Fine Arts - Kassab Art Gallery and Lecture Series 2019-2020

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 trail-running 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!

South Carolina Watermedia Society Past Presidents Exhibition

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

As a thank you to all past presidents of the South Carolina Watermedia Society for volunteering their time, talent and treasure to move the Society forward, all were invited to exhibit work of their choice.  Twelve past presidents have accepted the challenge and will take part in this exhibition in the Hyman Fine Arts Center on the Francis Marion University campus: Jo Ann Anderson (1988, 1994), Pollie Bristow (2009), Janice Coward (2008), Toni M. Elkins (2006), Carolyn Epperly (2011, 2017), Renea Eshleman (2012), Jim Finch (2002), Harriet Marshall Goode (1998), Jennifer Kirk Hamilton (2010), Anne Hightower-Patterson (2018), Steven Jordan (1980), Brenda G. Lawson (2016), Cecile Martin (1994), and Elsa Turner (1982).

This show will overlap with the SCWS Annual National Exhibition that will be hosted by FMU’s new University Place Art Gallery in downtown Florence, November 2 – December 20, 2019.  Works by over seventy artists have been selected by juror Ryan Fox, an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society.

Since its inception in 1977, SCWS has become the largest statewide visual arts group, actively promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public.

Visiting Artist Talk by Art Educator Dr. Donna Goodman

Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center
3:00 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Donna Goodman, a former FMU distinguished professor, will give a talk in the Lowrimore Auditorium at 3 p.m. about her experiences developing the art education program at Francis Marion University, as well as helping to train art specialists in  elementary classrooms in South Carolina, the first state in the country to require art educators in elementary schools.

Dr. Goodman retired from her dual appointment as both professor of art and professor of education at Francis Marion University. She held the Peter D. Hyman Endowed Chair as Professor of Art. She directed the Art Education Program, taught courses in art education and in art history in the Department of Fine Arts of the College of Liberal Arts; she also supervised teacher preparation for art education certification in the School of Education.

Goodman received her PHD from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in Educational Leadership and Planning with emphasis in Arts Administration. She holds an EdS (Educational Specialist Degree) and an MA in Art Studio with emphasis in printmaking from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC, and a BFA from Coker College at Hartsville,SC.

The event is free and open to the public.

Printmaking Demonstration by Visiting Artist Bill Fick

University Place Art Gallery, Downtown Florence
3:00 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bill Fick will give a linocut demonstration at University Place Art Gallery, 142 North Dargan Street, downtown Florence.

Bill Fick is a printmaker who lives and works in Durham, North Carolina. He is currently a Lecturing Fellow at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. Over the past 25+ years he has exhibited his prints nationally and internationally and has taught at many institutions across the United States including the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro), Pratt Institute and Rutgers University. Fick’s work can be found in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The New York Public Library and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. In 1993 Fick was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and in 1995 a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship.

Fick is also the director of Supergraphic Print Lab a creative art studio dedicated to the promotion of printed matter, and the Co-director of the Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival in Durham, NC.

The event is free and open to the public.

Senior Show by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors
Abigail Lesley
Chloe Shinn
Quinton Buyck

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. There will be a public reception at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th.

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 slab-work, 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.

Dereliction: Changing Structures by Pamela Winegard

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
January 2 – February 20, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Pamela Winegard is a mixed media artist and printmaker.  Pam was awarded a 2017 Arts & Science Regional Artist Project Grant. In 2015, she was inducted into the National Association of Women Artist in NYC.  Pam was a juried ASC Fall 2014 CSA Program Artist. In addition, she was a 2012 Affiliate Artist-In-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Pam received a both a fellowship and a grant to attend residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, 2012-14. She is a recently retired professor having taught at UNCC, Wingate University, CPCC, Winthrop University, and the Art Institute of Charlotte, where she chaired the Graphic Design Department.  Pam is a frequent lecturer and a visiting artist leading workshops at institutions across the country. She has been in international, national, and regional juried exhibitions and has been awarded several exhibition honors including Best of Show and First Place awards. She has been published in a number of exhibition catalogs and national magazines.  Pam was awarded an Arts & Science Council Penland School of Crafts scholarship.  Cabarrus Arts Council awarded her a public art award for the city’s mural project “Windows of Cabarrus County”. The SC National Guard recognized for her volunteer work creating a large mural, in support of the Ft. Mill National Guard Armory.  She currently advocates for art in her community by serving on two boards, the James River Arts and Humanities Council and Riverviews Artspace. She continues to volunteer her time and energies in projects that involves giving voice to members of her community. Her work is represented in a number of private collections. Pam and her husband, Herb, recently relocated their home, numerous pets, and her studio to Lynchburg, VA where they love being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“I conduct a visual investigation of the narratives created between the members of a community and the places they inhabit.  Buildings, environments, and landscapes resonate with me as metaphors for current social issues and personal anxieties. These lost spaces particularly reference American architectural icons – but I reframed the emotional or aesthetic discussion of them.  It is curious and compelling to use the concepts of nostalgia, transience, permanence, roots, connections, and heritage, to illustrate fractured relationships or degrees of separation.  Using the resulting contradictory means (color palette, scale, materials, medium) to recreate these spaces or reinforce the gaps between images that speak to me of the complexities of the times we live in today and my own personal journey.

