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Department of Art

Exhibitions and Gallery Talks
Spring 2019 CALENDAR

Kin @ Illges Gallery

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Exhibition: Kin, Coulter, Cathy, and Fred Fussell
Illges Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts
921 Front Avenue

Summer Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

CSU Department of Art is excited to host this special exhibition of paintings and quilts by the exceptional and fascinating Fussell family in the Illges Gallery and a musical performance by Jake Fussell during the opening reception, May 16 as our summer featured event. Kin features the artistic styles and inherent connection between Coulter, Cathy and Fred Fussell. Despite varying origins of inspiration and artistic processes, the mother, father, and daughter share underpinning values of history, storytelling, landscape, and memory in their works. Each has combined their world reflective of their personalities, characters and their gifts. The exhibition, Kin, explores these inherent bonds and similarities into what is a unique visual representation of their experiences as a family.

Shebang @ Illges Gallery

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Curated by Jiha Moon and Hannah Israel
March 12 – April 13
Reception: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30
Conversations begin at 6:00 pm

CSU Department of Art, Illges Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Shebang, March 12 - April 13. Shebang presents a contemporary artist whose aesthetics and fervent subject matter encourage the viewer to engage with the object. The six artists in this exhibition explicitly reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience. They explore a myriad of concepts that connect the body, mind, and soul of human presence. Using the body as a vehicle for irony and metaphor, these artists address issues that are significant in what we can endure, possess, and experience as human beings.

These group of artists has chosen to use unconventional material to create sculpture, two-dimensional work, and interactive art. Common thread and process are evident in how each of the artist use materials that are often used in a craft or lowbrow artwork, such as fiber, copy paper, or digital print. These artworks appear as forms of a quilt, paper sculpture, familiar and abstracted objects and even embroidered QR Code in the exhibition. 

Exhibiting Artists: Zoë Charlton (Washington DC) drawings explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject's relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. Didi Dunphy (Athens, GA) intention is to develop, create and implement further environments and objects where the public becomes performers, the sculpture becomes play things, where reactive becomes proactive and where the institution is required to literally and figuratively embrace its culture. Chintia Kirana (Montgomery, AL) addresses the elusive nature of time in relation to life and death. She sees the fragility of the moment through the passage of time. Erin Jane Nelson's (Atlanta) quilts contain frustration with the human body. There are suggestions of body parts, and body shapes in the photographic textiles that Nelson digitally collages, and stitches together. Yanique Norman (Atlanta, GA) is a multidisciplinary artist whose afro-futuristic work explores themes of alienation, trauma, and post-colonial identity. Sonya Yong James (Atlanta, GA) focuses on the exploration of the idea of physical devotion and ritual experience through the process of repetitive labor-intensive making.

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Julia Betts @ ArtLab

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Unsettled Hues, Enduring Structures

Monday, March 4 at 6:30 pm
Join us for the reception of the exhibition at 5:30 prior to the talk
Seaboard Depot/Studio Arts Building
941 Front Avenue


Julia Betts creates unique situations whose exact results are ambiguous and
disruptive. Her process emerges from degrees of situation whose "moment
of truth" is variable. This makes each piece of her work as a whole or a vehicle
for possibilities that is achieved through transient and unknowable states. The
performative structure of Julia's work is set with guidelines, randomness,
and even personal risk.

Past Shows


We are Carver by Jessica Ingram
January 22 – February 23
Reception for the artist, Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30 pm
Followed by a gallery walk by the artist at 6:30 pm
Exhibition Overview

CSU Department of Art is pleased to announce the exhibition, We are Carver by Jessica Ingram, the 2013 Visiting Artist and Scholar in Residence Program recipient. At the time of her residency in at CSU five years ago, Jessica began a body of work with the JROTC program at George Washington Carver High School.
Jessica Ingram works with multi-media and the archive to explore the ethos of communities and notions of progress and resistance in American culture. Composed of photographs, sculptures, video, sound, and installation, We are Carver, describes the cadets through pose and posture, offering a glimpse of their experience in this community within the larger high school. Each day the cadets say together in the Cadet Creed, "I am the Future of the United States of America." Drawn to this statement and possibility, Ingram photographed and interviewed the young students/cadets, exploring their views on their lives and futures.

Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from California College of Arts & Crafts in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in California Sunday Magazine, The New York Times, Oxford American, Vice and Wired Magazine. Ingram received the Santa Fe Prize for her work Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, and the solo traveling exhibition Road Through Midnight was recently exhibited at the National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee State Museum, and Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. She was included in Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, traveling to the Speed Museum. Her collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at Oakland International Airport, Birmingham International Airport, and Oakland Museum of California. Ingram's book Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial will be released by UNC Press in 2019. She is a professor in the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Upcoming Exhibitions 

BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition
April 23 – May 4
Reception, Saturday, May 4 at 4 - 6 pm

Artists: Cathy Fussell, Coulter Fussell, and Fred Fussell
May 17 – June 22
Reception for the artists
Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 pm
A special performance at 6:45 pm by Jake Fussell

The Crime of Willful Neglect
Sculpture works by Pam Longobardi
July 16 - August 31
Reception and gallery walk, Friday, August 2 at 5:30 pm
In collaboration with Trees Columbus and
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, August 2 – 4


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The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery

Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front Avenue  (Not a mailing address for GPS use only)
The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery is located in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. It occupies 3,250 square feet with 20-foot ceilings. The gallery has been designed to accommodate professional art exhibitions as well as student exhibitions such as the annual Senior Thesis exhibition. The gallery program presents 6 – 8 exhibitions per year, both national and international in scope, often with accompanying lectures and gallery talks. The Illges Gallery is free and open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Sunday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking if available

Art Lab

Seaboard Depot Studio Building, 941 Front Avenue (Not a mailing address for GPS use only)
The Art Lab gallery is located in the newly renovated Seaboard Depot Art Studios. Art Lab is a 450 square foot exhibition space for new and emerging media, Digital Arts and Design, and experimental exhibitions. Art Lab also supports the VASRP program and adjacent studios by allowing short-term, working installations. Like the Illges Gallery, this space features track lighting and projection capabilities. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking ( Please see attendant in the Illges Gallery to have access in the ArtLab)
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Sunday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking if available

Bay Gallery

The Bay Gallery is located in the secured common area of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts Building. Bay Gallery is a 1,500 square foot exhibition space for student exhibitions, community outreach programs, and for teaching support. Like the Illges Gallery, this space has excellent track lighting, 20-foot ceilings and movable walls. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking
For Public access inside the Bay Gallery see attendant in the Illges Gallery.
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Saturday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday and during School Closings and National Holidays
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking in front if available

Fulcrum Gallery

The Fulcrum Gallery is the fulfillment of a long-held desire to expand our community outreach by establishing a high visibility exhibition space in Columbus's thriving Uptown district. Fulcrum's location as a small window-front space provides the public exciting contemporary arts 24/7 while providing information about public programming offered by the Department. Exhibitions are visible from the sidewalk on Broadway.


CSU Art on Campus Program

The Art on Campus Program provides high quality works of art from the CSU Permanent Collection displayed throughout the Main University Campus as well as the RiverPark Campus. This program is managed by the Department of Art.