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New face in charge of Brenau art

Former manager of arts is new gallery director

POSTED: July 3, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Nichole Rawlings is taking the reins of Brenau University’s artistic enterprises.

The former office manager of performing arts and art galleries was named the new director of galleries and custodian of the permanent art collection. She assumed her new position Tuesday.

“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to serve as Brenau University’s Gallery Director,” said Rawlings, who has been employed by the university since 2012. “In my two years at Brenau University I have witnessed the immense potential of the permanent art collection to impact students, faculty, staff and the community at large. While our designated gallery locations contain curated shows throughout the year, Brenau’s campuses themselves serve as exhibition spaces that make our collection accessible. The breadth and quality of work held in the Brenau University Permanent Collection establishes our university as a strong contributor to the arts culture of Northeast Georgia.”

Rawlings began pursuing her art career at Elon University in North Carolina, majoring in art studies and minoring in digital art and Italian studies. She gained experience in exhibit planning and implementation while interning for the High Museum of Art Atlanta exhibitions department.

Rawlings earned her master’s degree in art history at American University in Washington, D.C., and interned with the Smithsonian’s African art in adult programming while there.

“Nichole’s academic background in art history, knowledge of Brenau’s art collection and ability to manage multiple projects and competing demands with grace and aplomb make her the right choice as the new gallery director,” Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Nancy Krippel said. “Brenau is fortunate to have Nichole already on staff so she can step into the position with an understanding of our systems and requirements.”

Brenau features four galleries on their beautiful historic campus, The Presidents Gallery in the upstairs lobby of Pearce Auditorium; the Sellars Gallery on the first floor of Simmons Visual Arts Center; the Leo Castelli Art Gallery on the first floor of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts; and the new Manhattan Gallery at the Brenau Downtown Center.


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