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Art Professors Participating in Carnegie Art Center Exhibition

November 5, 2014

Three Athens State University Art Professors have been selected to be exhibited in Create, Inspire Teach! at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama.

Gail Bergeron, who teaches studio art at the Alabama Center for the Arts will be exhibiting four oil painting, January 2014, Two on the Beach with a Bag, Farmer's Market and Left Drift Pamela Keller, who teaches graphic design and art history will be exhibiting for photographs, Lily, Magnolia, Porch and Through the Trees. Mary Beth Johns, who teaches art education will be exhibiting a painting entitled The Great Depression.

Create, Inspire, Teach! is inspired by the excellence in art education at all grade levels in area communities. Designed to give art teachers and instructors a venue to display their works to further encourage their students and showcase their individual talents, this juried exhibit was open to all certified teachers and instructors Morgan County, Alabama.

The exhibit opens November 18 and runs through January 10, 2015. Exhibits times and information can be found at carnegiearts.org. Admission to view the exhibits is free with donations welcomed.

Alabama Center for the Arts Hosts Faculty Alumni Exhibition

September 2, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts 2nd Annual Juried Faculty and Alumni Exhibition will open on Thursday, September 4 and will run through Friday, November 7. An Artist Reception is planned for Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The show was curated and judged by Robert Bean from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Bean has a studio in Lowe Mill Arts Center where he showcases his original oil paintings. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions, both nationally and regionally.

The Exhibition, entitled “Balance,” features works of art by faculty members and alumni of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. Many of the featured works will be available for purchase.

“We are very excited about this being our second annual event to showcase the work of our faculty and alumni,” states Center Coordinator Jennifer Bunnell. “We have in our midst and also produce so much talent and this gives us a chance to showcase that to the public.”

The gallery is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Fridays. The gallery is also open during Third Fridays until 8:00 p.m. and during other downtown special events.

The Alabama Center for the Arts represents a collaborative program in art between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. More information about the Center can be found at www.alabamacenterforthearts.otg.

Athens State Develops Pathway for Seamless Transfer of Calhoun Students in Art

August 21, 2014

Athens State University’s Art Department has recently developed a “two-plus-two” curriculum for students entering the program from Calhoun Community College. The title refers to the two years spent achieving the associates degree and the two years needed to complete the bachelor’s degree. This program builds upon the University’s existing collaboration with Calhoun Community College through the development of The Alabama Center for the Arts.

“As Athens State University functions as an upper-level university, many of its students are transfers from other public schools looking to round out their third of forth years in a more focused environment, something that Athens State provides at the Alabama Center for the Arts,” states Athens State Art Department Chair Pamela Keller. “Seamless transitions from most other schools make graduation with a four year degree in a timely manner a real possibility.”

Athens State has established 3 two-plus-two curriculum track agreements with Calhoun in order to assist students matriculating to Athens State. Students may complete their freshman and sophomore years at Calhoun Community College and their junior and senior years at Athens State University in a Baccalaureate degree-granting academic art program. These two-plus-two tracks in art are designed to facilitate an easy transition from Calhoun to Athens State and places students on a track towards attainment of a bachelor’s degree while completing their course of study at Calhoun Community College primarily at the Alabama Center for the Arts venue. The program clearly articulates the transferability of specific courses from Calhoun Community College to Athens State University.

“Our programs and our faculty are driven by a cause, by a purpose, and by a belief,” added Keller. “This program encompasses all of those drives to develop and to assist Calhoun students and is one more may we work to create an environment of partnership to enhance their study of art and their collegiate experience.”

Athens State’s program in Art includes coursework in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art Certification for Teachers P-12. More information can be found by clicking here.

Art Students Put Entrepreneurial Skills to the Test

June 13, 2014

Professor Blu Smith’s class of Athens State art students are planning to put what they are learning this summer to practical use. The class, Art Business Entrepreneurship, meets at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur and is planning an event to promote student work and to bring awareness to the ACA. The Art Business class, through Athens State’s art department, covers basic entrepreneurial guidelines which include market analysis, planning, promotion, accounting as well as social networking, mentorship and sustainability. The course began with a self-assessment of the student’s propensity for entrepreneurship.

