The Center for the Arts & Design

Brenau Galleries Go Virtual

Sep 14, 2020

In March of 2020, Brenau Galleries launched their first-ever virtual exhibitions in response to COVID-19. Currently, three online galleries are available for viewing: L.A. Stories, Charles Webster Hawthorne and House and Universe: Margaret Evangeline. In a few short weeks, (Her)story and Person, Place, Thing, both of which showcase women artists in the Brenau University Permanent […]

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Wedding gown from Kendy Manzano's final collection

Student Perspective: Kendy Manzano

Sep 11, 2020

Kendy Manzano is a spring 2020 graduate of Brenau’s Fashion Design department. For her senior capstone project, Kendy designed a bridal collection oriented toward a bride who craves a bold and elegant look on her wedding day. She chose two looks from her collection to construct down to the smallest details. In the student perspective […]

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Claudia Wilburn at reception for "Idiosyncratic Perspectives"

Update from the Director

Sep 11, 2020

by Claudia Wilburn   Greetings from Brenau University’s Center for the Arts & Design. My apologies for the delay in the CAD Newsletter this year. As you know we are living through historical times and have had to make many adjustments since March. Our focus was on the students and making sure everyone safely finished […]

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Dennisse Rodriguez learns hand embroidery stitches at home

CAD Rises to the Challenge of Remote Learning in Spring 2020

Sep 11, 2020

by Sommer Stockton When the news came in mid-March about the move to remote learning, Brenau’s faculty and staff were fully prepared for the possibility of moving online. Faculty evaluated the remaining assignments and lab activities to determine which would be applicable to hold in an online learning environment. “We were anticipating a possible change […]

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Mildred Thompson (American, 1936-2003), "Quaver I", 1989, Lithograph on paper, Brenau University Art Endowment Purchase

Collection Highlight: Mildred Thompson

Sep 11, 2020

by Allison Lauricella “My work in the visual arts is, and always has been, a continuous search for understanding. It is an expression of purpose and reflects a personal interpretation of the universe. Each new creation presents a visual manifestation of the sum total of this lifelong investigation and serves as a reaffirmation of my […]

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Jordyn De La Rosa, a senior fashion design major, makes medical masks to donate to local health care workers. (Photo courtesy of Jordyn De La Rosa)

Brenau gets creative for a good cause

May 04, 2020

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Brenau University senior fashion design major Jordyn De La Rosa has been busy — not only finishing up classes to graduate but also participating in the Million Mask Challenge. A grassroots effort that began in the Washington, D.C., area, the Million Mask Challenge has become a national movement aimed at addressing […]

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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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