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The Center for Arts and Design at Brenau University

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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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An Update from Jill DeMarotta, chair of Interior Design

Karen Baker, Morgan Davis and Dominique Wagner decorate the grand staircase at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

  If you are unfamiliar with Brenau’s Interior Design Department, we offer classes in drafting, lighting, space planning, materials, sustainable design, computer-aided design, textiles, interior design history, building codes, residential design, …

Student Perspective: Jennifer Benitez’s experience as part of the Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the High Museum of Art

Jennifer Benitez presents her research on a historic art piece in the Brenau University Permanent Collection at The Brenau University's 2018 Research Symposium. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Summer 2018 Mellon Curatorial Fellows in the home art collections Carl and Marian Mullis. My name is Jennifer Benitez, and I am a senior Studio Art major at Brenau University.  Last year I was encouraged to apply for an opportunity for college stud …

ALUMNI VIDEO BLOG: Rachel Eleanor, BU ‘14

Rachel Eleanor video title screen

In this video, designer and illustrator Rachel Eleanor talks about her experience as a studio art major at Brenau University. Rachel highlights her experiences as an undergraduate student and how that inspired further education with the Portfolio Cente …

Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Dance and Art & Design students

Brenau Collaboration 2018 title card

Video by John Streit During Alumni Reunion Weekend the Art & Design Department hosts a multi-part event called the Brenau Collaborative. It generally consists of a juried show of student art and design works, the senior exhibition projects and the …

Center for the Arts & Design welcomes three new faculty members

Huy Chu
Huy Chu, assistant professor of art and design,

Brenau University recently welcomed three new faculty members to the Center for the Arts & Design; Michael Kleeman in Interior Design, Robin Carufel in Fashion Design and Huy Chu in Art & Design. Robin Carufel, Fashion Design Robin Carufel is o …

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


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 …

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