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Students display art portfolios, projects and compete in The Brenau Collaborative
Nicole Fish created this digital piece titled “Under the Sea.” It is part of the undergraduate portion of the Brenau Collaborative in Simmons Visual Arts Center at Brenau University in Gainesville. - photo by Courtesy of Tom Askew III

‘The Brenau Collaborative’

When: April 6-20; 5:30-7 p.m. April 8 opening reception

Where: Sellars Gallery, Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Boulevard, Gainesville

Cost: Free

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A variety of art from across all mediums will adorn the walls of the Simmons Visual Arts Center through April at Brenau University for the annual Brenau Collaborative.

The exhibition is two-fold. It will display senior projects and portfolios in the Sellars Gallery and highlight ungraduates’ work with a juried show in the Presidents Gallery.

Twelve seniors graduating in the areas of fashion merchandising, residential planning, studio art and fashion design will show off their portfolios and final projects.

“There will be everything from collages to ceramics to fashion garments to display boards for merchandising,” Brenau University Gallery Director Nichole Rawlings said.

As part of their graduation requirements, art and design seniors must take a portfolio class. The students begin to compile ideas for the portfolio throughout the year, but assemble their body of artwork in their final semester.

As part of the class, seniors are responsible for installing their work at the gallery.

In the other gallery, the undergraduate juried exhibition is installed by college staff.

Looking at the graduating seniors and underclassmen’s work, Rawlings said she was “very impressed by the diversity.”

“It speaks to the strength of our art program,” she said.

The juried exhibition is open to all students, not just art and design. And while there isn’t a theme, many pieces embody common topics as many of the selected artwork was part of a class assignment.

Amanda McClure, director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, juried the show.

“She considered the principles of art and design and selected pieces that best represented their mediums and genres,” Rawlings said.

McClure selected winners of best in show awards for first, second and third place and honorable mention. Winners will be announced at the opening ceremony 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8. 

Exhibits will be on display April 6-20, with an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. April 8 during Brenau’s alumni weekend. Students will be present to discuss their works, and refreshments will also be served at the reception.

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