“I have come to believe that I am drawn to spaces and the places we have or do inhabit; to groups of people affected by displacement, or lack community attachment; that are forgotten or overlooked because all of these aspects mirror my own experience.  I see a certain amount of beauty and sadness in these places but I also see stories that need to be imbued with life.  If I keep talking about them, about me, about others in these spaces I create, then they continue to exist.  In addition, the making process and the act of drawing create an intimacy that gives me a safe place to be in my daily life.  The work anchors me.”

Wild and Wonderful: Creative Sculptural Collaborations by Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle

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

Award-winning sculptors, Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle share an exhilarating life together that is fully engaged in the arts with works in public and private collections and permanent museum collections.  Exhibiting works at Madison Square Gardens in New York, to Brookgreen Gardens, this collaborative couple utilizes innovative processes and techniques, working in everything from: natural clay from the earth to post-consumer discarded materials to ¼ inch structural steel plate. Their most notable large-scale, public art sculptures to date are: Big Bleu Birdnanna 25-foot tall, kinetic, metal, located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in Downtown Florence, and the kinetic, metal sculpture, Upward and Onward designed to honor the life and achievements of NASA astronaut and American Physicist, Ronald E. McNair located at the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center in Downtown Lake City.

Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle have been International Artists-in-Residence in Tokyo, Japan and have studied abroad in Lacoste, France at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The Fowle’s have taught and inspired countless numbers of educators and students throughout their careers as Approved Teaching Artists through the South Carolina Arts Commission.  In addition to the Fowle’s own studio art practices, they guide, direct and share a love of art at the innovative, art studio they designed and created for High School students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

For more information visit www.patzfowle.com

 

Pop-Up Design Workshop by Matthew Reinhart

Hyman Fine Arts Center Room 213
February 18, 2020
5:00 pm, Tuesday

Matthew Reinhart will be on campus Tuesday, February 18, to talk to Dr. Howard Frye’s classes and then do a workshop where he demonstrates how to make a pop-up design, followed by a Q/A from the audience.  The event will be held in the Fine Arts Building, room 213  at 5 p.m..  It is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating.

After studying at Clemson University for a career in medicine, Matthew was accepted at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and studied as industrial designer, focused on designing toys. After graduating Pratt, Matthew settled New York City and apprenticed with an acclaimed children’s book author. In a few years, he discovered his true calling: becoming a children’s book author, illustrator and paper engineer.

His first big break into the pop-up book world came with the strange but beloved The Pop Up Book Of Phobias. Many pop-up books followed, both collaborations and solo creations. His books showcase a range of real and imagined worlds: fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction, animation and others.  His work has reached best-selling status in The New York Times.

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 exhibition. 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” emphasizes 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.

The Type Directors Club

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

Established in 1946, the TDC today curates a calendar of typographic intrigues designed to:
—build a community through public events and platforms
—support the growth of students and early career professionals
—recognize excellence in type design across the world.

Marketing Art Seminar by Tyler Pate and Tom Shaw

Hyman Fine Arts Center Room 202
February 27, 2020
5:00 pm, Thursday

Tyler Pate, a freelance graphic designer and former art director at Blue Ion in Charleston, SC will be the first presenter of the Art Business Seminar, which will be held in room 202 of the FMU Fine Arts Center at 4:00 p.m.  The seminar is aimed at individuals wishing to start an art-based business.  Pate will discuss the importance of artists to create a brand.

He will show examples of his own work and discuss outstanding examples of branding by artists or businesses.  Pate is a FMU Dept. of Fine Arts, graphic design alumnus.

Tom Shaw, a Wilmington-based graphic designer and printmaker who specializes in making advertising posters, will follow Tyler Pate. Tom began his career in graphic design while studying Marketing at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, working with both corporate and music industry clients.  He then expanded his offerings to include screen printed concert posters and art prints for which he has won numerous accolades. He is fluent in both corporate and music industry branding.

Marketing Art Seminar by Kate Furman and Winter Moore

Hyman Fine Arts Center Room 202
March 2, 2020
6:00 pm, Monday

Jewelry designer Kate Furman and Winter Moore of Addie’s Baby will give a seminar on the business side of professions in art, focusing on promotion using websites and social media.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island with her Master of Fine Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Kate located her studio Kate Furman Jewelry in Greenville S.C.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and Graphic Design from SC State University, Winter Moore returned to Florence and opened Addie’s Baby Paint and Sip Studio which provides a platform for her art and a setting for shows as well as unique art classes for both children and adults.

Gallery Talk by Anna Dean

University Place Art Gallery
142 North Dargan Street, Florence
March 31, 2020
4:00 pm, Tuesday

Anna Dean, an interdisciplinary artist, will give a talk about her artwork on March 31st at the FMU University Place Gallery at 4:00 p.m.  Dean is currently a MFA student at Winthrop University and is a FMU Dept. of Fine Arts, art education alumna.

An exhibition of Dean’s work will take place at the University Place Gallery from May 5th to June 12th.

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 slab-work, 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.

The 7th Kingdom: Charity Valentine

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
May 12 – August 13, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

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