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

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 …

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

Diana Quinones and her roommate Rui Nancy Feng

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 Atla …

BURD Birds

One of the BURDs, part of a public art project to be placed around Gainesville by Vision 2030.
One of the BURDs, part of a public art project to be placed around Gainesville by Vision 2030.

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 fo …

Professor Claudia Wilburn organizes community colossal prints event

people spread paper in front steam roller as students look on.

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 …

Professor Charity Armstead introduces new technologies and techniques in fashion merchandising

Yanrong (Minnie) Zheng and Tatyanna Heard-Gerald burn fabric swatches to identify fiber content.
Yanrong (Minnie) Zheng and Tatyanna Heard-Gerald burn fabric swatches to identify fiber content.

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, wea …

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

Brenau Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings, right, explains to Brenau junior Rebecca Pjils of The Netherlands the significance of the 370-year-old Dutch painting recently added to the university's art collection.   (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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, …

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

"Potts: A Life of Stories" by Claudia Wilburn a Mixed media piece comprised of acrylic paint, image transfers, found materials, digital prints, family memorabilia, handmade paper and collage. The piece won "Best in Show" at the Georgia National Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. (Claudia Wilburn/Brenau University)

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 …

Gainesville Campus Holds Landscape Artist Gallery Reception

From left to right, Charity Armstead, Sandy Brim, Andrea Birch and Kasie Alt laugh during the opening reception for "Expanded Geographies," featuring artwork by Ying Li at the Simmons Visual Arts Center Sellers Gallery. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Artist Ying Li poses for a portrait at Haverford (Penn.) College, where she is professor and chair of fine arts. The Brenau University Gainesville campus hosted a gallery reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, celebrating the opening of Ying Li …


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