Fine Arts Gallery Past Exhibitions


  • 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.