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Guest Artists and Scholars, Spring 2018

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the School of Art and Design hosts various guest artists, scholars, and lecturers.  This Spring, we've scheduled the following guests:

  • Chris Reynolds, Sculptor: Wednesday, February 14
  • Peter Bahouth, Photographer: Friday, February 23
  • Dr. Sethuramen Suresh, Scholar: Sunday, March 4
  • Andrew Hayes, Sculptor: Tuesday, March 20
Learn more about our guests...

Art History Students Present Papers at LaGrange College this Friday! 

A strong group of five KSU Art History students will be presenting their papers at the 
Seventeenth Annual Art History Forum 
at Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Presenting Student: Maria Shah
“Influences on Native American Art and the Question of Authenticity”
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Stephenson

Presenting Student: Michelle Colbert
“How the South Rose Again, Problems of Symbolism and Memory in Confederate Statues”
Mentor: Dr. Diana McClintock

Presenting Student: Alyssa Woodall
“The Concept of Ma’at and Women in Ancient Egypt”
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Stephenson

Presenting Student: Cassie Espinoza
“New Perspectives on Ancient Egyptian Tattooing”
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Stephenson

Presenting Student: Emily Larson
“Transitional Magic: Apotropaic Wands as an Allegory for the Middle Kingdom”
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Stephenson

Learn more by contacting the people listed here:

  • Crys Newberry and Liz Jones

    Students Awarded for Package Design

    The Graphic Design USA organization awarded Kennesaw State University students for designs submitted into their 55th Anniversary American Package Design Competition.

    • "It Could be You" Opioid Addiction Awareness; DESIGNERS: Kira Kowolik, Preston Luck and Eryn Speer
    • "From War to Work" Non-profit campaign for social change; DESIGNERS: Jessica Fields, Cindy Jodesty, and Dean WIlliams
    • "Mission Monarchs" Awareness of monarch butterfly population reduction; DESIGNERS: Liz Jones and Crys Newberry

    The goal of the competition is to focus attention on areas of growth and opportunity for graphic design professionals, to recognize the best work being done in those arenas, and to emphasize the value that graphic design brings to business and society. 

  • Get more information, including parking!

    Open Studio Event, Thursday, Feb. 15, 5-8 p.m.

    The Open Studio Event gives the community and prospective students the opportunity to walk a self-guided tour of the Visual Arts Building while classes are in session.  

    • Visit the studio classrooms
    • Meet students and professors
    • Listen-in on class discussions and learn about the resources our studios provide
    • Watch KSU students work on their projects and ask them questions about their process and experiences at KSU
    • Show your portfolio (drawings, small paintings, prints, or photographs of artwork) for review by our faculty!

Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design and City of Kennesaw Collaborate on Public Art Project

Two custom sculptural benches designed by Kennesaw State University students were recently installed on the Southern Museum walkway in a collaboration between Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design and the City of Kennesaw. The benches were designed by students in the Master Craftsman program under the direction of Page Burch. Burch emphasized the win-win nature of the partnership, and said, “We believe the benches will complement and enhance their surroundings.”

Two years ago, Economic Development Director Bob Fox approached Geo Sipp, the Director of the KSU School of Art and Design, with the idea of a joint public art project with art students. The two met to discuss how they could work together on original art for Kennesaw’s downtown that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “We wanted to give art students a real-world opportunity to go through the public art commission process, including selection, fabrication, and installation,” said Fox. “The city would provide financial support.”

With Sipp onboard with the concept, the next step was to draw up an agreement between the city and the Board of Regents on behalf of the KSU. The agreement specified that the School of Art and Design would submit designs and complete fabrication while the city would underwrite the material cost. An art review committee consisting of city staff and members of the Art and Culture Commission was established to evaluate the designs and choose winners.

The first pieces that were commissioned were benches to be placed on the Southern Museum walkway and at the City Hall Plaza currently under construction. Students researched relevant material and aesthetic choices, taking into account city codes and accessibility requirements and submitted their designs. Eight designs were submitted. Once the final choices were made, they began fabrication by cutting, bending, grinding, and welding the benches in preparation for installation. The Downtown Development Authority funded the cost of materials and the city’s Public Works Department did the installation. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, November 3, 2017, to recognize Fox, Burch, and Sipp, as well as artists Megan Pace and Thomas Daniel, both students in the Master Craftsman Program. In the next phase of the partnership, design proposals will be requested for the city’s new Gateway Park on Main Street at Sardis Street.
Burch said, “The thing that excites me most about this program is allowing students to be the driving force behind it. Being able to help artists progress on a professional level is an extremely important step forward, and I find it tremendously exciting.”

