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Interdisciplinary artist Raheleh Filsoofi visits Georgia Southern; exhibition opens Oct. 21 in Statesboro

Raheleh Filsoofi

Combining ancient and cutting-edge technologies, ranging from ceramics and poetry to computation and ambient sound installations, interdisciplinary and post-location artist Raheleh Filsoofi will share a mix of artworks that explore the personal and political, the local and the global, in her upcoming exhibition at the Center for Art & Theatre on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus. “Overview Effect” will be on view from Oct. 21 through Dec. 6 in the Contemporary Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk is set for Oct. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Raheleh Filsoofi works around the world while bringing a diversity of viewpoints and approaches down into a personal perspective. “I have been looking forward to Filsoofi’s exhibition for some time now,” says BFSDoArt Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “Her work brings together a range of ideas and approaches and technologies that yield a complex mesh that’s very of-the-moment, like a microcosm of the many voices and viewpoints that come together to form culture in the first place.”

The exhibition title “Overview Effect” comes from author Frank White’s book about astronauts’ experience of seeing Earth in its fullness. As White describes, “the ‘overview effect,’ characterizes the way in which political borders and other boundaries that are so obvious on earth seem insignificant, if not imperceptible at a distance, and the environment that unites all creatures on earth is a capsule of precious resources that enable all to survive. The imperative of that interdependence should alert us to moments of miscommunication, mistrust, and the conflict that consume the time and space of our political and social lives close up and at a distance,” Filsoofi said. “The work in this show exposes the nature (and absurdity) of social and personal awareness—the awareness of self and awareness of others—in the environment of international politics that filters human interaction around the world.”

Filsoofi will give an artist talk Monday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in Arts Building, room 2071. A reception will follow at the Center for Art and Theatre from 6-7:30 p.m.

Filsoofi’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. For more information, visit https://www.rahelehfilsoofi.com/.


‘BFA 2019: Senior Exhibition’ on view at Center for Art & Theatre

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) will present the “BFA 2019 Senior Exhibition” May 6- May 10 at the Center for Art & Theatre’s University and Contemporary Galleries on the Statesboro Campus. The reception will be held May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the BFSDoArt is comprised of a dynamic and multi-faceted curriculum that is led by exceptional faculty. Every year, the Department graduates many gifted and diverse undergraduate students that go on to successful careers in a variety of professions. This exhibition is a cohesive record of the ideas and images that each student has investigated throughout the last semester of their academic pursuits.

The exhibition will showcase the portfolios and capstone projects of Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating seniors in a variety of media including ceramics, digital and traditional painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

“In recent decades the art world has expanded to incorporate a wide range of ideas and disciplines,” says gallery director Jason Hoelscher. “This expansion of potentials and mediums is definitely on display with this group of emerging artists, who have created an exhibition teeming with creativity manifest in forms ranging from ceramics, installation and painting to powerful political points, sequential narratives, game design and more.”

Students with work featured in this exhibition include Marjorie Adams, AJ Aremu, Charlynne Crutcher, Allison Exley, Taylor Goody, Shelby Head, Abigail Newman, Alyssa Santana, Raven Waters, and Krisann Wellington.


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art announces ‘Juried 2019’ winners

Nina Samuels, Best in Show

Nina Samuels, “Hollow Constructed Ring,” Glass, bronze, fine silver
Award: Best in Show

STATESBORO, Ga.—The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at Georgia Southern University recently presented its annual undergraduate juried exhibition from April 5 to 12 at the Center for Art & Theatre on the Statesboro Campus.

Juried 2019 featured the variety of media taught within the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, which includes drawing, painting, jewelry, multimedia, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition was juried by Susan Laney, is the owner and director of the Laney Contemporary Gallery in Savannah, Georgia. Laney has been active in the art scene for well over a decade and has worked with some of the region’s most important contemporary artists, as well as with galleries and artists nationwide. In addition to her gallery, she frequently curates exhibitions for a number of museums and art fairs.

Winners were announced at the closing reception on April 5. Nina Samuels was awarded Best in Show. Taylor Goody was awarded Juror’s Choice. Aminatta Mbow was awarded Exceptional 2D, and Andrew Shirah was awarded Exceptional 3D.

