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Brenau heads to the High
University students exhibit in Atlanta for Masters of Interior Design show
Brian Pinon shows off an interior design display board during the Masters of Interior Design show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

While some artists focus on bringing a different view into the world through their work, others focus on the functional aspect of art.

With that in mind, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is featuring the portfolios of eight Brenau University students who graduated with a combined Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Interior Design and Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design degrees. The student exhibition opens today from 3-5 p.m. with an awards presentation at 4 p.m. in the museum’s Greene Family Education Center in the lower level of the Stent Family Wing.

"Retail, health care, hospitably, museum and corporate office design projects highlight the talent and diversity of our MID graduates," said Lynn M. Jones, chairperson and professor of interior design at Brenau. "The MFA students have completed extensive research on a design for an educational building in rural Rwanda and research into multi-generational interior design firm dynamics. The projects are lively; the students engaged."

The Bachelor of Fine Arts and M.I.D. students are Abigayle Berryman of Jefferson, Amanda Dunahoo of Winder, Brittany Chunn-Jones of Buford, Jill Mansfield of Gainesville and Yanyu "Winona" Wang and Mengqiu "Autumn" Zhao of Zhengzhou, China. The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design students are Shelly Hughes of Marietta and LaJuana Gill of Nashville, Tenn.

The interior design graduate program teaches students to focus on advanced evidence-based design and research, as well as develop skills in college level teaching.

This is the seventh year Brenau has had this exhibition in Atlanta and the fifth at the High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

The open-to-the-public event includes free ticket admission to the High, but Brenau requests RSVPs for all interested attendees be sent to Sally Conn at or by calling 770-534-6240.


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