Detail from "Zinnia" from Erin Tapley's exhibition Quiddity.
Detail from "Zinnia" from Erin Tapley's exhibition Quiddity.

Brenau Hosts Opening Reception for ‘Lacuna’ and ‘Quiddity’ Exhibits Sept. 22

Sep 16, 2016
Brenau Staff

Two vastly different Southern abstract artists will discuss their work Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at an opening reception for their exhibitions at Brenau University Galleries. The event is free and open to the public.

“Lacuna: The Space in Between” features the art of Hannah Israel in Sellars Gallery, and “Quiddity” presents the art of Erin Tapley in Presidents Gallery, both located at the Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Boulevard.

“Both exhibits present mostly abstract and process-driven works, yet there is a distinctly different feel to each of them,” said Brenau Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings. “Viewers can interpret these two collections of art in a wide variety of ways. Having an opportunity to actively engage with artists always creates a wonderful sense of connection to an exhibition and provides ‘behind-the-scenes’ information about their work.”

"Mirage" from Hannah Israel's exhibition Lacuna: The Space Between Us.
“Mirage” from Hannah Israel’s exhibition Lacuna: The Space Between Us.

Israel is an associate professor of art and gallery director at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she was a Creative and Performance Art Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Daedalus Art Grant and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, both in New York. Israel has exhibited her work at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago and the Krannert Art Museum. Her exhibition, “Lacuna: The Space in Between,” draws beauty out of tangible and intangible materials as a poetic gesture that reflects the fragility of the world.

"Zinnia" from Erin Tapley's exhibition Quiddity.
“Zinnia” from Erin Tapley’s exhibition Quiddity.

Tapley is an associate professor of art education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in art education from the University of Iowa. She enjoys printmaking and its experimental possibilities and has completed over 45 murals and 25 large-scale installations in galleries and museums nationwide. Tapley has traveled to five continents and sixteen countries to research visual art interests.

“Japan was the first country I went to,” Tapley said. “I was inspired by the Japanese practice suminagashi (marbling using ink and distilled water), and the Japanese are masters at decorative papers, starting with the pulp. I pay close attention to native art forms in all countries I’ve been fortunate enough to visit. Most native art forms have to do with what natural materials are unique to the area, so things such as amate paper in San Pablito, Mexico, or the San printmaking tradition in Botswana grabbed my attention.”

“Quiddity” means “the essence of things,” and Tapley experiments with various processes in marbled design, constantly pushing its possibilities within physical limitations.

The exhibitions will be on display during the course of the Georgia Art Education Association fall conference, taking place on Brenau University’s campus Oct. 13-16. About 200 art educators from around the state are expected to attend the conference to take workshops and engage with other art educators. The choice to present two exhibitions by current working art educators in these galleries was made with this event in mind to maximize the impact on the wider community.

Both exhibits are on display now through Nov. 17. For more information about the art shows, contact 770.534.6263 or visit the Brenau Galleries website at