“We have a diverse group of students, all of whom have special qualities and skills to bring to our venture,” states Smith. “The goal is to build confidence, knowledge and experience to allow viewing art as a viable focus for a successful business.” “Part of the fun is throwing around ideas and getting input from everyone on how to do some creative problem solving, which is a vital aspect of any business.”

The class is calling their venture a “pop-up” gallery. This “movable” venue for displaying student artwork will be unveiled at the 3rd Friday Downtown celebration scheduled for July 18. Student artwork will be available for sale along with T-Shirts that carry the Pop Up logo.

Smith continues, “One of our students developed our logo; a pop-up camper. The business name is, “Pop Goes the Artist.” We, also, have a Facebook page under that name. We hope people will like our page and come out to the event!”

3rd Fridays Downtown offers an opportunity for the community to gather downtown, learn the history of the city, support local merchants and enjoy diverse forms of entertainment. The Alabama Center for the Arts will be open until 9:00 p.m. during the event.

Alabama Center for the Arts to Host Exhibit and Lecture by Sara Good

April 1, 2014

The Alabama Center for the Arts will host a lecture and exhibit by Memphis artist Sara Good. The exhibit, entitled Seed to Soil to Sediment, will open April 14 at the Center which is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur. The exhibit will run through June 26. A lecture by the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the 26th.

Good is an installation artist working within the realm of the organic material. The environments she designs are reminiscent of a space somewhere between the arena of landscape as it occurs in the natural world, and the cultivated, domestic landscape of a garden

Seed to Soil to Sediment presents a series of soil-related works created over a broad period, and inspired by the artist’s range of sources, ideas and experiences. The artist gathers ideas from human narratives, the visual power of found materials, numerous botanical sources, and her own gardening experiences.

“My connection to the earth has always felt very deep and direct,” states Good. “It is my center. It has shaped my sensibility as a sculptor.”

The lecture is sponsored by Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series. Both the exhibit and the lecture are free and open to the public.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is a collaborative project between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. The Center opened in 2012 and combines the two institution’s art programs. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.

Athens State Takes Top Awards at the State Poster Competition

February 26, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - The first, second and third place Post-secondary Division winners in the statewide Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services 2014 “Ability Counts” Poster Competition are all from the Athens State University Art Department. Rachel Monroe was awarded first prize, Autumn Letson took second place and Megan Graves received third place. All are students in the Graphic Design track in the Art Department at Athens State University.

The purpose of this competition is to reward artistic ability and excellence, and to promote awareness of the talents that people with disabilities bring to the job market. This year’s theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task”.

“Our students did a tremendous job of working creatively and professionally with this task, “ said the student’s instructor, Pamela Keller, Professor of Art for Athens State University at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama. “ Students in the Advanced Graphic Design class enter this competition annually and because we have top quality students, we usually do have one or two posters place in the awards but this is the first year we have taken all three competition prizes. We are extremely proud of the talent in our students and their level of ability.”

The competition prizes for the Post-secondary division are 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200 and 3rd place - $100. The winners will be recognized at an upcoming awards luncheon in Montgomery.

Art Students to Host Mardi Gras Parade

February 20, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art professor Gail Bergeron and students from her Special Workshop in Sculpture class will hold a Mardi Gras parade in Athens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. This 3rd annual parade will kick-off from in front of the Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

Three added attractions this year will be lighted head pieces, bead making, and the Athens Lions Club train provided by engineer Barry Moore. Tables will be set up at 5:30 for children and adults alike to string their own beads. The Athens State art student, nicknamed “Artheads,” will be throwing beads at the parade and will accept recycled beads from past Mardi Gras celebrations to add to the fun. Anyone who would like to donate Mardi Gras beads for the Athens event can leave them at the Center for Lifelong Learning prior to the parade.

The theme for this year’s parade is Steam Punk Circus and the Athens State revelers will be in costume with sculpted heads. Music for the marchers will be provided by Pam Hartman of Retrobics. The parade is open to the public and marching and participating is encouraged.

