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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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Technology in the Classroom: 3D Printing at Brenau

Professor Claudia Wilburn shows Jordyn De LaRosa how to remove the printed pice of her design from the baseplate after printing. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The technology that’s forecasted to change the future and allow us to manufacture everything from houses to human organs on demand has come to Brenau. In fact, 3D printing has been here since 2014, when Professor Claudia Wilburn first requested the pur …

Collection Highlight: 1950s Dress by designer Peggy Hunt

Photo shows the bust line of the light green dress with large white flowers on the front and on the sleeves.
Detail photograph of this vintage dress by designer Peggy Hunt

By Rachel Ward Stored away in Brenau University’s historic clothing collection is a stunning dress that oozes summer evenings spent sipping on refreshing drinks with friends and neighbors. The dress combines two aspects women aspire to be: sexy and ele …

Presidential Purchase Award Becomes Part of the Permanent Collection

This photo shows an impasto acrylic painting with a rich blue color at the top that blends into a violet and the to a right coral red at the bottom.
"Dawn" by Haley Gill was selected to become part of the Permanent Art Collection at Brenau in 2018.

“There and Back” series by Art Education Major, Haley Gill. The top two paintings were selected to be the Presidential Purchase for the Spring of 2018.   The Brenau University Permanent Art Collection (BUPAC) features a broad spectrum of works fro …

Brenau University Students Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity 

Two students standing in the frame of a house.
Cassandra and Elizabeth in the rafters of the habitat house.

By Brenau Staff Interior design students from the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers participated in a Habitat for Humanity home build in Gainesville, Georgia. Habitat for Humanity volunteers help build homes alongside the fu …

Video: Vee Sanchez talks about Life in Fashion Design after Brenau

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Brenau alumna Vee Sanchez, BFA fashion design 2014,discusses her insecurities as a new student in Brenau’s fashion design program, internships she had as a student and her career after graduation working on costumes in Orlando, Florida for Disney and t …

Brenau announces Center for the Arts & Design

Studio Art Program Director Claudia Wilburn talks to interior design student Carmen Garcia-Pitarch Lopez. Both programs are part of the Center for the Arts & Design at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University recently announced creation of the Center for the Arts & Design, a collection of the university’s esteemed programs providing student-centered art and design education based on inquiry and innovation. The umbrella program is a col …

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

Brightly colored yet abstracted portrait of Lillian Carter. Picture shown hanging in the Manhattan Gallery.
A portrait of Lillian Carter by Andy Warhol hangs inside the Manhattan Gallery in the Brenau University Downton Center.

  A portrait of Lillian Carter by Andy Warhol hangs inside the Manhattan Gallery in the Brenau University Downton Center.   By: Victoria Mathis Andy Warhol is known and admired so much for his unique way of interpreting iconic celebrities and …

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 …

Brenau Art & Design partners with chamber for public arts collaboration

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.

As part of a mission to increase awareness of public art in Hall County, Brenau University and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2030 public art committee announced in March the Brenau Urban Rural Discoveries, or BURDs. The public art proje …

Professor Claudia Wilburn organizes community colossal prints event

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

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 fashion merchandising technologies

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, …


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