In its 25th year, ATL Airport Art celebrates Georgia’s visual arts scene and its local and regional artists. Among them are Georgia State-affiliated faculty, alumni and students from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design.
New Georgia State University nursing graduate Kanika Coburn had reasons to be anxious about finishing her nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, thanks to the private 4 South Scholarship, money for school wasn’t a concern. The scholarship, established by an anonymous Georgia State alumna, led Coburn to her dream job as a nurse in the high-risk perinatal unit of Northside Hospital-Atlanta.
Longtime Atlanta Braves organist and Georgia State grad Matthew Kaminski (B.Mu. ’00, M.Mu. ’12) provides the team’s often hilarious in-game soundtrack and clever walkup tunes directed at opposing batters.
The School of Film, Media & Theatre in Georgia State’s College of the Arts will offer its first Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Digital Filmmaking with a Filmmaking concentration beginning next fall.
In spring 2023, Luse will lead a class of select students across disciplines and across colleges working on-camera and off as part of the cast and crew of a film he co-wrote with Georgia State screenwriting students.
Lecturer Jiha Moon’s Selected Topic in Drawing and Painting class engaged undergraduate students in a project exhibition “Doppelganger” where student artists also take on roles of curators, administrators and exhibitors.
The melding of art and entrepreneurship is a hallmark of many of our College of the Arts alumni. As they navigate a fast-changing world while maintaining an artistic focus, here are three alumni — Nuni Lee, Jarius Cliett and Robbie Atkinson — as they channel their creativity into the art of business.
Leaving the small mountain town of Ellijay, Ga., for one of the South’s busiest cities, Grace Davenport (B.A. ’21) discovered at Georgia State something she never expected: a tight-knit community that felt like home.
From the inside of a shipping container, Professor Stuart Gerber provides the sound effects and music for the Alliance Theatre’s socially distant, drive-in production of “A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play.”
The College of the Arts announces the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Awards including Alexander Freund for Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Christina West for Outstanding Senior Faculty Award and Neill Prewitt for Outstanding Teaching Award.
“Our Plastic World,” written and produced by Film & Media major Riũki Gakio in collaboration with Georgia State TV and Georgia Public Broadcasting, took first place in the category of Best Documentary — Health/Science — Program Feature/Segment.
The Office of Educational Outreach presented its annual SingFest! program, adapting to a virtual format for its participants’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The one-day event brought together nearly one hundred students from various high schools in the Atlanta region.
Jamaal Barber (M.F.A. ’21) creates art to showcase the Black experience. His work has been shown in galleries and featured in the New York Times. Now, the printmaker, podcast host and father of two is preparing for his biggest show yet.
Can in-home piano therapy help homebound stroke survivors achieve better motor skills outcomes? Georgia State University researchers, Yi-An Chen of occupational therapy in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions and Martin Norgaard of the School of Music, found in preliminary results that piano therapy was enjoyable and effective.
Melissa Huang (M.F.A. ’21) and Drew Tetz (M.F.A. ’21) are both in their third year of the Master of Fine Arts program. Married for two years, the couple is adjusting to making art at home and discovering ways for people to experience their work online.
The School of Music is pleased to announce that jazz studies artist-in-residence David Sánchez has received a 2020 GRAMMY® award nomination for “Carib” in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. The prestigious honor, presented by the Recording Academy, marks Sánchez’s seventh GRAMMY® nomination with a win in 1997 for “Habana” as Best Latin Jazz Performance.
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design and College of the Arts congratulate alumnus, Paul Stephen Benjamin (M.F.A. ’13) as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Hudgens Prize, one of the largest awards given to an individual artist in the United States.
Georgia State University has named Lee Foster, former assistant director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology and operational manager of the Ferst Center for the Arts, executive director of the Rialto Center of the Arts, effective Nov. 1.
WGPB “On Second Thought” interviews Grammy-winning jazz artist-in-residence David Sanchez on his career, Georgia State residency and his new “Carib” record project on the music of the African Diaspora.
The United States Sports Academy’s honors arts alumnus Steven Lester (B.A. ’75) as the 2019 Sport Artist of the Year! The recognition reflects his passion for depicting action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response.
Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Kimberly Cleveland just published a book of research with Cambria Press titled, Black Women Slaves Who Nourished A Nation: Artistic Renderings of Wet Nurses in Brazil. This is the first study to bring together a number of prints, photographs, paintings, and sculptures of this female figure from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and São Paulo, and to not only consider the works in their individual artistic and historical contexts, but also in relation to each other.
The College of the Arts is excited to welcome Zac Brown Band guitarist and School of Music alumnus Coy Bowles (B.M. ’04) as the guest speaker for our master’s commencement ceremony. Here are five things you need to know about the Grammy winner.
Georgia State University is part of a national group of leading innovative institutions that has received a $2.4 million grant from the Strada Education Network to redesign the college-to-career pathway.
The School of Film, Media & Theatre production graduate alumna Caroline Rumley’s (M.A. ’18) thesis film, “The Ghost Behind” was recently accepted in the Documentary Short Film category and screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
More than 300 members of the Georgia State Panther Band, including alumni, were cast to march and perform in Sunday’s Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5.
The Endowment for Clean Oceans (ECO) is pleased and excited to announce Pam Longobardi, Distinguished Professor at Georgia State University, as ECO’s artist in residence. Professor Longobardi’s excellent art work and her early and visionary commitment to using art to educate about plastics in our oceans made selecting her an easy decision. Her 200 exhibits, including those Asia and Europe, speaks to her and our global view of this serious problem.
