Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Repurposed Opening Tomorrow!

Here is the press release for the exhibition, Repurposed, that I'm currently participating in. I'm exhibiting two bodies of work, my mourning jewelry and my thesis work from RISD. The show will be on display at Georgia State University in Atlanta through November 18th.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to present REPURPOSED on view October 6 through November 18, 2011. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5 until 8p.m. The event is part of The Downtown First Thursdays Arts Walk.

REPURPOSED, selected by Welch School Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell, focuses on group of twelve contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. Farnell says:

Over the years, like many other artists and art educators, I have grappled with the environmental impacts of art making. Although their methodologies and materials are diverse, the artists of REPURPOSED, each in their own way, ask us to reconsider our relationships to waste, both in the studio and in the world.

This exhibition focuses on a selected group of contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. While found objects and readymades have been used by artists since the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th Century, the artists of REPURPOSED share interests about the continuing influence of their material choices that often extend beyond aesthetic considerations. The refocusing of material context becomes an important and central concern.”

Sculptor Allyson Comstock’s recycled junk mail installation 303 Days occupies the small gallery. The works of the other REPURPOSED artists are on view in the large gallery, with natural and synthetic fabrics, found objects, plastics, metal and paper among the materials used.


Mary Lee Bendolph

Allyson Comstock

Carol LeBaron

Thornton Dial

Lonnie Holley

Pam Longobardi

Rob Nadeau

Ian Pedigo

Leigh Peacock

Aurora Robson

Islay Taylor

Wendy Wahl

The exhibition and associated events are supported in part by Student Activity Fees, The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University (CENCIA) and Fulton County Arts & Culture.


The following special events are free and open to the public:

Rob Nadeau artist’s presentation: Thursday, October 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Nadeau will discuss his work on view in REPURPOSED. Nadeau’s talk is part of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Visiting Artist series. Location: Large gallery.

Reception: Thursday, October 6, 5:00 – 8:00p.m. Location: Welch School Galleries.

Papermaking Workshop with Allyson Comstock: Friday, October 7, 1:00-3:30 pm. Location: Textiles Studio, room 157 Arts & Humanities Building. Learn to make paper from recycled fibers. No previous experience required. Materials provided. Free and open to the public but space is limited. Register today! To register email with your name, email address and phone number. Please put “Papermaking Workshop” in subject line. Sponsored by CENCIA.

Location & Hours

Welch School Galleries/ GSU

10 Peachtree Center Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30303

The Welch School Galleries are located at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Ave. Free evening event parking at the United Way deck at Auburn Ave. and Courtland Ave. The gallery is within walking distance of the MARTA Five Points Station. All gallery programs are free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.