Fine Arts Gallery Past Exhibitions


  • Print with the statue of liberty and abstract bands of design, red and blue color scheme from The American Print Alliance September 11, 2001 Memorial Portfolio Exhibition

    The American Print Alliance September 11, 2001 Memorial Portfolio Exhibition

    September 10 – October 2, 2021 

    Closing reception: Wednesday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 pm 
    “A memorial portfolio is a way to help us understand the loss of so many individual lives.” -Dr. Carol Pulin

    Dr. Carol Pulin, Director of the American Print Alliance, started this project by suggesting that each artist create one print to commemorate one person. Pulin intended for this portfolio to honor individual lives and thereby, create a new legacy from the terrible events that took place on 9/11. Each contributing artist is a member of an alliance council or a subscriber to the journal, Contemporary Impressions. The imagery reflected in each print is as distinct as the artists, who range in age from high school students to retirees. Many works commemorate life with imagery of landscapes, figures, city scenes, abstractions, and some with expressions of sorrow or hope. The portfolio memorial is intended to cherish memories of life, with artwork as individual as those who are no longer with us. The scale of the project will unavoidably remind viewers of the number of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001. The power of this memorial comes from seeing the actual prints in the exhibition and the representation of numerous communities, demonstrating the role of the arts in all of our lives.


  • Photo of craved wood piece by Chris Noosh! of large colorful bass in waves jumping from a large bear claw coming from the top of the work.

    SOAAD Alumni Biennial 2021 Exhibition

    July 21 – August 28, 2021

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), housed under the School of Art and Design in the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, was pleased to offer an opportunity to KSU’s School of Art and Design alumni to submit their work for consideration in a juried biennial exhibition. This opportunity provided KSU alumni of the School of Art and Design the ability to showcase their current body of work and demonstrate their post-graduate artistic advancements. 

    The SOAAD Alumni Biennial 2021 Exhibition was juried by Hannah Amuka, a 2020 School of Art and Design graduate, and features 34 works by 19 alumni artists. In addition to selecting the works of art for the SOAAD Alumni Biennial 2021 Exhibition, Amuka presented a virtual lecture on July 28, 2021, at 12:30 pm as part of our Last Wednesday Lunch monthly program.  

    Selected Artists: Arielle Balkcom, Daniel Barnard, April Borchelt, Chris Boyko, William Cash, Taylor Chartrand, Julee Davis, Jan DiPietro, Jane Erwin, Eloisa Gallegos Hernandez, Rachel Kidd-Chancey, Chase King, Hope Limyansky-Smith, Sarah McClymond, Shane McDonald, Chris Noosh!, Courtney Smith, Kenneth Walters, and Marlee Winters. 

    Featured image: Chris Noosh!, Salmon Run!, carved and painted wood, 2021
    • Photo of 2021 Alumni Juror Hannah Amuka

      Hannah Amuka graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Religious Studies. During her time at KSU, she worked as an Education Assistant at the Zuckerman Museum of Art and trained as a docent. Since 2017, Hannah Amuka has been the Visitor Services Manager at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art (MCMA) in Marietta, Georgia. During her time at the MCMA, she also completed a curatorial internship, culminating in a permanent collection exhibition entitled, The Study of Lines and Value. In addition to being an emerging museum professional, curator, and art educator, Amuka is also a practicing artist. Her goal as an art educator is to expand the imagination and understanding of audiences through reflection, creative participation, and empowering experiences based on visual art and art history.


  • Photo of Master Craftsman completed project for the Acworth Police Department.

    Master Craftsman Classroom to Community

    May 11 – July 10, 2021

    A retrospective of artwork created to date in the KSU Master Craftsman Program was showcased in the Fine Arts Gallery. The Master Craftsman Program is a design and fabrication workshop for students housed in the School of Art and Design. The Program is led by Director and Lecturer in Sculpture, Page Burch.

    Over the last four years, the Master Craftsman Program has partnered with various municipalities and organizations, such as the City of Kennesaw, to collaborate in designing and creating public works ranging from manhole covers to large sculptures. KSU art and design students are involved in the process from start to finish, helping to conceive of designs and honing their skills while executing the creation of new public art. This exhibition will document the production history and display examples of their work.

    This exhibition featured works by KSU Master Craftsman Program students: Daniel Barnard, Brooke Barrett, Jonathan Copeland, Thomas Daniel, Dylan Doyle, Jane Erwin, Ellen Foose-Kutty, Emmy Keenan, Randall Kooistra, Carrie McDaniel, Cameron Moore, Megan Pace, and Amber Williams.


  • Photo of Lesley Dill's collage work "Hester with gold radiance." The work shows a naked female form with words spiraling around her and added gold lines layered into a spiral shape flowing from the figure's mouth.

