The Center for the Arts & Design

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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Student Perspective: Jennifer Benitez’s experience as part of the Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the High Museum of Art

Sep 06, 2018

My name is Jennifer Benitez, and I am a senior Studio Art major at Brenau University.  Last year I was encouraged to apply for an opportunity for college students interested in curating, offered by the High Museum of Art.  Initially I had no idea what the term curator meant. I knew it was something related to […]

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ALUMNI VIDEO BLOG: Rachel Eleanor, BU ‘14

Sep 05, 2018
In this video, designer and illustrator Rachel Eleanor talks about her experience as a studio art major at Brenau University. Rachel highlights her experiences as an undergraduate student and how that inspired further education with the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. You can find out more about Rachel Eleanor’s work on her rachel-eleanor.com.
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Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Dance and Art & Design students

Sep 05, 2018
Video by John Streit During Alumni Reunion Weekend the Art & Design Department hosts a multi-part event called the Brenau Collaborative. It generally consists of a juried show of student art and design works, the senior exhibition projects and the annual fashion show. This year the introductory dance composition course taught by Kristi Petty created [...]
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Center for the Arts & Design welcomes three new faculty members

Sep 02, 2018
Brenau University recently welcomed three new faculty members to the Center for the Arts & Design; Michael Kleeman in Interior Design, Robin Carufel in Fashion Design and Huy Chu in Art & Design. Robin Carufel, Fashion Design Robin Carufel is our new fashion design program director. She finished a doctoral degree in apparel studies from The [...]
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Technology in the Classroom: 3D Printing at Brenau

Sep 02, 2018

The technology that’s forecasted to change the future and allow us to manufacture everything from houses to human organs on demand has come to Brenau. In fact, 3D printing has been here since 2014, when Professor Claudia Wilburn first requested the purchase of two MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers, intending to incorporate them into art […]

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Collection Highlight: 1950s Dress by designer Peggy Hunt

Sep 02, 2018
By Rachel Ward Stored away in Brenau University’s historic clothing collection is a stunning dress that oozes summer evenings spent sipping on refreshing drinks with friends and neighbors. The dress combines two aspects women aspire to be: sexy and elegant, as this was Peggy Hunt's specialty. Carolyn Margaret Hunt, later known as Peggy, began as [...]
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Presidential Purchase Award Becomes Part of the Permanent Collection

Sep 02, 2018

  The Brenau University Permanent Art Collection (BUPAC) features a broad spectrum of works from across media and time periods, including works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler and Jasper Johns. However, perhaps most personal to Brenau are works in the collection by alumnae from over the years. Brenau hosts an annual exhibition […]

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