Spring 2018

This is how we roll: Claudia Wilburn organizes community colossal prints event

It was a crisp, clear spring morning as Studio Art Program Director Claudia Wilburn sat perched atop a steamroller – just another day at Brenau. Wilburn and her students organized Brenau University’s first Colossal Prints event on March 23 along Brenau’s Green Street side of the Gainesville campus, outside the John W. Jacobs Jr. Business […]

Brenau’s Best: Favorites from the Permanent Art Collection

What began as a single still-life painting in 1986, the Brenau Permanent Art Collection has blossomed into more than 6,500 individual artworks, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations. One of the largest privately owned art collections in the Southeast, it is displayed in the university’s four galleries – the Sellars Gallery, the Presidents Gallery, the [...]

The Brenau Collaborative

The Brenau Collaborative, which includes the Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibition, the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and the Student Fashion Show, occurs during Alumnae Reunion Weekend. This year, the Design Show featured drawings, interior design projects, digital photography, printmaking and graphic design projects in the Presidents Gallery. The Senior Projects and Portfolio Exhibition in the Sellars […]

Creative culture: Bacterial art project combines art and science

Art majors are usually easy to spot by the paint splatters and clay smudges on their clothes. Not Sam Roper, though. His medium demands strict neatness. He is creating works of art from bacteria. “I have to take certain steps to make sure that I’m not contaminating it and that it is not contaminating me,” […]

Tennis, swimming win conference championships

Brenau University wrapped up its first year in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with championships in tennis and swimming and diving. The Golden Tiger tennis team won both the regular-season and conference tournament titles with a 5-3 victory over SCAD Atlanta to cap an extra-effort quest because members of the team, as head coach Andre Ferreira […]

Board of Trustees welcomes three to its ranks

Betty Norton named trustee emerita The Brenau University Board of Trustees experienced some change through the last season, as three new members joined its ranks and longtime trustee Betty Verson Norton was made a trustee emerita. The three newest members are Brenau alumna Jill Mansfield, president of Ramsey Properties, Fiftyeight Interiors and Jill Mansfield Interiors; […]

What’s art got to do with it?

College students can turn just about anything into an intercollegiate competition. When I was in elementary school, they were stuffing telephone booths. (Don’t know what those are? Ask your grandparents!) That gave way to teams trying to get as many people as they could into a Volkswagen Beetle. Recently, we have seen engineering schools race […]

A letter to the newly minted Brenau alumni

Ashley Carter, director of alumni and constituent engagement. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

As I think back on my time at Brenau and my own graduation, I am reminded of a J.K. Rowling quote from her 2008 Harvard University commencement address: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which […]

BURDs take flight

BURD statuette in grass in front of Pearce Auditorium

Brenau Center for the Arts and Design and Chamber of Commerce partner on public art project As part of a mission to increase awareness of public art in Hall County, Brenau University and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2030 public art committee announced in March the Brenau Urban Rural Discoveries, or BURDs. The […]

Dance department faculty, students remember Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton, longtime Brenau University professor and former chair of the Department of Dance, died Tuesday, May 1, surrounded by family at her home in Gainesville, Georgia. Carlton joined Brenau’s Dance Department in 1998, bringing thoughtful and technical skills along with what her former coworkers describe as artistic passion and deep friendship. Madia Whillette […]

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