Welcome to the School of Art and Design 2020-2021 Season!

We invite you to immerse yourself in an innovative season of exhibitions and events. From student exhibitions in the Fine Arts Gallery and exhibitions in the Zuckerman Museum of Art to Open Houses and the popular Spring Arts Festival, the School of Art and Design (SOAAD) brings innovative artistry to the greater Atlanta community.

All of our exhibitions and events are free and open to the public, and many of them are available online! Comprised of over 1,000 vibrant, creative, and talented art students, SOAAD is led by faculty members and professional staff devoted to the development of professional art educators, art historians, studio and design artists and animators. Please join us online for our virtual exhibitions or learn more on our website.

A unit of the School of Art and Design, the Zuckerman Museum of Art serves as a vital cultural and academic resource for students, faculty and members of the community. The Museum’s Fine Arts Satellite Gallery in the Wilson Building features faculty, student and regional art educator exhibitions. 

View our 2020-2021 Season below, or download a PDF. 

2020-2021 Art & Design Season PDF

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    Infectious Creativity: Art Educators Creating in Crisis

    Now through Sept. 25, 2020
    Fine Arts Gallery,
    Wilson Building

    During the spring and summer of 2020, educators everywhere were learning new ways of reaching their students remotely. See how this fundamental shift in both society and their relationships with students affect the personal art making and creativity of art educators. 

    Take a virtual tour here

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    The Susan O’Malley Project

    Now through August 1, 2021
    Zuckerman Museum of Art

    The Susan O’Malley Project is a site specific installation featuring the work of artist Susan O’Malley. Her work explored generosity, positivity, and sincerity, and the profound possibility of listening as a kind of artistic practice. O’Malley was an artist and curator of Mexican-Irish descent whose work often interwove cultures and perspectives, engaging various aspects of production and dissemination throughout material culture. Her work appeared on fences, posts, and signs in areas that were being heavily gentrified. Throughout her practice, she met people in our society in their space as they were, as they are. Many of the works in this solo project are curated from a series titled “Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self.” In this series, O’Malley explored intergenerational knowledge sharing by asking members of the public what advice they would give their younger selves. O’Malley explored positivity and the human capacity for happiness, but she also explored profound loss and grief throughout her artistic career. All of her work was cohesive in its capacity for human connection across cultural spaces.

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    it's your world for the moment

    Now through Dec. 6
    10 a.m to 5 p.m. 

    The group exhibition it’s your world for the moment brings rare and never-before-seen work of historical and cultural significance to the Southeast while also supporting the commissioning of new work made within our region. The precariousness of our geographic and shared spaces is explored through ‘environmental portraits,’ explorations into ecological sites, and art-making tactics that incorporate cultural and symbolic meanings of both our natural and cultural spaces. Each artist in this exhibition has inexhaustibly created works of art uniquely positioned in the present while having a simultaneous relationship with the past and future.

    Their work collectively engages concepts of water and land in all of its complexity and precariousness, while rigorously engaging ideas of our climate and shared geography. Featuring artists: Allison Janae Hamilton, Yoshua Okón, Erin Jane Nelson, Ana Mendieta, and Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio. KSU English professor Elizabeth Giddens, an eco-critic who studies sustainability and resilience, shares an essay in the gallery about the work of one of the artists in the show.

    Image: Erin Jane Nelson, Jekyll, 2018, resin, pigment, and pigment print on glazed stoneware. Image courtesy of the artist.

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    A Peculiar Proximity to Spiritual Mysteries

    Now through Dec. 6
    10 a.m to 5 p.m. 

    A Peculiar Proximity to Spiritual Mysteries is an exhibition that showcases various key contemporary works curated by
    Ginger Wolfe-Suarez and artist Pablo Helguera from the collection of the Zuckerman Museum of Art. This experimental exhibition draws on many rare and never-been-exhibited works of art using alternative methods of display, supplementary learning experiences, and sound recordings. The artists included in this exhibition employ a range of techniques to explore issues of identity, race, and cultural origin. These artists often reference geography, translocation, cultural traditions, translation, political history, and collective memory.

    Image: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mosque in Tangiers, c. 1912 Ink on paper, etching. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Bentley, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sellars. Image courtesy of the Zuckerman Museum of Art. 

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