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Photo Gallery

KSU MUDSLINGERS teams up with KSU CARE to help fight hunger

The KSU Mudslingers Ceramics Club, advised by School of Art and Design faculty members Jeff Campana and Keith Smith, has been busy throwing, glazing and firing bowls to help KSU fight hunger as part of the Empty Bowls Project with KSU CARE. 

An international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, the Empty Bowls Project will be featured as part of KSU CARE’s 10th Annual Homelessness Awareness Week event. This event will raise money to help KSU CARE fight hunger, raise awareness about the issues of food insecurity and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist.

Attendees purchased tickets that allowed them to choose a handmade ceramic bowl; the bowls will then be filled with a lunch provided by KSU Dining Services. Participants may then take their bowls home.

The students began planning the project when they returned to class this fall. Campana said, “They were very excited about the whole idea of this project; they were fully on board.”

The students used three different clay bodies: porcelain, stoneware, and a special one for soda-firing. “In addition to the charitable cause, there is a valuable experience for students to make work and put it in the public realm. They had the opportunity to fire in all of the varieties that our studio can offer, that were suitable for the function. The bowls were fired three ways: oxidation, reduction and soda fire. It was a very good event in the studio for our students,” said Campana.

While some seasoned pottery students participated, other artists had only done sculptural work, so it gave those students a chance to try something outside of their expertise. Other benefits included working together as a group, learning how to meet deadlines, and even how to calculate “survival” rates.

Campana explained, “Not every bowl that we make survives; some have glaze problems or cracks in drying, so the group planned on roughly 15% not being up to standards. This project gave them a chance to experience more of the professionalism side than would be normally seen in just a class project.” The students fired a total of 90 bowls, resulting in 75 available for the Empty Bowls Project.  

See KSU News Story with Video!

Empty Bowls Project - Photo Gallery

Capstone Exhibition Reception - Art Education Majors

Senior students of the art education program posed with some of their artwork on Monday night, October 30th during the reception of their senior "capstone" exhibition.  They are exhibiting their artwork in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Wilson Building on the Kennesaw campus through November 9th.

More information about this exhibition and others in the Fine Arts Gallery.

  • Phyllis Fulp
    Rebecca Holbrook
    Lisa Sponsel
  • Senior student Phyllis Fulp of the art education program exhibit their artwork in their capstone exhibition.
    senior art education major, Rebecca Holbrook

    senior art education major, Lisa Sponsel

Student Designers win American Graphic Design Awards!

Four student winners of the GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards are:

  • Rositsa Aseuova,
    Tyra Bullock, & Eric Liu
    Brittany McFetters
    Kate Thiel
  • 1 award:
    Resono Children Center newsletter

    Rosono Newsletter designed by student, Rositsa Aseuova

    1 award:
    Ad and logo design for Solis perfume

    Ad and logo design for Solis perfume by Brittany McFetters

    2 awards:
    Genziai branding/student graphic design

    Genzai stationery branding by Kate Thiel

    Year of India Brochure
    Year of India Brochure designed by student, Kate Thiel

Two of the awards under the tutelage of Professor Hwang in the Design Practicum course.

Two awards under the tutelage of Professor Maugé-Lewis in the Advertising & Packaging course.

Marc Brotherton and Chris Hall exhibiting in EBD4

Part-time Assistant Professors Marc Brotherton and Chris Hall are exhibiting their work in the upcoming show "40 over 40" in the Chamblee Gallery, EBD4, November 11 - December 16, 2017.

  • Marc Brotherton
    Chris Hall
  • killskreen, mixed media by Marc Brotherton
    Amor Fati, 60x72 in. mixed media by Christopher Hall 2017

Open Studios Event a success!

School of Art and Design Open Studio Event

Each semester the School offers an open house visiting opportunity for high school students and the community to learn about our programs. We appreciate the visitors who participated during the evening of Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Students and their families from surrounding communities were able to:

  • bring their PORTFOLIO for REVIEW by our faculty
  • browse the ARTISTS' MARKET where students and staff have artworks for sale
  • "Come as Your Favorite Artist" Party sponsored by the Art History Club
  • visit studios of the Visual Arts building and watch college students work in our studio classrooms and ask them about their process
  • watch a collaborative effort of students, staff, and faculty to contribute to the "Empty Bowls" project for Homeless Awareness Week.
Learn more about the event...

From Mecca to America

“If you live your life in fear, then you are going to be more constricted instead of being open to the arts and realizing it’s not a threat.”

