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Events and Exhibitions - Fall 2007 & Spring/Summer 2008



Photographs of Flannery O'Connor's Home
by Nancy Marshall

Exhibition Dates: September 25 – October 30, 2007

View from Upstairs, Andalusia, Spring 2007, Nancy Marshall

This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with The Prophet’s Country: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor at Emory University on September 25 & 26, 2007, featuring campus-wide readings, panel discussions, and other events, as well as the exhibition Dear Miss Hester: Flannery O’Connor’s Letters to Betty Hester 1955-1964 at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. 

Nancy Marshall received her M.F.A. in photography in 1996.  From 1998-2005, she was Emory University Visual Arts Senior Lecturer in photography.  Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in many permanent collections including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Click here to see a selection of Nancy Marshall's photography.


Reincarnation, Salustiano, 2005

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama

Exhibition Dates: September 29 – October 27, 2007

Emory University proudly hosts a selection of works from the traveling exhibition entitled The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, which features contemporary artists from around the world working in a variety of media and inspired by the messages, vision, and values of the Dalai Lama.  This exhibition is being held in celebration of the installation of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, and his October 20-22, 2007 visit to Atlanta.

Information about the Dalai Lama's visit to Atlanta.

The artists included at the Emory Visual Arts Gallery are: Seyed Alavi, Jane Alexander, Richard Avedon, Chase Bailey, Phil Borges, Dario Campanile, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, Bernard Cosey, Santiago Cucullu, Binh Danh, Sylvie Fleury, Richard Gere, Tri Huu Luu, llya and Emily Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Dang Ngo, Tenzing Rigdol, Michael Rovner, Sebastiao Salgado, Salustiano, Andra Samelson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Pat Steir, and Adriana Varejão.

Read a review of The Missing Peace in the Emory Wheel.

Photo gallery of the Emory Visual Arts Gallery opening reception for The Missing Peace.

The Emory Visual Arts Program wishes to thank the generous co-sponsors of this exhibition from Emory University:

Art History Department
Creative Writing Program
Dance Program
Film Studies Department
Music Department
Theater Studies Department

Special thanks to the Emory University Creativity and Arts Initiative, Rick Fisher, Dr. Gary Hauk, Dr. Rosemary Magee, and Susan Robert.




Visiting Artist Talk by Katherine Taylor
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Room 145, Emory Visual Arts Building

Sponsored by the Drawing & Painting classes of the Visual Arts Program.

Click here for more information on Katherine Taylor.

From the on-going "Afterimage" and "Aftermath" series, which focus on the interpretation of historical photographic records of devastation and decay, to the abstracted landscapes in oil of lights on water and environments that are mysterious and shifting under the viewers gaze, Katherine Taylor's work consistently explores the human experience of the impact a change on our environment - whether sudden as in a hurricane, or creeping yet irrevocable, as in the development of a casino economy along a previously pristine shoreline - has upon the inhabitants.

In her characteristically autobiographical paintings, Taylor comments on the qualities of light that obscure the distinction between the natural and the man-made landscape. For Taylor, light conjures a spectrum of feelings and emotions. Using a complex process of multiple layers of oil and numerous reactive mediums, she creates a luminosity suggestive of a range of interpretations from that of a celestial presence to seduction to simple dreamy sensations.

Katherine Taylor received her MFA in Painting at Georgia State University in 2002. 2006 sees Katherine Taylor's fourth solo exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery as well as prestigious showings at DiverseWorks in Houston and The Contemporary in Atlanta. She has enjoyed both popular and critical success – including exhibitions at MGCCC Gallery in Biloxi, MS; Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery in Decatur, GA; and the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia – and acclaim in publications such as the Boston Globe, the European journal rosebud: action, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was featured as a cover artist in the 2005 Southeastern edition of New American Paintings (#58).




Visiting Artist Talk & Drawing Workshop by Angus Galloway:
My First Painting, And Where I Went From There

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 pm
Room 145, Emory Visual Arts Building

Sponsored by the Drawing & Painting classes of the Emory Visual Arts Program and funded through a generous Emory Theory Practice Learning grant.

Click here for more information on Angus Galloway.


New Work by Sang-Wook Lee
Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2007 – January 26, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm

Drawing inspiration from Native American architectural ruins and a keen interest in cross-cultural expression, South Korean-born artist Sang-Wook Lee will construct a unique installation made entirely of “bricks” of dry-packaged ramen noodles.

Ramen Silo (detail), Sang-Wook Lee, 2003


Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera
Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:30 pm
Location: Performing Arts Studio @ Emory University, 1804 North Decatur Road, Atlanta

Dance for Reel is an evening of short films from The Dance Films Association, based in New York City. Ranging in length from 5 to 30 minutes, the films reveal the moving body in new places, surprising contexts, and from inspired viewpoints. Emory's presentation includes the arresting DV8 Physical Theatre piece “The Cost of Living” which follows an ensemble of street performers who   operate along the margins of society. Also included is the Norwegian piece, “Alt I Alt,” which uses a diving board as its locale.    Dance for Reel is co-presented by Emory's Dance and Visual Arts Programs, and curated by Emory dance alumna Blake Beckham.  For more information, please call 404-727-7266, email, or visit


Trying to Make Art with a Camera: Photographic Strategies and Traditional Media by William A. Brown

Exhibition Dates: February 7 – March 7, 2008

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Featuring wine, sushi, and live music by the Emory Saxophone Quartet.
Artist talk @ 6:30 pm.

