The Center for the Arts & Design

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Atlanta-based Artist Kathy Yancey Shares Her Experiences with Students

Apr 16, 2019

Written by Nichole Rawlings During the spring semester, the Presidents Gallery on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus featured an exhibition of works by Atlanta-based artist Kathy Yancey. Yancey’s show, titled My Work Has Always Looked Like Me, featured mixed media pieces that spanned nearly her entire life – from childhood drawings to some of her most […]

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CAD Students Visit Ghost Ranch Over Spring Break

Apr 16, 2019

Written by Claudia Wilburn This semester, professor Claudia Wilburn took a group of six students to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. This location is best known for being home to Georgia O’Keefe. Today, the ranch is managed by the Presbyterian Church and a retreat center. The trip took place over spring break. The group […]

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Animation Festival First of Its Kind at Brenau

Apr 15, 2019

The Center for the Arts & Design hosted its first Animation Festival March 8, 2019, on the Gainesville campus. Activities included three afternoon workshops for art students: Background Illustrations for Animation, Writing and Storyboards, and Character Design. In the evening, students and community members got to meet animation voice actress Amelia Fischer, who was interviewed […]

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New This Year: Friday Workshop Series

Apr 15, 2019

Written by Polly Evans-Thomas In the 2018-2019 school year, the Center for the Arts & Design began the Friday Workshop Series. These workshops were open to all Brenau students, faculty and staff. In the fall, the center hosted workshops on knitting, indigo dyeing, ceramics and screen printing.   This spring, the Center for the Arts […]

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Historic Clothing Collection Highlight: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Apr 15, 2019

Written by Charity Armstead A selection of floral dresses and antique parasols from Brenau’s Historic Clothing was on display in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour during this year’s Alumnae Reunion Weekend & May Day celebration. The mini-exhibit, titled April Showers Bring May Flowers, featured dresses from the 1930s to 1970s, including gowns that belonged to Princess Lucie Jadot […]

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Animation Festival, March 8

Feb 19, 2019

Featuring a screening of the 2019 animation show of shows: a presentation of the 15 best animated short films from around the world & a panel discussion in Pearce Auditorium with Joe Karg, Chris Bivins & Amelia Fischer. High School students who want to attend need to register at https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/animation-festival. Dinner is included for registered high […]

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Technology in the Classroom: Computer-Aided Design for Fashion

Nov 30, 2018

  In fall 2018, the Center for the Arts & Design held its first Computer-Aided Design (CAD) class in the new design lab, gifted by alumna and trustee Antonina Lerch. The lab is located in the Redwine Technology Center within the Brenau Trustee Library. As fashion design becomes more and more digital, it is important […]

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CAD student completes design internship in the Office of Marketing & Communications

Nov 30, 2018

  In the fall 2018 semester, the Brenau University Office of Marketing & Communications opened its first design internship, seeking a talented graphic designer to assist Design Director Michael Lowe. After an application and interview process, which was open to students in the Center for the Arts & Design, Brenau senior Tori Mays was selected […]

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Alumni Video Blog: Jacqueline M.W. Dougherty

Nov 29, 2018

Jacqueline Marie Willis Dougherty is a graduate of Brenau University with a BFA in fashion design and an MBA in marketing. During her time at Brenau, Jacqueline curated gallery exhibitions from the Brenau University Historical Clothing Collection, had garments she constructed displayed in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and interned at the Smithsonian […]

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Highlights from the Brenau Collection: Hank Virgona’s “Urinal”

Nov 29, 2018

A Reflection on Beauty An excerpt from Jennifer Benitez’s presentation at the 2018 Brenau Research Symposium This piece by New York artist Hank Virgona is titled Urinal and was created in 1976. It was created by the use of mixed media, including watercolor, acrylic, pen and graphite. Up close and in person, you can see almost […]

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“Lacemaking in Georgia and Beyond” Reception and Demonstration

Nov 28, 2018

Community members turned out to the Nov. 1 opening reception of “Lacemaking in Georgia and Beyond” en masse to peruse beautiful historical lace garments and observe demonstrations of how those garments might have been made. Pieces from the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection were paired with local, handmade lace samples in this exhibition. Several members […]

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An Update from Jill DeMarotta, chair of Interior Design

Nov 28, 2018

  If you are unfamiliar with Brenau’s Interior Design Department, we offer classes in drafting, lighting, space planning, materials, sustainable design, computer-aided design, textiles, interior design history, building codes, residential design, restaurant/hotel design, office design and health-care design. We offer our BFA at both the Gainesville and Norcross campuses, as well as our MFA online. Did […]

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