The Fine Arts Gallery of the ZMA is pleased to present a selection of photographs from Christopher Payne’s haunting series, Asylum. From 2002 to 2008, Payne visited seventy institutions in thirty states, photographing palatial exteriors designed by famous architects and crumbling interiors that appeared as if the occupants had just left. Additionally, he also documented how these hospitals functioned as self-contained cities, where almost everything of necessity was produced on site: food, water, power, and even clothing and shoes. Many of these places have since been demolished. The photographs from this powerful series serve as the final, official record of these sites. Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals was published by MIT Press in 2009 and includes an essay by Oliver Sacks.
Payne states, “We tend to think of mental hospitals as “snake pits”—places of nightmarish squalor and abuse—and this is how they have been portrayed in books and film. Few Americans, however, realize these institutions were once monuments of civic pride, built with noble intentions by leading architects and physicians, who envisioned the asylums as places of refuge, therapy, and healing. For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, more than 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948 they housed over half a million patients. But over the next thirty years, with the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these massive buildings neglected and abandoned."
About Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne specializes in architectural and industrial photography. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by design, assembly, and the built form. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway, offers rare views of the behemoth machines hidden behind modest facades in New York City. Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, which includes an essay by Oliver Sacks, is a journey through America’s abandoned state mental institutions. North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City, explores an uninhabited island of ruins in the East River, providing a glimpse into a city’s future without people.
Payne’s recent work has veered away from the documentation of the obsolete towards a celebration of American craftsmanship. Making Steinway: An American Workplace, is a tour through the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens, where skilled workers create some of the finest musical instruments in the world. Payne captures moments of the choreographies of production, and inspects the parts and pieces of the instruments that will never be visible outside of the factory, telling a story of intricacy, precision, and care he fears is becoming all too rare in the modern workplace.
His next book about American manufacturing will be published by Abrams in 2023.
Exhibition Dates: July 26 - August 26, 2022
Reception: Friday, July 29, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The second-ever Art Educators Biennial exhibition is juried by Atlanta-based artist Al Shockley and features diverse works by P-12 art educators in our region. The juried exhibition highlights work that focuses on bringing a unique creative vision to life. Aspects of this year's theme include how art educators support student development by making their artistic accomplishments visible and by providing opportunities to cultivate their creative vision.
Exhibition Dates: May 24 - July 16, 2022
Reception: Friday, June 3, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Featured Artists: Marc Brotherton, Rebecca Brown, Brett Callero, V. Cayse Cheatham, Chris Dziejowski, Christopher Hall, Audrey Hynes, Victoria Phillips, Lynn Sisler, Greg Stone, Kelly Thames, and Johnathan Welsh.
The ZMA will display exciting new work by part-time faculty and staff in the KSU School of Art and Design (SOAAD). This talented group of artists contributes tremendously toward achieving the School’s mission. This exhibition will showcase the talents of these artists and will provide an opportunity for KSU and external communities to become familiar with their artistic work.
Exhibition Dates: April 26 - May 6, 2022
Reception: Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 12 - April 22, 2022
Reception: Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Artists Book Exhibition Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson
Exhibition Dates: March 15 —April 9, 2022
Closing Reception: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
This exhibition presents an exquisite selection of contemporary artists books published by Sue Gosin, president of Dieu Donné Press and co-chair of Dieu Donné Papermill in New York.
Each work on view is produced as a collaboration between papermaker, bookbinder, visual artist and poet, and illustrates the rich and notable developments in the field of modern hand papermaking. The fluid sensibility of this medium alone offers unlimited realizations as the foundation for encompassing a variety of techniques, processes, and aesthetics. Thus, this exhibition celebrates the power and artistry of both the book form and the visual and written word. Artists in the exhibition include Lesley Dill with poetry by Tom Sleigh, Jane Hammond with poetry by Raphael Rubenstein,William Kentridge with poetry by Wislawa Szymborska, Abbey Leigh with writings by W. H. Auden, Michele Oka Doner with her own writing, Mark Strand with his own writing and imagery along with poetry from many other writers, and Eliza Kentridge with her own writing and imagery. The exhibition will also feature work by Sue Gosin.