When it comes to the College of the Arts, all the world’s a stage. During spring and summer breaks, as students take a timeout to recharge, many of our arts faculty pack up and journey to all corners of the world to fuel their ongoing quest for academic growth and excellence.
Georgia State University is ranked the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2019 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Darren English received a 2018 Global Peace Song Award for his song “Pledge of Peace” in the jury voted jazz music category. English wrote the song in honor of freedom fighter and South African president, Nelson Mandela, and shared the award dedication in memory of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Georgia State film students Taylor Dudley and Donovan Stanley film “TOGETHER” was among the film shorts selected by Campus Movie Fest (CMF) and screened during the 71st annual Cannes International Film Festival in France.
The College of the Arts and the School of Film, Media & Theatre are pleased to announce that Moving Image Studies Ph.D. candidate Jenny Gunn is a 2018 recipient of the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship.
Craig Drennen, associate professor of drawing and painting and graduate director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design in the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Fine Arts.
All exhibitions are held on campus in the Welch Galleries except for the exhibition for the two Welch Fellows, which will be held at Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, owned by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.
Congratulations to School of Music alumnus Henry Cheng (M.M. Orchestral Conducting ’09) who was recently awarded first prize at the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition (January 8-13, 2018) hosted in Sofia and Pazardjik, Bulgaria.
The School of Music and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) at Georgia State University present a one-night only performance with the GRAMMY award-winning vocal project, Roomful of Teeth on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
ATLANTA—Davion Alston has been on a hiatus from creating artwork for the calendar year. Since graduating with a degree in studio art from Georgia State University in 2016, Alston has assisted other artists such as Radcliffe Bailey with installation for a solo exhibition and Masud Olufani with the Working Artist Project at MOCA GA.
ATLANTA—The School of Film, Media & Theatre’s liquid blackness research group presents a screening of the documentary Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot on Saturday, October 28 at noon in Kopleff Recital Hall.
ATLANTA—The College of the Arts at Georgia State University continued its commitment to making a difference in Atlanta’s neighborhoods and communities by supporting arts education in local public elementary schools.
ATLANTA-In the November issue of Downbeat magazine, School of Music faculty member Dr. Gordon Vernick (Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies) discusses jazz entrepreneurship in the monthly “Jazz on Campus” column. The article also factors in the interdisciplinary role of technology and the new Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII).
ATLANTA — It was a momentous occasion for alumna filmmaker Redelia Shaw (M.A. Film 2004) who proudly joined her fellow producers for the sold out world premier of “Cocaine Prison” (United Notions Film) at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
ATLANTA—Congratulations to Associate Professor Daniel Robin (Film and Digital Media Production) whose film, “All The Leaves Are Brown” recently won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
ATLANTA—The College of the Arts kicks off its inaugural year with a sensational Year of the Arts! program that spotlights the arts at Georgia State University for all to enjoy. The program boasts a curated mix of more than 24 arts events that include internationally acclaimed guest artists, exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, artist lectures, theatre productions, and conferences, as well as perennial holiday favorites.
ATLANTA—In honor of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th Anniversary, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recently installed a collection of photographs of jazz musicians in storefront windows throughout south downtown Atlanta. The project features 23 striking images of musicians who have entertained festival audiences over the past 39 years, including School of Music’s Dr. Gordon Vernick, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.
ATLANTA—The graduate program in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University presents “Rendering (the) Visible” III: Liquidity,” February 8-10, 2018. Conference panels, film and dance performances, and keynote lecture will explore the concept of liquidity as an innovative critical approach to the image’s relation to space, sensoriality, and digitality, as well as an aesthetic sensibility attuned to the political ontology of motion, form, matter, and noise.
It has been an exhilarating summer for the School of Film, Media, & Theatre’s Professor Daniel Robin, who travelled to Portugal in July to present his new film short “All the Leaves Are Brown” at the prestigious Curtas Vila Do Conde – International Film Festival.
Gearing up for the upcoming Women in Business North American Summit in Atlanta, film and game design student Alyssa Gilmore posts “The Illusion of Inclusion”—individual perspectives of how to change the film and TV industry to include women in more opportunities. Among those interviewed included Jenny Gunn, PhD Candidate in Moving Image Studies.
The College of the Arts announces Dr. Greg Smith as founding director for the newly named School of Film, Media, & Theatre at Georgia State University. Dr. Smith brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to establish the new school and achieve its mission and goals. He transitions to the leadership role from Associate Chair at the Communication Department in the College of Arts & Sciences (the former home of film, media and theatre).
On the Greek island of Lesvos, hundreds of thousands of life vests discarded by refugees fleeing war blanket the shoreline. When art professor Pam Longobardi saw these acres of litter, she found a creative way to bring attention to refugees from many nations.
On the heels of a guest appearance on the hit television series, The Walking Dead, and being featured in Atlanta Ballet’s performance of Carmina Burana, the Georgia State University Singers took first prize at one of the most significant chamber choir competitions in the world – the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017 in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
ATLANTA—Dr. Wade Weast has been named the founding dean of Georgia State University’s College of the Arts, a new academic unit that will focus on education in arts and related media, promote creativity and respond to the changing needs of artists, on- and off-campus.
The university’s strategic plan, introduced in 2011, called for the creation of the college, to “increase the competitiveness of recruitment, enhance student interaction with renowned artists and expand community partnerships.”