Art News & Events

Professor Abraham Abebe receives award for type design

Graphic Design professor Abraham Abebe is the recipient of a 2024 TDC award for his Ethiopic typeface (currently in development under the Typotheque Foundry). 

The TDC competition, established in 1953, is the longest running, most prestigious, global typography and type design competition. Now in its 70th year, these awards are all about how letterforms are used and drawn, recognizing typographic excellence and celebrating new typeface designs in all global languages.

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When city officials in Hiawassee, Georgia, needed to boost one of their local businesses with a new logo—they did something ingenious. Rather than hire a graphic design company, which could cost up to $25,000 for a single creation, they held a competition for graphic art students enrolled at any of Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities. By doing so, they lowered their own costs while giving students a real-world experience: an opportunity to design a logo used by an actual business. Many took up the challenge. But only one was chosen.

Georgia College & State University junior art major Maryellen Hagberg of Dalton, Georgia, won the grand prize of $1,000.

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During the remainder of Black History Month, the public is invited to see two authentic propaganda posters at Georgia College & State University that give a glimpse of life during World War I and America’s efforts to recruit African American soldiers. The posters—called “True Blue” and “Colored man is no slacker”—hang on the wall of a replicated classroom at Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House. They reveal a time when African American men enlisted, answering the call to defend their country, but were often met with discrimination and put in segregated units. ...Later this spring, the posters will act as an educational springboard for students to get involved. Chemistry students concentrating in forensics will use scanning technology—a digital colorimeter—to detect light properties and types of ink and pigment, most likely toxic, that were used to make the posters. ...Using data from chemistry students, art majors will recreate exact colors from the past. Then a limited-edition series of replicated posters will be printed on aluminum plates with non-toxic materials.“This is a great dovetailing of art, chemistry and history,” Forrest said, “and how the liberal arts experience taps into all these things and creates engagement with the community and a sharing of knowledge.”

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Dr. Elissa Auerbach, an art history professor at Georgia College & State University, is an expert in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish religious art. Auerbach’s research will now be part of an exhibit in Amsterdam, honoring the 350th anniversary death of poet and Calvinist preacher, Willem Sluiter (1627-73). The display coincides with a symposium scheduled for December at Vrije Universiteit, a public research university in Amsterdam.

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2023 Underwood House Gallery Exhibit

Natural History Recomposed: New Paintings by T. David Downs , September 7 - October 19, 2023

2023 Leland Gallery at Ennis Hall Exhibit

Sergio Suarez: As a Revelation, Time Presents Itself…, August 21-September 14, 2023


In May 2022, the town of Uvalde, Texas, became known for a tragic mass school shooting. A year later, Rolling Stone covered the Mariachi team—comprised of high school students and their instructor—who used music to help alter the unsettled feeling of the residents.

José Ibarra Rizo, ’14, captured it all through the lens of his camera. 

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Ashlyn began her ceramic studies right smack in the middle of our annus horribilis (2020) but still pursued her vision to create ceramic tableware designs with that GC stick-to-it focus we like. Her senior capstone exhibit in Leland Gallery is evidence of her passion and interest in function, play, and creative tableware. 

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You might remember writing a research paper for class. Perhaps you included a chart or timeline, a poster or picture to jazz it up. Today, digital technology has moved humanities off dusty shelves into a fast-paced, modern world—making literaturehistorylanguagephilosophy and religion courses more interactive, fun and visually appealing.

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Department of Art hosts the 2023 NAHS Leadership Conference

This two-day conference will include workshops, demonstrations, and presentations for 100 undeclared high school art students held in the Department of Art studios and on campus, January 20-21, 2023.

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Georgia College art students create watercolor prints for kids in Cameroon

Georgia College was one of 30 schools and universities nationwide to participate in the Cameroon effort through the international nonprofit, “The Memory Project.”
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Senior Art Majors to participate in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 

Senior students Jenna Bryson, Ruth Hagler and Stephanie Johnson will be participating in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) on April 12-14, 2021. 
Their abstracts submission has also been accepted into Georgia College Student Research Conference held on March 26. During their GC conference presentation held earlier today, Jenna Bryson and Ruth Hagler were selected among 6 other presenters to represent Georgia College at the virtual Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Conference to be held on April 10. 
Jenna Bryson 
SEIZURE – A Safety Protocol & Data Collection Application 
Ruth Hagler
Interface for Mobile Application to Assist Pet Owners 
Stephanie Johnson 
“Trakr,” a Mobile Application Design to Improve Consistency and Efficiency of Pet Care 

Fall 2020 President's Purchase Award winners are announced

Works by Michelle Gibson and Thuy West have been selected as the fall 2020 President's Purchase Award winners and will be added to the Georgia College permanent art collection.

