Graphic Design professor Julie Spivey is part of an interdisciplinary team of four collaborating on the project Mapping Deep Blue Habitat in a Changing Climate, that was recently awarded $100,000 by the National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative. The project aims to create a tool that will visualize deep ocean habitats. Spivey is collaborating with scientists to help present clear and compelling visual material that accurately depicts the data related to changes in different ocean habitats.
Art Education Graduate Student Sahar Aghasafari was awarded funding to attend a fibers workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this past July. Aghasafari, who received her Master of Art Education from the University of Arizona after earning a Master in Art Research and a BFA in Fabrics Design from the University of Tehran, is pursuing her PhD in Art Education at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN is an internationally recognized visual art education center.
Jewelry & Metals Assistant Professor Demi Thomloudis is included in the group exhibition “Shelter: Crafting A Safe Home,” opening September 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. “Shelter: Crafting A Safe Home” brings together work by fourteen artists that address shelter, refuge, and protection. The included works focus on safe housing as a basic human need, and the exhibition aims to create awareness and open dialogue around this social issue.
Matt Kenyon is an artist that works in Brooklyn, NY and Providence, Rhode Island. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and currently is an Associate Professor in the Digital and Media Program at Rhode Island School of Design. Kenyon has been included in national and international shows, including FILE Prix 2010 at Centro Cultural FIESP in São Paulo, Brazil, and Talk to Me at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in 2011. In 2015 Kenyon gave a TED talk on the complexities and social implications of his work Secret Memorial for Civilian Causalities.
The July 3, 2017 issue of independent Athens magazine Flagpole profiles the Emerges X exhibition at ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), an annual exhibition that features the work of emerging local artists.
Michael Oliveri, Associate Professor of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, recently completed a cross-country road trip and art project entitled UFO Roadshow. From June 12 to June 25, 2017, the artist travelled from Atlanta, Georgia to Joshua Tree, California with model UFOs that interrogate the fact and fiction of the disputed crafts on a tour presented by Dashboard.
Student work from Professor Melissa Harshman’s maymester printmaking course is on display through June at the Dodd in the Suite and Plaza Galleries. The installation, Mono a Mano, exhibits monotype prints from the 14 undergraduate and graduate students involved in the course during the short May term that ran May 9–30, 2017.
Harshman has taught at the University of Georgia since 1993 and is currently the Area Chair of Printmaking and Book Arts.
Image: Installation view of Mono a Mano
Amanda Ross-Ho received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Southern California. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Ross-Ho has had a multitude of solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (2014), and Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2015). She also participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Inspiration for Ross-Ho’s work comes from objects in the studio and often tends to be autobiographical.