The Center for the Arts & Design

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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Visitors view Kathy Yancey's work at Feb. 7 opening reception

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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Senior studio art student Jennifer Benitez drawing the New Mexico landscape

Senior studio art student Jennifer Benitez drawing the New Mexico landscape

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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Students shown digital drawing techniques in animation workshop

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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Enameled cooper pennies made by professor Claudia Wilburn

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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1930s Silk Charmeuse Evening Gown detail

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, 2019

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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Tori Mays, a senior studio art major from Flowery Branch, Ga., is the first graphic design intern in Office of Marketing and Communications. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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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Jacqueline Dougherty, a master tailor and Brenau alumna, leads a workshop for a group of fashion design majors at the fashion lab in the Burd Center. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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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Karen Baker, Morgan Davis and Dominique Wagner decorate the grand staircase at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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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Jennifer Benitez presents her research on a historic art piece in the Brenau University Permanent Collection at The Brenau University's 2018 Research Symposium. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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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Rachel Eleanor video title screen

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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