nov. 21, Presidents Gallery will feature “Crimes and Fashion: Clothing to Die For,” exhibiting fashion from Brenau’s Historic Clothing Collection inspired by classic fictional […]

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Dr. Robin Carufel uses Structure Sensor by Occipital

Producing the Perfect Fit for Female Firefighters

Oct 08, 2019

Written by Alison Reeger-Cook According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 78,000 of the 1.1 million firefighters in the U.S. are women. Despite initiatives to include more women in this field, female firefighters often have to use personal protective equipment (PPE) that is manufactured for men, resulting in ill-fitting protective wear the inhibits their […]

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Carmelo Blandino

Artist Carmelo Blandino on “Ethos”

Oct 08, 2019

In this video, artist Carmelo Blandino discusses his latest body of work, “Ethos,” on view in Brenau’s Sellars Gallery through Nov. 21. These works present simplified narratives involving flora and fauna while questioning the origins of man and our own understanding of reality. Blandino visited the historic Gainesville campus at the opening reception on Thursday, […]

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"Broome Street at Night" by Helen Frankenthaler

Permanent Collection Highlight: “Broome Street at Night” by Helen Frankenthaler

Oct 08, 2019

Written by Allison Lauricella This etching, Broome Street at Night, was created by American artist Helen Frankenthaler in 1987. Frankenthaler was a second-generation abstract expressionist and was heavily influenced by the works of Clement Greenberg, Hans Hoffmann and Jackson Pollack. Born in 1928 in Manhattan, New York, Frankenthaler was raised in a progressive Jewish family […]

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Art reception

Graham Arader Arts and Sciences Collaborative Opening

Oct 04, 2019

Written by Nichole Rawlings The Arader Art Fund at Brenau University, established through Graham Arader, is a growing initiative to support the acquisition of natural history artwork and its integration into the    curriculum.  Since its development in late 2018 the Fund has helped to bring over 350 works to campus. The works include original […]

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Collage, Samantha Corey and character Tuffta

Senior Capstone Project by Samantha Corey

Jun 19, 2019

Related to the Brenau Collaborative story, the this video features an animation by studio art major Samantha Corey. This was her Senior Capstone Project and was animated using a software program called ToonBoom. The photo on the left is Samantha with a doll made from her character design and the image on the right is […]

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Dr Schrader views the Audubon prints with several students.

Brenau University Collections: Audubon’s Birds of America

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Benjamin Barton Among the treasures housed in the Trustee Library, a particular favorite of the Brenau community is a rare collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. The complete four-volume set of Audubon prints published by Abbeville Press was given to Brenau in 1993 by Dr. J. Delano and Caroline Mixon of […]

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Art & Design Department Chair and Director of The Center for the Arts & Design Claudia Wilburn presents Gainesville Police Department Officer Maricela Del Rio with sock monkeys made made by Brenau students faculty and staff. The Gainesville Police Department keeps stuffed animals and other toys to help children in upsetting situations. 9AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A Note from the Director: Sock Monkeys

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Claudia Wilburn In our ongoing effort to reach out beyond campus, the Center for Arts & Design (CAD) is holding events that are open to not only the students, faculty and staff of Brenau University, but also to all of the surrounding community. Our current focus on this goal involves holding more workshops […]

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Works by Studio Art major Jennifer Benitez, all images are hand drawn with ink & marker. Photo by Tom Askew.

The 2019 Brenau Collaborative

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Nichole Rawlings & Allison Lauricella Every spring, Brenau Galleries hosts the Brenau Collaborative, a dual exhibition comprised of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and the Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibition. The two exhibitions offer Brenau students a special opportunity to showcase their talent in a gallery setting. The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition is open to […]

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Painted rain barrels photographed in the ceramics studio.

Brenau students paint rain barrels for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper fundraiser

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Michael Lowe Students from Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design (CAD) recently painted rain barrels that were sold at silent auction during Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival held Saturday, May 11, at the Brenau Downtown Center. Members of Kappa Pi art honor society, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Anime […]

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This is an example of student work as part of the Figure Ground Reversal Project with Professor Armstead.

Foundations: 2D & 3D in China

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Polly Evans-Thomas Members of the first cohort of Brenau’s 2+2 interior design partnership with Anhui Normal University in China will arrive in Gainesville this July to take an English class with ON Language in preparation for the fall semester. The 2+2 partnership allows students who have completed the first two years of their […]

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Jordyn De La Rosa displays her sophomore collection at the first annual Fashion Preview Party during alumni weekend.

2019 Fashion Show at Brenau University

Jun 13, 2019

Written by Jazmin Decker The 2019 Brenau Collaborative Fashion Show wowed the crowd April 13 at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium with another successful production showcasing the designs of fashion design students along with a trend show by fashion merchandising students. Designers included junior Jordyn De La Rosa with her collection Fleur Epanouie, sophomore Gabriela Carrillo (New […]

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Brenau University's student fashion show Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Pearce Auditorium.

Brenau Fashion Network Wraps Up Another Successful Year

Apr 16, 2019

Written by Marissa Brown This year, Brenau Fashion Network participated in educational and exciting events that included attending shows at AmericasMart and chatting with some of Gainesville’s most successful fashion influencers such as Dario Perla and Liz Webber. Brenau Fashion Network members sat  down in February with Dario Perla, who customizes men’s luxury suits at […]

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