The Department of Fine Arts sponsors the Art Gallery Series in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Adele Kassab Art Gallery, hosting varied shows of two and three dimensional works showcasing local and regional artists. The Art Gallery Curator selects exhibitions that support and enhance the academic goals of the visual arts program at Francis Marion University, providing a non-profit institutional setting in the service of both students and the wider community. Information about previous exhibits may be found in Art Gallery Archive and additional exhibitions are displayed downtown at FMU’s University Place Gallery.

Laurie Schorr: Stories from the Trail / Stories from the Sea

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
August 20 – September 26, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

“Stories from the Trail / Stories from the Sea spans nine years of work reflecting on my personal journey since moving to North Carolina. Stories from the Sea is a series of two chapters; the first chapter is a selection of mixed media pieces of tiny self portraits stitched onto magnolia leaves, and adhered to my father’s ocean navigation maps. When I first moved to North Carolina, I was drawn to the leaves as they were strong, resilient, and to me looked like little boats. The second chapter is a series of photogravures of tiny found medicine bottles filled with maps and bits of the algae. Stories from the Trail is a series representing my love of trailrunning and a strange magical fortune of finding feathers along each trail. These images are a series of images of the trails, printed as palladium prints and cyanotype over inkjet prints, as well as cyanotypes of the found feathers.”

Laurie Schorr grew up in New York surrounded by car parts and cuckoo clocks. From a very early age, she kept diaries and collected images with her camera and sketchbook. Laurie received a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Roger Williams University and later earned an MA in Art and Art Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Laurie has been teaching photography through outreach and public school systems since 2003 and currently resides in North Carolina, where she works as Director of Education for The Light Factory and is a teaching artist at various schools, community centers, and after school programs.

Laurie has received numerous grants and awards for her photographic work including PhotoLucida Critical Mass top 200 in 2014, the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant in both 2014 and 2016, the Arts and Science Council Award in both 2012 and 2013, and Best Emerging Artist in Photography at the GLAAD OutAuction in NYC in 2009. Laurie’s work has been exhibited Nationally and Internationally, most recently at the 2015 Chiang Mai Photo Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Castell Photography Gallery, Art Intersection, Lightbox Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery and the AIR Gallery (NYC) and has been featured in Lenscratch Magazine.

FMU Collects in 3D: Ceramic and Sculptural Works

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
August 20 – November 7, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

Members of the Francis Marion University Community have provided a varied show of three-dimensional objects they have collected. Along with artworks from across the United States are works by noted South Carolina artists such as Robert Lyon, Peter Lenzo, Virginia Scotchie, Lawrence Jordan, David Halsey, Ryan Crabtree, Patz Fowle, Douglas Gray, and Tari and Sasha Federer.

It’s always interesting to see just what floats whose boat!

Past Presidents of the South Carolina Watermedia Society

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
October 1 – November 7, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

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Senior Show by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
November 12 – December 5, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.

Works by Ceramics and 3-D Design Classes

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
November 12 – December 5, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding. Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual’s philosophy, critical awareness and aesthetics.

Students taking Three-Dimensional Design classes investigate organization techniques, with special emphasis on the plastic controls of form and space. They learn to use a variety of tools and various sculptural media, including wood, plaster and clay.

Something Cool by Mike and Patz Fowle

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
January 14 – February 20, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

As soon as they wrap their heads around it, Mike and Patz Fowle will let us know what they plan to show.  Rest assured, it will be something cool!
 

Exhibition TBA

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
January 14 – February 20, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

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Impressed by Nature: Ceramic Works by Miyako Fujiwara

Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Born in Hokkaido in Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after graduating from college in Tokyo, where she studied mathematics. Later she moved to the U.S. and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard University while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, where she helped curate nearly 400,000 archived specimens of birds for both research and exbition. Benefiting from that extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar.

Miyako moved to Charleston at the end of 2010 and became a member at cone 10 studios where she continued to gain practical experience with running the studio, such as mixing glazes, loading and unloading kilns, recycling clay, and setting up exhibits at the cone 10 studios gallery. In 2012, she became a member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative by juried evaluation of her work.

After living in the SC for more than 8 years, she continues to be impressed and inspired by the rich natural history of the Lowcountry.  She has been exploring the creative possibilities of expressing the beauty of nature through clay, working with local trees, native plants, shells, bird nests, which also resonates with her experience as a museum curator. She is fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the living environment both visually and structurally.

This exhibition “Impressed by Nature” emphasized the richness and beauty of nature in the Carolina Lowcountry, which she enjoys daily and which is quite opposite from the synthetic beauty of the controlled urban landscape of Tokyo. For this exhibition Miyako also explored more hand-building techniques to express organic shapes, patterns and colors in oxidation firing.

Exhibition TBA

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

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Senior Shows by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
April 7-30, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.

Works by Ceramics and 3-D Design Classes

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
April 7-30, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding. Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual’s philosophy, critical awareness and aesthetics.

Students taking Three-Dimensional Design classes investigate organization techniques, with special emphasis on the plastic controls of form and space. They learn to use a variety of tools and various sculptural media, including wood, plaster and clay.