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College puts alumni art on display

NGCSU exhibit runs through Jan. 7 at Bob Owens gallery

POSTED: December 9, 2010 12:30 a.m.
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'Gondolas,' a 2010 gum arabic transfer print by 2010 graduate Ashley Holbrooks, is among the pieces to be displayed in the North Georgia College & State University alumni art show, 'DoVA: Out There and Everywhere.'

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For the first time in the school's history, North Georgia College & State University is hosting an art exhibit featuring works solely by the alumni of the Department of Visual Arts.

"We wanted to make a connection between the alumni and our current students so those students can have a sense of where they could be in three to four years after they graduate," said Ana Pozzi-Harris, director of the Bob Owens Art Gallery at NGSCU.

"We also wanted to establish a closer contact between our faculty and the alumni at the university," she said.

The alumni whose works are featured in the "DoVA Alumni: Out There and Everywhere" exhibit graduated from NGSCU over the last 11 years.

"The oldest graduate is from 1999," Pozzi-Harris said, "and the newest graduate is from last semester."

The exhibit features a wide variety of works. "I tried to include as many different types of media as possible," Pozzi-Harris said. "The exhibition has painting, photography, sculptures, ceramics and prints as well."

The Department of Visual Arts encourages the development of alternative methods of photography, Pozzi-Harris said. Several of these photographic techniques are represented in the exhibit.

New methods of photography aren't the only new aspects about the exhibition. The alumni were all initially contacted through the gallery's Facebook page, and the artists who wanted to submit their works responded to Facebook messages they received.

A reception featuring artists Coleen Caporal, Adam Nash and Jason Fowler was held Monday.

"This is kind of a tryout exhibition," Pozzi-Harris said. "We definitely plan to develop this next year."

Pleased with the reception of the exhibit so far, Pozzi-Harris said that they are likely to hold next year's alumni exhibition at a better time of year and have more events associated with it.



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