By actively promoting diversity through the Arts, the College of the Arts continually contributes to Kennesaw State University’s diversity in education and the college environment. “From Mecca to America: Crosscultural Exchange in the Art Classroom” is COTA’s most recent initiative promoting cultural diversity. Project facilitators are Dr. Sandra Bird and Dr. Mona Mohamed Ibrahim Hussein, a Professor in Art Education, formerly at Umm Al Qura University in Saudi Arabia through the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Professor Debbie Hutchinson and two student small sculpture assistants provide technical support for participating Art Education 4410 students in the Islamic Metal Ornamentation Workshop. This collaborative journey began almost two years ago when Bird recognized that Metro-Atlanta’s art curriculum could benefit from Hussein’s local, technical, and academic knowledge of Islamic metalwork because, as Bird states, “Visual arts content bridges cultures.” The project became possible with a Kennesaw State University Division of Global Affairs International Community Engagement Grant. Through the Islamic Metal Ornamentation Workshop (Fall 2016) and the Islamic Art and Architecture course (Spring 2017), Bird and Hussein are building a cultural bridge benefitting art education pre-service teachers and those they are teaching along with Hussein’s Alexandria University students who have contributed examples of their metalwork designs.

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In the Islamic Metal Ornamentation Workshop, Bird (as primary investigator) emphasizes the principles of design while Hussein (as secondary researcher) teaches how to read Islamic design. Hutchinson helps students develop ideas and solve design problems. Teacher training and student learning are emphasized as students work in the small metals studio located in the School of Art and Design. By planning for teaching visual arts with interdisciplinary connections, art education students are creating intercultural curriculum through a model focusing on global perspectives of under-represented art resources. Implementing visual arts learning to other participants––including KSU students, staff, and administrators–– students are learning to teach about diverse societies and cultures. Professors and student teachers are keeping artbased journals recording the developing model through the collection of art content research, video, and participants’ personal commentary and artistic expressions in photography, drawing and metalwork. This work will culminate in a book. The necessity of teacher training in diversity and inclusiveness in local schools is obvious and, as Hutchinson said, “Broadening peoples’ views seems to always start in the arts.”

“Our students need to know how to teach about diverse societies and diverse works that emerge from these societies in order to help bridge the cultural divides that we still experience in the twenty-first century,” added Bird. Bird, Hussein, and Hutchinson pointed out that cultural divides are based in fear: “If you live your life in fear, then you are going to be more constricted instead of being open to the arts and realizing it’s not a threat.” Hutchinson said. “It’s an opportunity to grow, evolve, and become better people. There are many things we can learn from non-western cultures that would make our lives so much better.” Bird continues. “Fear makes the person weak and so we want to teach our students to be strong. … Fear makes us freeze. We must be strong to be creative,” Hussein finishes. The project continued through Spring 2017 when Hussein and Bird co-taught the Islamic Art and Architecture course. KSU’s Wilson Gallery will be exhibiting participants’ art works through July 30, 2017. v Image, opposite page, left to right: Lu Freitas, Phyllis Fulp, Jeanette Wachtman, Lisa Kastello, Sandra Bir, and Mona Hussein. Photos by April Munson.

By Jane Custer

Archived News

  • Bench Project News Article Photo Collage

    The complaint often leveled at academic arts programs is that they are one-dimensional— an ivory tower exposition of theory in the university setting or a crass fixation on commercial viability in for-profit institutions. The criticism, sound or not, depends upon the premise that the work of a professional artist entails a complex set of negotiations between aesthetic and practical concerns, personal expression and social maneuvering. Needless to say, there isn’t a “Client Relations 1101” to be found in the course catalogue. The Master Craftsman program was therefore created to address this challenge, while — as de facto program director Page Burch puts it— “filling any gaps in knowledge that normal university curriculum wouldn’t cover.” By taking on real-life professional projects, the program allows students to gain not only an ability to express their creative vision, but also experience in harnessing that vision for the needs of clients. The goal is for students to emerge as both accomplished artists and polished professionals.

    The Master Craftsmen program, which began in January, provides Kennesaw State student artists the opportunity to work with outside clients on custom commissioned projects. This initiative, which Burch describes as being in its “fledgling stage” after two years of planning, has nonetheless already paid dividends: The awards distributed at this year’s Southern Graphics Council International Conference (hosted by KSU), were designed and fabricated by students. Likewise, the city of Kennesaw recently accepted a student proposal for custom sculptural seating in the city’s historic downtown district, most notably outside of City Hall and the Southern Museum. The five benches— designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing— will be installed early this summer, constituting the first official completed project of the Master Craftsman program.

