Exhibition: Ferdinand Rosa: Excerpts in Paint @ Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm

San Miguel #11 by Ferdinand Rosa – Mixed media on MDF Board, 48 x 48 inches

EXCERPTS IN PAINT by Ferdinand Rosa

Location: President’s Gallery, Simmons Visual Art Center

Dates: Jan.19th – March 23rd, 2023 

Closing Reception: March 23rd, 5:30 – 8PM

Brenau University Galleries is proud to present, Excerpts in Paint, an upcoming solo exhibition of dynamic and colorful abstract paintings created by internationally known artist, Ferdinand Rosa. 

Using the essence of the landscape as inspiration, Rosa cultivates an abstract aesthetic through the simplification and distortion of representational elements while being surrounded by the energy of the earth’s natural terrain and wildlife. His unique translation of the landscape while visiting places like Costa Rica, or San Miguel’s, Eternal Spring, is captured in multiple layers of paint, revealing bold gestural marks and energetic color fields. Each captivating painting reveals not only a sense and spirit of place, but a poetic implication that is deeply soulful and full of mystery. 

Rosa hopes that by sharing his love and dedication to painting, a sacred encounter may ensue between his work and the viewer- deepening ties to life’s metaphysical components, while also awakening the spiritual avenues one can only experience through art.

Don’t miss this captivating exhibition, highlighting the works from Ferdinand Rosa’s, Costa Rican Rhapsody and Tsunami Eulogies Series.

Excerpts in Paint, will be on view from Jan. 16th – March 23rd in the President’s Gallery located upstairs in Brenau University’s Simmons Visual Art Center.


Discover colorful public art (signs with images and QR codes of Rosa’s work), placed throughout Brenau University’s campus. Scan the accompanying QR code to view a video about the painting printed on the sign. 

Contact: Gena Brodie Robbins, Director of Brenau University Galleries for more information. 


Exhibition: Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna @ Simmons Visual Art Center, Sellars Gallery
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm

Riccarda de Eccher: Montega

Feb 16-March 30th, 2023

Riccarda de Eccher was born in 1954 in Bolzano, and raised in Udine, Italy.

She began painting mainly in watercolors, later in her life, expressing her love of mountains, particularly the northern Italian Alps of her homeland- the Dolomites, and has made them the subject of her work.

A seasoned mountaineer, de Eccher has scaled many of the summits throughout the world, including Mount Everest, which she conquered in the 80’s, a rare feat, especially by an Italian woman.


During her many hikes, Eccher became fascinated in the small details she encountered, such as flowers, plants, and interesting rock formations. These documented studies, first in pencil, and then in other sketching materials, led to larger investigations in watercolor, which in turn became large scale, realistic representations of the monumental peaks she explored.

de Eccher’s work has been featured at the Casa Cavazzini Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Udine, Italy; Galleria d’Arte Moderna Enrico de Cillia, Treppo Carnico, Italy; Gallery ArtCube, Paris, France; and the Sala delle Esposizioni, Bolzano, Italy, among others. She has also published several books of short stories featuring her paintings.

Now a resident of New York, de Eccher has published several books of short stories about her paintings, and she is the subject of the award winning documentary film, Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (Mountainfilm 2018).

Tofane, watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 inches

Torri del Sella, watercolor on paper, 40 x 60 inches

View the works of this incredibly resilient and powerful artist here at Brenau University.

Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna

When: On view: Feb 16th – March 30th, 2023

Where: Simmons Visual Art Center, Sellers Gallery

Artist Reception: Feb. 16th, 5:30 – 8 PM.

Artist Talk: Feb. 16th, 6:00 PM


Judith Suroweic Solo Exhibition @ Castelli Gallery
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm