Ernest G. Welch Gallery – Past Shows

MFA Graduating Thesis Exhibitions

These exhibitions will be postponed until further notice. Because we cannot yet physically exhibit the work of our graduate students, we have featured their work online with a microsite and social media profiles. To see their work, please visit: 


Student Juried Exhibition

Each year, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University hosts a Student Juried Exhibition during which students receive awards, scholarships, and prizes. Due to unplanned circumstances, our exhibition has been moved online where all visitors can engage with the work virtually. The gallery hosted a live, online opening during which Director Joseph Peragine announced awards and visitors voted for a People’s Choice.

We would like to give a special thank you to juror, Shannon Morris, Gallery Director and Curator, Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta University who worked with us through the challenges and lended a great prestige to the exhibition. We would also like to thank sponsors of the show—Binders Art Supplies, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Burnaway, MOCA GA—and all of the generous donors of the school who have made many of these student scholarships possible.

To learn more about the juror and the students prizes and scholarships awarded, visit our follow up press release. To view the virtual gallery online, visit the link here.


BFA Graduating Thesis Exhibition

The culminating exhibition of our undergraduate experience has also be moved online for a virtual exhibition, but will no longer be mandatory for the students graduating. The students will be invited to exhibit their work at the next Open Studio we can safely host. Until then, the work by participating students can be view by visiting the virtual gallery.


Exlucis BFA Photo Exhibition

The undergraduate photography club, ExLucis organized a virtual exhibition, juried by artist Myra Green. The exhibition, titled DiverseCITY, featured student photographers in Atlanta. To view art work, visit the virtual gallery.



Josh Dorman Performance and Exhibition, “Higher Ground”

January 29 through 31, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design will bring internationally recognized artist, Josh Dorman to our Atlanta campus for a four-day visit. Dorman will be a part of a collaborative musical performance, visit graduate studios, and attend an opening reception for his solo-exhibition, “Higher Ground,” in the Welch School Gallery, curated by Stephanie Kolpy. The musical performance will take place at 5:30 in Kopleff Hall, Jan 31; Dorman’s stop motion animation videos will be set to a score written by School of Music Alumnus Chris Case and performed by four guest musicians.

Painter Josh Dorman’s use of historical signifiers make visible the timeline of human progress, while speaking to the dire implications of our technological achievements, and so-called dominion over the natural world. Dorman’s current work continues to suggest a prophetic narrative playing out on a metaphorical stage, revealing tension between evolutionary timelines, both human and ecological. He references the alteration of the natural world, pointing to the devastating result of climate change and the disappearance of species, but through a veil of otherwise innocuous if not highly celebrated expressions of human ingenuity.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966. He lives and works in New York City and in the Catskill Mountains. He received a BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and an MFA from Queens College, Flushing, NY. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. His shows have been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, BOMB Magazine, The Paris Review, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster, Nam Le and Michael Chabon.

“Higher Ground” will be on view from January 13 – March 11 in the Ernest G. Welch School Galleries and will include drawing, painting and stop-motion instillations by Josh Dorman in both the large and small galleries. The exhibition is curated by Printmaking Faculty Stephanie Kolpy.


Curatorial Statement:
“I first saw Josh Dorman’s work in New York, Chelsea District in 2008. I instantly fell in love with his visual language and prophetic compositions that seemed to unbury past neglects of humankind. His use of historical signifiers—depictions of architectural, agricultural, and scientific advancement, for example—have a way of making visible the timeline of human progress, while at the same time speaking to the dire implications of our technological achievements, and so-called dominion over the natural world. Dorman’s current work continues to suggest a prophetic narrative playing out on a metaphorical stage, revealing tension between evolutionary timelines, both human and ecological. We see highly astute yet subtle references to our permanent alteration of the natural world, pointing to the devastating result of climate change and the disappearance of species, but through a veil of otherwise innocuous if not highly celebrated expressions of human ingenuity. This simultaneity of both triumph and failure in his compositions has a lasting effect, and sheds light on tension between human grief and human aspiration. Given the state of our current ecological crisis, and the enormous necessity for educating both students and the general public on this matter, Dorman’s work is more relevant than ever.”