ZMA After Hours: Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 pm, Sue Gosin, President of Dieu Donné Press, will share insight into the artist collaborations published by Dieu Donné Press and Paper. She will also discuss each artist book featured in the exhibition In Conversation: The Fluid and The Concrete. Don't miss this intimate experience to view these gorgeous artists' books firsthand!
Exhibition Dates: January 18 - February 26, 2022
The New Visions exhibition series provides students across all disciplines of the School of Art and Design the ability to showcase their talent and skill. The newly revitalized series continues to offer students an annual juried exhibition opportunity as originated by the Visions Registered Student Organization, the first arts organization at KSU, when the College of the Arts was founded. The ZMA is excited to continue expanding this longstanding tradition by featuring a prominent artist, critic, or curator to serve as both juror and visiting lecturer. These additional associations serve each respective discipline with visibility, exposing students to diverse points-of-view, practices, and techniques. Moreover, this approach acknowledges the internal and external associations of advanced learning through relevant engagements and dialogues among leading artists, curators, and critics.
The New Visions 2022 exhibition was juried by artist Carson Fox. Fox presented a virtual artist lecture on Thursday, January 20, at 7:00 pm.
Selected New Visions 2022 Artists: Maria Rizo Alvarez, Hannah Ballard, Frankie Berryman, Joshua Branton, Gale Burke, Arleth Arellano Calva, Isabella Caraballo, Stephanie Chang, Chantelle Chapman, Virginia Corbett, Ashley DeVan, Amani Edwards, Adam Elder, Sarah Evans, Robert Faulk, Katie Geisler, Gabby Grady, Bianca Guerrero, Andy Hollingworth, Brandon Huelskamp, Jesse Huskey, Sierra Kazin, Maddy Lyonns, Sara Miloro, Virginia Moore, Julie Mullenix, Camila Peña, Mari Raj, and Tre Scott.
Fox lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME.
Exhibition Dates: September 10 – October 2, 2021
Closing reception: Wednesday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Featured Artists: Senior Students
“A memorial portfolio is a way to help us understand the loss of so many individual lives.” -Dr. Carol Pulin
Dr. Carol Pulin, Director of the American Print Alliance, started this project by suggesting that each artist create one print to commemorate one person. Pulin intended for this portfolio to honor individual lives and thereby, create a new legacy from the terrible events that took place on 9/11. Each contributing artist is a member of an alliance council or a subscriber to the journal, Contemporary Impressions. The imagery reflected in each print is as distinct as the artists, who range in age from high school students to retirees. Many works commemorate life with imagery of landscapes, figures, city scenes, abstractions, and some with expressions of sorrow or hope. The portfolio memorial is intended to cherish memories of life, with artwork as individual as those who are no longer with us. The scale of the project will unavoidably remind viewers of the number of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001. The power of this memorial comes from seeing the actual prints in the exhibition and the representation of numerous communities, demonstrating the role of the arts in all of our lives.
Exhibition Dates: July 21 – August 28, 2021
Closing reception: Wednesday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 pm The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), housed under the School of Art and Design in the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, was pleased to offer an opportunity to KSU’s School of Art and Design alumni to submit their work for consideration in a juried biennial exhibition. This opportunity provided KSU alumni of the School of Art and Design the ability to showcase their current body of work and demonstrate their post-graduate artistic advancements.
The SOAAD Alumni Biennial 2021 Exhibition was juried by Hannah Amuka, a 2020 School of Art and Design graduate, and features 34 works by 19 alumni artists. In addition to selecting the works of art for the SOAAD Alumni Biennial 2021 Exhibition, Amuka presented a virtual lecture on July 28, 2021, at 12:30 pm as part of our Last Wednesday Lunch monthly program.
