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 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!

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

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!
 

Dereliction: Changing Structures by Pamela Winegard

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

Pamela Winegard is a mixed media artist and art educator. She is a 2017 recipient of the Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council Regional Artist’s Project Grant. Pam was has been inducted into the National Association of Women Artist in NYC. She 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 Wingate University, CPCC, Winthrop University, and the Art Institute of Charlotte. 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. Her work is represented in a number of private collections. Pam relocated with her husband in the fall of 2017 to Lynchburg, VA. She currently is currently building a studio at her home – studio opening expected in early spring 2018.

“In my art, I conduct an ongoing investigation of the visual narratives created between a community and the places they inhabit. The subject matter is often drawn from the past, or from spaces lost – particularly referencing American architectural icons – but reframed in today’s vernacular. It is curious to me, this use of nostalgia, transience, permanence, roots, present, past, connectivity, heritage, and other concepts that are used to illustrate our fractured “landscapes”. Using the resulting contradictory visual information to create new social landscapes that speak to the multiple, complex, social, cultural, gender, historical, political, and environmental identities is what the work offers. The aesthetic experience both in content and materials is a platform for active engagement and dialogue.”

 

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” 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.

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.

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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