Anonymous Portraits of People You Know by Tim Flowers

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to present “Anonymous Portraits of People You Know” by Tim Flowers, Principal Senior Lecturer in Drawing & Painting at Georgia State University. Flowers’ methodology is to make impressions of the faces of his friends and colleagues with sheets of aluminum foil. The masks then become the basis for a series of observational oil stick paintings on paper. Additional pieces will be installed over the course of the summer.

Flowers says, “These portraits of my friends and colleagues are real portraits. Actual people. Real observation. Made to foil facial recognition software, the invasion of privacy and other unwanted identification.”

The exhibition will be on view until August 30. The public is invited to a closing reception on Thursday, August 29, 5:00 – 7:00. Gallery programs are free and open to the public.


21st Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Juror, Hope Cohn

The JSE is our only annual show open to submissions from all undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines within the Welch School of Art & Design, offering artists the opportunity to exhibit their works to hundreds of students and members of the local art community as well as win honors and awards.

About the exhibition
Cohn selected art works in textiles, sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics and photography from MFA, MA, BFA and BA students in the School of Art & Design. Cohn will be present at the reception to present her choices for prizes. We appreciate our generous sponsors: Binders, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, High Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta Contemporary, and Art Papers.

Juror Hope Cohn:
Hope Cohn is an independent curator, artist, and educator. She has been responsible for numerous exhibitions including: Ceramix: Georgia’s Creative Claymakers, E-Merge Contemporary Atlanta Artists at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; SCORE: Sports + Art at MOCA GA. Ms. Cohn was the Director of the Spruill Gallery where her visionary exhibitions such as Katrina: Five Years of Reflection, LATinGA, and Breaking New Ground: Intersections at the Crossroads of Art and Technology earned her a Creative Loafing award for “Best Gallery.”

Ms. Cohn currently teaches Professional Practices for Artists at Georgia State Ernest Welch School of Art & Design. She has taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, SCAD Atlanta, Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts NYC and the High Museum of Art. Ms. Cohn was studio director for the artist Frank Stella in New York and was the Exhibitions and Education Director for the American Institute of Graphic Arts National Office. She has been a member of the board of directors for Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center and a founding board member of Burnaway. She has served on many public art panels for the city including Fulton County Arts and the Department of Aviation Art Program. Ms. Cohn received her Master’s Degree in painting from Pratt Institute and her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.

Congratulations to the participating artists:
Farah Ali
Kedamawit Atsbeha
Elizabeth Avina
Clarisa Berrios
Sawyer Boggs
Tyler Brantley
Maria Bruckman
Rishi Burr
Hannah Burton
Robbie Callens
Valentina Caver
Alexis Childress
Jasmine Corbin
Soude Dadras
Autumn Fuller
Amin Ghasemi
Claire Gilbert
Amber Grier
Nia Hemmitt
Dakota Henry
Diane Hiscox
Christina Hollar
Millicent P. Hollins
Melissa Huang
Matthew Jacoby
Sarah Joerger
Clay Jones
Maya Jusufhodzic
Art Keegan
Amari Kinsey
Abby Knisel
Kylie Little
Jackson Markovic
Nicolas Marulanda
Fatou Mbodj
Yari Mena
Ana Meza
Nathaniel Mondragon
Adisen Morton
Kenya Nelson
Madeline Pieschel
Alejandro Prieto
Milana Reedus
James Robertson
Olga Sanders
Jess Self
Aminah Smarr
Tony Smart
Jamison Tanksley
Christina Teruel
Drew Tetz
Trieu (Richard) Thai
Parker Thornton
Robert Truesdale
Jessica Vass
Amanda Whitaker
Breontae Williams

