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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4-7 p.m.
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34th Annual Student Juried Exhibition closes Feb. 19, 2017.
The School of Art and Design’s annual student juried show had its reception on January 18th. Organization of the show is a collaborative effort between Visions: the Student Art Society and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Exhibited in the Joe Mack Wilson building’s Fine Arts Gallery, this 34th annual show features some of the best artwork by students of the School of Art and Design.
Every year in late November, a call for entries is announced. Open to all Kennesaw State University students, the submission process involves the uploading of digital images of the artist’s original artwork with a small entry fee. The entries are juried by a different person selected from recommendations by School of Art and Design faculty and staff of the Zuckerman Museum of Art. This year’s juror was Tori Tinsley, renowned Atlanta artist.
Selected artists received cash prizes for first, second, and third place. Three Purchase Awards were also chosen by the College of the Arts Dean, School of Art & Design Director, and through a University donation. Recipients’ art work will have been purchased for the prestigious KSU Campus Collection.
Congratulations to the prize winners of our 34th Annual Visions Student Juried Exhibition (Thanks to student Ashi Bhatti for taking photos!)
1st place, Eloisa Gallegos for My Spirit Yasu
2nd Place, Agata Magelis for Almost on Stage
3rd Place, Chase Lawrence for Revelation 6
University Purchase Award, Linda Teachey for The Demise of the Honeybees
Deans Award, Dia Webb for The Little Girl in Rainbows
Directors Purchase Award, Jess Ellen May for The Rogue
Kennesaw State to offer Digital Animation Degree Nov. 9, 2016
Kennesaw State to offer Digital Animation Degree
Program supports workforce demands in digital entertainment industry
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 9, 2016) — A new digital animation degree at Kennesaw State University will soon prepare students to creatively work in Georgia’s fast-growing entertainment industry. Today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation.
Offered within Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts, it is the first bachelor’s degree program of its kind among USG colleges and universities. The program will launch in fall 2017.
“Kennesaw State’s new digital animation degree is a fine example of how higher education best supports the region’s economy and meets marketplace demands,” said Kennesaw State President Sam Olens. “The University continues to be a strong leader in creating innovative programs that serve our students and the state’s thriving entertainment industry.”
Georgia has the second-highest concentration of animation jobs in the country and is one of the largest employers in the gaming and digital entertainment industries. According to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the industries have a $7 billion economic impact and employ more than 25,000 people in the state.
To better serve the state’s fast-growing entertainment industries, Kennesaw State’s digital animation degree program will provide intensive discipline-specific training and prepare students for a variety of animation and animation-related careers.
The innovative degree will combine rigorous coursework in general studies, balanced with courses in computer gaming, engineering, music, graphic communications, and theatre and performance studies.
“By intentionally designing this program in a way that blends the institution’s collaborative strengths, we are able to increase and enhance the academic opportunities for our students,” said Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The addition of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation is a paragon of our growing unique professional offerings.”
Patricia Poulter, dean of the College of the Arts, added, “We are very excited about the degree, and are confident it will serve many Georgians (and beyond) as they prepare to enter this highly creative and in-demand field.”
Realist Artist Joe Remillard
A painter for almost 30 years, Remillard has taught at KSU for 16 years. He is always painting and keeping his personal skills sharp, but teaching his students inspires him on a daily basis. Photo, above, by Erik Meadows.
Kennesaw State University’s Joe Remillard has won first place in the Portrait Society of America’s Landscape Competition. A former attorney, Remillard makes his home in the School of Art and Design as a professor of drawing and painting. “I’m humbled because the quality of the participants, in my mind, was very high. On a national level, they are some of the best.”
Remillard’s winning painting, Crinums and Blue, above, depicts a home in Atlanta’s very own Cabbagetown. Remillard worked on site to capture the scene on canvas. A contemporary realist artist, he tries to accurately paint the world around him. “I saw this house one day in Cabbagetown, and it reminded me of a Tiffany box, like a little jewel among all the clutter, which is pretty in its own way. That’s what attracted me to painting the house.”
Prior to joining KSU, Remillard quit practicing law, moved to Georgia, and obtained his master’s degree in painting. “I finally realized you only have one go-around in life, so you better do what you love. You don’t want to wait.”
A painter for almost 30 years, Remillard has taught at KSU for 16 years. He is always painting and keeping his personal skills sharp, but teaching his students inspires him on a daily basis. “I came here and said to myself, ‘I’m going to teach my students everything I wasn’t taught in college.’ I want my students to have the skills to go on and create beautiful work.”
Remillard also looks forward to the growth and progress happening in the School of Art and Design. “I’m so happy with the direction the visual arts program is headed in right now. I’ve wanted to see the concept art side take off. Our new department chair, Geo Sipp, has done that by reminding us that there’s room at the table for lots of different art forms.”
See more of Remillard’s work at joeremillard.com.
Graphic Design Students Shine for SGC International Conference: Terminus
By Stevi Dinizio; photos by Shane McDonald
Graphic design students at Kennesaw State University have created the branding for the Southern Graphics Council (“SGC”) International conference. Led by School of Art and Design professor Carole Maugé-Lewis, the students worked together to design the conference logo and other materials for the event to be held in March 2017.
School of Art and Design professor Valerie Dibble is the committee chair for the SGCI conference, and she relished the chance to showcase student work.
“We needed branding and a visual presence, so I reached out to all the graphic design professors at universities in metro Atlanta. Maugé-Lewis agreed to make it a class project for her students. It’s a wonderful real-life experience for our students, and they have done a spectacular job.”
The SGC International conference, entitled Terminus: Arrivals and Departures and taking place in part at Kennesaw State, stretched the creativity of the students as they walked through the designing process together.
Student Mark Stanley says, “We were given full reign to bring our best designs to the table without any instructor direction. In previous classes, we were told exactly what to produce and then received a lot of feedback before the final presentation. We had to do this among our groups and make decisions on our own.”
This freedom gave the students a taste of what it takes to work as a professional designer. For this project, they worked for a client, the Southern Graphics Council International, and not just their professor.
Student Hannah Fortune said, "We had to work with the changes being made and, of course, had to satisfy the client. I learned that 20 different people can create very different things and it’s always surprising what the client will pick. It made me want to think outside of my comfort zone and design something I typically wouldn’t do.”
Since the beginning of the spring 2016 semester, Maugé-Lewis has worked on this project with her class, and will continue to support them as they complete the project in 2017.
“It was important that students got a sense of what is required of them in the real workplace and the importance of the team concept in order to work with the client. In a team environment, students must learn to assign roles and to stick to assigned tasks and deadlines so that all parts of the branding and campaign come together flawlessly.”
Student Eric Liu created the winning logo design that was chosen by SGC International. Now, the students are working on various other items for the conference, including the program cover and a logo for a growler that will be produced by Atlanta’s Orpheus Brewery. With so much ahead for these students, Dibble remains confident.
“The service this class has provided is wonderful. Carole always provides her students with real world experiences that shine the best light on KSU. We will be known among all of the thousands of members of the council for this work.”