The Center for the Arts & Design

Highlights from the Brenau Collection: Andy Warhol’s ‘Lillian Carter 1977’

May 16, 2018

By: Victoria Mathis, Senior, BA Studio Art Andy Warhol is known and admired so much for his unique way of interpreting iconic celebrities and even consumer items. Warhol was a constant mirror of the society in which he lived. He used the iconography of his generation to challenge what society thought of those icons and […]

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Brenau Student Show at the High Museum of Art: A Student’s View By Diana Quinones

May 16, 2018

Hi, my name is Diana Quinones, and I am a second-year student at Brenau majoring in studio art. A year ago, my 3D printed sculpture from my Foundations: 2D & 3D class was accepted into the Brenau Student Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. As a freshman at the time, it was […]

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BURD Birds

May 16, 2018

In March of this year, several golden birds appeared around hall county. These birds are part of a project developed by the Center for the Arts & Design at Brenau University in collaboration with the Vision 2030 Public Arts Committee. The design for the birds was chosen from a competition held in November 2017, where […]

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Professor Claudia Wilburn organizes community colossal prints event

May 15, 2018

It was a crisp, clear spring morning as Studio Art Program Director Claudia Wilburn sat perched atop a steamroller – just another day at Brenau. Wilburn and her students organized Brenau University’s first Colossal Prints event on March 23 along Brenau’s Green Street side of the Gainesville campus, outside the John W. Jacobs Jr. Business […]

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Professor Charity Armstead introduces new technologies and techniques in fashion merchandising

May 15, 2018

Students in FM 240 Fashion Textiles analyzed fiber types using burn testing, microscopy and chemical reactivity. The students are using thrifted garments throughout the semester for a detailed analysis that includes fiber types and characteristics, weave/knit structure, dyeing and printing, and other aspects of textile construction. The fiber photos here were taken with a camera […]

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Florida Developer Enhances Art Collection with Gift of 17th-century Painting

Nov 01, 2017

Jacksonville, Florida, businessman David Gonzales enhanced the Brenau University Permanent Art Collection with the gift of a 1647 preliminary painting that led to the creation of one of the most famous works by the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artist, Paulus Potter. Titled Landscape with Cows, the 19 3/4-inch by 23 1/2-inch study reflects the pastoral […]

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Professor Claudia Wilburn Wins Best in Show at Georgia National Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

Oct 09, 2017

The Georgia National Fair celebrates the state’s heritage, people and agriculture each fall. This year, the 11-day event featured the work of Brenau University associate professor of art and design, Claudia Wilburn. Wilburn, who is also the studio art program director, won best in show and first place in the mixed media category at the […]

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Gainesville Campus Holds Landscape Artist Gallery Reception

Sep 15, 2017

The Brenau University Gainesville campus hosted a gallery reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, celebrating the opening of Ying Li’s exhibit “Expanded Geographies” in the Simmons Visual Arts Center’s Sellars Gallery. Li, a landscape artist known for her tough textures and intense colors, captures experiences with place and time in her gestural paintings, and […]

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