April 18 – 26
Reception: Thursday, April 18, 5 –  7pm


MFA Thesis Exhibition Series

MFA Series
 This reception is for three MFA thesis solo exhibitions as a part of the graduate requirement. MFA graduating thesis exhibitions will run week-to-week from March 11-April 12 with receptions on Thursday evenings 5-8pm.
March 11 – 15
MFA Large Gallery Front – Aaron Artrip
MFA, Large Gallery Back – Carla Powell
MFA, Small Gallery – Linda (Maria Ojeda) Costello


“A Series of Quiet Decisions”
Aaron Artrip MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking

A Series of Quiet Decisions is a collection of prints and installations dedicated to a visual experience of sound. Considering printmaking as a form of recording, these prints act as a visual playback of sonic vibrations. A Series of “Quiet Decisions” presents both listening and witnessing opportunities.

Aaron Artrip is an Atlanta based musician and artist focusing on the relationship between himself and consumer electronics. He searches through discarded, often forgotten analog and digital hardware systems to find musical forms of rhythm, pitch, and pattern. Aaron’s work takes many forms including drawings, prints, sound recordings, installations and performances. His current project is “The Big Dum Drum Machine.”

Carla Powell MFA Thesis Exhibition, Textiles

Dignity is an exhibition examining and celebrating the effort of women who live under challenging circumstances to compel a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. The exhibition focuses on the hand as the instrument used to create their empowerment.

Carla is a textile artist who uses fabrics and various fiber mediums to express herself in her art. The desire to use textile mediums comes from a long love of textiles, both as an art form and as a craft. She incorporates textiles and textile traditions from around the world into her artwork and embraces regional craft heritage and hand-stitched traditions. Her current body of work focuses on the capacity that textiles has, in its multitude of forms, to bring dignity to the lives of women, allowing them the opportunity to shape and take ownership of their, their family’s, and their community’s destiny through the act of making. Carla creates art as an advocate for women’s dignity in the face of continued disadvantage, powerlessness, and poverty.

Carla Powell has a BFA in Textiles from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Textiles at the same institution. She was born in Africa and has lived in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Bolivia, and the United States where she currently lives with her husband and two sons. She has familial roots in Africa, England, Portugal, and India, and draws inspiration from this very diverse background. Her textile art explores impressions gained over a lifetime and is informed by her multicultural experiences, embroidering, dyeing, painting with thread, and at times, weaving her own cloth. Her current body of work is representative of women’s struggle to break the poverty cycle.


“The Whole of the Hidden Thing”

Maria Ojeda MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture

The Whole of the Hidden Thing is an exhibition about the space between people as told through second hand objects. These objects, often mass produced, are both recognizable and nondescript. Clothing, small trinkets, furniture and fixtures, once belonging to specific persons or spaces, are divorced from their original contexts and brought together into totemic forms that concentrate feelings of familiarity. On the other hand, their identities are also hidden within larger masses of things; inside soft folds and behind hard, cast surfaces.

Native to Florida, Maria Ojeda earned her BFA in drawing and painting from Florida State University in Tallahassee. There she became fascinated by images of wilderness, infrastructure and in-between places such as deserted gas stations on Interstate 75 and the Apalachicola National Forest. She has since exhibited at multiple galleries and events, including 621 Gallery and SOUP Experimental in Tallahassee, The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in downtown Thomasville, and Trio Gallery in Athens. Maria’s work was also recently in a solo exhibition
entitled Whim and Want at 621 Gallery and was included in an exhibition entitled “The Economy of a Woman’s Touch” in dialogue with a coinciding exhibition of international artist Ghada Amer’s work. Currently she explores the materiality of memory affixed to domestic spaces as she moves toward her MFA thesis at Georgia State University.