Selected Artists: Arielle Balkcom, Daniel Barnard, April Borchelt, Chris Boyko, William Cash, Taylor Chartrand, Julee Davis, Jan DiPietro, Jane Erwin, Eloisa Gallegos Hernandez, Rachel Kidd-Chancey, Chase King, Hope Limyansky-Smith, Sarah McClymond, Shane McDonald, Chris Noosh!, Courtney Smith, Kenneth Walters, and Marlee Winters.
Exhibition Dates: May 11 – July 10, 2021
A retrospective of artwork created to date in the KSU Master Craftsman Program was showcased in the Fine Arts Gallery. The Master Craftsman Program is a design and fabrication workshop for students housed in the School of Art and Design. The Program is led by Director and Lecturer in Sculpture, Page Burch.
Over the last four years, the Master Craftsman Program has partnered with various municipalities and organizations, such as the City of Kennesaw, to collaborate in designing and creating public works ranging from manhole covers to large sculptures. KSU art and design students are involved in the process from start to finish, helping to conceive of designs and honing their skills while executing the creation of new public art. This exhibition will document the production history and display examples of their work.
This exhibition featured works by KSU Master Craftsman Program students: Daniel Barnard, Brooke Barrett, Jonathan Copeland, Thomas Daniel, Dylan Doyle, Jane Erwin, Ellen Foose-Kutty, Emmy Keenan, Randall Kooistra, Carrie McDaniel, Cameron Moore, Megan Pace, and Amber Williams.
Exhibition Dates:March 16 – April 10, 2021
“I will thread a thread through my poems that time and events are compact miracles.” — Walt Whitman
Some Early Visionaries featured drawings and collages by renowned artist Lesley Dill. The exhibition was on view in the ZMA Fine Arts Gallery from Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, April 10, 2021. In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, the artist presented a live one-hour Zoom lecture on Friday, April 9, 2021. Dill’s talk addressed the use of language and poetry in her artwork and provided insight into her artistic studio practice where the intersection of language and fine art materialize as printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance and explore the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.
*Lesley Dill will be producing a limited edition print with KSU to benefit the Zuckerman Museum of Art. More information on pricing and sales will be made available soon.
Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art in printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance, exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.
Dill has had over one hundred solo exhibitions. Her artworks are in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2017 she was named a fellow of The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Creating A Living Legacy artist and grant recipient. Her opera, Divide Light, based on the poems of Emily Dickinson, was performed in San Jose in 2008. In April of 2018 the New Camerata Opera Company performed a re-staged version in New York City which was captured in a full-length film by Ed Robbins.
In November 2019, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans presented a collection of her work titled Drawings: Some Early Visionary Americans. In 2021, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa will stage her exhibit Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, which amplifies voices of the North American past as they wrestle with divinity, deviltry, and freedom.
The artist is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.
Lesley Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Exhibition Dates: January 8 – February 20, 2021
The New Visions exhibition series provides students across all disciplines of the School of Art and Design the ability to showcase their talent and skill. The newly revitalized series continues to offer students an annual juried exhibition opportunity as originated by the Visions Registered Student Organization, the first arts organization at KSU, when the College of the Arts was founded. The ZMA is excited to continue expanding this longstanding tradition by featuring a prominent artist, critic, or curator to serve as both juror and visiting lecturer. These additional associations serve each respective discipline with visibility, exposing students to diverse points-of-view, practices, and techniques. Moreover, this approach acknowledges the internal and external associations of advanced learning through relevant engagements and dialogues among leading artists, curators, and critics. The New Visions 2021 exhibition provided viewers with a significant opportunity to witness a variety of artistic methodologies.
Featured artists: Tatiana Bell, Kaitlyn Blade, Audra Chang, Brittany Cox, Graciella Elaine, Jane Erwin, Katie Geisler, Izabella Herrera, Marjorie Hsu, Joe Huynh, Nicole Kadom, Sierra Kazin, Demi Kiker, Matthew Lamneck, Deona Lizette, Charity McLeod, Michael Miele, Marc Mills, Wendy Mitchell, Virginia Moore, Chandler Morris, Julie Mullenix, Tracy Okai, Nikki Raitz, Nikita Leigh Raper, Shelly Reece, Tiffany Sanchez, Jocelyn Scherer, Tre Scott, Sydney Szabo, Camden Thomas, Barbara Travis, Margo Trousdale, Bailey Volk, Kristina Walker, Livie Wang, and Frances Ziemian.