    While it’s possible to simulate professional working conditions within the classroom via imaginative exercises in project pitching, it’s difficult. Geo Sipp, director of the School of Art and Design and a self-described advocate for the Master Craftsman program, emphasizes that nothing replicates the ever-changing environment of a professional design studio like working with a client from project pitch to final fabrication. Sipp explains that, “the possible range of projects [within this program] are diverse, and each opportunity is therefore unique. There is not apt to be much redundancy in what is done, since each job…will help dictate what a proposal should be.

    Burch agrees, distinguishing between the limitations of static academic course design and the dynamic process of professional work. “Generally speaking, art students are assigned open-ended projects that ask them to problem-solve by finding technical solutions with their own artistic voice. This program will ask them to problem-solve to a client’s specific desires. They might be asked to learn a completely new skillset that would not be taught in their ordinary course of study,” said Sipp.

    Ultimately, each faculty member emphasizes, the task variation and professional opportunities are two functions of one of the program’s primary goals: an increased sense of student autonomy. “The thing that excites me the most about this program,” Burch elaborates, “is allowing students to be the driving force behind it. Being able to help artists progress on a professional level is an extremely important step forward…and I find it tremendously exciting.

    City of Kennesaw Seal

    The goal of the recent public art agreement between the city of Kennesaw and KSU’s college of the arts is

    twofold: allow students to complete real, commissioned work while providing decorative, yet useful artifacts for the city’s public spaces. Page Burch emphasizes the win-win nature of the partnership— which will officially begin with the impending installation of sculptural benches near Kennesaw’s city hall— saying, “we all believe that the benches will complement and enhance their surroundings.

    Further collaboration is already being planned in the form of contracted projects that will compliment the continued development of Kennesaw’s historic downtown depot district. Valerie Dibble emphasizes the breadth of partnership opportunities on the horizon: “there are many new projects coming up for the Kennesaw downtown development and the city is excited about making things that are utilitarian very beautiful for the residents, as well as making the city a destination that people will come to and enjoy.

    By Keaton Lamle

  • The School of Art and Design’s annual student juried show had its reception on January 18th. Organization of the show is a collaborative effort between Visions: the Student Art Society and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Exhibited in the Joe Mack Wilson building’s Fine Arts Gallery, this 34th annual show features some of the best artwork by students of the School of Art and Design.

    Every year in late November, a call for entries is announced. Open to all Kennesaw State University students, the submission process involves the uploading of digital images of the artist’s original artwork with a small entry fee. The entries are juried by a different person selected from recommendations by School of Art and Design faculty and staff of the Zuckerman Museum of Art.  This year’s juror was Tori Tinsley, renowned Atlanta artist.

    Selected artists received cash prizes for first, second, and third place. Three Purchase Awards were also chosen by the College of the Arts Dean, School of Art & Design Director, and through a University donation. Recipients’ art work will have been purchased for the prestigious KSU Campus Collection.

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition (Thanks to student Ashi Bhatti for taking photos!)

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-photo1
    1st place, Eloisa Gallegos for My Spirit Yasu

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-photo2

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-photo3
    2nd Place, Agata Magelis for Almost on Stage

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo4

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo5
    3rd Place, Chase Lawrence for Revelation 6

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo6

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    University Purchase Award, Linda Teachey for The Demise of the Honeybees

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo8

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo9
    Deans Award, Dia Webb for The Little Girl in Rainbows

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo10

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo11
    Directors Purchase Award, Jess Ellen May for The Rogue

    Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition-Photo12

  • Kennesaw State to offer Digital Animation Degree
    Program supports workforce demands in digital entertainment industry

    KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 9, 2016) — A new digital animation degree at Kennesaw State University will soon prepare students to creatively work in Georgia’s fast-growing entertainment industry. Today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation.                  

    Offered within Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts, it is the first bachelor’s degree program of its kind among USG colleges and universities. The program will launch in fall 2017.                  

    “Kennesaw State’s new digital animation degree is a fine example of how higher education best supports the region’s economy and meets marketplace demands,” said Kennesaw State President Sam Olens.  “The University continues to be a strong leader in creating innovative programs that serve our students and the state’s thriving entertainment industry.”                  

    Georgia has the second-highest concentration of animation jobs in the country and  is one of the largest employers in the gaming and digital entertainment industries. According to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the industries have a $7 billion economic impact and employ more than 25,000 people in the state.                  

    To better serve the state’s fast-growing entertainment industries, Kennesaw State’s digital animation degree program will provide intensive discipline-specific training and prepare students for a variety of animation and animation-related careers.                  