    Some Early Visionaries

    March 16 – April 10, 2021 

    “I will thread a thread through my poems that time and events are compact miracles.”
    — Walt Whitman

    Some Early Visionaries featured drawings and collages by renowned artist Lesley Dill. The exhibition was on view in the ZMA Fine Arts Gallery from Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, April 10, 2021. In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, the artist presented a live one-hour Zoom lecture on Friday, April 9, 2021. Dill’s talk addressed the use of language and poetry in her artwork and provided insight into her artistic studio practice where the intersection of language and fine art materialize as printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance and explore the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.

    *Lesley Dill will be producing a limited edition print with KSU to benefit the Zuckerman Museum of Art. More information on pricing and sales will be made available soon.

    Featured work: Lesley Dill, Hester with gold radiance, 2019, Hand-cut collage, ink, thread on Japanese silk tissue paper, Courtesy Athur Roger Gallery.
    • Black and white photo of the artist Lesley Dill

      Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art in printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance, exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.

      Dill has had over one hundred solo exhibitions. Her artworks are in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2017 she was named a fellow of The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Creating A Living Legacy artist and grant recipient.  Her opera, Divide Light, based on the poems of Emily Dickinson, was performed in San Jose in 2008. In April of 2018 the New Camerata Opera Company performed a re-staged version in New York City which was captured in a full-length film by Ed Robbins.

      In November 2019, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans presented a collection of her work titled Drawings: Some Early Visionary Americans. In 2021, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa will stage her exhibit Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, which amplifies voices of the North American past as they wrestle with divinity, deviltry, and freedom.

      The artist is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

      Lesley Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Installation view of "New Visions 2021" exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery.

      New Visions 2021

      January 8 – February 20, 2021

      The New Visions exhibition series provides students across all disciplines of the School of Art and Design the ability to showcase their talent and skill. The newly revitalized series continues to offer students an annual juried exhibition opportunity as originated by the Visions Registered Student Organization, the first arts organization at KSU, when the College of the Arts was founded. The ZMA is excited to continue expanding this longstanding tradition by featuring a prominent artist, critic, or curator to serve as both juror and visiting lecturer. These additional associations serve each respective discipline with visibility, exposing students to diverse points-of-view, practices, and techniques. Moreover, this approach acknowledges the internal and external associations of advanced learning through relevant engagements and dialogues among leading artists, curators, and critics. The New Visions 2021 exhibition provided viewers with a significant opportunity to witness a variety of artistic methodologies.

      Featured artists: Tatiana Bell, Kaitlyn Blade, Audra Chang, Brittany Cox, Graciella Elaine, Jane Erwin, Katie Geisler, Izabella Herrera, Marjorie Hsu, Joe Huynh, Nicole Kadom, Sierra Kazin, Demi Kiker, Matthew Lamneck, Deona Lizette, Charity McLeod, Michael Miele, Marc Mills, Wendy Mitchell, Virginia Moore, Chandler Morris, Julie Mullenix, Tracy Okai, Nikki Raitz, Nikita Leigh Raper, Shelly Reece, Tiffany Sanchez, Jocelyn Scherer, Tre Scott, Sydney Szabo, Camden Thomas, Barbara Travis, Margo Trousdale, Bailey Volk, Kristina Walker, Livie Wang, and Frances Ziemian.

      Award Winners:

      • 1st Place, Juror's Choice Award Winner: Deonna Lizette for the work, Framed, 2020, oil on canvas. 
      • 2nd Place, Jurors Choice Award Winner: Jane Erwin for the work, Blue Moves, 2020, soda-fired ceramics. 
      • 3rd Place, Juror Choice Award Winner: Kristina Walker for the work, Sunday Girl, 2020, ink on paper. 
      • Director's Choice Award Winner: Sierra Kazin for the work, City Escape, 2020, mixed media. 


      • Photo of the artist and New Visions 2021 Juror and Guest Lecturer, Anthony Goicolea.The juror and guest lecturer for New Visions 2021 will be Anthony Goicolea. Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea is a first-generation Cuban American artist now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His extended family immigrated to the United States in 1961, fleeing Cuba soon after Castro came to power—a fact that underpins many of the artist’s works. Employing a variety of media, Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, to cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement. His diverse oeuvre encompasses digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar. Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images.

        The artist has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia—notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Haunch of Venison Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany; the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea is the first major traveling museum exhibition devoted solely to his work. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; as well as the Yale University Art Collection, New Haven, Connecticut; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. To date, Goicolea’s work has been the subject of four books. It has been featured in ARTnews, Art in America, Art Forum, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, among many others. The artist’s grants and awards include a Cintas Fellowship (2006) and the BMW Photo Paris Award (2005) and the Joan Mitchell Fellowship Foundation. Goicolea holds a B.A. in art history, with a minor in romance languages, and a B.F.A. in drawing and painting—both earned at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He received an M.F.A. in sculpture and photography, from Pratt Institute of Art, New York, in 1997.