March 18 – 22 
Spring Break (Gallery and administrative offices open)
March 25 – 29
MFA Large Gallery Front – Ana Carolina Meza
MFA Large Gallery Back – Mohammad Javad Jahangir
MFA Small Gallery – Nathaniel Mondragon


Nathaniel Dean Mondragon, Sculpture

“My Hideous Progeny” MFA Thesis Solo Exhibition

In the 1831 edition of “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” Mary Shelley refers to her novel as her “hideous progeny,” establishing a relationship between creator and creation. In my exhibition “My hideous progeny,” I use the myth of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster as a metaphor for the act of creation and a reference point for discussing queer identity and relationships. Through a visual reimagining of the Gothic novel, I explore the idea of the monster as a queer other and question the process of othering. I am interested in the archaic definition of the word glamour, which originally meant enchantment or magic, and glamour’s relationship to drag and queer aesthetics. I engage the optical effects of glitter, iridescent pigments, and sheer fabrics as a method to queer the surfaces of objects.

Nathaniel Dean Mondragon is an Atlanta and Boston-based performance artist who makes paintings, objects, and videos. He received a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University College of Communication in 2007. He is currently enrolled as a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture candidate at Georgia State University. From 2009 to 2013, he co-organized visual and performance art events in a basement in Jamaica Plain, MA with the Bathaus, a multidisciplinary artist collective. In 2014, he co-founded the artist collective #CASTLEDRONE in Hyde Park, MA. He has performed and exhibited in both established galleries and alternative venues, such as Aqua Art Miami, Eyedrum (Atlanta, GA), Trio Contemporary (Athens, GA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA), Boston City Hall, Gallery Kayafas (Boston), #CASTLEDRONE (Hyde Park, MA), Zürcher Gallery (New York, NY), and SEASON (Seattle, WA). He recently was an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences as the recipient of the Georgia State University Distinguished Fellowship.


“I know now… I am here”

Ana Carolina Meza Mendoza MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture

As an immigrant, I feel displaced in this Country, but when, I go back to my birth town I feel like I don’t belong there anymore. My artwork uses transparent materials like PLA filament to reflect the feeling of being in this in-between space. I know now… I am here exhibits a corridor that creates an in-between space.

Ana Meza is a sculpture artist born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She received an associate degree in Design Technology from Ivy Tech Community College in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science degree for Interior Design as well as a Bachelor of fine art degree for Sculpture in 2016. Ana is currently a candidate for a Master of fine art degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Common themes in her artwork include immigration, social identity, political and personal structures that symbolize an abstraction of her own experiences


“In Situ”

Mohammad Javad Jahangir, Photography

Mohammad’s photo-based artworks examine visual representations of social groups and explore technological and material aspects of photographic media. He investigates the photographic medium’s foundations and possibilities of photographic representation. Expanding the image beyond its frame, traditional format, and the narrative is central to his artistic strategies. In his art practice, he challenges the role of the photographer in the image production and contests the notion of the time versus space. Recently, he built on these themes to examine the photographic representation of political and cultural context. These representations include constructed images and related artifacts, which he uses as material to produce new images and installations. He interrogates the impermanence of manipulating photographs and their preservation in advance of digital technologies.

Mohammad also works with projected images. Turning a flat, two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional space offers a way to expand the perception and experience of images in space and make a place as a memorial space for viewers. Rendering photographic images as objects, by way of their display, mounting, and placement in space, he tries to activate the role of photographic equipment in the display of his work. These relations open a conversation between photography and installation. Additionally, he works with technology in both concept and tools, treating it in a contemporary art definition. Either presented as a photographic print or as a projected image within the installation, the pieces confront photographic representation and attempt to reveal the layers constituting the image. He aspires to contest the medium of photography, applying strategies that challenge the conventional notions of production and display of photographic images.

Mohammad Javad Jahangir is an Iranian photographer who lives in Atlanta. He is an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. Mohammad studied Art at Vije and Mahemehr art institutes in Tehran and also Has a B.A in Law from Kharazmi University. The dominant theme in his work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations through code and software.

He has participated in an art residency in Viafarini organization for contemporary art in Milan, Italy in 2015 as well as in various exhibitions around the world, including shows in museums such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and The Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Jahangir is an honorable member of the Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art, Tehran, Iran; National Iranian Photographers’ Society (NIPS); and International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). He has recently been awarded APG prize 2018 and also Iranian national photo prizes in 2012 and the national grant from the Carpet Museum of Iran in 2012.

