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Visiting artist Andrew Kuebeck’s ‘MANual Labor’ on view at Center for Art & Theatre on Statesboro Campus

Image: Andrew Kuebeck, Silver Brooch
Andrew Kuebeck

“MANual Labor,” an exciting exhibition from artist Andrew Kuebeck featuring small metal and wood sculptures, prints and functional jewelry that highlight the male body, will be on display through Oct. 15 at Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro Campus in the University Gallery, located in the Center for Art & Theatre. 

An artist talk and reception will be on Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the talk beginning at 5:15 p.m. Guests may attend the artist talk in person or virtually. Guests may register to attend via Zoom. Both the exhibition and artist talk are free and open to the public.

“I look forward to Andrew Kuebeck’s exhibition for a number of reasons, not least of which is his ability to meld the medium of small metals to a range of social issues and to personal expression,” said gallery director Jason Hoelscher, Ph.D. “Andrew served as a visiting artist at Georgia Southern in early 2020 and was a real hit with the students, who appreciated not only his incredible technical know-how but also his ability to explore complex themes through a medium sometimes focused more on visual richness than on thematic intensity. Both Andrew’s exhibition and artist talk are not to be missed.”


Kuebeck is an assistant professor and area head of the jewelry/metals/enameling program at Kent State University. Kuebeck works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels. He has lectured and taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. Kuebeck has also exhibited regionally and nationally, and his work has appeared in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects, 21st Century Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet, and Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He was also a 2012 SNAG Emerging Artist.


Ceramicist Donté K. Hayes shares work through a virtual artist talk

Donté K. Hayes, “Abundance”
Donté K. Hayes

The Center for Art and Theatre at Georgia Southern University is hosting a virtual artist talk Georgia-based artist Donté K. Hayes on Tuesday, April 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Hayes uses ceramics to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future that critiques the historical and cultural events of the African diaspora and the black experience in the Middle Passage. His work is influenced by hip-hop, history and science fiction, as well as and visual traditions from the Caribbean, South America, the Southern United States and the African continent.

“My students and I are excited to hear from Donté Hayes and find out more about his work and his career so far,” says gallery director Jason Hoelscher. “Donté was scheduled to visit last spring but we had to reschedule due to the pandemic shutdown. That was unfortunate at the time, but in retrospect it just means he’s had an additional year to push his work even further. Hayes’s work touches on a range of important ideas and issues at play in these first years of the 2020s, so tune in and hear what he has to say.”

Recent art exhibitions include group shows at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago, Illinois, the Association of Visual Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta. He has also been included in recent juried exhibitions from the 2019 NCECA Student Juried Show at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 2018 River to River Midwest Regional Ceramic Juried Show at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hayes was selected as 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artist and was the 2017 recipient of the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship.


Center for Art and Theatre to host contemporary art exhibition

The Georgia Southern University Center for Art and Theatre on the Statesboro Campus will host “Mode/Code,” a contemporary art exhibition featuring paint, textiles, illustration and digital exploration, through Feb. 12. A virtual artist talk will be on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

“I’ve followed the work of these artists for years,” said Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “I have seen and shown some of their work before. I’ve never seen them exhibited together, however, and I look forward to seeing what visual and conceptual magic happens when their work converges in one gallery space.”

The virtual artist talk will feature emerging artists Trish Andersen, Andrea Caretto, Will Penny, Michael Porten, Jen Small, Britt Spencer and Ben Tollefson. Due to COVID-19, gallery capacity is limited and guests must wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.


‘Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss’ features nearly 50 artists from around the world

Exhibition on view through Dec. 8; Virtual event set for Nov. 18.

Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss

Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss, opens this week at the Center for Art & Theatre on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus. The exhibition features over 60 enamels-based artworks by nearly 50 artists from around the world. Organized by the Enamelist Society and juried by Charity Hall, Anne Havel, and Barbara McFadyen, Surface Matters conveys the spectrum of approaches and techniques at play in the vibrant world of contemporary enamels. Ranging from enameled metals, decals, glass and more, with works situated on pedestals, mounted on walls, or suspended from the ceiling, the artworks shown here run the gamut from the traditional to the experimental. 

“I have to admit that I was not fully aware of the sheer diversity and dynamism of the world of enamels-based art,” says Center for Art and Theatre gallery director Jason Hoelscher, “but this exhibition alone is practically a crash course in just how much the field is thriving. Kudos to the jurors for putting together an exhibition that encompasses works across a spectrum from lace-like detail and complexity on the one hand, to bold imagery and sizzling color on the other hand, and thank you to the Enamelist Society for working with us to make this show a reality.”

Surface Matters will be on view in the University Gallery from Nov. 9 to December 8. 

A Virtual Artists’ Talk will be held on Zoom on Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is required prior to the event.


Georgia Southern Theatre Explores the Touch in a World where you can’t

STATESBORO, GA – Georgia Southern Theatre second production of the fall is a devised piece based on the idea of what touch means in a world where you cannot. Created entirely by the cast and production team, this piece is a collection of sketches, dances and songs that are a reflection of the lived experience of the cast and they have navigated life in the world of COVID 19.

The students began the process with discussions about what touch meant, how it has changed, what the experience of living in a pandemic has meant for them. Affectionately referring to the process as one in which they threw a bunch of ideas at the wall to see what would stick, the resulting performance is both funny and heartfelt. Original poetry, dance and song work next to sketches performed over the medium of zoom.

Touch will be streamed starting on Nov. 11th and will run through Nov. 15th.  To access the streaming video go to http://georgiasouthern.edu/Theatre.

The production is available free of charge and will begin at 7:30 on Nov. 11th.

For more information email theatre@georgiasouthern.edu.