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Women masters of their artistic expressions
Artwork in President's Summer Series range from paintings to quiltwork
Sculptural pieces from Mary Jane Taylor will be on display as part of the President's Summer Art Series at Brenau University. The exhibit will run through July 9.

President’s Summer Art Series reception

When: 5:30-7 p.m. today

Where: Sellars Gallery of the Simmons Visual Arts Center at Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: 770-534-6263

Three women with a unique aesthetic, design and love of the natural world will display their works for all to see and critique as part of the fourth annual President’s Summer Art Series at Brenau University.

Jane Broaddus, Donna Mintz and Mary Jane Taylor will open their exhibits with a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Sellars Gallery of the Simmons Visual Arts Center on Brenau University at 200 Boulevard in Gainesville. The series, which celebrates artists who have a tie to Brenau University and Gainesville, will run through July 9.

“This is a wonderful way to recognize the culture of arts that surround Brenau University and the relationship that we’ve developed with local artists over the years,” said Brenau Gallery Director Nichole Rawlings. “Each artist’s display represents their own particular style and method of working. The artworks of Mary Jane Taylor, Jane Broaddus, and Donna Mintz are all very different visually but work together in unexpected and interesting ways.”

Broaddus has always quilted and crocheted as a hobby, although her educational focus was in plant pathology. She attended the University of Georgia, earned a bachelor’s degree in botany and received a doctorate in forest pathology at North Carolina State University. She joined the Brenau University faculty in 1988 as a professor of biology and taught for 16 years before retiring. Broaddus and her husband, John, live in Dahlonega.

To see Broaddus’ work, visit

Mintz is a painter, mixed media installer, poet and essay writer. She earned degrees in psychology and biology, and is a masters of fine arts candidate at the Sewanee School of Letters, University of the South. The Atlanta resident has some of her work in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Atlanta, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgia and the Mobile Museum of Art.

To see Mintz’s art, visit

Taylor’s artistic influence started at a young age with her mother being a painter. The young woman then transitioned into a sculptor when she began working with clay in college. She earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree at the University of Georgia in studio clay. In 1979, she taught as an adjunct professor of art at Brenau University and later became the chair of art and design, fine arts chair, Brenau’s first gallery director and director of the studio clay and art education programs.

She has exhibited in regional and national exhibitions and galleries, receiving first place in clay at the National Invitational Art Exhibition at Brenau University.

For more information, call 770-534-6263.

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