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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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Brenau Galleries Go Virtual

In March of 2020, Brenau Galleries launched their first-ever virtual exhibitions in response to COVID-19. Currently, three online galleries are available for viewing: L.A. Stories, Charles Webster Hawthorne and House and Universe: Margaret Evangeline. …

Student Perspective: Kendy Manzano

Wedding gown from Kendy Manzano's final collection

Kendy Manzano is a spring 2020 graduate of Brenau’s Fashion Design department. For her senior capstone project, Kendy designed a bridal collection oriented toward a bride who craves a bold and elegant look on her wedding day. She chose two looks from h …

Update from the Director

Claudia Wilburn at reception for "Idiosyncratic Perspectives"

by Claudia Wilburn   Greetings from Brenau University’s Center for the Arts & Design. My apologies for the delay in the CAD Newsletter this year. As you know we are living through historical times and have had to make many adjustments since Ma …

CAD Rises to the Challenge of Remote Learning in Spring 2020

Dennisse Rodriguez learns hand embroidery stitches at home

by Sommer Stockton Juliana Cifuentes shows off hand embroidery project When the news came in mid-March about the move to remote learning, Brenau’s faculty and staff were fully prepared for the possibility of moving online. Faculty evaluated the remaini …

Collection Highlight: Mildred Thompson

Mildred Thompson (American, 1936-2003), "Quaver I", 1989, Lithograph on paper, Brenau University Art Endowment Purchase

by Allison Lauricella “My work in the visual arts is, and always has been, a continuous search for understanding. It is an expression of purpose and reflects a personal interpretation of the universe. Each new creation presents a visual manifestation o …

Brenau gets creative for a good cause

Jordyn De La Rosa, a senior fashion design major, makes medical masks to donate to local health care workers. (Photo courtesy of Jordyn De La Rosa)

Jordyn De La Rosa’s medical masks (Photo courtesy of Jordyn De La Rosa) Since the coronavirus outbreak, Brenau University senior fashion design major Jordyn De La Rosa has been busy — not only finishing up classes to graduate but also participating in …

Historic Clothing Collection Highlight

Black Rayon Crepe Evening Dress

Written by Dr. Charity Armstead Black Rayon Crepe Evening Dress, c. 1932-1933  In the 1930s, a noticeable shift in power occurred in the fashion world: Hollywood became an arbiter of style, taking a share of power from the French fashion houses that fo …

Photo Gallery: “Crimes and Fashion”

Dr. Charity Armstead speaks at opening reception for "Crimes and Fashion"

Written by Nichole Ferguson  This fall semester, the Center for the Arts & Design hosted Crimes and Fashion: Clothing to Die For, exhibiting fashion from Brenau’s Historic Clothing Collection inspired by classic fictional detectives and criminals.  …

Save the date for the second Colossal Prints event

The Colossal Prints printmaking workshop at Brenau University on Friday, March 23, 2018.

What: The Colossal Prints event When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 Where: Golden Tiger Way After an enormous success in its first year, the second Colossal Prints event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Brenau …

Hawthorne works on display at Downtown Center

Guests view paintings on display
Guests view works by Charles Webster Hawthorne during a reception in November celebrating his works on exhibit in the Brenau University Downtown Center from the collection of Doug and Kay Ivester. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Trustee Doug Ivester laughs with Brenau Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings and a few friends during a reception for the exhibition “Charles Webster Hawthorne: Paintings from the Collection of Doug and Kay Ivester.” The Brenau University Downtow …

Interior design students decorate Callanwolde for the holidays

Huimin "Anne" Ying, left, and Jingyuan "Samantha" Ye place decorations on a tree.

Brenau University interior design students once again decorated for Christmas at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Callanwolde is decorated seasonally for the holidays and Brenau interior design students have worked to decorate the mansion w …

Campus Movie Fest comes to Brenau

Student films a ballet dancer
Freshman dance major Brianna Gutierrez captures her classmate dancing for the Campus Movie Fest at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Several Brenau students laugh between takes as they work on their film for the Campus Movie Fest at Brenau University. Brenau University students had the opportunity in October to vividly tell the stories that matter most to them through the institutio …


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