“Last year’s event was well received and a lot of fun,” states Bergeron. “For a one-block parade, we make the best of it and I really think that’s what makes it so special. We really appreciate the Lions Club for their participation by bringing the Kiddie Carnival train to the square.”

The parade route is to travel Marion Street back and forth between Washington and Market Streets in Athens - - just one block.

“As I have said in the past,” continued Bergeron, “this is the best, most fun, one-block Mardi Gras parade in the world.”

Athens State Announces Art Scholarship Competition

January 31, 2014

ATHENS, AL - Athens State University has announced an Art Scholarship Competition that will award scholarship funds totaling $1,500 for the fall and spring terms and $1,000 for the summer semesters. These funds will be designated for students entering Athens State with outstanding potential as an art major in computer graphics, art education or studio art.

Students transferring to Athens State with a 2.75 grade point average or higher must submit three works of art. Works on paper or canvas must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, and should not exceed 36’x42’. Sculptural work must be ready for display with its own pedestal or display mechanism and should not exceed 50 pounds. Each piece must have the student’s name, email address, phone number, title of artwork, medium and date of completion on the back or bottom of the piece. All work must be original and completed within the last 2 years. The Alabama Center for the Arts Gallery standards will be followed for exhibition of the work.

To qualify, prospective students should complete an Athens State University application for admissions with all official transcripts on file in the Admissions Office by the admissions deadline date. In order to be eligible all admissions requirements and program prerequisites must be met. Students must enroll at least 12 hours for the fall and spring semesters and 9 hours for the summer semester.

The scholarship is valued up to $4,000 per year for two years. The deadline for this scholarship is April 9 for funding starting with the following fall semester. If funds are not exhausted in the fall term, those scholarship funds may be available for new students arriving in the spring term. That deadline will be November 15. For spring applicants, only photographic (jpeg) images of art are needed, there will be no public exhibition.

Art Scholarship Application Information

Art Student Creates Backdrop for Poke Sallet Follies

January 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Before he graduated in December, Athens State University Art Major Jay Keller was enlisted to use his talents for a good cause. The Athens/Limestone Foundation on Aging contacted Professor Gail Bergeron to find students willing to take on the task of painting the backdrops for the group’s upcoming Poke Sallet Follies. Bergeron asked Keller and the match was made.

“Admitting that we were limited in talents and abilities, we reached out to the faculty of the Athens State University Art Department,” states Follies Director Stacey Landtroop Givens. “Gail Bergeron, who was incredibly easy to work with, approached then-student Jay Kellar with a mutually beneficial plan.”

It was arranged that Keller would handle the artwork for the event and earn class credit for his time and work as part of his independent study.

Givens added, “Jay embraced the idea, and we are so fortunate that he did! We received the completed artwork before Christmas putting us far ahead of schedule, and his work is incredible.”

Keller painted many local scenes to use as backdrop for the Follies following its theme of “Home Sweet Home.” One of the most popular and most familiar to him is his recreation of the historic Founders Hall on the Athens State campus.

The 22nd annual Poke Sallet Follies is a three night event that includes dinner and live entertainment. Cost is $35 per ticket with proceeds benefitting seniors of Athens and Limestone area. Show dates are March 6th, 7th and 8th, and tickets go on sale Monday February 10th at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street. Tickets may be purchased during Center business hours or on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Center.

In a letter to Athens State President Bob Glenn, Givens wrote, “We thank the administration of Athens State University which encourages collaborative efforts with the community. We commend the faculty, particularly Gail Bergeron, who truly desire to help their students grow and learn through real-world experiences. Most of all, we appreciate the willingness of your student, Jay Keller, for sharing his wonderful talent with this community. Nearly 1000 people are expected to attend this event and I am certain that his artwork will be a crowd favorite.”

Athens State

January 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University Professor of Art Pamela Keller was selected as one of the 25 artists representing studio art faculty at Alabama’s colleges and universities to exhibit in the 2014 Art of the State at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. Jurors for the exhibition were Jere Allen, Emeritus Professor of Art-Ceramics , University of Mississippi and Ron Dale, Emeritus Professor of Art-Ceramics, University of Mississippi.

