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Georgia Southern art education seniors to host exhibition, discuss art’s role in education

Georgia Southern University’s Senior Art Exhibition, “Mosaic,” featuring artwork by four senior artists, will run from April 22 to May 3 at the Fine Arts Gallery on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. A reception will be held on May 3 at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.

Senior artists Frances Wright-Tellado, Briana Pritchard, Kylie Mitchell and Meghan Walton will exhibit a variety of sculptures, drawings, paintings and digital media that showcase the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in the fine arts program.

“With the help of my Mosaic team, I was able to create my own absurd world of art in the gallery space,” senior artist Frances Wright-Tellado said.

During the reception, artists will address their inspiration and process, as well as discuss how they intend to use their acquired knowledge and artistic abilities in their careers as educators.

“As future educators, it is important that we are knowledgeable in a variety of techniques and media,” said senior art education student Briana Pritchard. “Mosaic showcases our skills and our passion to share what we’ve learned to future generations of artists.”

For more information, please visit the Fine Arts Gallery website.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Savannah Wind Symphony to perform 41st annual ‘Ed & Friends’ Pops Concert on Armstrong Campus

Savannah Wind Symphony performs at an earlier concert.

For over 40 years, the Savannah Wind Symphony has been bringing bright overtures, popular film score medleys and classic symphonic arrangements to the Savannah community. They will continue this tradition with their 41st annual “Ed & Friends” Pops Concert on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus.

This year’s concert, which is dedicated to the legacy of celebrated Savannah music educator Ed Caughran, will feature a variety of pieces, including selections from the 2018 Golden Globe winner “The Greatest Showman,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Mambo” from “West Side Story” and crowd favorites from John Philip Sousa.

The symphony is comprised of approximately 100 musicians that vary from active and retired school and military band directors, to high school and Georgia Southern students.

“I absolutely love the sense of community in our symphony,” said Savannah Winds member and Georgia Southern student Selina Reed. “From all the many different backgrounds that we each have, we at least have one thing in common, and that is music which we do passionately for ourselves and for the people of Savannah.”

For information about tickets, visit georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Pizza, pottery will be on display for Raku Pizza Night on Armstrong Campus

Raku Pizza Night on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus will feature a demonstration of firing the Raku kiln, and professor John Jensen will demonstrate throwing a large vase on the potter’s wheel. The event is April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Annex 2 Courtyard across from University Police.

A potter uses a Raku kiln to make a vase.

Students will present their artwork, and refreshments such as pizza, homemade dishes and drinks will be provided. Three pieces of hand-made pottery will be given as door prizes.

“I enjoy introducing ceramics to people who may not know much about all that goes into creating pots and sculptures,” said senior art education major Brianna Prichard. “I also enjoy getting to see the excellent work that other students are making in all the classes.”

Raku, a Japanese technique, is characterized by taking clay pots from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placing them in a material such as sawdust or newspaper. This is done to starve the pot of oxygen, which gives the glaze a variety of colors. If the piece does not have glaze, the oxygen from the clay itself will show a matte black color. Raku differs to normal firing where the piece is removed from the kiln after it’s cooled slowly.

“I am looking forward to spending the evening with friends and fellow students,” Prichard said. “The best part is helping with the event. It is nice to be able to help my professors and classmates who have given so much of their time to help me learn.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


The Masquers bring trailer park musical to Armstrong Campus with upcoming performance

From left, Heather Byler plays Linoleum, Pandora Crumpton plays Betty and Hannah Davis plays Pickles in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

Student theater group, the Masquers are bringing the home of Stark, Florida, residents, Armadillo Acres, to the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus during a performance of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

The performance will be directed by professor Pamela Sears, MFA, with music directed by Warren Heilman. The cast and crew is made up of Armstrong Campus students from a variety of majors.

The comedy tells the stories of the residents of the Florida town most exclusive trailer park, Armadillo Acres. Residents include the agoraphobic Jeannie Garsecki and her husband Norbert, the trailer park owner Betty, her friends Linoleum, who is currently waiting for her husband to get out on parole, and Pickles, who suffers from hysterical pregnancies. The trailer park gets turned upside down when a new girl, Pipi, moves in.

“My favorite thing about Jeannie is that she, at first glance, seems like a really weak character, but the more you look and peel back the layers, you really see she’s the strongest one,” said senior theatre major, Olivia Quillman, who plays Jeannie. “Her power shows itself in small and quiet ways at first, but by the climax of the show she’s surrounded by her own power, and it’s beautiful to watch.”

The show’s music and lyrics are by Davis Nehls, and the book is by Betsy Kelso. The New York Sun described it as “‘South Park’ meets ‘Desperate Housewives’ in this big-hearted new musical comedy with a cheeky script.”

“This show genuinely has it all, and it will be fun for audience members to see themselves in each and every character,” Quillman said.

Performances will be held April 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m., April 14 at 3 p.m. and April 18 through 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Hall Main Stage Theatre on the Armstrong Campus. It is recommended that audience members be 16 years or older for this show. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Diverse exhibit to showcase Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus seniors’ art

Soft sculptures, ceramics, fiber design, multimedia installation and photography will be on display for “The Art of Feeling,” presented by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art on the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus. The exhibit will showcase the terminal work of five graduating art students: Jacqueline Claros, Brione Daniels, Chance Everett, Christine Freeman and Blair Perry.

“‘The Art of Feeling’ is an exciting exploration of the senses,” Everett, a fiber artist, said. “It is exciting to see that our group has come together to develop visual art that can be felt in so many different ways.”

Exhibit-goers can expect to explore tactile works, some of which are inspired by the artist’s volunteer work with the sight impaired. Soft sculptures bringing imaginative characters into life and flowing fabrics enhanced with inventive patterns that invoke the four seasons will also be on display. The collective also features thoughtful portrayals of figures through photography and a chance to appreciate the world around us seen in fungi-inspired pottery.

Claros’ series, “United by Touch,” features mixed media pieces that allow each gallery goer a unique experience in audio, visual and tactile forms. “Sense Form,” a series of portraits by Daniels, uses high contrast nudes in an exploration of figural form. Everett will display his hand made soft sculptures in the series “Crafty Creatures.” Defined by her usage of organic and fluid shapes, Freeman creates surface designs for various types of fabric. Perry’s sculptural pottery is inspired by southeastern fungi and celebrates the beauty in decay.

The exhibition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays April 1 through 12 at the Fine Arts Gallery on the Armstrong Campus. A reception will be held April 12 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, go to cah.georgiasouthern.edu/art/outreach-events/fine-arts-gallery.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


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