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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, Music Department, Dance 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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Historic Clothing Collection highlight: 1840s silk fan-front dress

1840s Silk Fan-Front Dress

by Charity Armstead We are currently at work in the historic collection expanding into additional storage space and continuing an inventory of the collection. As we work to digitize all the old paper records from the collection, we are uncovering gorge …

Brenau Galleries staff installs collection artwork in campus spaces

New installation of art pieces in Disque Lecture Hall

by Nichole Ferguson When you think of Brenau Galleries, you may think of our three rotating exhibition spaces on the historic Gainesville campus. These galleries — Sellars, Presidents and Castelli — host public art exhibitions throughout the year. Some …

CAD welcomes new faculty member Andrea Skillings

Andrea Skillings Headshot

by Claudia Wilburn The Center for the Arts & Design would like to welcome Andrea Skillings to the team as a new assistant professor of fashion. Skillings has rich experience in merchandising and product development that is backed by a Master of Art …

Interior design students intern at greater Atlanta firms

Concept Board with fabric swatches

 by Jill DeMarotta This summer, six Brenau University interior design majors interned at professional interior design firms across the greater Atlanta area, working at least 180 hours with their respective firms.  Scene from Christina Bofill’s Int …

Music Department celebrates successes as new academic year begins

Lainie Ewers

by Dr. Barbara Steinhaus The opening of fall 2021 classes in the Department of Music allows for a bit of reflection and a look ahead.  This past summer, Ashley Conway, director of ensembles and coordinator of music education, was a speaker at the …

Brenau Dance thinks big to overcome COVID challenges

Tatyana Hunter-Henley sitting in-front of computer screens that are on a zoom call
Tatyana Hunter-Henley Dance Performance

by Madia Cooper-Ashirifi Despite the many challenges of the past year, Brenau University’s Department of Dance has continued to think big. As live performances across the country dwindled, the department forged ahead, progressively rethinking performan …

Technology in the Classroom: Storyboard Pro

Students gather around Professor Wilburn at a Mac computer
Studio Art. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

by Huy Chu and Claudia Wilburn In February 2021, the Center for the Arts & Design hosted Tiger Toons, a virtual learning experience that included interviews with several members of the professional animation community. On the heels of that successf …

Permanent Art Collection Highlight: Howardena Pindell

Howardena Pindell, "Flight/Fields", 1988, etching and aquatint on paper, gift of Robert and Shirley Bowden

Howardena Pindell is an American mixed media artist and painter trained at Boston and Yale universities. She is known for exploring processes through her artmaking, utilizing unique textures, colors and compositional structures across her media. Much o …

A brief history of music at Brenau

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert

Music studies have been a formal part of the curriculum at Brenau since Brenau College Conservatory was established as two separate institutions: a college for the education of women and a conservatory of music, art, oratory and “kindred subjects” in 1 …

Annual fashion show takes the virtual stage

2021 Fashion Show

by Polly Evans-Thomas The annual Brenau University student fashion show, hosted by the Center for the Arts & Design, returned in 2021 with collections from current students and recent graduates. The show was filmed over a week and was presented dur …

Brenau Galleries goes live on Instagram

Gallery Director Nichole Ferguson chats with "L.A. Stories" curator Paul Paiement and artist Hagop Najarian

by Nichole Ferguson This spring, the Brenau University Galleries embarked on a new programming adventure: Instagram Live. COVID-19 brought many challenges and pivots for the 2020-2021 exhibition season, and one thing that developed to support remote co …

‘Panorama’ virtual dance concert features Brenau students, faculty and guest artists

Panorama dance performance 2021

by Michael Lowe The Brenau University Department of Dance presented a virtual senior thesis, faculty and guest artist concert April 8-10. The event, Panorama, featured nightly performances streamed live from Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium on YouTube and Fa …

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