Keller has been a member of the Athens State Art department since 1981. She also won an award of merit for her photograph Washer on the Porch. Keller has two photographs on exhibition.

“These photographs are 30”x30” Hipstaprints taken last summer with my iPhone 5, IOS 7 using the Hipstamatic ap. This ap has various digital films and lenses that can represent analog images, “ said Keller of her work. “The images are composed in the viewfinder and work on the images usually
completed post-production can be done in the viewfinder as well, as the photo is taken. The results with my particular lens and film create super- saturated colors, high contrast, and are great for high light, outdoor shooting, where I find most of my inspiration.”

Keller prints through the iPhone ap on Fuji paper and builds her frames using recycled wood. She adds, “I like the contract of textured, strongly lit subject against the grizzled border of the prints, then the contrast of the shiny paper of the print against the ‘shabby chic’ rough wooden frames.”

The exhibition, Art of the State is on view now through March 7, 2014 at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Athens State Offering Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Workshop

December 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University will be hosting a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Athens State and Calhoun’s combined art program facility located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur.

Award-winning author Lisa Wheeler will lead the one-day workshop. Wheeler is the author of 33 children’s books including Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses and Dino-Wrestling. Her awards include The Michigan Mitten, Texas Bluebonnet, and the Theodore Geisel Honor given by the American Library Association.

Tuition for the one-day workshop is $65 and lunch is included in the cost. To register for the event visit www.athens.edu/workshop.

Art Majors to Exhibit Works in National Show

November 26, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art majors Brooke Alexander and Monica Yother have won the honor of exhibition in a national juried show entitled "Unraveled: A Visual Response to the RavelUnravel Project". The exhibition is sponsored by Project Interfaith.

Project Interfaith was born out of a desire to combat the growing tension and conflict between people of various spiritual and cultural identities; conflict that is perpetuated by cultural and religious unawareness, stereotyping, and marginalization. Project Interfaith's community and online programming illuminates how people understand and express their spiritual and cultural identities while dispelling common myths and stereotypes that cause prejudice, violence, and hate. With the programming and educational resources, spaces are created in communities and online where people can share their personal experiences and connect with others of diverse beliefs and cultures.

One of the Project Interfaith campaigns is a website, RavelUnravel.com, that contains over 960 short video interviews of people discussing their religious or spiritual identity, stereotypes that they have encountered, and how welcoming they have found their communities to be. The website explores the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and the complexities of how we construct and deconstruct identity through stories, videos and art online and in the gallery.

Fifty-two artists submitted their work for Unraveled: A Visual Response to RavelUnravel. 18 of the artists who submitted works were students working with Professor Pamela Keller, Athens State instructor of the course Art Studio in Critique. Students completed artwork on the theme and submitted the pieces for jurying as part of their course assignment at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Al. Alexander and Yother’s works were accepted to exhibit in the traveling show. All of the submissions may be on view via the website. Submitted pieces were juried by Brigitte McQueen Shew, Beth Katz, and Sierra Pirigyi.

The accepted pieces differ in size and medium, however the art is connected in that each piece is a visual response to RavelUnravel's many themes; spirituality and all the ways it can be defined, practiced, questioned, ignored, and embraced; the ways the threads of one's own spirituality have woven through their upbringing, their current lives, their communities, and; statements on prejudice, faith, misperceptions, community, isolation, celebration, ritual, tradition, connection, deities, grace, humanity, and identity.

This traveling exhibit will tour throughout 2014. The first sites of the tour have been announced. They will be shown at The Jewish Community Center and the Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Pearl Blizek Religion and Art Lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The other sites will be named at a later date.

For questions or to become an exhibit site contact Program Coordinator, Sierra Pirigyi by email or by calling 402-933-4647.