March 31- April 30
Opening Reception March 31, 4-7pm
Anne O Art Gallery, Buckhead—Shanequa Gay
“The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper”
Shanequa Gay, Drawing & Painting

The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper evaluates place, tradition, storytelling, and the experiences of African-American women to develop imaginative dialogues and alternative strategies for self-imaging by uprooting social proscriptions and challenging political norms. Within this installation of paintings, performance, and monumental sculptural figures, this work creates an environment of ritual and memorial, depicting amalgamated images of new gods and mythical figures whose lives have been impacted by systemic inequalities, by creating counter and re-imagined narratives that, at times, live within the duality of physical and spiritual worlds.

Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, received her AA in Graphic Design and Fashion Marketing from the Art Institute of Atlanta, a BA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, summa cum laude, and is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. She is one of ten selected artists for OFF THE WALL a city-wide mural initiative led by WonderRoot and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee (2018. In 2013, Gay was chosen by The Congressional Club to be the illustrator for the First Lady’s Luncheon hostess gift for First Lady Michelle Obama. Gay’s work includes features in the Lions Gate film Addicted, the BET television series Being Mary Jane and Zoe Ever After, and the OWN series Greenleaf.

Solo exhibitions include the Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA (2015; Anne O Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2016; Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (2017; Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta University, Augusta, GA (2018; Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC (2018; and Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC (2018. Group exhibitions include Xhibiting Blackness, Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA (2014; WonderRoot CSA: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (2015; Personal Politics: Artist as Witness, Memory Keepers, & Social Conscience, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA (2016; New Painting, The Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC (2016; 5 Perspectives, Steffen Thomas Museum, Buckhead, GA (2018. Residencies include Independent Study, Iwakuni, Japan (2014; The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Program, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (2015-2017; and Baldwin’s Room Artist in Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017. Public Collections include The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong; The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, Augusta, GA; The Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN; and Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, GA.

April 1 – 5

MFA Small Gallery – Andrew Adamson

MFA Large Gallery – Travis Lindquist


“Class Clown”

Andrew Adamson, Ceramics

Andrew’s sculptural ceramic work combines highly rendered forms with a slightly prickly humor. Instead of avoiding the notion that a funny piece of sculpture may be taken less seriously, Andrew leans into this idea with a deadpan awareness about having fun with art. Whether he is critiquing a serious societal concern, the potential stuffiness of fine art, or just creating contradictory absurd aberrations of god, his main concern is that you’re having a good time.

Andrew has been creating art for most of his life but he inevitably found ceramics to be the perfect canvas for his ornery illustrations of nonsense. His ability to manipulate clay in such a convincing way will make you momentarily forget that you’re looking at something so effortlessly silly. Andrew attended the University of West Florida for his B.F.A and is pursuing his M.F.A and Georgia State University.

Class Clown is an exhibition of ceramic sculptures that explore the use of humor to offer a distinct and necessary balance where unencumbered silliness is not often used. This work investigates sardonic ideas of art within the confines of the academic landscape and dissects the potentiality for an unnecessary seriousness. Deconstructing these systems of intrinsic frivolities provides an open landscape for my work to become a foolhardy critic of whatever space it inhabits. In doing so it ironically becomes a part of the inclusive system it is meant to parody and becomes self-deprecating. Using the complex duality of this discourse of perceived expectations, my work combines the highly refined with the ridiculous to offer brief vignettes, which speak to the proposed inclusivity that humor can contribute to the art community.


“Ambiguous Criteria”

Travis Lindquist, Painting 

Ambiguous Criteria is a group of abstract paintings, digital inkjet prints and works on paper all of which incorporate elements of text and make sense of a world that is fundamentally based on contradictions.  On one hand, the work stems from a deeply personal place, including childhood memories, quotes from family, inside jokes, and pictures of intimately known places in an attempt to resolve personal conflicts.  On the other hand the sources are popular culture, scientific theory and conspiracies that I research dismantle and deconstruct. The resulting artworks are not obvious or overt it is rather ambiguous; redaction and disruption work to obscure original content and remove context which  simplifies the composition while creating a complexity of elements.

