The mission of Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is to explore and exhibit contemporary visual art and research in all media produced by the most distinguished and relevant contemporary artists today. We aim to serve the university's culture of creativity, innovation, and excellence. Through the direct experiences with art and artists, our students discover how art fosters the self-discovery, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed by today's leaders. Looking beyond the aesthetic functions of art, this exhibition program aims to examine the cultural, social, political or economic context through an active visiting artists program that complements the exhibitions providing opportunities for engagement with distinguished visiting artists, critics and thinkers. The gallery allows serves as an important link between the Department of Art, the university community and the Augusta community, while functioning as relevant voice within the regional and national art world.
This exhibition, juried by Birmingham-based contemporary artist Amy Pleasant, featured 31 artworks varying in medium from ceramics to digital art, printmaking, and sculpture by Augusta University Department of Art students.
The exhibition showcased the works of 22 different student artists including Sarah Adams, Jamie Boquist, Quintavious Brown, Baillie Conway, Emma Ford, Lani Frost, Kenya Gibbons, Dezzirae Goodrum, Macy Goodwin, Kelsey Hornback, Elizabeth Kenyon, Brenna Laird, Edgar Miles, Carey Mogianesi, Gerry O’Meara, Megan Pitt, Olivia Robinson, Kiersten Rockwell, Jonkota Samuels, Leah Schaffer, KeJuan Tanksley, and Stephanie Willingham
This annual exhibition gives emerging student artists a chance to experience the jurying process firsthand and gain a greater knowledge of gallery operations.
For more information about upcoming and recent projects undertaken by this year's visiting artist Amy Pleasant, click here.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present "Wordless News" by freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Maria Fabrizio. The selection of illustrations on exhibition in the gallery November 10 – December 1, 2016 are representative of a weekday practice Maria began in 2013 when Pope Benedict resigned.
In the early morning hours, Maria sketches her own version of breaking or touching news stories---a wordless version, which she then posts to her blog, wordlessnews.com. The Byrd Gallery exhibition features a select grouping of Maria’s "Wordless News" illustrations from 2013 through the present.
Transformative Processes showcases the sculptures of contemporary artist, Matt Toole. This exhibition also provides a peek at the artist's performance-based work through video, photography and three-dimensional models that reveal his artistic processes.
As a sculptor Matt creates with pieces that he collects from the natural world as well as man-made objects, his intention is to construct and display these found objects in a manner that draws attention to their dynamic form and texture. This exhibition’s glimpse at his performance events also allows viewers a glimpse of the transformation the materials undergo and to share in the excitement of what he calls, “the moment when a work of art is created."
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Westobou Festival.
This exhibition, previously shown at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, showcases the studies for six historical, multicultural murals for the St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota. Presenting this work in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at Augusta University, Ralph Gilbert seeks to help students, fellow artists and the Augusta community understand the necessary time and forethought required by a large-scale public work.
Curated by Master of Fine Art students Jessamy McManus and Courtney Ryan of Georgia Southern University, Trifecta aims to highlight outstanding MFA student work from Georgia’s public university programs and create a sense of community among emerging artists within the state.
The featured artists from Georgia Southern, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia are: Rachel Ballard, Shwarga Bhattacharjee, Reid Brechner, Amelia Carley, Kelli Couch, Ellie Dent, Cyndy Epps, Larkin Ford,Michelle Laxalt, Ben B. Lee, Nuni Lee, Atena Masoudi, Glenda Militano, Katherine Miller, Usman Oladeinde, Trevor Reese, and Dan Smith.
Interactive Conversation between Marcus Kenney and Dr. Michael Schwartz