Jennifer Dean Bunnell Named as Alabama Center for the Arts Coordinator

October 29, 2013

DECATUR, Ala. - Athens State University President Robert Glenn and Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck have recently announced that Jennifer Dean Bunnell has been named Building Coordinator for the Alabama Center for the Arts, the inter-institutional collegiate center for art instruction, community education, and cultural events. Bunnell will assume her duties on November 4.

Previously, Bunnell worked in an administrative capacity at the Regional In-Service Center and Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at Athens State. Prior to joining the staff of Athens State, she worked with Computer Sciences Corporation (formerly The Pinnacle Group, Inc.) and Intergraph Corporation.

The position of Building Coordinator for the Alabama Center for the Arts ensures that day-to-day operations are efficiently organized, that facilities are maintained safely and that activities are scheduled appropriately. Bunnell is charged with working jointly with Calhoun and Athens State in a collaborative effort to help expand their efforts in areas of art and drama and promote the facility in the North Alabama region.

The Alabama Center for the Arts has been heralded as a model for institutional cooperation in the state. The 44,000 sq. ft. facility is located at 133 Second Avenue in downtown Decatur across from the Princess Theater. College courses taught at the facility will lead to Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with class offerings that include art appreciation, painting, drawing, computer graphics, sculpture, ceramics, pottery and a teaching major leading to licensure for art instructors.

Phase II construction for the Alabama Center for the Arts is expected to begin in 2014 and will include classroom, theater and lab spaces specified for coursework for both Theater and Music programs.

Art Students Exhibiting in Pulaski, TN Cafe

October 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University junior and senior art majors will be exhibiting their original works of art at the invitation of Pulaski native Jack White, chef at Savory Jacks’ Café at 227 N. 1st Street in Pulaski, Tennessee. The art exhibition is called APPETIZING. The show is on exhibit now through October 30th. There will be an artist’s reception on October 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the café. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

White’s business partner and friend from L.A., builder/designer Lee Behzadi, purchase all three of the buildings in downtown Pulaski, Tennessee where the café/gallery is located just one block off the courthouse square. These historic buildings were built in 1890, and Behzadi has been transforming and renovating them into what will become an entertainment complex.

“I came to know Jack White during a time while I was working on a commission from him for a bronze face casting a few years ago," said Pamela Keller, Professor of Art at Athens State University and organizer of the exhibition. "He told me then of his plans for the entertainment complex and I've been a fan since.”

Keller continues, “These are fascinating men to talk to, full of ambitious and inspirational ideas for art students. Jack White has worked with great film and television talent, and most recently been on the sets of Iron Man 2 and The Hunger Games Catching Fire. It’s so wonderful that he wants to help students from the art department to exhibit their work and build their resumes.”

The Athens State student artists, along with White and Behzadi, will be available during the October 29 reception to meet and talk with the attendees.

Alabama Center for the Arts to Host Showing of Work by Michael Liu

August 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Artist Michael Liu will present a showing of paper cuttings at the Alabama Center for the Arts beginning on August 29 and lasting through November 7.

Liu, a native of Kweishan, Taiwan worked as an engineer but returned to his early interest in art and opened galleries in Taoyuan, Taiwan, and Evadon, Switzerland. His art is self-taught and reflects his personal interests and his experiences in both the culture in which he grew up and the Western culture which he experienced as an adult. Since 2008 Liu has explored an interest in paper cutting, an art form that has roots in both Chinese and Japanese art.

Today, Michael divides his time between Taiwan and Alabama. His bicultural life is expressed in his signature which overlaps his western name with his Chinese personal stamp. Michael creates art as inspired and by private commission.

A reception for Liu is planned to coincide with the show’s opening on August 29 at 5:30 pm with a demonstration at 6:30 pm. Both events and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.

The Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. More information can be found at www.athens.edu/ACA.

Athens State University to Host Senior Art Exhibit by Tracy Landes

July 3, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Art Department announces a Senior Art Exhibit by Graphic Design major Tracy Landes. With plans to graduate after the summer semester, Landes will be showing her work July 15 – 31 at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama. The Exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Monday, July 15 at 5:00 pm in the Center Gallery.

