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The Center for the Arts & Design is a collaboration of the Art & Design Department, which is comprised of studio art, fashion design and fashion merchandising programs, as well as the Interior Design Department and Brenau University Galleries to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and further greater access to academic programs and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and the Brenau community.

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Call for Submissions: Spring 2020 Fashion Show

Th Brenau University student fashion show Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Pearce Auditorium. Design by Fashion Design major Jordyn De La Rosa

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.  Gabriela Carrillo, left, followed by one of her models, …

Crimes and Fashion: Clothing to Die For

This ensemble from the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection represents the classic mystery character Sam Spade

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 …

Producing the Perfect Fit for Female Firefighters

Dr. Robin Carufel uses Structure Sensor by Occipital

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 pers …

Artist Carmelo Blandino on “Ethos”

Carmelo Blandino

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 …

Permanent Collection Highlight: “Broome Street at Night” by Helen Frankenthaler

"Broome Street at Night" by Helen Frankenthaler

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, H …

Reception celebrates Graham Arader Arts & Science Collaborative

Guests view Brenau University's collection of elephant folios of John James Audubon’s "Birds of America," which contains 435 full-sized prints. (AJ Reynolds, Brenau University)
Guests at the Graham Arader Arts & Science Collaborative reception view Brenau University's collection of elephant folios of John James Audubon’s "Birds of America," which contains 435 full-sized prints. (AJ Reynolds, Brenau University)

Claudia Wilburn, chair of the Art & Design Department and director of the Center for the Arts & Design, gives a lecture on the history of naturalist art. Written by Nichole Rawlings The Arader Art Fund at Brenau University, established through …

Senior Capstone Project by Samantha Corey

Collage, Samantha Corey and character Tuffta

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 …

Brenau University Collections: Audubon’s Birds of America

Dr Schrader views the Audubon prints with several students.

Written by Benjamin Barton Dr. Delano Mixon, who donated a rare anthology titled ‘Birds of America’ by John James Audubon to the Brenau University collection, center, speaks about the books to members of the Gainesville Garden Club inside the Rare Book …

A Note from the Director: Sock Monkeys

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)

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 com …

The 2019 Brenau Collaborative

Works by Studio Art major Jennifer Benitez, all images are hand drawn with ink & marker. Photo by Tom Askew.

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 exhibition …

Brenau students paint rain barrels for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper fundraiser

Painted rain barrels photographed in the ceramics studio.

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 B …

Foundations: 2D & 3D in China

This is an example of student work as part of the Figure Ground Reversal Project with Professor Armstead.

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 semes …


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