January 17 – February 22, 2019
Julio Gonzalez is a multidisciplinary artist whose mixed Honduran and Mexican ancestry influences his aesthetic and his desire to explore the present and the future through the experiences of his heritage.
Tales of a Modern Scribe is a study of the lost Maya culture found by Gonzalez through the research of his ancestry. This discovery led him to note a critical difference between Euro-American and Mayan culture, the perceptions of time. Contrary to the Euro-American concept of linear time, the Maya believed that time is nonlinear cycle of death and rebirth, where what has been shall be again. Inspired by this idea of continuous renewal, Garcia represents this idea alongside the legacy of sacred Mayan texts called codices.
November 8 – December 7, 2018
Derek Larson will present a Gallery Talk at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14th at Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Washington Hall. A reception celebrating the exhibition and the artists will take place immediately following the Gallery Talk.
Co-Workers is a three-person show of screen prints and works on paper by Cece Cole, Derek G. Larson, and Marc Mitchell. Larson’s animated series Très Mall will also be screened within the gallery during the exhibition.
September 6 – October 19, 2018
The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present A Radiant Revolution by Stephanie Jolisa Woods, September 6 – October 19, 2018, in collaboration with the Pamplin College|Westobou Festival Inc. and the 2018 Westobou Festival.
This exhibition features select sculptures and a meditative installation entitled Relax, Relate, Release by Charlotte, North Carolina native and contemporary artist, Stephanie Jolisa Woods. Inspired by T-shirts found in predominantly black neighborhoods that read phrases on them such as “Black Girl Magic,” “My Black is Beautiful,” and “Strong Black Girl.”
An Artists’ Q & A with Lauren Haynes, Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring Stephanie Jolisa Woods and Michi Meko on October 3rd at 4 p.m., University Hall 170.
A gallery reception honoring Stephanie Jolisa Woods will follow the artists' Q & A.
More information about "A Radiant Revolution" and the lecture:
Ms. Woods is currently a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts where
she will spend the 2018-2019 academic year. Before her arrival in Provincetown, she
was named 2018 Resident at ACRE Diversity and Scholarship, Steuben, WI and the McColl
Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC.
Her work was notably recognized for the 2017 South Arts Fellowship, 2016-2017 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, and the 2016 ArtsGreensboro Regional Artist Project Grant. She has also served as an adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and Forsyth Technical Community College.
She is an emerging artist with an active exhibition schedule. This calendar year her
works have exhibited in several Charlotte, NC venues including McColl Center for Art
+ Innovation, Charlotte, NC; and the New Gallery of Modern Art. Additionally, she
was featured in a solo show at Waterworks Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC; and in
the 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Exhibition at the Cameron Art
Museum, Wilmington, NC.
The exhibitions will be supported by a collaborative publication also featuring newly created works by Meko, on show at Westobou Gallery, and Woods with essays by Lauren Haynes, Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Katie Geha, Ph.D., Director of Galleries, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia; and Shannon Morris, Director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Augusta University.
Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. In her role, Haynes contributes to all activities related to the contemporary art program including exhibitions, collection development and presentation, and publication as well as community partnerships, public programs, and donor stewardship.
Before joining Crystal Bridges in 2016, she spent nearly a decade at the Studio Museum
in Harlem. As a specialist in African American Contemporary Art, Haynes organized
or co-organized dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and authored several catalogs.
Haynes is a 2018 Fellow, Center for Curatorial Leadership and a 2016 recipient of the Gold Rush Award from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
Michi Meko is one an of Georgia’s foremost emerging artists. An Alabama native, he currently lives and works in Atlanta. After nearly drowning in the summer of 2015, Meko selects to invite the events of this life-altering experience into his studio stating, “My recent paintings and sculptures focus on the African American experience of navigating public spaces while remaining buoyant within them.”
Michi is also the 2017/2018 recipient of Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia’s Working Artist Project Award. Critical writings concerning his works are featured in journals such as Art Papers, ArtsATL, Burnaway and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
June 28 – August 24, 2018
August 23, 2018:
Curator's Talk: 5:00 p.m.
University Hall 170
The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art announces the second annual Summer Arts Invitational. This year, the Byrd Gallery extends an invitation to artist, arts administrator, and emerging curator, Megan Schaeffer.
As a result of the invitation, the Byrd Gallery is pleased to present “Material + Method: Exploring Gender Roles through Tradition,” curated by Megan Schaeffer. This exhibition explores gender roles, female identity, and seeks to expand the definition of fine art through the works of four female artists: Abby Bullard, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Sonya Young James, and Leisa Rich. Their works re-contextualize traditional materials and processes associated with practices such as weaving, felting, sewing, and printing.
More about our guest curator and presenter:
Megan Schaeffer currently serves as Art Farm Director at Serenbe, a progressive community connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta. As an experienced arts management professional, her role at Serenbe provides her with unique opportunities to pursue her passion for building creative communities and creating meaningful opportunities for artists.