Landes, originally from Oroville, California and now living in Madison, also has degrees in Behavioral Science and Sociology from Athens State.

“I decided to add an additional major in art to enhance my creative skills and just have fun,” states Landes. “With the completion of this degree I hope to continue my studies and receive a PhD.”

The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am to noon.

Athens State extending deadline for Art Scholarship Applications

June 12, 2013

Athens, ALA – Faculty members in the Department of Art at Athens State University have extended the deadline for applying for Art Scholarships until August 1. Scholarships are awarded to new entering students with outstanding potential as art majors. The scholarship is a tuition waiver and award amounts vary.

Requirements for scholarship consideration include a 2.75 grade point average minimum; completed application for admissions by deadline date; all official transcripts on file in the Athens State Admissions Office by the deadline date; all admissions requirements met; all program prerequisites met; must enroll at least half-time (6 hours); portfolio review is required.

The Art Program at Athens State is housed at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur and offers a wide range of courses that enable students to become emerging artists with skills in diverse materials and capable of individual views. Art majors will gain a broad intellectual background to prepare a graduate for entry into professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community.

“As our art department is seeing a constant growth here at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur,” states Pamela Keller, Professor of Art, “we want to make sure all students interested in art as a career have the opportunity to benefit from these scholarships.”

Athens State offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts and hopes to soon be offering a Bachelors of Art degree in Art Education leading to K - 12 teacher certification. Students can expect to learn technical, design and conceptual skills necessary to succeed in the arts outside a school setting. Expert critiques by teachers and other students insure that the exit portfolio is of the highest caliber.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Athens State certifies completion of major study in the visual arts. The degree implies depth of study in a number of studio, graphic, and art history areas. Athens State art department offers flexible scheduling of day, night, weekend or distance learning courses along with excellent advising and superior, in-depth instruction.

For information on the scholarship procedures, or the art program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/art or call 256-260-4293.

Athens State Art Students to participate in National Athens Exhibition

May 14, 2013

ATHENS, Alabama - Athens Voices USA'13, an Athens, Ohio biennial event by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, is an all media, juried art exhibition that aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of artists residing within 30 miles of a city named Athens in the United States. Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition celebrating “Athens” from all over the Nation.

Athens Voices USA'13 Exhibition opens locally on June 6 at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. The show will close on August 20.

359 submitted works from artists living in or near a city named “Athens” were considered in December by Jurors who met at the Dairy Barn in Ohio. 76 pieces were chosen to compose the Athens Voices USA'13 Exhibition. Seven of these 76 pieces are from five Athens State University students who attend classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur; Katelin Harris, Robyn Locke, Eric Murphy, Heather Snow and Adriana Stephens.

To kick off the show’s opening on June 6, a lecture by one of the show’s jurors, Gary Kirksey, will be offered at the Center. Kirksey serves as an associate professor, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University. A few of his works will be included in the display at the Center alongside the Voices show. His exhibition record includes: Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY, African-American Art Museum, Dallas, TX, Appalachian Corridors, Charleston, WV, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, and his art work is included in over 40 public, private and corporate collections.

Student Receives Two Art Related Honors

April 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University student Nathan Stout was recently the winner of Pesky Piranha Youth Triathlon Logo Contest. His winning design will be showcased on the organization’s website, t-shirts, facebook page, and promotional materials. The Pesky Piranha race is sponsored by the Huntsville Youth Triathlon organization.

In addition to winning the poster contest, Stout recently was named a finalist in the 33rd Annual College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum magazine. Over 16,000 photographs were entered from international contestants. His photo will be published in a book, Best of College & High School Photography 2013, published by Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Stout, an Athens native, will be graduating from Athens State in May with a degree in Art. After graduation, he plans to start his search for a career in the graphic design field. Stout has worked full-time for Starbucks for three years and hopes for an opportunity to continue with the company advancing to a corporate position.

“I love making art in many different forms, however my favorite would be Photography,” states Stout. “I've been developing my personal style as a photographer for a few years. My main subject matter is people and I use a variety of different lighting techniques to create chiaroscuro style pieces.”

