East Georgia State College art students tour Savannah art museums

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East Georgia State College art students recently visited the SCAD Museum of Art and the Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia. The Drawing II course and the Two-Dimensional Design course were chaperoned during the trip by Desmal Purcell, art teacher and Dr. Alan Brasher, English teacher.

The SCAD Museum of Art was the first stop on the trip for the students. They were given a guided tour by Caeley Jones, SCAD art historian. During the tour, the group saw the Icons Only exhibition, a group exhibition celebrating various icons. The exhibit traces the phenomenon from Hollywood’s Golden Age to our current era of social media viral fame, contemplating the evolution of iconography and its modern embrace in popular media. Other exhibits the students had the chance to attend included artist Matthew Angelo’s Dark Silhouettes, a powerful exhibit featuring African sculptures encased in resin; Soft Spot by artist Sang Hoon Kim, a sculptural exhibition featuring furniture made from various resin and foam sprays; Mirror Society by artist Norbert Bisky, a painting/mixed media exhibition exploring the voyeurism and narcissism inherited from today’s society; Pale in Comparison by artist Doreen Lynette Garner, with works that explore the history of violence implicit in racism and the transatlantic slave trade; The Touch of Otherness by artist Hayv Kahraman, exploring the diasporic experience while celebrating its cultural identity and the impact of violent forces of assimilation; Urban Requiem by artist Barthelemy Toguo, the exhibition addresses exile, colonialism and other issues plaguing the North and the South; Chill Sleeping by artist Katharina Gross, a work related to our connection to surface texture, color and perspective; and Making the Birds Proud by artist Patrick Doughtery.

After the visit to the SCAD museum, the students walked to Vinnie Van Gogo’s pizzeria, a must-visit restaurant in Savannah. The group also went to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen next door for some sweet treats. The students dined on slices of pizza in Franklin Square before heading to the city market. At City Market, they stopped at AT Hunn Gallery and Kobo Gallery where they met artist/painter Antoine de Villiers.

The Jepson Center for the Arts was next on the tour. The Jepson Center was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, which was a highlight in Professor Purcell’s masterclasses. Students and teachers had the chance to admire the exterior architecture of the building before going inside to discover the space and see the works on display. At the Jepson, they saw the work of many regional artists, including William Golding at the Hard Knocks, Hardships and Lots of Experience exhibition; the #art912 Concvergence exhibition featuring works from the permanent collection of regional artists; Chul-Hyun Ahn’s Beyond exhibition (students were very impressed with this exhibition exploring infinite space), Beyond: Light, Color and Illusion (group exhibition); and Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America. The group was thrilled to see that the exhibit featured work by Willie Tarver, a native of Wadley, Georgia. Seeing the work of a local artist in a major museum was a highlight of the trip for some students.

After the Jepson, students walked down historic Broughton Street and stopped at Nerdheim, a comic book and game store, and Coffee Fox for an afternoon cup of java.

The next stop on the student tour was Blick Art Supplies. The group has been stocking up on art supplies for their upcoming exhibits and projects. Throughout the day, the classes produced images for an upcoming exhibition at the EGSC student gallery. The students said it was one of the highlights of the trip for them, as well as hearing the stories behind the works of a wide range of artists. For students preparing to exhibit at the Emanuel Arts Council’s Kalmanson Gallery, seeing finalized exhibitions has shown them what they should be looking for.

The students who took part in the trip were Maddux Bedgood, Odalyz Canseco-Sanchez, Dormeshia Elam, CJ Gresham, Jadah Harrison, Ty Jackson, Amanda Lee, Viri Mejia, Ridge Turner and Dixie Warren.

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