Meet Anthony Goicolea, New Visions 2021 Juror and Guest Lecturer
The juror and guest lecturer for New Visions 2021 will be Anthony Goicolea. Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea is a first-generation Cuban American artist now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His extended family immigrated to the United States in 1961, fleeing Cuba soon after Castro came to power—a fact that underpins many of the artist’s works. Employing a variety of media, Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, to cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement. His diverse oeuvre encompasses digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar. Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images.
The artist has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia—notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Haunch of Venison Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany; the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea is the first major traveling museum exhibition devoted solely to his work. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; as well as the Yale University Art Collection, New Haven, Connecticut; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. To date, Goicolea’s work has been the subject of four books. It has been featured in ARTnews, Art in America, Art Forum, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, among many others. The artist’s grants and awards include a Cintas Fellowship (2006) and the BMW Photo Paris Award (2005) and the Joan Mitchell Fellowship Foundation. Goicolea holds a B.A. in art history, with a minor in romance languages, and a B.F.A. in drawing and painting—both earned at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He received an M.F.A. in sculpture and photography, from Pratt Institute of Art, New York, in 1997.
Exhibition Dates: November 11 – November 20, 2020
Presented by CIFAL Atlanta Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors
Two CIFAL Atlanta Distinguished United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Ambassadors created this exciting initiative, Art as Activism: Social Justice and Sustainability, funded by RCE Greater Atlanta. Ambassadors Allison Yates and Cam Lorys developed the plan for this event during
their time together in the CIFAL Atlanta program. Allison and Cam wanted to be able to develop a project that incorporated both social justice and environmentalism. As a result, they believed the creation of an exhibition of art made completely out of recycled materials that followed a social justice theme would work perfectly for their goal. The Ambassadors presented a virtual lecture for our November Last Wednesday Lunch program on November 18, 2020. During the virtual presentation, three award winners were announced to be given prize money to donate to one of ten charitable organizations working to solve issues of social justice or sustainability.
Featured Artists: EuGene Byrd, KC Nugent, Brandon Huelskamp, Amanda Reif, Kristine Kim, Tatiana Veneruso, Sara Jones, Dylan Carter, Gabi Madrid, and Judy Souriyarath.
Exhibition Dates: October 2 – November 6, 2020
In this atelier, KSU architectural photography students created an investigational space where they explored architecture, light, spacial relationships, and conceptual thinking through photography and video. The gallery was transformed from traditional art exhibition space into a visible studio.
Visitors were invited to view first-hand, the creative process artists undergo in making their work. Over the course of this five-week installation, this transformative space permitted the audience to witness the artist’s experiments, edits, critiques, distillation, and process toward making refined works.
Featured artists:Brittany Bowden, Scott Brown, Elayna Gorshenin, Amari Haller, Sarah Jaston, Chloe King, Marc Mills, and Eric Woods.
This Fine Arts Gallery exhibition presented diverse works created during quarantine by P-12 art educators. As part of the ongoing partnership between the KSU School of Art and Design and the metro Atlanta visual arts educator community, Infectious Creativity shared a glimpse of the creative processes of front line educators. The juror for this show was Louise E. Shaw, curator of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Featured Image: Lurking by Suzette Spinelli.
Cuban Superheroes paid homage to Africans who brought their culture and art practices to Cuba through the transatlantic slave trade. African-derived deities serve as guides, protectors and agents of change in Cuban culture. These qualities align them with the universal concept of superhero – a powerful being with supernatural transformative abilities. Printmaking and illustration students drew inspiration from these beings and each artist identified, researched and generated a visual vocabulary to explore the superhero concept. This exhibition was a collaborative artist-scholar project created by printmaking and illustration students in Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design. Read more.
Presented as part of KSU's 2019-20 Year of Cuba.