As a founding team member of the Charleston, SC chapter of Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series focusing on leaders in the creative community, she also managed a gallery space in Charleston and served as an Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply. Moving to Atlanta in 2015, Schaeffer spent two years as the Artist Liaison & Art Resource Coordinator for a prominent Atlanta art consulting firm. She has worked with ArtsATL, an arts publication, on its programming and sponsorship, and serves on the advisory board of ArtsNOW.
After receiving her BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, Schaffer completed the Sotheby's Institute of Fine Art intensive program for Gallery Management and Curatorial Studies.
More about the featured artists:
Abby Bullard is an Atlanta-based artist. She has exhibited in group shows in Georgia, Nebraska, California, and Lacoste, France. In 2014, she received "Best in Printmaking" for her work in the Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her work is also featured in the SGC International permanent collection at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bullard received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Savannah College of Art & Design. She is a Printmaker and Arts Administrator. Currently, she works as the Development and Grants Coordinator for Atlanta Contemporary.
Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning, queer, black artist and advocate. She was a featured participant in CultureSummit 2017-Abu Dhabi, is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2015, and a U.S. Fulbright Student Alumni. While a graduate student at Maryland Institute College of Art, Tugbiyele was awarded the Amalie Rothschild ’34 Rinehart Award in 2012 and the William M. Phillips ’54 Scholarship for Best Figurative Sculpture in 2013.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Sonja Young James is a sculptor and multi-media artist who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was raised. For the past several years, James’s work has focused on the exploration of the idea of real devotion and ritual experienced through the process of repetitive, labor-intensive making. The sculptures utilize animal hair, including sheep wool and horse hair. Currently, she focuses on the duality of form representing opposing sensations and ongoing emotional tensions. James reveals this through her selection of contrasting visual textures such as gentleness and violence, animal and human, and beauty and the object. The landscapes of the South, personal narrative, and the history of mourning in America influence her work.
James received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2000 where she focused on etching and sculpture.
Atlanta-based artist Leisa Rich creates traditional sculptures and installations. She is also published in numerous books and magazines, online, and in televised interviews such as PBS's In Context. She has written reviews and articles for national and international magazines, and has created videos for arts organizations, magazines, and zines. She has artworks in the permanent collections of Delta Airlines, Emory Healthcare, The Kamm Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and The University of North Texas, and in many private collections across the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.
Rich holds a Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton; a Bachelor of Education in Art, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada; and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fibers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, she is a self-employed art educator who enjoys leading studio workshops and classes.
April 12 – April 20, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Washington Hall, Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art
Avalyn Zilke is a senior in Augusta University’s Department of Art and Design. Zilke's work examines the impact humans have on the environment as it pertains to the ocean. Specifically focusing on whales and the growing issue of plastic pollution and micro plastic pollution, she draws inspiration from Marcus Erickson’s book Junk Raft, and attempts to blend research and environmental activism with a theatrical yet scientific approach.
Junk Whale features a large-scale wall installation of a whale covered in an average year’s supply of discarded plastics. Documentary photographs will also be displayed alongside paintings featuring plastic originally encompassing the canvas embedded directly into the paint.
Ms. Zilke states, “The average American contributes 4.3 pounds of trash to the world a day, and 1569.5 pounds of trash a year. The interaction breaks the surface of just how much plastic waste is created and how much of it ends up in the ocean to last for decades to come. It is estimated that 15% to 40% of litter and thrown away plastic enters into the ocean and effects wildlife.
“As this exhibition has grown over the past two years so has the concept," Zilke continues. "Last year around March I began collecting plastic trash from anyone willing to give me their plastic. Throughout the year each of them has mentioned how much this has impacted them; they never realized just how much plastic they used in an average week. The research for this exhibition and its preparation have affected me and it is my hope the exhibition will have the same on effect on others.”
January 11 - February 16, 2018
Intended to showcase one year of the artist’s research, creative process and production, this exhibition features selections of Shanequa Gay's source materials, her sketches and three distinct installations to include a video, a domestic setting and a wall mural inside the gallery.
Influenced by her research of printed fabric and its history, the designs created by Gay reflect her interests in the Civil Rights era, Southern vernacular, and current issues faced by African Americans. Her thematic approach to contemporary issues rendered through genre scenes and mythological figures echoes her research of the practices of illustrators who created the imagery for the fabrics produced by the Oberkampf Factory in Jouey-en-Josas, which operated in France during the 17th and 18th century, producing the pastoral genre commonly known as Toile de Jouey, or simply,"toile," and traditional African patterns such as Adinkra. The wall mural in this exhibition features Gay's deertaur — a mythological creature featuring the head of a deer and the body of a man that she often uses in her work to reference the "hunted" status of the African American male.
Following the Department of Art and Design’s tradition, as the first exhibiting artist of the calendar year, Ms. Gay will serve as the juror for the Byrd Gallery's annual student exhibition open to all Augusta University students. She will also be in residence with the Department beginning January 8th and will work with current students and recent alumni to produce the exhibition's featured wall mural.