Fall 2020 Capstone Exhibition, Resilience

Fine art studio and graphic design students of the Class of 2020 present their Fall 2020 Senior Capstone exhibition, Resilience, November 16, 2020 through January 20, 2021 as a virtual exhibition, available at
Works include pieces from a wide variety of mediums and showcases our students' research over the past year of capstone studies.   
Exhibitors: Michelle Gibson, Jessica Hendrix, Parker Kelly, Kent Miller, and Thuy West.

Fall 2020 Leland Gallery and MoFA Exhibits postponed to later term

In effort to lessen the spread the spread of COVID-19 and protect our students, patrons, and GC community, the Department of Art has opted to defer all in-person exhibitions until a later term.  Please follow the Frontpage Events Calendar for notices of virtual events, and please save the date for the Online Senior Capstone Exhibition which opens November 16 at We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at future events. Thank you.

Spring 2020 President's Purchase Award winners are announced

Works by Jacalyn Carper, Chloe Keadle, and Ansel Moore have been selected as the spring 2020 President's Purchase Award winners and will be added to the Georgia College permanent art collection.
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Spring 2020 Art graduate, Raasha Gutierrez, is featured in the Georgia College Honors newsletter

"Raasha Gutierrez, a senior art history major, interned with the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Gallery this summer. The GC liberal arts education enabled Raasha to pursue her passions of art, psychology, and research, and the GC faculty had a major impact on encouraging her to apply"  
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Spring 2020 Capstone Exhibition, Visceral

Fine art studio and graphic design students of the Class of 2020 present their Senior Capstone exhibition, Visceral, April 20 through September 30, 2020 as a virtual exhibition, available at
Works include pieces from a wide variety of mediums: Sculpture, Art Installation, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Graphic Design. 

Exhibitors: Jacalyn Carper, Morgan Drawdy, Raasha Gutierrez, Haley  Janes, Chloe Keadle, Sierra Kirsche, Ashley Kobbe, Jenny Mclure, Alyssa Mccarley, Jonathan Masters, Ansel Moore, Emily Parker, Janet Sanchez, Sara Turner, Lindsey Watts, and Zade Zafar

Necessary adjustments to the spring 2020 event schedule

In order to quell the spread of COVID-19, the University System of Georgia has mandated that all institutions in its system move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Unfortunately, that means the Department of Art needs to cancel the remaining exhibitions and programs planned for the spring 2020 semester. We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at future events. Thank you.

Art students to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, March 26-28, 2020

Art students design, make and manufacture virtual-reality board games

A unique collaboration between students of art history and design has resulted in eight digitally-connected board games with real boards, plastic pieces, instructions, info cards and a box—all manufactured by a real company. Games are being unveiled this month and will be on display on the first floor of Ennis Hall, through Wednesday, Dec. 11.

GC Ceramics Art Students topped the charts again with their Empty Bowls charity event

Thanks go out to the Georgia College community for generosity and service -- donations through the GC ceramics students' event, "Empty Bowls" exceeded last year's and greatly helps those served by the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

Graphic design students' proposals accepted for NCUR conference

Two of Georgia College graphic design students' proposals were accepted to the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma April 4 -7, 2018.

Students share art of ceramics, give back to charity

Senior biology major Emmy Thornsberry knew her love of ceramics would continue into college. 

Class of 2021: Student finds right fit for his passion for graphic design

Incoming first-year student Kelvin Gonzalez was sold on two things when he first visited Georgia College: the possibility to study graphic design through an art major and the small class sizes.

Student's artwork lands limited-edition merchandise

Art therapy graduate student Kelly Self created "Artsy Bobcat," which will be available in T-shirts, prints and coffee mugs at the university's bookstore by the week of Homecoming.

Alumni artists from 1937 to 2014 celebrate the opening of Ennis Hall

The first art exhibition held in the newly renovated and reopened Ennis Hall, titled "1937 to 2014", brings together generations of Georgia College alumni artists.