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Brenau art students experience a new high

Artists' work on display in Atlanta museum

POSTED: January 30, 2014 1:00 a.m.

About 85 works from Brenau University students, mostly majoring in fine arts and interior design, will be on display through Feb. 14 in a special exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Part of the Gainesville-based university’s unique academic partnership with the High, the exhibition in the museum’s Greene Family Education Center includes digital prints, ceramics, oil and acrylic paintings, stoneware and mixed media.

UPDATE: The opening reception of the exhibit scheduled for Thursday has been postponed.

The exhibition is open to the public. A full-price adult ticket to the museum is $19.50

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to exhibit their work at an internationally known museum of art,” Brenau’s Department of Interior Design Chair Lynn M. Jones said.

Mary Beth Looney, Brenau’s department chair and professor of art and design, shares the same enthusiasm about the exhibition.

“This is the first time we (Brenau) are doing this, and we are very excited about it,” she said.

Student works have been selected based on the fall juried design exhibition and award-winning work from past Brenau Collaboratives and the MID/MFA Portfolio Exhibitions. Selected works were chosen by faculty and some were award winners from the juried exhibition in the fall. This is an interdisciplinary exhibition including works from Brenau students studying art and design, interior design, mass communication, theater and liberal arts, but students studying other majors have works in the exhibit as well.

Jennifer Tanner, a junior art education major from Lilburn, was one of the student’s selected to showcase her work.

“I was excited that my work gets to be at an exhibit, and that others will be able to see it at a renowned museum,” she said. “My favorite of my three chosen pieces is a small unnamed ceramic vase. It was an unintentional happy accident. It started as an ugly wheel-thrown piece with decoration but the kiln overfired everything by 2 and 1/2 times.”

For more information, visit www.high.org/Commerce/ExhibitTickets/Museum-Admission.aspx.


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