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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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Brenau Fashion Network Wraps Up Another Successful Year

Brenau University's student fashion show Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Pearce Auditorium.

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 …

Atlanta-based Artist Kathy Yancey Shares Her Experiences with Students

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

Kathy Yancey at Feb. 7 artist talk 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 Wor …

CAD Students Visit Ghost Ranch Over Spring Break

Senior studio art student Jennifer Benitez drawing the New Mexico landscape
Senior studio art student Jennifer Benitez drawing the New Mexico landscape

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 Churc …

Animation Festival First of Its Kind at Brenau

Students shown digital drawing techniques in animation workshop

Animator Joe Karg talks to students about the animation industry 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: Backgrou …

New This Year: Friday Workshop Series

Enameled cooper pennies made by professor Claudia Wilburn

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 …

Historic Clothing Collection Highlight: April Showers Bring May Flowers

1930s Silk Charmeuse Evening Gown detail

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. 1950s Silk Damask Evening Go …

Animation Festival, March 8

Animation Festival, March 8, 2019

Click to view full-size poster. 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 F …

Technology in the Classroom: Computer-Aided Design for Fashion

  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 …

CAD student completes design internship in the Office of Marketing & Communications

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)

  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, …

Alumni Video Blog: Jacqueline M.W. Dougherty

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)

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 …

Highlights from the Brenau Collection: Hank Virgona’s “Urinal”

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 waterc …

“Lacemaking in Georgia and Beyond” Reception and Demonstration

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 Unive …

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