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The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to share a preview of our Summer 2018 programming Two solo exhibitions open May 11 and run through the summer semester: “Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props,” curated by Logan Lockner and an exhibition of sculptural work by Georgia State Sculpture faculty, Tyler Beard.


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

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 @gsu.edu 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.



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