At Athens State, Nathan enjoyed his Photoshop and Illustrator classes. Although he does finds it hard to pick a favorite subject because he feels that he learns valuable information from every course.

Athens State Professor of Art Pamela Keller remarks, "Nathan is an innovative design student who brings a young and quirky perspective to his pieces. That creates uniqueness and fresh imagery."

When not studying or acting as the local barista, Stout enjoys spending time with his wife watching movies, long boarding, and going to concerts.

Athens State Exhibiting Student Work in Microphotography

April 15, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University’s interdisciplinary course Digital Microphotography and Image Analysis will be hosting a morning reception for student artwork on Tuesday April 16th at 10:00 a.m. on the first floor of Waters Hall, on the main campus of Athens State University. The course is taught by professors George Williams, Pamela Keller and Gail Bergeron. The event is free and open to the public.

Large, colorful and detailed photographs will be on display from students who are majoring in art or biology. This course is designed to enable the student to produce works of scientific specimens in digital photography through the use of various photomicrographic techniques. These will include ordinary light, phase contrast, electron microscopy, and digital image analysis. The student’s final projects are a creative effort.

The course is unique in its team-taught approach. The instructors originated the purse and recently delivered a paper on its success at the Alabama Academy of Science meeting in Birmingham.

Athens State Senior Art Students Present Exhibition of their Works

March 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The senior art students of Athens State University will present their senior exhibition titled “Hanging the Artists.” The exhibition will hang in the Alabama Center for the Arts’ main gallery beginning April 1 through April 11.

The Alabama Center for the Arts is located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon.

An Artist Reception will be hosted by the artists in the main gallery of the Center on April 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Featured artists for this show include Timothy Robertson, Adrianna Stephens, Heather Snow, Ashley Castillo, Nathan Stout, Katelin Harris, Sarah Heidtmann, Robyn Locke, Sandra Casteel, and Richard Roberts.

For more information visit www.athens.edu/ACA or call 256-233-8296.

Athens State Student Places in State Disability Poster Contest

March 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University art student Jeanette Blasios was awarded 2nd place for the Alabama Postsecondary Division in the 2013 “Ability Counts” Poster Journalism Competition. Blasios will receive $200, a certificate and a citation for meritorious service will be presented to her professor, Dr. Pamela Keller.

The contest is sponsored annually by the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The contest focuses attention on the abilities of Alabamians with disabilities and promotes a greater awareness of the contributions that people with disabilities make to the workplace and the community. Students from around the state competed in either the journalism essay or the poster contest.

The poster contest included entries in three categories: junior high, high school, and postsecondary. The Alabama Governor’s Committee on the Employment of Disabilities is a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, whose mission is to enable Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Blasios will be honored, along with other state winners, at an Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2013 at the Capital City Club in Montgomery.

Athens State Art Professor to Sculpt Bronze Memorial

March 8, 2013.

PULASKI, Tenn. - The Giles County (Tennessee) Leadership class of 2013 in Pulaski has accepted a proposal for a bronze memorial by artist Pamela Keller for Pulaski’s Sharewoord Park. Pamela Keller is a Professor of Art at Athens State University at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.

The memorial will be life-sized of a man sitting on a park bench holding two dog tags close to his face in his left hand while in meditation. In his right hand will be a small American flag. The park surroundings and nearby flags on flagpoles would provoke another level of appreciation for freedom. .

Keller states, “The traditional sculpture of this man can be viewed with some mystery. Is he a veteran? Are those his dog tags or those of a daughter, son or friend? Perhaps it is Memorial Day or Veterans Day and he has come to the park to reflect? Or is he on his way to the adjacent cemetery to visit the fallen soldier and plant the small flag?” .

There would be room on either side of the bench for people to sit with this man and reflect on memories of veterans. .

Keller has taught at Athens State University since 1981. This is her 15th year as a public sculpture bronze artist. Work on the sculpture will begin in two weeks with an approximate installation and unveiling in early 2014. .

