Welcome to New Studio Managers Siavash Tohidi and Derek Faust

Siavash Tohidi Urban Body

This fall Siavash Tohidi and Derek Faust join the faculty of the School of Art. They bring experience as teachers and as artists with developed practices to the classroom. In the role of Art Studio Manager & Academic Professional, each will teach two courses per calendar year and dedicate the remainder of his time to managing the School’s many studio spaces and related equipment. Tohidi and Faust take on the management of all aspects of UGA’s Studio Art Facilities across four different buildings.

Alumna Ansley West Rivers Exhibits Photography in Atlanta this Fall

Ansley West Rivers Animas Creek

School of Art alumna Ansley West Rivers will exhibit current work from her Seven Rivers series in three gallery shows in Atlanta, GA this fall. Rivers was selected to participate in the group exhibitions Landscapes & Interventions at Hathaway Contemporary, which opens on September 23 as well as Exhibition: Airport Show opening September 22, 2017. Images from the same body of work are featured in a solo exhibition at Arnall Golden Gregory, on view through January 4, 2018.

School of Art MFAs Wrestle with Gender Through Performance

sumHER Slam, SEWW

On the evening of Saturday, August 26, 2017, a group of art and wrestling enthusiasts gathered in an Athens field for a night of open-air wrestling organized by School of Art MFA Candidate Kaleena Stasiak. sumHER Slam, a performative evening of women’s wrestling, featured several graduate students from the School as well as a diverse local community of artists and supporters.

Flagpole Highlights Painting Practices of School of Art MFAs

Painting by Christina Foard

Flagpole Magazine’s Art Notes column highlights the painting practices of incoming MFA student Christina Foard and alumna Erin McIntosh as well as local artist Paul Collins in a recent article. The three artists are featured in Gallery@HotelIndigo’s Spotlight 2017 exhibition, which offers a focused glimpse into bodies of work by the three artists and is on view through September.

Lyndon House Exhibition Includes Work by Dodd Professorial Chair and Current MFA Candidate

In Situ, object by Kaleena Stasiak, photo by Stephanie Sutton, archival inkjet print, 2017

The exhibition The Game Show at the Lyndon House Art Center includes work by Dodd Professorial Chair Paul Pfieffer and MFA candidate Kaleena Stasiak. Pfieffer contributed a video work and Stasiak created a scavenger hunt. The Game Show also includes interactive work by Esteban Patino, sculpture by Curtis Ames and Lea Purvis, paintings by Meg Aubrey and Noah McCarthy, and photographs by Nicole Jean Hill.

Alumnus Greg Shelnutt Appointed Chair of Department of Art and Design at University of Delaware

Greg Shelnutt

Congratulations to alumnus Greg Shelnutt, who joined the University of Delaware faculty as chair of the Department of Art and Design on August 1, 2017. Shelnutt graduated with his MFA from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in 1988. While at the UGA, Shelnutt’s area of focus was sculpture. He subsequently taught through the UGA Cortona study abroad program.


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