    The innovative degree will combine rigorous coursework in general studies, balanced with courses in computer gaming, engineering, music, graphic communications, and theatre and performance studies.            

    “By intentionally designing this program in a way that blends the institution’s collaborative strengths, we are able to increase and enhance the academic opportunities for our students,” said Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The addition of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation is a paragon of our growing unique professional offerings.”                  

    Patricia Poulter, dean of the College of the Arts, added, “We are very excited about the degree, and are confident it will serve many Georgians (and beyond) as they prepare to enter this highly creative and in-demand field.”

  • Realist Artist Joe Remillard-Photo1

    A painter for almost 30 years, Remillard has taught at KSU for 16 years. He is always painting and keeping his personal skills sharp, but teaching his students inspires him on a daily basis. Photo, above, by Erik Meadows.

    Kennesaw State University’s Joe Remillard has won first place in the Portrait Society of America’s Landscape Competition.  A former attorney, Remillard makes his home in the School of Art and Design as a professor of drawing and painting. “I’m humbled because the quality of the participants, in my mind, was very high. On a national level, they are some of the best.”


    Remillard’s winning painting, Crinums and Blue, above, depicts a home in Atlanta’s very own Cabbagetown. Remillard worked on site to capture the scene on canvas. A contemporary realist artist, he tries to accurately paint the world around him. “I saw this house one day in Cabbagetown, and it reminded me of a Tiffany box, like a little jewel among all the clutter, which is pretty in its own way. That’s what attracted me to painting the house.”

    Prior to joining KSU, Remillard quit practicing law, moved to Georgia, and obtained his master’s degree in painting. “I finally realized you only have one go-around in life, so you better do what you love. You don’t want to wait.”

    A painter for almost 30 years, Remillard has taught at KSU for 16 years. He is always painting and keeping his personal skills sharp, but teaching his students inspires him on a daily basis. “I came here and said to myself, ‘I’m going to teach my students everything I wasn’t taught in college.’ I want my students to have the skills to go on and create beautiful work.”

    Remillard also looks forward to the growth and progress happening in the School of Art and Design. “I’m so happy with the direction the visual arts program is headed in right now. I’ve wanted to see the concept art side take off. Our new department chair, Geo Sipp, has done that by reminding us that there’s room at the table for lots of different art forms.”
    See more of Remillard’s work at joeremillard.com.

  • Graphic Design Students Shine for SGC International Conference Terminus

    By Stevi Dinizio; photos by Shane McDonald

    Graphic design students at Kennesaw State University have created the branding for the Southern Graphics Council (“SGC”) International conference. Led by School of Art and Design professor Carole Maugé-Lewis, the students worked together to design the conference logo and other materials for the event to be held in March 2017.

    School of Art and Design professor Valerie Dibble is the committee chair for the SGCI conference, and she relished the chance to showcase student work.

    “We needed branding and a visual presence, so I reached out to all the graphic design professors at universities in metro Atlanta. Maugé-Lewis agreed to make it a class project for her students. It’s a wonderful real-life experience for our students, and they have done a spectacular job.”

    The SGC International conference, entitled Terminus: Arrivals and Departures and taking place in part at Kennesaw State, stretched the creativity of the students as they walked through the designing process together.

    Student Mark Stanley says, “We were given full reign to bring our best designs to the table without any instructor direction. In previous classes, we were told exactly what to produce and then received a lot of feedback before the final presentation. We had to do this among our groups and make decisions on our own.”

    This freedom gave the students a taste of what it takes to work as a professional designer.  For this project, they worked for a client, the Southern Graphics Council International, and not just their professor.  

    Student Hannah Fortune said, "We had to work with the changes being made and, of course, had to satisfy the client. I learned that 20 different people can create very different things and it’s always surprising what the client will pick. It made me want to think outside of my comfort zone and design something I typically wouldn’t do.”

    Since the beginning of the spring 2016 semester, Maugé-Lewis has worked on this project with her class, and will continue to support them as they complete the project in 2017.

    “It was important that students got a sense of what is required of them in the real workplace and the importance of the team concept in order to work with the client. In a team environment, students must learn to assign roles and to stick to assigned tasks and deadlines so that all parts of the branding and campaign come together flawlessly.”

    Student Eric Liu created the winning logo design that was chosen by SGC International. Now, the students are working on various other items for the conference, including the program cover and a logo for a growler that will be produced by Atlanta’s Orpheus Brewery. With so much ahead for these students, Dibble remains confident.

    “The service this class has provided is wonderful. Carole always provides her students with real world experiences that shine the best light on KSU.  We will be known among all of the thousands of members of the council for this work.”

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