About Shanequa Gay
Contemporary artist Shanequa Gay (b. 1977) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she continues to live and work. Widely acclaimed for her paintings and illustrations, Shanequa has also received accolades for her advocacy of projects that challenge the violence and injustices committed against the black body in America and across the globe. Her current body of work integrates imagery of the black body into paintings, toile schema, found objects, and video media, addressing its use and control for decorative purposes.
Shanequa’s art is regularly featured in exhibitions by museums and galleries throughout the U.S. including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hammonds House Museum, Emory University, Wofford College and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her works are collected by individuals with notable collections such as Samuel L. Jackson and held by public and private institutions.
Among her honors, Shanequa boasts of selection by The Congressional Club to serve as the illustrator of the hostess gift presented at the First Lady’s Luncheon by Michelle Obama, 2013. She is also the recipient of an Independent Study Fellowship, Iwakuni, Japan and the Gene Arthur Allcott Scholarship, the Glenda Knight Keyes Prize for Outstanding Talent and the Artistic Honors Scholarship presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Additionally, her work is featured by the film and television industry including the Lion’s Gate film production Addicted, the BET television series Being Mary Jane, Zoe Ever After and the OWN series Greenleaf.
Shanequa holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art Design (2015) and is currently a candidate for an M.F.A. at Georgia State University.
October 26 - December 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 5 - 7 p.m.
This exhibition is presented in honor of the artistic excellence of the Augusta University Department of Art and Design faculty members.
We celebrate our faculty members with an exhibition of their recent works featuring a wide array of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in various media including graphic media, paintings, print making, photography, sculpture and fine art quilts.
Featured artists include: Kristin Casaletto, Tom Crowther, Carrie Dyer, Philip Morsberger, Jennifer Onofrio, Randy Pace, Raoul Pacheco, Brian Rust, Chadwick Tolley, Julie Sibley and Janice Whiting.
September 14 - October 13, 2017
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present the exhibition Philip Morsberger: An Augusta Treasure. This exhibition honors Philip Morsberger, who served as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art for five years and holds the title of Professor Emeritus with Augusta University Department of Art and Design. Renowned for his work and his career as an artist, Morsberger is also a beloved part of the Augusta community.
Prior to his arrival in Augusta, Philip Morsberger served as the Ruskin Master for The Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford (1971-1984) and taught at notable institutions such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of California- Berkeley, California College of Arts, and Miami University in Ohio. His work is collected and exhibited by institutions and galleries throughout the US and abroad.
The Department of Art and Design will also present the works of previous Morsberger Scholar Award Recipients in Washington Hall. This award is granted annually to students who are selected by a faculty member of the Department of Art and Design.
June 22 – August 24, 2017
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is delighted to present the exhibition Field Day with
works by Didi Dunphy, June 22 – August 24, 2017.
The works on display in Field Day comprise a variety of two-dimensional images, sculptures and video’s. Ms. Dunphy’s interactive piece, Conversational Rocker, is designed for swaying, friends and fun, will provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to take an indoor recess from their summer work schedules.
Mary S. Byrd Lecture/Reception August 24th at 5 p.m. University Hall, Room 170
Reception to follow in Washington Hall immediately following 6-7 p.m.
Curatorial Conversations August 25th 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ms. Dunphy will be in residence for a new program designed especially for Augusta University, Department of Art and Design, Juniors and Seniors on Friday, August 25. This program designed to help and support upperclassman, within the Department, as they begin to conceive and establish a body of work for their senior exhibitions.
February 16 - March 10, 2017
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.
January 12 - February 3, 2017
Featuring the drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures for which the artist is known, this exhibition also premiered her first endeavor into the genre of video animation.
Additionally, Amy Pleasant was appointed as juror for the 2017 Student Juried Exhibition for the Augusta University Department of Art. Amy was chosen for her excellence and renown as a contemporary artist.
November 10 - December 1, 2016
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m. University Hall, Room 170.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art was 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 were 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 featured a select grouping of Maria’s "Wordless News" illustrations from 2013 through the present.
The Sculptural Work of Matt Toole
September 29 - November 4, 2016
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, September 29, 5 p.m. University Hall 170; gallery reception to follow.
Transformative Processes showcased the sculptures of contemporary artist, Matt Toole. This exhibition also provided 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.
Studies for the St. Paul Union Depot Murals by Ralph Gilbert
August 17 - September 16, 2016
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, September 8, 5 p.m.; gallery reception to follow.
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.
June 1 - August 1, 2016
Reception: Friday, July 29 from 5-7 p.m.
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.
A Solo Exhibition of Works
by Marcus Kenney
January 11 – February 11
Interactive Conversation between Marcus Kenney and Dr. Michael Schwartz
Thursday, January 21, 5:00-6 p.m University Hall, room 170