Release Date: August 21, 2008
Kennesaw State hosts grand opening reception for fall art gallery exhibitions
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Russell Clayton Gallery and Anna F. Henriquez Atrium
Photo by Brian C. Robbins
KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University’s Fall 2008 Grand Opening Reception will be the official kick-off for the art exhibition season for the fall semester. The event will be held on Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. simultaneously in all three of the campus galleries: the Art Gallery in the Horace Sturgis Library; the Fine Arts Gallery in the Joe Mack Wilson Building; and the Don Russell Clayton Gallery in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
“We want to highlight the significant work that is being shown in all three of our art galleries,” Hipps stated. “By hosting simultaneous receptions in all three galleries, we hope that people will take the opportunity to see each of them. Each exhibition offers a distinctly different experience for the viewer. These three exhibitions together showcase the exciting gallery schedule we have planned this season and demonstrate the excellence of the galleries themselves.”
One exhibit being highlighted that evening will display works by noted representational figurative artist Steven Assael, who is renowned for his photorealist, large-scale paintings. Hipps explained the “crowd appeal” of Assael’s works. “Through his extraordinary use of the visual vocabulary of painting, he is able to reveal essential characteristics of each model’s personality,” Hipps stated. “His art is amazing.” The exhibit is currently on display through Oct. 9 in The Art Gallery in the Sturgis Library.
The second exhibit to be featured will be the 6th Biennial KSU Art Alumni Exhibition, which showcases current artistic works from several years of KSU artists. This event allows KSU alumni artists to serve as inspiration for current KSU artists and, in the same token, alumni are able to connect to and have the support of the KSU College of the Arts. This exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building Aug. 21 through Oct. 2.
“Athos Menaboni: Conversations with Nature” is the third exhibition open during the reception. Menaboni is well known by most for his realistic avian portraiture, which has been compared to Audubon. This exhibition also includes his landscape paintings and works of other artistic media. The exhibition opened in May and will run through July 2, 2009 in the Don Russell Clayton Gallery.
The grand opening receptions will be held on Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Sturgis Library; Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building; and Clayton Gallery in the Bailey Performance Center. Admission to the galleries and the receptions is free. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call 770-499-3223.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.