Ernest G. Welch Gallery – Past Shows

Fall 2018

Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough

September 13 – December 3

Exhibition Reception: September 20, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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Ghada Amer is a NY-based artist who was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 and spent part of her upbringing in France. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, received her MFA in painting from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nice, and moved to New York City in 1996. She explores numerous themes in her paintings, sculptures, and public garden projects, including cultural identity, definitions of East and West, feminine and masculine, and art and craft. Amer has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Whitney Biennale, and the Brooklyn Museum, among other locations. In October 2018, she will be an honoree at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s Awards.

Much of Amer’s production is informed by her personal history. Although Amer’s parents encouraged her academically and her family traveled internationally due to her father’s position as a diplomat, her position as an “outsider” in the West lead her to contemplate questions of cultural identity and hybridity. Amer subsequently applied a hybrid approach to some of her production by combining painting, which she considers a more masculine art form, with sewing and embroidery, which she considers more female forms of expression. Further, in reaction to some of the stereotypical representations of the female in Islamic culture she encountered in both Egypt and France, Amer appropriates images of women that are directed at the male gaze and reinterprets them in her own, often erotic, embroideries and paintings. Through her visually abstract works, Amer engages in a type of post-gender rebellion against pre-established cultural values, commodification, and male-dominated societies.

Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough features a lecture by the New York-based artist Ghada Amer, and two related gallery projects:

  1. Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough Resource Room, curated by GSU Associate Professor of Art History Kimberly Cleveland and Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell
  2. The Economy of a Woman’s Touch: Contemporary Female Artists in Dialogue with Ghada Amer, curated by GSU Associate Professor of Art History Kimberly Cleveland and MFA Candidate Jack Michael, will feature pieces by Jessica Caldas, Jack Michael, Maria Ojeda, Carla Powell, and Parker Thornton, artists whose production engages in a conceptual or material dialogue with Amer’s work.


List of Programming & Events for Ghada Amer:

Ghada Amer Lecture

Thursday, September 20, 5:00-6:00pm

Join us in the Speaker’s Auditorium in Student Center East for an opportunity to hear from Egyptian-born and NY-based artist Ghada Amer. Amer is an internationally-recognized artist who is best known for her erotic embroideries and paintings, which challenge pre-established cultural values, the commodification of the female body, and male-dominated traditions.  The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception in the Welch School Galleries.

This event is free and open to the public


Gallery Talk

Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm

Come hear the artists featured in the exhibition The Economy of a Woman’s Touch: Contemporary Female Artists in Dialogue with Ghada Amer (Sept. 13–Dec. 3) –  Jessica Caldas, Jack Michael, Maria Ojeda, Carla Powell, and Parker Thornton, speak about their work in the gallery space.

Reception to follow in the Welch School Galleries

This event is free and open to the public

Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm

Come hear the artists featured in the exhibition The Economy of a Womans’ Touch: Contemporary Female Artists in Dialogue with Ghada Amer (Sept. 13-Dec. 3) – Jessica Caldas, Jack Michael, Maria Ojeda, Carla Powell, and Parker Thornton participate in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kimberly Clevedand, co-curator of the exhibition.

Reception to follow in the Welch School Galleries

This event is free and open to the public

Welch School Galleries hours:
M-F, 10am until 6pm; closed weekends and University holidays.
10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.
404/413.5230. Cynthia Farnell, Gallery Director


Summer 2018

Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props, curated by Logan Lockner

Collected from a variety of projects including an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the 2017 fashion show FREE TANGERINE, the sculptures, drawings, and textiles in Interiors and Props reflect Knoxville-based artist Lauren Sanders’ recent work as a DIY designer and interdisciplinary collaborator.

Originally rendered in pen and ink in the artist’s sketchbook, the drawings in Interiors and Props form the basis for the metalwork, printed patterns, and arranged environments throughout the exhibition. Drawing on the resurgent influence the Memphis Group and the graphic sensibility of its co-founder Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sanders’ drawings imagine domestic interiors marked by geometric design and bold, clashing colors.

Previously displayed as props for interdisciplinary fashion shows last year in Tennessee, Sanders’ steel sculptures challenge the mythologized and masculinized legacy of minimalist sculpture. Fabricated by the artist herself, a metal worker by trade, the combination of these steel sculptures with screen-printed textiles illustrates relationships shared by pattern and structure despite differences in material.

The exhibition will open and run in junction with an exhibition of work by sculpture faculty, Tyler Beard.

Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props opens at Georgia State University’s Welch School Galleries in Atlanta on Thursday, May 10, 5-8pm.

Lauren Sanders (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Knoxville, TN. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2015. Her most recent fashion line, FREE TANGERINE, premiered alongside paintings by Eric Cagley at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens in August 2017 and was presented again at Track One in Nashville in December.

Logan Lockner (b. 1991) is a writer living and working in Atlanta, GA. His essays and criticism have appeared in Art Papers, Pelican Bomb, Photograph, and The Rib, and he is a contributing editor for Burnaway. Interiors and Props is his first curatorial project.


Sculptural Work by Tyler Beard, “Contours & Casework”

Beard’s work investigates the interaction of color, material, geometry, and image. In each composition I seek a soothing formalism in which each part is necessary for the whole. The work is meticulously edited, arranged and rearranged, until I find an order that is curious and dynamic while maintaining a quality of lightness. He often thinks of the poetic structure and qualities found in a Haiku. Seeing through the lens of this format, he makes individual works that rely on restraint and simplicity while simultaneously offering a subtle and quiet sophistication.