"It’s been a privilege to create this proposed memorial,” continues Keller. “The work is so important to me that I have donated half of the artists fee to the project itself in honor of my Father, Paul Raymond Keller, a Korean war veteran." .

Fundraising is now underway and donations can be made at the Giles County (Tennessee) Chamber of Commerce.

Athens State Art Students to participate in National "Athens" Exhibition

December 10, 2012

ATHENS, Alabama - An Athens, Ohio event honors artwork from artists within a 30 mile radius of any community named “Athens” in the United States. This year, seven pieces from art students at Athens State University were chosen for the exhibition.

The Jury for Athens Voices USA ’13 met in Athens, Ohio at The Dairy Barn Arts Center on Monday, December 3, 2012. After five rounds of intense viewing and consideration of 359 individual works, they chose the 76 pieces that will compose the Athens Voices USA ’13 Exhibition.

Seven of these 76 pieces are from students majoring at Athens State University and attending classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts.

Katelin Harris will be exhibiting her watercolor and ink painting SPIRAL: FALLING TO EARTH IN A FUNK. Robin Locke will exhibit her digital photo entitled SMOKEY MOUNTAINS. Heather Snow will exhibit BLACK AND WHITE and OLD FLOWER, and Adrianna Stephens will exhibit NEEDS MORE SEROTONIN, THE LESS ENGAGED and GOT THE FUNK.

Snow and Stephens works are created using the software called Processing, a powerful graphic design software rarely taught anywhere but featured prominently in the Athens State University’s art department’s Computer graphics class. All are students of Professor Pamela Keller.

This biennial, all media, juried art exhibition aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of visual artists residing within 30 miles of the city of Athens. Athens Voices serves to promote The Dairy Barn Arts Center\\\'s mission by providing a competitive exhibition opportunity that nurtures and promotes local artists and their work.

Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition. Since 2013, the Dairy Barn Arts Center will be celebrating its 35th anniversary as an organization, one of the special events is to expand Athens Voices from just gathering pieces from Athens, Ohio, the call for Artists was to open to any artist that is within 30 miles of any artist that lives or works of any \\\"Athens\\\" community in the United States. This exhibition will be on view at The Dairy Barn Arts Center from January 18 to March 10, 2013. Jurors will award prizes and some work selected for the exhibition will tour throughout the United States through 2013.

Athens State University hosts Drawing Exhibition by Robert Cox

June 7, 2012 - The Art Department at Athens State University announces an exhibition of drawings by Robert Cox, a former art teacher at Athens State University and currently Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The exhibition, entitled Interval, features recent drawings by Cox which utilize a variety of traditional and non-traditional drawing media including charcoal on paper, graphite on film and paper, and gouache and watercolor on paper. “The exhibition is actually comprised of two separate, but interrelated, series. One series explores image generation derived from natural forms and landscapes, while the Wave series explores images created through pure mark making. As an artist I am interested in exploring the boundary between abstraction and recognizable imagery”, Cox says. Professor Cox has exhibited his paintings and drawings in over 90 exhibitions on a regional and national level, including 15 one-person exhibitions.
Interval opens June 11 and remains on view until July 27, 2012 in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8am - 9pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8am - 4pm (Friday).

Athens Heritage Art Exhibition on display at Athens State

November 2, 2011 – The 7th Annual Heritage Art Exhibition is on display now through November 11th in the Sandridge Student Union Building Art Gallery at Athens State University. The exhibition, which in the past has featured various architectural features of Athens State University, uses the new North Alabama Center for the Arts Building in downtown Decatur as inspiration for student art this year. A collaborative academic effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University in the discipline of Fine Arts, the new arts center is to open in the fall of 2012.

“Students designed imaginary logo’s, created works from ceramics and invented other designs inspired by the new art facility,” said Professor Pamela Keller, head of the Art Department at Athens State University and curator of the student show. “The exhibition, sponsored each year by the President Bob Glenn of Athens State, is a way for students to begin publically exhibiting their work and also a way for them to be encouraged to use relevant surroundings as idea generators for artwork.”

The exhibition is open 8 am until 4:30 pm daily and is free and open to the public.


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