Ambiguous Criteria  is a reflection of the paradox the nature of reality and family, allowing me to grapple with the profound and the absurd in the same breath.  Seemingly random elements solidify and manifest within in the work. These artworks allow an opportunity for intuitive intersections to coexist on a plane that they would never share in “reality”.  Through these abstractions larger concepts can be addressed, dismantled, and athesitisized without the cumbersome duty of defining an exact meaning or position.

Travis Lindquist (b.1969) grew up in an idyllic seaside community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is primarily a painter but has branched out into other mediums, including sculpture, video, photography, sound, and digital animation. He is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, and received his BFA from Tufts University, Boston, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lindquist has worked on numerous projects as a curator, collaborator, and solo artist. He worked as an animator on Richard Linklater’s, Waking Life, is the founding member of the infamous Goldmine Shithouse, and has exhibited extensively in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Stockholm. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

April 8 – 12
MFA Large Gallery – Jessica Caldas
MFA Small Gallery – Amin Ghasemi


“Living Histerically ”

Jessica Caldas, Drawing & Painting

Living Hysterically is an immersive exhibition of inter-disciplinary works that explore women’s lived experience through three generations. Against a backdrop of social and political history, the work illustrates the forces working in women’s lives that create a spectrum of violence, from the mundane to the traumatic. This work claims space for women’s stories too often denied in public, creating representations that are more complex and thoughtful than the usual discourse.

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery’s Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.

In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women’s Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2016 to stop HB 51 in 2017, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.


Amin Ghasemi, Photography

There is an ancient Taoist belief, that in the middle of the ocean there are a cluster of islands where immortals dwell. This belief was one of the inspirations for Buddhist Zen gardens. The idea of meditation was not about natural aesthetic beauty, but a way to reach total freedom of the mind.

In this series of digital paintings, Amin is inspired by this Taoist story and the practice of Zen gardens. He creates an infinite landscape which invites the viewer to contemplate and and strive to reach a meditative moment. In these works, he uses the “unrestricted space and infinite planes,” which originate from the tradition of Eastern miniature painting, to acchieve that.

Amin Ghasemi is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist who lives in Atlanta, GA. He received a BFA in Photography from University of Tehran and he is a current MFA Candidate in Photography at Georgia State University. He works with sound, motion visuals, digital painting, and photography to explore meditative and altered states of consciousness. He is the recipient of Ernest G. Welch Fellowship Award in 2016 and Welch Photography Award for Graduate Summer research in 2018.


Exhibition Reception “Tribute: A Reunion of Chandler Fellows”

The Winnie Chandler Fellowship is a scholarship granted to Art & Design graduate students of exceptional talent and focus, nominated by the faculty that teach them. In gratitude for the Chandler Family, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design and the College of the Arts are proud to announce an exhibtion of Chandler alumni in the Ernest G. Welch School Galleries. An exhibtion closing reception will be held in the family’s honor with a VIP preview party and studio visits.

The exhibition will be open from January 14- March 1, 2019, with a reception, March 1, 7-9pm with the Chandler Family.

Participating artists include:

Clair Paul, Mac McCusker, Chanju Lee, Carolyn E. Rose, Rachel Ballard, Nimer Aleck, Carrie Brown, Stephanie Kolpy, Jack Michael, Melissa Hughes, Diane Hiscox, Nuni Lee, Nathan Sharratt, Andrew Adamson, Bryan Perry, Coorain Devin, Tyler Scott Cieplowski, Christina Price Washington, Cotter Christian, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Erica L. Wilson, Ty Nicholson, Ashley Maxwell, Carla Ferreira Powell, Jessica Gardner, Larkin Ford, Karen Cleveland,Katy Malone, Hanna Newman, Shana Robbins, and Andrew Cho.


Fall 2018

Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough

September 13 – December 3

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

                                                                       Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York

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.




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