Tyler Beard (b. 1982, Olathe, KS) holds an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA from the University of Kansas. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; Central Utah Arts Center, UT; Robischon Gallery, CO; and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO. Additionally, He has been featured in exhibitions at ROCKELMANN&, Berlin; Victori + Mo, NY; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; Biennial Roadshow Marfa, TX; and the Biennial of the Americas, CO. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including the Montello Foundation, NV; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Ceramic Center Berlin, GER; and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, MN. Beard currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.


To request disability accommodations at the Welch Galleries, please contact 404-413- 5230 / cfarnell with your request making sure to provide your name and the event name/date.

Directions/ Parking:  The galleries are located at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta GA 30303. We are within walking distance of the Five Points and Georgia State MARTA Stations. Pay parking available in T-Deck and metered parking on Gilmer Street.

The exhibition and programs are supported in part by GSU Student Activity Fee Fund.




Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition

April 27 – May 5, 2017

Reception: Thursday, April 27, 5:00 – 7:00pm



18th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Selected by Doppler Projects

April  13 – 21, 2017

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 20, 5:00 – 7:00pm




Spring MFA Exhibitions 

March 27- 31

Rachel Ballard, Kathleen Sharp, Valerie Wocklish

April 3- 7

Joe Hadden, Bryan Perry, John Prince

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Sue Coe “The Vegan Manifesto”
January 12 – March 17
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Madison Mafia selected by Art Werger and Warrington Colescott
February 6 – March 17
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Ralph Gilbert, History Imagined: Studies for the St. Paul Union Depot Murals
January 12 – 27
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Sonya Clark, Hair Craft Project Hairstyles

Sonya Clark: The Hair Craft Project
October – November 11
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Larry Walker: Selected Works By Larry Walker
August 15 – November 11
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Fall 2016 BFA Exhibition
December 1-16
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Jess Jones and Dawn Haynie: Parallels
May 12 – September 16.
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Cultivated by Ted Whisenhunt
May 12 – July 31.

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Group Show Juried by Radcliffe Bailey Opens at the Welch Galleries
April 14 – 22, 2016

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2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition Highlights

  • Tori Tinsley: Double Distance, March 21-25
  • Nathan Sharratt: Buy Nathan Sharratt: A Requirement of the Masters of Fine Arts Degree of Georgia State University, March 21-25
  • Tyler Nicholson: Embrace the Suck, March 28 – April
  • Gina Thompson: Dysfunctional, March 28 – April 1
  • Derek Faust, Incongruent Ilk, March 21-25
  • Krista Clark, Residual Residence, April 4-8
  • Jack Deese, How to Orient Yourself in the Wilderness, April 4-8

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João Enxuto and Erica Love: Prospects for a Labor of Love
January 14 – February 18, 2016

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curated by Selvage Collective
January 14-February 26, 2016

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Fall BFA Exhibition

December 3 -18
Reception: Thursday, December 3, 5-8pm.
This exhibition features senior BFA student work in painting, drawing, printmaking,              sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography.

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Body Bouquet : Curated by Tuan Andrew Nguyen (large gallery) & The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a film by The Propeller Group (small gallery)

October 1- November 1 & October 1- November 13 (respectively)

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Indoor Pro: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Sculpture Exhibition

August 24 – September 18, 2015

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2015 BFA Spring Exhibition
2015 BFA Spring Exhibition, April 30 – May 7, 2015

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17th Annual Juried Show - April 16 2015
17th Annual Juried Show April 16 – 24, 2015

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MFA Exhibits

March 23 – April 10, 2015

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post mortem: visions of life after death

March 2 – 20, 2015

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post mortem: visions of life after death

January 12 – February 20, 2015

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Giving Attention

January 12 – February 20, 2015

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2014 Fall BFA Show

FALL 2014 BFA Exhibition

December 4 – 16, 2014

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Faculty Triennial

Faculty Triennial

October 2 – November 14, 2014

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Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore: Fibers of Being

African Textiles: The Nexus of Material, Method, and Meaning

August 14 – September 19

Unearthed: A Photographic Search for Native American History through the Landscape / Emily J. Gomez

The Usual Mating Habits of Matter and Ground / Bud Dees and Galen Olsen

May 15 – July 31

Spring BFA Exhibition

May 1 – 9


16th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Juror TBA

April 17-25

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Curtis Ames, MFA; Mary Horne, MFA

Ashley Maxwell, MFA

April 7 – 11

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David King, MFA; Diane Speight, MFA

Yue Zhao, MFA

March 31 – April 4

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Namwon Choi, MFA; Kojo Griffin, MFA

Mark Errol MFA

March 24-28


Megan Van Deusen, MFA

March 10-14


Welch Symposium Exhibition: Creativity and Imagination in the Art of Children

Curated by Kevin Hsieh

January 16 – March 6


A Gathering: Dozier Bell, Catherine Hamilton, Jane Rosen and Kiki Smith

Curated by Cynthia Farnell

January 16 – March 13



Fall 2013 BFA Exhibition

December 5-18