William Brown, a faculty member of Emory University primarily known as an avant-garde filmmaker, will present video screenings and recent still photography that subvert traditional notions that define the boundaries separating painting and sculpture from emerging and technological media. Check out a video preview on YouTube.

The Emory Saxophone Quartet has dazzled Atlanta audiences since 2000, performing original saxophone quartet repertoire and exciting classical and jazz transcriptions.  Members include Dr. Jan Berry Baker (artist affiliate faculty), Dr. Scott Stewart (Director of Wind Studies), David Johnson (Emory University School of Medicine), and Williams Pitts (Emory College).  The ensemble performs regular recitals, visits schools, and plays at receptions, weddings, parties, and other festive events.

Sponsored by Emory University Founders Week.



David Sandlin
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Building, Room 145

David Sandlin
was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is currently serving as the Lamar Dodd Professional Chair of Art at the University of Georgia for 2007-2008.  His paintings, prints, books, and installations have been exhibited extensively in New York City, and elsewhere in the United State, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His most recent books include An Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality, Swamp Preacher (2006, Fantagraphics) and The Wonderful World (2006, Butler Gallery). He currently has an exhibition entitled Sinner’s Progress at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Sponsored by the Drawing & Painting area of the Emory Visual Arts Program and funded by an Emory University Theory Practice Learning (TPL) grant.


Marcia R. Cohen
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Building, Room 145

Marcia R. Cohen, visual artist and educator was awarded the MOCA GA Multiples Commission for 2007. Her paintings, works on paper and photographs examine the interdisciplinary dimension of color, visual perception and decoding the illusive nature of color. She has exhibited and lectured on her work nationally and internationally and received numerous grants, fellowships and commissions. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art. In 2002 she was awarded the KBFUS Cultural Fellowship for research on color in the Netherlands and Germany. Cohen was educated at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Marcia Cohen taught at the Atlanta College of Art from 1975-2006 and is presently a Professor at SCAD Atlanta where she teaches color theory and painting. 

Marcia R. Cohen, In the Perfect World #7, 2005-2007; oil on canvas, 24” roundel

Sponsored by the Drawing & Painting area of the Emory Visual Arts Program and funded by an Emory University Theory Practice Learning (TPL) grant.

Collecting Excursions: An Installation by Linda Armstrong 
Exhibition Dates: March 20 – April 24, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Special Earth Day Reception for Emory Friends of Visual Arts:
Tuesday, April 22, 7 pm, featuring a gallery talk and music by Klimchak.

Linda Armstrong, from the Emory University Visual Arts faculty, will explore the evocative qualities of specimens and images gathered from disparate locales – Georgia and South Africa – through a sculptural installation that intertwines and highlights aspects of both places and gives the viewer pause to consider the oneness of our planet.


Eve Andrée Laramée:
Recent Projects - Art, Science, and Environmental Activism

Monday, April 7, 2008, 7:00 pm
Carlos Museum Reception Hall

Apparatus for the Distillation of Vague Intuitions by Eve Andrée Laramée

Eve Andrée Laramée has been exploring the mutable, triadic relationship between art, science, and nature for over twenty years.  For her lecture at Emory University she will explore her interest in the ways in which cultures use science and art as devices or maps to construct belief systems.  Through the examples of her extensive art projects, she will draw attention to areas of overlap and interconnection between artistic exploration and scientific investigation, and to the slippery human subjectivity underlying both processes.

Eve Andrée Laramée / Photo: Shimon Attie

Co-sponsored by the Physics and Art History Departments of Emory University and funded by a generous grant from the Emory University Hightower Fund.


2008 Student Art Exhibition & Open Studios  
Exhibition Dates: April 30 – May 12, 2008

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Senior Champagne Reception:
Monday, May 12, 12 noon - 4 pm

Nancy VanDevender: Picking Cotton…Mississippi to Detroit 
Exhibition Dates: June 20 – July 31, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, June 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 pm

Nancy VanDevender, Courtney & Rose, 2007; 34h X 32w; Lambda Print

This installation is the culmination of research that began as a look into the role of cotton and slavery in the historical and decorative evolution of the ruffle.  Looking at how Victorian and European influences filtered into the Harlem Renaissance and how that era paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement, the artist is focusing on rearranging and recreating relationships through character development and set construction.  Layering image upon image the entanglement suggests the intricacies in deciphering truth.  Combining the designs as flattened marks on skin, cloth, and papered surfaces, new identifiers challenge old patterns of narrative. Installed as staged interiors, the print and the projection are investigated as backdrops for how image is transferred culturally through both fiction and history. The dual nature of the forum as a place for intimate reception and public presentation is constructed through the use of the parlour as a platform and setting for exchange.

After spending a year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture and Fiber and Material Studies, Nancy VanDevender spent two years in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan at Cranbrook Academy of Art to complete the MFA program in Fiber. During the past year her work has been shown at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA, and at Daimler Chrysler, PotsdamerPlatz in Berlin, Germany. She is currently part of the Studio Artist program at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.




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