Cover image for Brenau Window Spring 2018: The Art Issue

Spring 2018: The Art Issue

Olesya Sypchenko teaches a music lesson to a student with autism at Sound of Music school in Buford, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Universal language

Leo Tolstoy said music is the shorthand of emotion. Maybe that’s why Russian-born music prodigy Olesya Sypchenko felt drawn to using psychology, occupational therapy and music to help children with developmental challenges.

Sam Roper poses for a photo with pieces of art made with bacteria often referred to as tub scum. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Creative culture

Sam Roper dons gloves and uses a sterilized instrument called an inoculation loop as a stylus to paint with his medium, bacterial cells approximately 10 times smaller than those found in the human body.

Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)

Brenau on the big screen

In the summer of 2017, a secluded Japanese garden on the Brenau Gainesville campus was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history. It found its way into the Hollywood spotlight.

Online exclusive: Q&A with ‘Rampage’ location manager John Latenser

John Latenser V, a seasoned location manager for motion pictures, television series and documentaries was the man responsible for making Brenau’s bamboo forest a filming location for ‘Rampage.’ He graciously connected with Brenau Window’s Alison Reeger-Cook to answer a few questions.

University of North Georgia student Chris Hallowes and Brenau's Lauren Hill, a junior acting major from Flowery Branch, Ga., don costumes from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's production of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

Flair for the dramatics

With alumnae like Janie Bryant, known for HBO’s Deadwood and AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s Dexter, Brenau has a legacy in costume design. Now, it has the degree program to match.

Jim Southerland poses for a portrait in his office. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Art of History

In almost half a century in the classroom, Jim Southerland often used art to make history come alive for his students. Read all about it in this excerpt from his memoir “Sharecropper’s Son: A Journey of Teaching and Learning.”

Online exclusive: One Ballsy Burd

An exclusive excerpt retelling the story of Burd’s introduction to renowned art dealer Leo Castelli.

Board of Trustees

Peter D. Miller, Chair
Philip A. Wilheit Sr., Vice Chair
James Anthony Walters, Secretary
Carole Ann Carter Daniel, WC ’68, Treasurer
Gale Johnson Allen, BU ’91
Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78
Kathryn (Kit) Dunlap, WC ’64
Emmie Henderson Howard, WC ’01
M. Douglas Ivester
Anna Alexander Jacobs, WC ’86
Tim Knight
Emily Dunlap Lawson
Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ‘03
Ben E. Lilly
Jill R. Mansfield, BU ’15
James E. Mathis Jr.
Steve McKibbon
James H. Moore
Frank K. Norton Jr.
Gary L. Riley
Lydia J. Sartain
Lawrence B. Schrage
Amanda Slavin
Gail A. Smith, WC ’83
Mike Smith
Shay English Stafford, WC ’69
Bob Swoszowski
Amy Whitley
Rear Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, BU ‘87, retired

Trustees Emeriti

Jane Wood Banks
Raymond H. Burch
C.V. Nalley III
Betty Verson Norton, WC ’52
Thomas H. Paris Jr.
Lessie Bailey Smithgall

Edward L. Schrader, Ph.D.

Vice President of Communications & Publications
David Morrison

Vice President of External Relations
Matt Thomas

Benjamin McDade

Director of Alumni & Constituent Engagement
Ashley M. Carter

Managing Editor
Kristen Bowman

Associate Editor/Design Director
Michael Lowe

Director of Photography
AJ Reynolds

Director of Digital Communications
Michael McPeek

Staff Writer and Editor
Alison Reeger Cook

Contributing Editor
Emily Stockton, WC ’11

Candice Dyer, WC ’92, writer
Nick Bowman, Jason Getz, photographers
Dashiell Coleman, copy editor

Brenau Window is published three times a year by the Brenau University Office of External Relations, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville, GA 30501.

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