Brenau Galleries closed July 3rd

Pictured Above: Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935),Washington at Mt.  Vernon,Etching on Paper, 1931, Gift of Mr. and Mrs.  Fred Bentley, Sr.

Brenau University offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day. Brenau Galleries wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July!

2015 Brenau Collaborative Undergraduate Juried Exhibition Winners Announced

This past Saturday, Brenau Galleries hosted the opening receptions for the Brenau Collaborative Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibit and the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. The Brenau Collaborative is an annual two-part exhibit featuring the work of both undergraduate students and exiting seniors in the areas of Art and Design and Interior Design.  At the opening reception this past weekend, the award recipients  for the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition were announced.  The winning entries included pieces across a variety of media–from drawing and ceramics to 3-D printed jewelry and graphic design pieces. Congratulations to these students on creating truly stunning pieces!!!


Best of Show – Alaina Troha “Ode to Kassandra”

1st Place— Jessica McClure “Untitled (Digital Design)”

2nd Place— Kassandra Thomas “Live Models Needed”

3rd Place— Deirdre Kunze “Llamas”


Honorable Mentions

Landon Farrow, “Eco Jewelry”

Britney Powe, “Untitled (Ceramic Vase)

Eenyie Ken-Piaro, “Generation Empowered”

Aye Thu Thu Ko, “ Geometric City”

Hannah Rich, “Super Selfie”


Brenau Students Exposed to Artistic Processes

On Wednesday, March 4th, Brenau University Art and Design students had the opportunity to see the artistic processes employed by ceramicist Alisa (Al) Holen firsthand. The artist demonstrated various wheel-throwing and surface decoration techniques for the captivated audience. Alisa Holen creates unique forms that at once functional and sculptural. Alisa’s work can be seen in the exhibit “Synergy”, on display in Leo Castelli Gallery through May 7th.

Attention Teachers! Now registering for torch-enameling workshop!


Professional Development Workshop: Torch Enameling 101
Saturday, February 7th, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Simmons Visual Arts Center, Classroom L3

This  hands-on workshop with Dr. Barbara Faulkner, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Brenau University, offers art educators the opportunity to experiment with  torch enameling  and to create a one-of-a-kind piece to take home! This workshop is FREE and is open to educators only. Limited space is available. Contact Allison Lauricella at (770)534-6263 or at to register.


Guided Tours of “The Ties that Bind” Available!

Brenau Galleries is pleased to offer docent-led tours of “The Ties that Bind: Civil Rights Photography from the High Museum of Art” to adult groups of 5 or more. This unique opportunity is designed to give visitors an engaging experience in which they can learn more about the works in this special exhibit from the High Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection. The photographs in this exhibit  follow the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the sense of community surrounding the fight for freedom. Tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 11:00. Tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. For more information or to reserve a tour, please contact Allison Lauricella at (770) 534- 6263 or at


“Women’s Work” Oral History Project Videos Now Available

“Women’s Work” was an exhibition and oral history project that explored the relationship between contemporary fiber art and its roots in domesticity and gender-specific roles completed by Brenau Galleries in Summer 2014.   Over 30 contemporary Georgia fiber artists from all over the state were represented in the show.

The exhibition and accompanying oral history project allowed artists to explore the relationship they have to fiber art and the techniques which in the past have been considered “Women’s Work.”  Almost all of these artists learned the crafts of their trade, sewing, knitting, quilting, etc., from a female family member who was passing down this knowledge as a matter of domestic necessity.  All of the artists in Women’s Work have transformed this skills-based beginning into pieces of enormous complexity and meaning.

This project was  supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

To view the oral histories of “Women’s Work” artists, visit the “Women’s Work” vimeo channel–

Brenau Galleries Closed for Holidays

Winter Valley #4- Stevens, William Lester

Please note that Brenau University Galleries will be closed Wednesday, November 26th- Friday, November 28th for Thanksgiving Break and Friday, December 19th-Thursday, January 1st for Holiday Break.

“All Creatures Great and Small” Tours for Adult Groups


Pictured above: Minnie Adkins (American, b. 1934) and Greg Adkins (American, b. 1975), Large Red Fox,  2009. Painted Wood

We still have a few dates available for docent-led tours of “All Creatures Great and Small”! Book your tour now to learn more about this special exhibition from the Georgia Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection and the Collection of Carl and Marian Mullis. The exhibit features works depicting animals by notable self-taught artists including R. A. Miller, Mose Tolliver, and Lonnie Holley. Tours are offered to adult groups of ten or more on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 through December 4th. Tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. For more information or to reserve your tour, please contact Allison Lauricella at (770) 534-6263 or at


Brenau University Students Exhibit Artwork at the High Museum of Art

On Sunday, November 9th, Brenau students, faculty, staff and friends gathered to celebrate the opening of the 2nd Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition at the High Museum of Art. The exhibition, on display in the Greene Family Education Center November 4th-December 7th, showcases over 70 works created by Brenau Students. From interior design renderings and banners to ceramics, paintings, and mixed media works, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the incredible talents of our students.

Courtney Orme, an Interior Design Professional, and Didi Dunphy, Director of the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens, served as the adjudicators for the exhibit.

2014 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition Winners                    Honorable Mentions:                                                                                  Margaret Shippey, “Untitled”                                                                      Akitee Lewis-White, “Counter Point”                                                          Alaina Troha, ” Digging by The Divide Album Cover Design”                     Adriana Acosta, “Oro Azuloso”                                                                   Karis Williams, “Order and Chaos”

1st Place- Tiffany Hale Carter, “Chairs”                                                      2nd Place- Yanyu Wang, “Hand Rendering for Daycare Center”              3rd Place- Samantha Britt “Figure/Ground Reversal”

Best of Show- Alaina Troha, ” Thank You”