Release Date: July 14, 2008
Kennesaw State’s gallery season features diverse solo, group exhibitions
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries plan a year of exhibitions ranging from contemporary paintings and photography to graphic design, sculpture and printmaking. “There will be a plethora of major solo exhibitions in contrast with an amazing series of large group exhibitions, all incredibly diverse in content, scale and media,” said Will Hipps, director and curator for the KSU Art Museum and Galleries.
"Julie's Back" by Steven Assael
The gallery season opens with the solo exhibition of noted representational figurative artist Steven Assael, who is renowned for his photorealist, large-scale paintings. He will be exhibiting works from the gallery that represents him, the Forum Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles. “Through his extraordinary use of the visual vocabulary of painting, he is able to reveal essential characteristics of each model’s personality,” Hipps stated. The exhibit will be presented Aug. 7 through Oct. 9 in The Art Gallery-Sturgis Library, and the opening reception will take place during the Fall 2008 Grand Opening Reception on Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist workshop to be announced in September.
The season continues with the 6th Biennial KSU Art Alumni Exhibition, which will be on display in the KSU Fine Arts Gallery Aug. 21 through Oct. 2. “This year, the non-juried exhibition is open to all alumni, and the artwork has a size limit so that we may be afforded the opportunity to see multiple pieces of each alumni artists' work,” said Hipps. The exhibition also provides an opportunity for alumni to remain connected to the department while showcasing their current work. The opening reception will be held on at the Fall 2008 Grand Opening Reception on Aug. 28.
The Aug. 28 Grand Opening Reception is the official celebration of the art exhibition season for the fall 2008 semester. In addition to the Steven Assael and art alumni exhibitions, the “Athos Menaboni: Conversations with Nature” exhibition, which officially opened in May 2008, will also be open during the reception. The Menaboni exhibition is in the Don Russell Clayton Gallery of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. “Having receptions for the first three fall 2008 exhibitions on the same evening will allow for wider audience participation,” stated Hipps. “Many students, alumni and visitors have not seen the beautiful new Clayton Gallery or the Henriquez Atrium in the Bailey Performance Center.”
"Recurring Visions 9" by Vicki Ragan
Next up is “Recurring Visions: 30 Years of Photography” by renowned artist-photographer Vicki Ragan, Oct. 14 through Dec. 3. One hundred modest-scale photographs will be displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building. “Photography in general serves as a means of looking outward,” Hipps stated. “Vicki Ragan does the opposite. Ragan’s photographs look inward. She creates a stunning history of introspection, taking us on a journey in search of identity.” This exhibition will be presented as part of the 10th Annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The opening reception will be held Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., with dialogue from the artist beginning at 6 p.m.
Next is the Fall 2008 Senior Exhibition I for art education majors. These students will display their professional-quality portfolios accompanied by work from their studio concentration. The senior exhibition is required as a partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science in art education degree. The students’ work will be displayed Oct. 22 through Nov. 5 in The Art Gallery-Sturgis Library and the opening reception will be held on Oct. 22 from 5-8 p.m.
On October 24-25, students working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic communication degree will participate in the Fall 2008 Senior Portfolio Presentation. Students with this concentration will present their portfolios in the professional, two-day exposition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Social Sciences Building Atrium.
Summing up the Fall 2008 semester, the final Fall 2008 Student Exhibition will be on display for Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio candidates, Nov. 19 through Dec. 8. The studio art majors exhibit a wide variety of artwork. Professional quality art is selected from three possible areas: painting and drawing, photography and printmaking, and sculpture and ceramics. The senior exhibition is required as partial fulfillment for the bachelor of fine arts in studio degree. The opening reception will be Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Art Gallery-Sturgis Library.
The first exhibit of 2009 is the 26th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Jan. 15 through March 3 in the Fine Arts Gallery. Celebrating over a quarter century of spirited competition among KSU student artists, entries are juried by distinguished Atlanta arts professionals and cash prizes are awarded. Many of the works will be available for purchase. This event is open to all KSU students.
The and staff of the Department of Visual Arts will display their art in a wide range of media talent, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking and graphic design in the Annual Art and Staff Exhibition, Jan. 27 through March 16. The opening reception will be held Jan. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Art Gallery-Sturgis Library.
By Chantal Zakari
The next highlight for the exhibition season will be “Chantal Zakari/Mike Mandel: In Collaboration,” curated by Will Hipps, March 19 through April 30 in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building. The contemporary artist/designers and husband and wife team will present their most recent collaborative work as part of the “Year of Turkey” programming at KSU.
“Mandel and Zakari are in Turkey this summer researching work which may center on the different social and cultural aspects of Turkey and the United States,” stated Hipps. “One aspect will be the production of an 18-page art book.” Best known for her digital work, Zakari is a member teaching new media at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Mandel is also an accomplished and widely respected artist. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held March 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.; a dialogue with the artists will begin at 6 p.m.
March 31 through April 13 marks the Spring 2009 series of student exhibitions, starting with Senior Exhibition I for Bachelor of Science in art education majors. Like its fall 2008 counterpart, students will showcase their professional portfolios. The exhibit will take place in the Art Gallery-Sturgis Library and the opening reception will be on March 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Spring 2009 Senior Portfolio Presentation for Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic communications majors will be on March 27 and 28 in the Social Sciences Building Atrium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Closing out the season, the Spring 2009 Senior Exhibition II for Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio candidates will take place April 21 through May 4 in The Art Gallery-Sturgis Library. The opening reception will be held April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call KSU Art Galleries at 770-499-3223.
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