Brenau University President Ed Schrader looks over construction and renovations to Brenau's Downtown Center in preparation for the Gala taking place Saturday, March 29.

March 29 Gala Celebrates the ‘Art & Science’ of Brenau University

Mar 12, 2014
Brenau Staff

Downtown Center Will House Physical Therapy Doctorate and New Manhattan Art Gallery

After a decade-long absence, the Brenau Gala returns this March 29 to help celebrate the university’s 135th anniversary and vision for its future, dedicate the renovations for a new physical therapy doctoral program and launch a New York-themed art gallery at the Brenau Downtown Center at 301 Main St. in Gainesville.

Brenau President Ed Schrader says the event promises to be a memorable occasion.

“It has been far too long since we have had a celebration of this magnitude at Brenau,” said Schrader. “But with what the university has become since our last Gala, what Brenau has stood for in this community for 135 years and what it will mean to the future certainly is something worth celebrating.”

The main Gala theme, “The Art & Science of Brenau,” recognizes the university for its national leadership in two distinct areas: its major educational programs in allied health care and its significant collections of fine art.

The program celebrates the “science” component by showcasing the completed renovations at the Downtown Center, which will be the home of Brenau’s new doctorate in physical therapy program. The space also has room for expansion into other health care profession disciplines.

The “art” portion of the program revolves around the opening of the new “Manhattan Gallery” that will operate year-round at the Downtown Center with specially curated work from the university’s permanent art collection as well as newly acquired works from such artists as Andy Warhol and art from the famed Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.

Those pieces include a wide selection of artists and genres with one common thread: a connection to the New York art world that over the years has so generously contributed to the Brenau permanent collection. There will also be an art auction of prints, paintings and other pieces from the permanent collection – a catalog that ranges from high-priced paintings to relatively inexpensive prints.

In between at the dress-up affair there will be dinner, dancing to the great Motown-tribute band “Nu Soul” and opportunities to mix and mingle around one of several watering holes – each of which will feature different cocktails that were prominent in different decades paralleling Brenau’s history.

Brenau Downtown Center was formerly known as the Georgia Mountains Center, a small entertainment and meetings venue that is owned by the Gainesville city government. However, the facility had not been profitable in recent years. The city provided the facility to Brenau on a long-term lease, and it became the base for a $6.7 million project to operate and launch a doctorate in physical therapy and other health care programs.

In addition to the school for physical therapy professionals, there will be a clinic and related activities on the first floor. The second floor will be developed in the future phase of renovation for other programs such as pharmacy or physician assistant education.

If you need additional information or wish to purchase tickets to the Gala, call 770-534-6163 or make a reservation online at Tickets for the black-tie optional event are $100 each. For sponsorship information call 770-718-5309.