Other students with work accepted into the Juried 2019 exhibition were Marjorie Adams Alise, AJ Aremu, Meridith Bearden Lauren, Ashton Beeghley, Peyton Butts, Emily Coats, Andrew Cobb, Sierra Cornell, Jasmine Davis, Hannah Eldridge, Allison Exley, Nicholas Farmer, Rachel Forehand, AnnaBrooke H. Greene, Shelby Head, John R. Lewis, Tanner Maxey, Tyre McDonald, Tommy McMillan, Alex McReynolds, Abigail Newman, Megan Nussbaum, Katrine Ramhoj, Virginia Russell, Alyssa Santana, Macey Skelton, Kevin Spillane, Megan Tanner, Raven Waters, and Gherri Weekes-Garnette.

Taylor Goody, Juror's Choice

Taylor Goody, “The Trees Speak for Me”
Award: Juror’s Choice

Aminatta Mbow, Exceptional 2D

Aminatta Mbow, “Letters” Award: Exceptional 2D

Andrew Shirah, Exceptional 3D

Andrew Shirah, “Cardiac Commonality: A Serial Commentary”
Award: Exceptional 3D


Senior Graphic Design students unveil portfolios at Center for Art & Theatre

30 Pixels: Young Designers 2019The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) will host “Thirty Pixels,” an annual exhibition of senior graphic design work, from April 19 – 26 in the Contemporary and University Galleries at the Center for Art and Theatre on the Statesboro Campus. A reception will be held on Friday, April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

The Graphic Design program at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is comprised of a dynamic and multi-faceted curriculum that is led by their exceptional faculty. Every year, The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art graduates, many gifted and diverse designers that successfully transition into various careers within the design profession.

“This exhibition is always one of our more intensive and exciting shows every year,” says gallery director Jason Hoelscher. “The work of our graphic design students here–or more accurately, emerging designers–is dynamic and focused, and this exhibition offers a great hint at their works to come.”

The exhibition features work from Kendyll Canning, Bailey Cawthon, Robert Doehling, Chandler Eldridge, Elaina Frampton, Katie Griffin, Amelia Lynn, Heidi McClain, Anna Blalock, Rachel Brown, Marin Coleman, Soleil Collins, Jasmine Davis, Taylor Floyd, Yvette Gallardo, Dylan Harris, Samantha Lanza, Deeanna Lyn, Jessica Martin, Thomas Martin, Imani McCants, Madeline Owens, Trenton Reese, Macey Skelton, Kevin Spillane, John St Lewis, Emily Thomson, Elisabeth Waters, Gherri Weekes-Garnette and Sophie Woodward.


Georgia Southern’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art announces ‘Form & Content 2019’ winners

Haley Wilson

Award: First Place – Haley Wilson, “Eggs,” Graphite, vine charcoal, Drawing II

STATESBORO, Ga.—The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at Georgia Southern University recently presented its annual Form and Content student exhibition April 5 to 12  at the Center for Art & Theatre on the Statesboro Campus.

Form & Content features student work from Art Foundations classes that include Drawing I, Drawing II, 2D Art and Design Foundations, 3D Art and Design Foundations, and Digital Foundations. The exhibition was juried by Ben Tollefson is a nationally-exhibited artist and an assistant curator at the SCAD Museum of Art. Tollefson has been working with both 2D and 3D art, his practice is highly realistically rendered, chromatically complex and tightly composed, yet evocative and surreal in appearance.

Winners were announced at the closing reception on April 5. Haley Wilson was awarded first place. Peyton Butts was awarded second place. Genevieve Townsend was awarded third place.

Students work accepted in the Form & Content exhibition are Jacoby Aultman, Jalen Austin, Patrick Brownlee, Yaschira Camacho, Carlos Carvajal, Justin Chinnery, MacKenzie Cintron, Katsi Cruz Delgado, Cathy Estes, Brittany Evans, Anna Forbes, Anna Grace Raley, Sabrina Hill, Makenzy Lane, Giselle Martinez, Dubby Ibuoka, Taylor Mcmahan, Matthew McRae, Pardiss Moazzam, Katherine Naude, Laiken Owens, Anna Peters, Abigail Rodriguez-Colón, Elias Smalls, Cheyenne Smith, Megan Tanner, Julianna Tilman, Nina Trammell, Makinzie Wall, Elizabeth Wilson, Devon Witkowski, and Whitney Youngblood Josey.

Peyton Butts

Award: Second Place – Peyton Butts, “Colors of Reality,” Colored Pencil, Drawing II

Genevieve Townsend

Award: Third Place – Genevieve Townsend, “Master Study: Van Gogh,” Micron Pen, Drawing II