    • Moon Pie

      Fall 2020 Capstone Exhibition: Studio Art

      A virtual exhibition featuring Bachelor of Fine Arts senior students from Professor Robert Sherer's ART 4990 class:

      Michelle Beadles
      Jane Erwin
      Tracy Okai
      Adrianne Sawyer
      Livie Wang

      Featured work: Livie Wang, Moon饼Pie, 2020, 11x17, watercolor & gouache.
    • Art as Activism Winners

      Art as Activism: Social Justice and Sustainability

      November 11 – November 20, 2020

      presented by CIFAL Atlanta Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors

      Two CIFAL Atlanta Distinguished United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Ambassadors  created this exciting initiative, Art as Activism: Social Justice and Sustainability, funded by RCE Greater Atlanta. Ambassadors Allison Yates and Cam Lorys developed the plan for this event during their time together in the CIFAL Atlanta program. Allison and Cam wanted to be able to develop a project that incorporated both social justice and environmentalism. As a result, they believed the creation of an exhibition of art made completely out of recycled materials that followed a social justice theme would work perfectly for their goal. The Ambassadors presented a virtual lecture for our November Last Wednesday Lunch program on November 18, 2020. During the virtual presentation, three award winners were announced to be given prize money to donate to one of ten charitable organizations working to solve issues of social justice or sustainability. 
      Featured Artists: EuGene Byrd, KC Nugent, Brandon Huelskamp, Amanda Reif, Kristine Kim, Tatiana Veneruso, Sara Jones, Dylan Carter, Gabi Madrid, and Judy Souriyarath.
      Award Winners:

      • 1st Prize Winner: Dylan Carter for his work, Eunomia, created with tempera and acrylic on election advertisements, sharpie on a textbook, and metal wire mesh, displayed on a miniature dress-form.
      • 2nd Prize Winner: Tatiana Veneruso for her work, Building a Nation, created using found wooden toys, marker, charcoal pencil, and acrylic paint.
      • 3rd Prize Winner: Brandon Huelskamp for his work, Befouled Bower, an accordion book made from mixed materials. 
    • Laboratory Installation


      October 2 – November 6, 2020

      In this atelier, KSU architectural photography students created an investigational space where they explored architecture, light, spacial relationships, and conceptual thinking through photography and video. The gallery was transformed from traditional art exhibition space into a visible studio.

      Visitors were invited to view first-hand, the creative process artists undergo in making their work. Over the course of this five-week installation, this transformative space permitted the audience to witness the artist’s experiments, edits, critiques, distillation, and process toward making refined works.

      Featured artists: Brittany Bowden, Scott Brown, Elayna Gorshenin, Amari Haller, Sarah Jaston, Chloe King, Marc Mills, and Eric Woods. 

      Installation view of Laboratory exhibition. 
    • image of infectious creativity

      Infectious Creativity

      This Fine Arts Gallery exhibition presented diverse works created during quarantine by P-12 art educators. As part of the ongoing partnership between the KSU School of Art and Design and the metro Atlanta visual arts educator community, Infectious Creativity shared a glimpse of the creative processes of front line educators. The juror for this show was Louise E. Shaw, curator of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

      Featured Image: Lurking by Suzette Spinelli.
    • Maddi Smith

      Cuban Super Heroes

      Cuban Superheroes paid homage to Africans who brought their culture and art practices to Cuba through the transatlantic slave trade. African-derived deities serve as guides, protectors and agents of change in Cuban culture. These qualities align them with the universal concept of superhero – a powerful being with supernatural transformative abilities. Printmaking and illustration students drew inspiration from these beings and each artist identified, researched and generated a visual vocabulary to explore the superhero concept. This exhibition was a collaborative artist-scholar project created by printmaking and illustration students in Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design. Read more.

      Presented as part of KSU's 2019-20 Year of Cuba. 

      Featured Image: Orisha by Maddi Smith.
    • Capstone 1

      Spring Capstone I Exhibition: Studio Art

      Virtual Exhibition -- Senior Exhibition, Studio Art4990
      Professor Robert Sherer
      Spring 2020

      Featured Image: Velveteen Rabbit Spread by Haylee Barrios. 
    • Capstone 2

      Spring Capstone II Exhibition: Graphic Communications

      Virtual Exhibition: Graphic Communications, ART 4980
      Professor Craig Brasco
      Spring 2020

      Featured Image: Space: An Explorer's Guide by Micah Nibbs.
    • Capstone 3

      Digital Animation Capstone/Owls Film Festival

      Virtual Senior Animation Reel Exhibition, Digital Animation
      Professor Sandee Chamberlain
      Spring 2020

      Featured Image by Benjamin Russell.