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IB Hardaway High School Online Exhibition

The Department of Art is pleased to present the Hardaway High School IB Art Exhibition. Taught by Mr. Scott Black, this exhibition by the International Baccalaureate students is a collection of capstone high school art portfolios . The Hardaway High School IB visual arts program encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking program in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.

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Ivoire Fashion,  BA Senior Thesis Works by Ryan Pagett

The Department of Art is pleased to present Ivoire Fashion works by recent graduate, Ryan Pagett.  Ryan was born in the small town of Madison, GA. He is now a graduate of Columbus State University with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education. He has accepted a teaching position at Indian Creek Middle school and shall begin teaching in the fall, however he one day hopes to work in the museum field.

You can follow his future projects on his Instagram ryanpagettaes and see his film work at YouTube channel, Ryan Pagett.

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Questions We Ponder: Columbus High School Advanced Placement Art Exhibition

The Department of Art is pleased to present the Columbus High School Advanced Placement Art Exhibition, Questions We Ponder.  
Taught by Mrs. Gretchen Brand, this exhibition by the Advanced Placement students is the Art and Design Portfolios Sustained Investigations project.  This class offers students the opportunity to make and present works of art; and design based on an in depth investigation of materials, processes and ideas done over time. It involves practice, experimentation and revision using materials, processes and ideas. The Sustained Investigation is expected to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes and ideas Each student has developed personal inquiry questions and responses. The bodies of work are as varied as the questions they pondered.

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Drifting into the Later, BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition

Join us in congratulating the graduating BFA Seniors of 2020. The student exhibition is traditional installed in the Illges Gallery. This year due to our present situation  the Department of Art designed the exhibition in this online gallery.  Please view the works by Dalton Tanner Newbend, Jade Tamaski, Sydney Flatt, Will Lytton, Emily Williams, Joshua Newbend, and Vanessa Bischoff. 

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2020 CSU Student Juried Art Exhibition

This Spring's Juried Art Exhibition displays the energy and talents of our students.  Juror, Didi Dunphy, the director of the Lyndon Center for the Arts in Athen's GA was so impressed by the diversity of skills and ideas of our students.  

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Auspicious Behavior, Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For her, the varied tones of the rubber parallels human diversity, while the tire treads suggest images as varied as African scarification and textile designs. The visible wear and tear on the tires evokes the physical marks of human aging. Equally, Booker's use of discarded tires references industrialization, consumer culture, and environmental concerns.

Booker's artistic process is enormously physical, from transporting the tires to reshaping them with machinery. Though she has adopted utilitarian jeans and work boots in her studio, she always wears a large, intricately wrapped headdress, which has links to her earliest wearable art and has become her fashion signature. Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It's So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

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Artist Website: https://chakaiabooker.com/

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Books and Texts, Maria Porges

With a lifelong relationship with the printed word, Maria Porges explore books as both physical material and subject matter. As a primary source for her collages, she has been making art for the past three years using the library left behind by her Anglophile grandmother Mary Löw, a citizen of the late Austro-Hungarian Gê Orthof Empire and an avid reader of mediocre German translations of novels by British writers. "These volumes—printed in many different old-fashioned blackletter typefaces, all equally impenetrable—were unwanted by libraries or collectors and destined for landfill by the time I took them in. Their new life as art functions as reclamation of their value and, at the same time, serves as an uncomfortable recognition of the decreasing role of books in a digital media world." For over two decades, Maria Porges's art work has been exhibited internationally, and her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of now-defunct art magazines. Porges is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts. Maria worked on her book project—both the collages and texts and the final design while in residence at Columbus State University this spring.

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Artist Website: https://mariaporges.com/

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Small Talks

The Do Good Fund Salon and Gallery and Illges Gallery, Columbus State University

The Do Good Fund, Inc. is a Columbus, Georgia based public charity. Since its founding in 2012, the fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than twenty Guggenheim Fellows to images by lesser known and emerging photographers working in the region.

Do Good's mission is to make its collection of nearly 600 images broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries, and nontraditional venues and to encourage complementary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition. Small Talks is an exhibition that is paired with an audio stories inspired by the collection.  This exhibition features Jerry Siegel, Kevin Klein, and Baldwin Lee.  

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Website: https://thedogoodfund.org/small-talks

Public Exhibition

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Six Feet Apart

May's calendar is normally full of celebration with gallery exhibitions, open studios, and lectures at the Columbus State University Department of Art. With local museums and galleries closed, CSU's graduating BFA candidates who are now remotely balancing their semester at home are losing their chance for a traditional final exhibition in the Illges Gallery. The Do Good Fund saw an opportunity to partner with other community minded organizations to give these graduating seniors a chance to show their work safely in this time of social distancing. We hope that this will also give the broader community a bit of respite during these stressful times.

In cooperation with Columbus State University's Department of Art, the Dragonfly Trails, and with community support from the W. C. Bradley Company and D&S Sign Company, The Do Good Fund presents Six Feet Apart, an art display showcasing ideas by CSU's graduating BFA candidates.

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Galleries

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CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSAL PDF***

The Galleries at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts is Temporarily Closed at this time. We will are scheduled to reopen in the Fall.***

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 israel_hannah@columbusstate.edu
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 israel_hannah@columbusstate.edu
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 israel_hannah@columbusstate.edu
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.