Each year, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University hosts a Student Juried Exhibition in the Welch School Galleries, during which students, both undergraduate and graduate, receive school awards, scholarships, and prizes. Due to the continued safety necessities of our year, our exhibition has been moved to our website where all can engage with the work virtually and view the names of prize winners.
Among the notable exhibition winners, we will announce area awards, school scholarships, and honorable distinctions, including our Welch Fellowship, Winnie Chandler Fellows, and Edna McCandless Thornton Awards
We would like to give a special thank you to this year’s exhibition juror, Theo Tyson, who worked with us through the challenges and lent a great prestige to the exhibition. We would also like to thank sponsors of the show—Burnaway, High Museum, Binders, and MOCA GA—and all of the generous donors of the school who have made many of these student scholarships possible.
Theo Tyson is currently The Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture at the Boston Athenæum. She is a curator and avant-garde academic who interrogates sociocultural themes of race, gender, and sexuality through a lens of fashion, its histories, and theories, married with historical and contemporary photography.
At the Boston Athenæum her research is centered on fashioned identities in the mid to late nineteenth-century in Civil War-era Boston using a set of photographic albums belonging to a survivor of slavery, anti-slavery activist, and abolitionist Harriet Bell Hayden. She is also co-curating an original exhibition of visual activist Zanele Muholi at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston slated for 2022.